In the first major card of the weekend we saw a world title bout in Thailand as Yota Sato (26-3-1, 12) faced Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (19-3-1, 18). Going in to the bout Sato had promised to make history by becoming the first Japanese fighter to defend his title in Thailand, sadly for the Japanese fighter however it was a promise he could not kep thanks to a determined challenger who genuinely impressed in his first world title performnce. A full write up of this bout can be read here.
In the first bout of the televised card on Thai Channel 7 Nawaphon Por Chokchai (14-0, 11) scored a 2nd round victory over Filipino journeyman Rodel Tejares (20-27-4, 5) thanks to a devastating body shot. Although he's still relatively inexperienced Nawaphon, the younger brother of Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (who also fought on the card-see below) looks highly promising and could be move up a level on the back of this result.
Immediately after Nawaphon's victory we saw his brother in action, as former WBC Super Flyweight world champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (26-5-1, 10) faced Jilo Merlin (13-16-2, 2). The bout was, at least on paper, a gimme for Suriyan though in the ring it turned out to be the exact opposite as Merlin gave as good as he got in an enthralling contest. One thing that is obvious from this bout is that Merlin is better than his record indicates.
The third bout on the card featured the experienced Chaiyong Sithsaithong (30-10-3, 22) who claimed a solid 4 round decision over You-Jie Zeng (3-3, 3). This bout was more of a work out than anything else for Chaiyong Sithsaithong though it's unlikely that he'll take a big step up any time soon.
With the world title bout (see opening paragraph) being the 4th televised bout on the card the show actually finished with a walk off bouts of sorts as Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (20-3, 16) out pointed Yodpichai Sithsaithong (9-11, 3) over 6 rounds to close the televised card.
Other than fights in Thailand we also had a card in the Philippines and several bouts involving an Asian interest in Australia.
The 5 bout card in the Philippines was headlined by Jomar Fajardo (12-4-1, 5) who out pointed tough journeyman Ruther del Castillo (8-19-8, 2). With this being the main event it's fair to say that there was little wonder why the card lacked the profile of the show in in Thailand.
As well as the Fajardo v Castillo bout the Filipino fans got to see the unbeaten Renren Pasignahin (5-0-1, 1) defeat Jeson Berwela (4-14, 2), Japanese born teenager Kyota Otsuka (2-0, 1) out point debutant Ontong Vasquez (0-1), Marvin DelaCruz (7-6-2, 5) stop Arlan Velasquez (0-1) and Lloyd Jardeliza (3-0-3, 2) draw with Fel Morales (1-6-2).
In Australia the action was more notable than it was in the Phillipines. At the Grand Star Receptions in Victorie there was a number of Asians fighting mixed successes. Filipino born Roberto Oyan (20-37-4, 7) scored the biggest win as he stopped Andrew Wallace (9-3-1, 5). Along side Oyan there was success for Michael Dan (3-3-1, 1) who out pointed debutant Jeremy Sebastian (0-1).
Unfortunately Dan and Oyan were the only Asian success stories with losses for Thongthai Rajanondh (16-13, 4), Manopnoi Singmanasak (8-14, 4), Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (29-12, 19), Baikon Lokromklao (1-2) and Kiatchai Singwancha (32-10, 21). In fact it was only Singwancha that really put up any sort of a fight as he lost a controversial decision to Australian Dwight Ritchie (7-0-0-4, 1) whilst the others all suffered stoppage defeats.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.