The most notable of this weekend's action, at least in regards to Asian boxing, occurred earlier today at the Korakuen Hall thanks to Japanese promotional powerhouse Teiken who put on an excellent triple header.
The triple header was highlighted by former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (18-2-1, 11) who managed to score a 9th round stoppage of Mexican Omar Soto (23-11-2, 15). This was Igarashi's first bout since he lost his world title to Akira Yaegashi earlier this year.
Igarashi wasn't the only former Japanese world champion in action with Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12) also on the show. Shimoda recorded his sixth victory in 7 bouts as he overcame former world title challenger Alejandro Hernandez (25-10-2, 14) via a clear 10 round decision.
It wasn't just a good day for former world champions but also for prospective world title challengers with the highly ranked WBO Super Bantamweight Yasutaka Ishimoto (23-6, 6) also having success today. Ishimoto stopped Mexican Charly Valenzuela (20-18-4, 9) to extend his current winning streak to 4 bouts and he'll likely now be eying up another notable bout before a prospective world title contest.
The undercard, consisting of 4 bouts, began with Yoshinobu Kakinaga (2-0) scoring a shut out over the win less Katsuaki Kinoshita (0-3) in one of two bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. In the second of the 4 round bouts Heisuke Ono (3-2-2, 3) stopped Hikaru Takaki (3-4, 3) in the second round.
As well as the two bouts scheduled for 4 rounds there was also a pair of bouts scheduled for 6. These bouts started with Yuichi Yokoyama (12-2, 11) scoring an opening round victory over Yasumasa Eguchi (6-9-2, 3).
The final undercard bout saw Masanobu Nakazawa (13-1-1, 5) stopping Kazutaka Takakuwa (9-7, 2) in the sixth round to extend his winning streak to an impressive 10 bouts.
As well as the show in Japan there was also two fights in the Philippines.
The most notable of those two cards was at the Poblacion Balamban Sports Complex where we had several notable bouts.
The most interesting of those bouts saw Vergilio Silvano (17-2-1, 10) defeating Jetly Purisima (17-13-4, 5) via a decision. Although the cards were close going into the final round Purisma was dropped twice in round 12 allowing Silvano some breathing space as he claimed the WBO Oriental Light Flyweight title.
On the same card we also saw a victory for former world champion Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14) who stopped Jason Egera (21-9, 10) in the 8th round. There was also a victory for the promising Froilan Saludar (17-0-1, 11) who took a decision over the tough Julius Alcos (21-13, 3)/
The highlight from the rest of the card saw the promising Jhaleel Payao (6-0, 4) stopping Roel Garcia (5-11-2, 1) in the 2nd of a scheduled 8.
On the more notable bouts from rest of the show Jordan Catubay (5-1-1, 2) overcame Junny Salogaol (4-5-4, 4) in an 8 round contest and Jhon Kenan Villaflor (3-0-1, 1) won a battle of unbeatens taking a decision over Jaybie Haya (2-1-1, 2) over 6 rounds.
In the 4 rounds battles we had 3 early finishes with debutant Cristian Araneta (1-0, 1) stopping Gary Rojo (1-6) in round 3, Salatiel Amit (2-0, 2) stopping Jessie Suacasa (2-1, 1) in round 2 and Jelbirt Gomera (2-0, 2) blasted out Mark Jun Tubo (0-6) in just 40 seconds.
The other Filipino card, held at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, saw 9 bouts with it's own title bout.
In the headline bout Renan Trongco (14-4, 8) took a hard fought decision over China's Wang Xin Hua (10-9-1) to claim the WBC International Flyweight title. Unfortunately for both men it's very unlikely either will make any sort of real dent on the world scene, despite the ranking that the title will bring Trongco.
In the lead support bout the hard hitting Gabriel Royo (9-7-2, 8) stopped Samuel Apuya (7-16-1, 4) following a victory for the unbeaten Lloyd Jardeliza (4-0-3, 3) who stopped Arjet Caballes (6-28-5, 3).
The show opened with a trio of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These saw Arnold Garcia (1-1, 1) stopping debutant Ariel Benedict Escayo (0-1) in the second round, Kenjie Watanabe (1-1, 1) stopping Jay-Ar Campana (0-2), also in the second round, and a victory for Joe Misako (1-0) in an all debutant bout with Jestoni Autida (0-1).
As well as the trio of 4 round bouts on the undercard there was also a trio of 6 rounders. These saw Roldan Aldea (4-1-1, 2) defeat Warren Mambuanag (6-3-2, 3), Vergel Rivera (4-0-1) defeat Jeson Berwela (4-15, 2) and Just Bornilla (5-1) defeat Edsil Jungco (0-5-4) all by decision.
There was also Asian action in Australia, though unfortunately none of it was successful for Asian fighters as both Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit (14-6, 6) and Thongthai Rajanondh (16-15, 4) were beaten.
Pleonchit was stopped in 2 rounds by the experienced Naoufel Ben Rabeh (37-3, 20) whilst Rajanondh was beaten, via a decision, by debutant Nathaniel May (1-0).
Through out Europe fighters with an Asian link had solid results. In Denmark the Lebanese born Ahmad Kaddour (27-2-1, 10) moved a step closer to a Danish title fight as he defeated Aleksei Tsatiasvili (4-5, 2) whilst in Germany Rola El Halabi (13-1, 7) successfully defended WBF female Light Welterweight title with a dominant display over Sopo Putkaradze (6-1-2, 1).
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