It's not too often that the biggest show involving Asian action is on a card outside of Asia but that's what we had this past Friday thanks to Australian promoter Peter Maniatis and his excellent "UltraTune Cup" show.
There were several fights involving Asian fighters on the show and unfortunately for many of them it was a painful day of action.
On the undercard both Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-29, 4) and Manopnoi Singmanasak (10-17, 6) suffered stoppage losses. For Dennapa his loss was a somewhat disappointing one with his 4th round stoppage coming to Joel Camilleri (4-3, 2) whilst Manopnoi's was a somewhat expected one to Michael Zerafa (12-0, 6) in the second round.
In the show's main even we had an all Asian affair as Filipino Randy Petalcorin (20-1-1, 15) took on Thailand's Samransak Singmanasak (35-21-1, 27). With Petalcorin's PABA Light Flyweight and WBA #2 world ranking on the line this did look like a potential banana skin, though Petalcorin showed his class and swiftly took out his over-matched Thai in round 3.
As well as the show in Australia there was also one in Thailand and one from Japan.
In Thailand the show was headlined by long reiging female champion Samson Tor Buamas (31-3, 14) who successfully defended her WIBA Mnimumweight title courtesy of a decision over the debuting Ying Li (0-1). For someone with the experience of Samson this is a disappointing match up and her second successive defense against a debuting opponent. Hopefully next time out she will face someone with a bit more experience.
As well as Samson's title defense the show featured four other contests with each of them featuring at debutant.
In a somewhat noteworthy result Kaewfah Tor Buamas (12-0, 7) took a decision over Metaul Goldstar (0-1) whilst Lucky Tor Buamas (4-0, 4) stopped Vinai Sith Korpol (0-1) and Thapfa Tor Buamas (1-1, 1) Panupol Sithsuthipankamtien (0-1). In fact from the shows five debuting fighters only Chatpetch Tor Buamas (1-0) managed to take away a victory, courtesy of a decision over Singsomdech Kwanjaisrikot 0-2).
The Japanese show, held at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, featured 8 contests.
Kicking off the show in Japan we had two bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. One of these saw the debuting Koji Ida (1-0) take a unanimous decision victory over Shunsuke Mori (0-2) whilst the other saw Mamoru Takeuchi (3-5-2) take a 3 round technical decision over Motonobu Suzuki (2-4).
Following the 4 round bouts we had two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. These saw Atsushi Hosogai (5-7) upset Yutaka Kamioka (6-3-2, 4) and Koya Sato (7-0-1, 1) extend his unbeaten run with a victory over Taichi Yokote (6-2, 3). Both of these coming by decision.
The rest of the card was scheduled for 8 rounds though only one actually went the schedule as Yasuyuki Masuda (8-5, 1) upset the much more experienced Yuta Nagai (27-9-4, 18) via a split decision.
In the three other 8 rounders we saw a trio of stoppages. The quickest of these saw Yutaka Sowano (8-5-1, 6) stopping Thai visitor Yutthana Sithsaithong (2-2) in just 157 seconds. In just the second round Tsukasa Saito (18-2, 13) stopped the usually durable Kosuke Iwashita (14-16-2, 8) and also in the second round Kazuya Soma (6-4-2, 5) took out Thai debutant Singthong Kingtiger (0-1).
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.