With the boxing world focusing on "Mayday" in the US and Floyd Mayweather's masterclass over Robert Guerrero it could be easy to forget that there was plenty of action in Asia on Saturday. There wasn't just a single hout here and there but there was 3 cards, each with at least 1 bout of note.
The most interesting card was in Japan and held at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. This card featured 6 bouts including 3 low profile bouts, a mismatch and 2 titles bouts.
The low tier bouts saw victories for Middelweight prospect Shoma Fukumoto (2-0, 2) who stopped Kenji Aizawa (6-12, 1) in the 4th round, as well as early victories for bother Yuzo Mitani (5-1, 2) and Tomoyuki Omura (6-3, 3) who stopped Jonathan Bergere (3-2, 1) and Masato Nakano (4-4-1, 3).
The first bout of real note saw the highly ranked Lightweight Nihito Arakawa (24-2-1, 15) quickly despatch novice Pakphum Tor Pornchai (0-2) in just 2 rounds. This was Arakawa's first bout since losing to Daniel Estrada in November.
Arakawa wasn't the only highly ranked Lightweight in action as Yoshitaka Kato (25-4-1, 7), the long reigning Japanese champion, added the OPBF belt to his collection of titles thanks to a victory over multi-time world title challenger Motoki Sasaki (39-10-1, 24). Sasaki, as he has through his career, proved to be tough though was clearly beaten on the scorecards.
As well as the Lightweight title bout Japanese fans also saw the OPBF Middleweight up for grabs. Unexpectedly Akio Shibata (21-7-1, 9) claimed the title as he took a 9 round technical decision over former world title contender Makoto Fuchigami (20-8, 11). This was Shibata's first real bout of note at 160lbs and it marks a good victory and one that may mark him as a possible opponent for Ryota Murata who's debut is looming.
As well as the card in Japan we had 2 in the Philippines.
At the La Trinidad Trading Post we had 4 bouts with the headline bout seeing Rex Wao (7-0, 6) claiming the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title thanks to an early blast out of Danilo Gabisay (3-1, 2). Sadly the rest of the card was very low profile with Jay-ar Estremos (10-5, 4) stopping Arjet Caballes (6-27-5, 3) in 4 rounds, Remuel Obidos (8-3-1, 3) stopping Jessie Caballes (2-9) inside a round and Roy Velarde (1-0) making a successful debut against Keroven Saclit (0-1).
Although there was no title action in the ALA promoted card at Mandaue City Plaza Square the card actually did seem to be better than the one at La Trinidad Trading Post.
The main event at the ALA card was another victory for the very promising Melvin Gumban (14-0, 6) who over-came Fernando Ocon (10-5, 2) via decision. Gumban managed to drop Ocon early though Ocon showed heart and came well against one of the more over-looked Filipino youngsters.
Gumban was one of 3 unbeaten fighters to keep their 0 with both Juren Labordo (9-0, 5) and Brian Lobitania (5-0-1, 4) scoring early stoppages over less than testing opponents in Roel Garcia (5-10-2, 1) and Rocky Alvarez (1-3, 1).
It wasn't all good news for unbeaten fighters however as Rey Morales (7-1, 2) was unexpectedly stopped by Renante Suacasa (5-7, 1) who scored his first career stoppage.
The other bouts on the card included a victory for Albert Villacampa (12-6-1, 2) who out pointed Pedro Balaba (10-5-1, 5) over 8 rounds; a dominant victory for Lito Dante (4-3-3, 1) over Rez Padrogane (2-2, 1) who was down 4 times! And Ivor Lastrilla (5-2-1, 3) who overcame Takaoki Noma (0-3) via narrow 4 round majority decision.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.