It's not often that a day in boxing is busy in as many countries as Friday was, though of course it's hard to complain when there is action is Japan, Yemen and Kazakhstan.
We'll start with the Japanese card which was the second day of the “Rookie of the East” Semi Finals giving us the second finalists in the prestigious tournament and possible future “Rookie of the Year”. As is the norm with these “Rookie” shows we started with a bout at Minimumweight as Yoshinori Wakahara (5-3, 2) booked his place in the final courtesy of a 2nd round stoppage victory over Naoki Akagi (2-3-2, 1).
The Light Flyweight division saw Ryuto Maekawa (6-0, 4) taking a decision over draw specialist Rei Ochiai (1-2-3), interestingly this was the most clear cut bout of Ochiai's career to date. This Light Flyweight bout was quickly followed by a Flyweight contest that saw the unbeaten Ryuto Oho (4-0, 2) over come Katsunori Shimooki (3-3-1) via a decision.
The decision's came quick and fast with Seiya Fujikita (5-0, 1) out pointing Hiroto Kurosawa (5-2, 3) in the Super Flyweight bout, Gaku Aikawa (3-0-1) out pointing Tatsuya Mukai (5-2-2, 1) in the Super Bantamweight contest, Shingo Kusano (6-2-1, 3) upsetting the previously unbeaten Naoto Moriya (4-1, 1) and Ryosuke Takami (3-0, 2) defeating Akio Tomiyama (5-4, 4).
For those who like the stoppages however there was several stoppages on the show with Bantamweight Yukichi Hara (5-2, 2) stopping Yuto Sasamori (5-4, 3), Super Featherweight Yoshimichi Matsumoto (4-0, 3) stopping Ryosuke Suzuki (4-1) and Light Welterweight Takuya Matsusaka (5-1, 5) taking out Yuki Nagano (2-2, 2) inside a round.
In Kazahkstan, Ulan Boxing put on their second show of the year with an impressive 4 titles bouts. With 4 titles it's fair to say that one of those was the headline, and with out having seen the show, we're going to hazard a guess that it was the triple-title contest featuring Roman Zhailauov (10-0, 7). Zhailauov, battling compatriot Kanat Kartenbayev (10-6-2, 4), not only defended his WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title but also added the PABA “interim” and the Kazakhstani Welterweight titles to his collection. Aged just 19 the youngster is tipped to be a star and getting 12 rounds under his belt at this early stage of his career will certainly not do any harm to his development.
In the other title fights on the “Ulan Boxing” card Maxim Maslov (12-1-1, 8) claimed the the WBC Asian Boxing Council Cruiserweight title courtesy of a decision over the hard hitting Elyor Gulomov (8-2-1, 7), Behzod Nabiev (22-5-1, 16) claimed the WBC Asia Council Continental Light Welterweight title by way of 4th round stoppage over Meirbek Sabirov (2-5, 1) and Zhandos Zhetpisbayev (7-6, 2) claimed the Kazakhstani Super Bantamweight title via a 10 round decision over compatriot Farhad Ospanov (4-3, 2).
The only other result from the card that we currently have was a 4 decision win for Anvar Murabayev (1-0) who over-came fellow debutant Kanat Abdrakhmanov (0-1).
In Yemen we had a 13 fight card that, of course, was headlined by the enigmatic Ali Raymi (13-0, 13). Fighting his 13h straight unbeaten opponent, Raymi needed just 25 seconds to defeat Luke Hassan (4-1, 1) using an all out body attack that has become his trademark.
Raymi and Hassan were 2 of just 7 fighters on the card with any professional experience, though surprisingly it didn't really show as Alwan Hawshabi (3-3, 1) was out pointed by Ali Mahakri (1-0), Moxamad Abdu (4-3, 2) was beaten by Felix Arno (1-0) and Taha Kawkabani (1-1) was defeated by Muhamad Fikri (1-0).
Other than Raymi it was only Abdu Rafik (3-0), who overcame Sammy Halimi (0-1), and Husam Shargabi (3-0, 1), who defeated Saeed Hashidi (0-1), who managed to show that experience is vital in this sport.
The rest of the bouts on the Yemen show were all debutant bouts and these saw several decisions rendered as Sadam Raymi (1-0) defeated Ahmad Munasar (0-1), Hamoody Jubran (1-0) was victorious over the wonderfully named Ali Shoota (0-1), Abdu Achille (1-0) take a victory over Salem Lawzi (0-1), Zid Givri (1-0) beat Murad Salafi (0-1) and Mohamad Dahan (1-0) also start off with a win overcoming Ibrahim Salami (0-1).
As well as the decision in the the all debutant bouts mentioned above, there was also stoppages in bouts between Hamza Rafik (1-0, 1) and Omar Maktari (0-1) and Ali Rafik (1-0, 1) against Bashar Nahari (0-1), both bouts finishing in the 3rd round.
Outside of Asia there was unfortunately losses for the tough Arnel Tinampay (21-6-1, 7) and the always busy Aswin Cabuy (14-43-3, 7).
Indonesian Cabuy was stopped in the opening round by the promising Renold Quinlan (5-0, 3) whilst Tinampay was out pointed by the big hitting Sam Ah See (8-0-1, 6). Interestingly Cabuy is 0-1-1 against Sam Ah See.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.