In the first televised action of the day Thai legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (89-5-2, 47) claimed a dominant decision over 6 rounds. The former WBC, Ring and Lineal Flyweight champion still showed flashes of the brilliance that took him in to the pound-for-pound lists but at 35 years old (and with 96 bouts now on ledger) he's not able to sustain them for long.
Wonjongkam's opponent was Indonesian Yudi Arema (4-18-1, 10) who continues to face tough Thai's in a career which has also seen him in with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Denkaosan Kaovichit and Veeraphol Sahaprom.
On the same card Thai youngster Yodmongkol CP Freshmart (30-2, 18) successfully defended his WBC Youth Light Flyweight title via a 10 round decision. Despite the victory CP Freshmart left us with a lot of questions. He was dropped in round 6 and given a torrid time in rounds 3, 7 and 8 by his opponent, who think was little known Filipino Jerson Luzarito (7-3-3, 3). This was an unexpectedly stern test for CP Freshmart and one that he was somewhat fortunate in. On the back of this performance will be very lucky to hold his title much longer.
Whilst CP Freshmart was less than impressive we'd like to say that the 3rd round here was a round of the year contender and Luzarito is a fighter we will tune in to watch whenever we can. He is technically flawed but very fun with a lot of energy and a lot of offensive action.
The card had 3 other bouts which saw early victories for Noknoi CP Freshmart (43-4, 25)-who stopped Fahpikard Twins Gym (2-5) and Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (30-13, 20)-who stopped Pichit Twins Gym (0-4). The only decision, other than Wonjongkam's, was that of Petchwanchai Sor Visetkit (9-4, 4) who over-came Kongpipop Sithpracha (0-2).
On a seperate Thai card Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (12-0, 9) over-came Amor Tino (14-14-3, 4) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Featherweight title,
The historic card in Dubai kicked off with a bout between Lionel Legada (10-5-1, 5) of the Philippines and China's Wang Xin Hua (10-6-1) in what was a warm up to the main action. The bout, which went the 6 round distance, saw Wang taking a split decision in an enjoyable encounter. The bout wasn't high on technique was fun action from the start to the end.
In the main event of the Dubai card China's WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (21-4-1, 11) managed to out point an injured Denver Cuello (33-5-6, 21) who appeared to be struggling with a shoulder injury for much of the bout. More details on this bout can be found here.
At the Korakuen Hall former world champion Ryol Li Lee (19-3-2, 10) claimed the OPBF Featherweight title with a hard fought decision over Shogo Ishikawa (10-4-1, 3). This was a second bite of the cherry for Lee who drew with Cirilo Espino 4 months ago when fighting for the same title.
On the same card there was 3 scheduled 8 rounders and 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. The 8 round bouts saw Yuki Iwasaki (11-3-0, 6) decisioning Masahiro Ishida (12-5-2, 6) via a close decision, Yuya Sugizaki (17-9-1, 6) taking a 7 round technical decision over Yoshihisa Hirayama (10-9-1, 4) and Michiya Sato (10-4-4, 6) claming a highly competitive decision over Hitoshi Ichiba (7-5-1, 3).
In the 4 round bouts we had two early finishes with Wataru Seino (2-1, 2) stopping the previously unbeaten Naoya Kaneko (2-1, 2) and the debuting Kei Iwahara (1-0, 1) stopped Hirotada Sato (0-2). The remaining two bouts saw the unbeaten Hironobu Matsunaga (3-0, 2) claiming a very narrow decision Makoto Kawasaki (2-0-2, 1) and debutant Shogo Dairakuin (1-0) overcoming fellow debutant Ichimaru Kurashina (0-1).
In Australia Thai Superjames Singmanasak (3-13, 2) was unfortunately stopped by the light punching Corey McConnell (12-1-1, 1) who scored his first career stoppage.
British fighter Paul Butler (12-0, 7) stopped the Iraqi born British based Najah Ali (5-4-1, 1) in 4 rounds spelling a bad day on non-Asian soil for Asian born fighters. Though Kazakhstani Zhanat Zhakiyanov (20-1, 13) was successful on his British debut stopping Michael Escobar (7-9, 3) who had never previously been stopped.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.