Today in Asia we had 3 major cards of boxing. One of those, arguably the most important, took place in Hong Kong and featured 3 championship bouts, an other, in Japan, featured several notable prospects as they continued their rise through the boxing ranks and in Thailand we had a veteran in action
The star of the day was in Hong Kong as local attraction Rex Tso (9-0, 6) scored the biggest win of his career. The 25 year old "Wonder Kid" successfully defended his WBC Asia Council Continental Super Flyweight title for the first time as he over-came former world champion Wandee Singwancha (67-17-1, 18) in 4 rounds. The veteran Singwancha sadly couldn't match the work rate, or size of the exciting Tso who appears to be swiftly becoming a national boxing star.
Tso was one of two fighters who successfully defended their belts as Japanese female boxer Momo Koseki (16-2-1, 4) also defended her belt, the WBC Atomweight title. Koseki scored a rare stoppage in over-coming former WBC interim Minimumweight champion Eun-Young Huh (6-2-1). Koseki forced the referee's hand after connecting with a solid shot in round 6.
The remaining title bout saw Thai puncher Ekapol Yothinpanawet (14-1, 10) pick up the previously vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title as he stopped Filipino Mike Tumbaga (12-19-2) in 2 rounds.
With all the title fights finishing early it may have been a relief that all the undercard bouts went to decision.
The decisions saw unanimous victories for A.O. Chu (1-0) out pointing Kong Kiatpracha (0-2) and French Heavyweight Oliver Prevost (1-0) who over-came Keng Fai Lam (0-1). They also saw a very competitive majority decision win for Kuok Kun Ng (1-0) who defeated Nepalese teenager Nibesh Ghale (0-1) and a split decision for Filipino veteran Edgar Gabejan (24-29-6, 7) who upset Festus Omondi (8-5, 6).
The only bout that came to an inconclusive ending was the bout between Chan Sin Man (1-0-1) and Alvin Cooney (0-0-1) which ended in a majority decision draw.
In Japan we had an 8 bout card that whilst lacking titles didn't lack potential stars. One of those potential stars was the hard punching Hiroki Okada (6-0, 6) who stopped Indonesian veteran Heri Andriyanto (19-16-2, 10) in impressive fashion. It's hard not to be impressed by Okada who may well be the hardest hitting fighter in Japan and with this stoppage he proved himself as a hard hitter than Shuhei Tsuchiya.
Another of the potential stars in action was Kenji Kubo (2-1), a former K1 kick boxer who successfully bounced back from a stoppage loss to Rey Megrino back in January by out-pointing Galih Susanto (6-3).
Arguably the most competitive bout on the card saw the unbeaten Gosuke Seki (13-0-2, 2)pushed all the way as he claimed a narrow majorit decision over Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3). This was the second meeting between the two men who had fought to a draw back in November 2012 and it wouldnt be a massive shock if a third bout between the two was set up.
Although Seki was pushed hard he wasn't the only fighter who was involved in a close one as the excellent matched Katsunori Shimooki (2-2-1) and Takamasa Kusano (1-3) fought to a split decision with Shimooki winning by the narrowest of margins.
In an 8 round contest Ryota Itoyama (10-4, 5) out pointed Yuichi Ideta (13-8-1, 7) to record his 6th successive victory. Itoyama has now rebuilt his record excellently after losing 3 in a row to drop to 4-4.
Masahito Igawa (11-7-1, 4) successfully returned to the ring after spending more than 2 years out as he stopped Masatoshi Nakamura (6-7, 2) in the 5th of 8 scheduled rounds. This victory was just Igawa's 2nd in over 6 years as he's gone 2-4 over that time.
Alongside Igawa and Kubo, Shingo Koike (5-1, 2) also bounced back from a loss as he out pointed Keisuke Ogino (2-5, 1) over 4 rounds.
Incidentally Yoshihiro Utsumi (10-4-2, 5) scored his 3rd straight technical decision as he scored an opening round technical draw with Tonko Nakagawa (11-5-1, 4). The odd run of Utsumi has seen him going 1-1-1 in those technical decision bouts.
In Thailand fans were treat to a 5 bout card televised live on Thailand Colour Television Channel 3 with the headline fighter being former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (61-3-1, 26) who stopped Ichal Tobida (9-11) in eye catching fashion to defend his PABA Super Flyweight title.
As well as Kaovichit's stoppage there was also early finishes for former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (42-1-1, 21) who took out the massively over-matched Luinika Rodolfo (0-5); Manopnoi Singmanasak (9-14, 5) who stopped Tanuthong Sor Visetkit (0-1) and Stamp Kiatniwat (2-0, 1) who took out Petchprakaifa Sor Visetkit (-01) in a round.
The only bout that actually went the distance in Thailand saw Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan (6-1) over come You-Jie Zeng (3-4) over 6 rounds. This was the second meeting between the two men (with the Thai claiming a 6 round decision last June).
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.