The main action on Saturday was in the Philippines as a stacked card at the Mandaluyong Gym stole the headlines in Asian boxing.
The card started with a brilliant victory for debutant Miko Sacro (1-0) who dropped Roderick Naduma (0-2) before securing a clear decision victory. Sacro's victory was then followed by another decision, this time for Rowel Rosia (3-2, 2) who also dropped his opponent en route to a decision. Rosia scored a clear shut out over Honesto Luha (0-2).
In a 4 round bout between winless pair Jay-Ar Diama (0-0-3) and Rodel Garde (0-4-1) the result was a somewhat unsurprising draw. Diama's 3 successive draws must be amongst the oddest runs to start a career that we've seen in recent bouts.
The Diama/Garde bout wasn't the only draw on the card with prospect Renerio Arizala (5-0-1, 3) also failing to secure a victory as his bout with JC Francisco (2-6-1) also resulted in a draw. Although Arizala could only manage a draw fellow prospect Menard Avila (3-0, 1) scored arguably his best result so far stopping Mabert Paulino (2-15).
Avila's stoppage victory was one of 5 on the card as Jerry Nardo (17-2, 8) stopped Jonel Borbon (1-9-1, 1), Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) stopped Cris Leon (6-7-4, 3), Michael Dasmarinas (12-1-, 8) stopped Rolando Niones (4-13-2, 2) and Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 4) stopped Renren Tesorio (11-3-3, 3).
It was the Purisima/Tesorio bout that was the cards main event with the PBF (Philippines Boxing Federation) Flyweight title on the line. The 5th round stoppage victory for Purisima saw him claiming the title and scoring probably the biggest win of his career so.
The only other result from the card we currently have is a decision victory for Renan Trongco (13-4, 8) who out pointed Sherwin McDo Lungay (7-23-2).
Although the card in the Phillipines was probably the better over-all show there was also a show in Japan which featured several notable names.
The main event in Japan saw former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (20-1-2, 13) score his first victory since being beaten in December 2012 by Yota Sato. Akaho returned to the ring to face a clearly "soft" opponent and it showed as he took out Filipino journeyman Elmar Francisco (16-19-2, 4) in just 4 rounds.
For Japanese fans it wasn't just Akaho in action but several others, notably Daisuke Nakagawa (21-3-2, 16) who stopped Elvin Marbun (14-11-2, 6) in the 3rd of 8 rounds. Nakagawa, a former national champion at Light Middleweight now appears to be looking at the Middleweight division, perhaps trying to throw his name into the Ryoto Murata sweepstakes.
Nakagawa and Akaho were joined by Kenichi Ogawa (9-1, 7) and Musashi Suzuki (9-1, 4) who also scored early victories as they stopped Shunsuke Sato (7-15-2, 4) and Petchsaifah Lookmaerampeoygym (0-1), both in the second round.
The 7 bout card only actually had 3 bouts that went the distance with both Yuto Shimizu (7-2-2, 1) and Ryosei Arai (12-2-1, 3) needing to settle with decision victories. Shimizu out pointed Toru Chiba (14-8-1, 11) whilst Arai over-came Junki Sasaki (11-2, 5) in what was, on papaer an excellently matched bout.
Unfortunately for Gaku Aikawa (1-0-1) the best he could do was score a draw with Kazuya Seki (3-3-1, 1) over the 4 round distance as he lost his winning record.
There was also a 3rd Asian card courtesy of South Korea with 5 bouts on the card.
The most notable bout in Korea saw Kyung-Joon Ahn (6-2-1, 4) defeat Sung-Dae Lee (6-2, 2) via 2nd round TKO to claim the South Korean Middleweight title. This was the first defense for Lee who only won the title about 8 weeks ago.
The title bout was the only bout on the card shceduled for more than 4 rounds though the card also saw victories for Hyun-Kyum Park (3-0, 2) who defeated Dong-Suk Han (1-6) by decision and Myung-Soo Jung (1-0) who stopped Min-Soo Lee (0-1) in the 4th round.
The cards remaining bouts finished in draws with Sung-Tak Joo (2-0-2, 1) and Woo-Shin Kim (3-0-1, 1) being a unanimous decision draw (38-38 on all 3 cards) whilst Moon-Sun Jung (1-1-1) claimed a split draw with Sun-Ho Shim (0-0-2).
As well as the fights in Asia, there was sadly a loss for Sri Lankan Nuwan Jayakody (1-1) who was unfortunately out pointed in the US by Anthony Burgin (4-0, 1) and Filipino Gabriel Altarejos (12-2-1, 4). Altarejos, fighting for the WBC International Silver Super Bantamweight title, was thoroughly outgunned by former world champion Hugo Fidel Cazares (39-7-2, 27) who stopped him within a round.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.