This week's early week action was highlighted by major action on Tuesday as South Korea hosted it's most noteworthy show in the better part of a decade. Unfortunately the card, which featured three major title bouts, was headlined by a fight that appears to have started a backlash of sorts around Asia.
The bout that saw the backlash was the first male world title fight in Korea since In-Jin Chi defeated Rodolfo Lopez back in December 2006. Unfortunately for fans around Asia it saw the controversial Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) retaining his WBA Bantamweight for the eighth time as he took a split decision over Korea's very own Jung-Oh Son (20-5-2, 6). Despite the victory for Kameda the champion was dropped and has seen many in Japan criticise the result as a gift in favour of Kameda who's claim as world champion is looking very much like that of a C rate champion.
Unfortunately for Kameda the victory has “earned” him a fight with Anselmo Moreno, a man who will leave no doubt as to the winner of their bout will be.
Although Koki's victory was controversial it was the only title fight that didn't have a clear victory. In a female world title bout Anabel Ortiz (13-3, 2) successfully retained her WBA Minimumweight title with a shut out over Korean Hye-Soo Park (3-7-1, 1). Unfortunately this was a mismatch from the opening bell with Ortiz sweeping every round of the contest in a very one sided bout. Unfortunately Ortiz's lack of power saw this one-sided contest being little more than a public sparring session.
The lesser of the title bouts in Korea was, like the Ortiz fight, one with which no one could complain about in terms of the winner. This bout, a PABA Welterweight contest, saw Akinori Watanabe (30-4, 26) stopping the totally out classed Kyung-Suk Kwak (10-9, 7) to claim the previously vacant belt.
Wonderfully it wasn't just Korea with a show today but also Thailand where Highland Naris Boxing Promotion put on a 5 fight show.
Like the Korean card the Thai show was also headlined by title fight as Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin (8-8, 4) upset Yang Xing Xin (6-2-2, 4) and claimed the previously vacant WBC Youth World Light Middleweight title.
Petchsuriya was one of three men who took decisions on the show with Yodmongkol Singmanasak (12-12-1, 7) taking a fifth round technical decision over Darathong Looksaikongdin (0-1) whilst Kongsuk Patanakan Gym (3-1, 1) took a six round decision over Robert Sithgorson (0-4).
As well as the three bouts that went to decision we also had two that finished early. The shortest of these was a first round blow out by Chalermpol Singwancha (5-0, 5), who stopped China's Cao Yang (0-1) whilst Filipino youngster Joel Kwong (1-0, 1) took out fellow debutant Srisuk Sithsutthipankamtien (0-1) in the second round.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.