With a huge boxing weekend coming up just around the corner Thursday arguably served as the boxing equivalent of Hors d'oeuvre with Asian action in Thailand and in the US.
We'll start with the Thai action, which was held in the Ban Rai Temple, Nakhon Ratchasima.
The Thai card, which featured 5 bouts, saw two title fights. The shorter of those saw Japanese fighter Rika Matsumoto (5-0, 5), fighting in Thailand for the fifth successive fight, stopping Lamnammoon Kwanjaisrikort (0-5). This victory saw Matsumoto claiming the WBC Asian Boxing Council female Light Flyweight title, the first title of her career.
In the other title bout Samartlek Chaiyonggym (14-4, 5) took an 8th round KO over India's Sandeep (0-3) to claim the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title. We now expect the full version of the title to be defended in around 3 weeks as Cris Alfante, the defending champion, takes on Oliver Gregorio.
The other 3 bouts on the show saw victories for Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28), who defeated Bryan Hussay (0-1), Ratchasak Kokietgym (18-2-1, 8), who stopped Thiwakon Sor Por Lor Srisaket (0-1) and Kanittha Kokietgym (20-5, 8), who out pointed Ngamta Kwanjaisrikot (0-1) in what turned out to be a bad day for debutants.
Over in the US it was good news if you were from Uzbekistan as we had an Uzbek 1-2 in Louisiana.
At Heavyweight it was a successful return to a US ring for Ahror Muralimov (15-0, 12) who stopped former US Golden Gloves champion Nathan James (9-3, 5) in the 3rd of their scheduled 6 rounder.
If things were good for Muralimov, then things were even better for his compatriot Bahodir Mamadjonov (15-1, 10) who stopped Chris Linson (21-6-1, 11) in just 112 seconds. Mamadjonov, fighting for the third time this year, has built well from his victory over Angelo Santana back in April and now looks on the verge of something big, a world title fight perhaps at 135 or 140.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.