Although boxing fans may be turning their attention to Korea for this week's early action there was actually an Asian show in Japan this past Monday as Tokashiki promoted a 9 fight show at the Korakuen Hall.
The show, which was mostly between inexperienced fighters featured two very notable Japanese prospects who both took victories against more experienced Filipino opponents. These two bouts, which first saw Hikaru Marugame (2-0, 1) clearly out pointing Roman Canto (8-3-2, 3) before Naoto Uebayashi (4-0-1, 2) defeated Marjohn Yap (19-10, 10) were the highlights of the show.
It wasn't a great show for visiting fighters and not only did the two Filipinos lose in the main fights but a Thai novice, Sopis Sithmanopchai (0-1), lost by stoppage to Kenta Onjo (2-0, 2) in the second round of a scheduled 6 rounder.
The rest of the card, which was all 4 rounders, saw two bouts going the distance and four ending early.
The shortest of the bouts lasted just 140 seconds as Takuya Yamaguchi (1-0-1, 1) scored a quick one against Hiromasa Kato (0-1). This speed of Yamaguchi was challenged by a pair of second round stoppages as Koki Kobayashi (3-0, 2) beat Shinichi Hiraga (0-2) at the 1:22 mark of the round whilst Tomohiro Yoshiwara (2-0, 2) took 43 seconds longer than Kobayashi to stop Muneyuki Kishii (2-2, 1).
The longest of the bouts with a stoppage was a fourth round TKO scored by Katsunori Yano (1-2, 1) against Masanori Shimomura (0-1).
In the two remaining contests Byodoin Tokuoka (2-0, 1) shut out Takahiro Tonouchi (0-2) and the debuting Haya Ito (1-0) took a split decision over fellow debutant Mitsuru Arao (0-1).
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.