The first action of Saturday took place in Yemen as the country continued to try and prove it's self as one of the busiest boxing nations in the world.
The show, held at the Yemen Boxing Federation Gym, featured 8 contests and started off with a series of of 4 round bouts.
From the the shows quintet of 4 round contests we had just a sole decision with Ali Sanabani (3-2, 1) taking a shut out over Sultan Awdi (0-1).
From the the other 4 round contests the earliest finish took just 29 seconds as Husam Al Shargabi (2-0, 1) wiped out the debuting Suhayl Hamzi (0-1). Amazingly this was one of two contests that finished inside a minute with Ali Al Ahdal (4-3, 3) taking 53 seconds to stop Ali Yunus (0-2).
As well as the two stoppages in the opening round there was also two stoppages in round 3 as the unbeaten Jaber Arashi (2-0, 1) stopped Faisal Rifaly (0-2) and Luke Hasan (3-0, 1) forced a retirement of Ali Rajeh (0-2).
Although 4 of the 5 preliminary bouts finished inside the distance the shows 3 main bouts, all scheduled for 10 rounds actually went the distance.
On paper the least interesting of the 10 round contests was Ali Salem (5-0, 1) facing Saeed Asam (1-2, 1). Despite appearing like a bit of a mismatch on paper the contest was competitive with Salem doing enough to maintain his unbeaten record despite being pushed hard by Asam.
Although Asam put on a better than expected performance against Salem it was left to Alwan Hawshabi (3-1, 1) to score the shows only real upset as he overcame the previously unbeaten Abdu Sameer (4-1). The bout was competitive though Hawshabi was a deserved winner.
For us, and likely the crowd, the main fight on the show was the battle of unbeatens as Omar Awdan (6-0, 2) took on Wesam Maqrami (4-1, 2). Unfortunately for Maqrami he was out pointed in another close and competitive match up as Awdan made a case as the best domestic challenger for Ali Raymi.
As well as the show in Yemen there were 3 shows in Japan. The most notable of which took place at the Airys Hall in Ota.
Although the show only had 6 contests on it, it had the 2 most noteworthy as Japanese Featherweigth champion Hisashi Amagasa (24-4-2, 16) stopped Zuri Kannan (15-5-2, 4) in 8 rounds in a none title bout and Ryuta Otsuka (13-5-2, 3) out pointed Mako Matsuyama (6-7-1, 3) over the scheduled 8.
As well as those two bouts there were 4 more contests all scheduled for the 4 round distance. These saw Daisuke Nakajima (3-11, 2) scoring a rare win thanks to an opening round KO over Seiji Honma (0-3), Kota Shibayama (2-1-1, 2) stopping Kenji Motegi (2-2-1) in the second round, Keisuke Fujii (3-3, 2) taking a decision over Shota Inoue (1-4) and debutants drawing with majority draw between Kazuhiro Baba (0-0-1) and Takuya Yamaguchi (0-0-1).
The card at the Airys Hall was joined by two others that were both held at the Azalea Taisho in Osaka and bother promoted by the same company.
The first of these shows also featured 6 contests, include 3 female bouts.
This show kicked off with a majority decision victory for Seita Mochizuki (2-4) who over-came the debuting Ryoji Fukunaga (0-1). This bout soon followed bya blink and you miss it opening round KO by Aoi Saijo (2-5, 2) who took out Takaichi Tsujimoto (0-3) in just 87 seconds.
The final 4-round contest, and also the first female contest, saw Terumi Nuki (2-0) narrowly defeating Emi Kitawaki (2-4-1, 1) via split decision. All 3 judges agreed on the close nature of the bout scoring it 39-38, though 2 of them favoured Nuki by the narrowest of margins.
Following the first female contest we had the second as Maho Tamamori (4-2-1, 1) took a majority decision over Asako Tonarii (3-2-1, 2) in what was the card's first 6 round contest. This was followed by Kosuke Isono (6-1-1, 1) taking a majority decision over Yuichi Arai (6-8-1, 2) in a closer than expected contest.
In a disappointing finale of the show Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (3-1-1, 2) and Mika Iwakawa (3-1-1, 1) had to settle for an opening round technical draw after a clash of heads after just 104 seconds.
The remaining card in Japan was the second to be held at the Azalea Taisho and featured an impressive sound 10 contests. Unfortunately despite being the most stacked card it was also the most forgetable card of the day.
The show, consisting of 9 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds and one for 8, featured just a sole stoppagse as Ryutaro Fujii (1-3, 1) claimed his first career victory with a 59 second knockout of the debuting Hirofumi Yamashita (0-1).
From the other 4 round bouts we had a couple of majority decisions with Hoshimitsu Tomoshige (1-4-1) over-coming Yuki Abe (1-3) and Aiko Yamagishi (1-0-1) defeating Yukina Yasuda (0-1-1) in a female bout. Rather interestingly the female bout was a rematch of both fighter's debut in which they fought to a draw.
As well as the 2 majority decisions there were also 3 split decisions. The first of these, in a female contest, saw Mikiko Muto (2-0) defeating Shione Ogata (1-4), the second saw Hikaru Yoshimura (2-1-1, 2) fighting to a draw with Yutaro Fujino (3-2-1, 2).
The 3 reamining contests over 4 rounds were all, of course, unanimous decisions. These saw Naoki Bito (2-4-1, 1) over come Shoki Nozawa (1-2), Yo Sugano (1-1) record his first victory with a very close decision over Hiroto Tanaka (1-5, 1) and Daiki Miyayama (2-1, 1) defeating the previously unbeaten Yuki Matsumoto (1-1, 1).
In the main event of the shoaw Japan's very own Shohei Kanemoto (8-6-1, 3) narrowly overcame Filipino journeyman Dondon Sultan (18-22-3, 9). The bout, an 8 rounder, was competitive from the off and only a single round seperated the main from a majority decision draw.
In the Philippines there was also a show, probably the most interesting card in Asian in all honesty.
The main event saw Dennis Laurente (45-5-5, 26) claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Middleweight title thanks to a very straight forward stoppage of the overmatched Manopnoi Singmanasak (10-16, 6).
The second round stoppage for Laurente was one of 5 stoppage on the card though by far the most notable. Interesting it was one of 3 that Filipino's scored against Thaia's with former world title challenger Jonathan Taconing (16-2-1, 13) stopping Rambo Sithsaithong (8-4, 4) with a body shot in the opening round and Juan Martin Elorde (15-1, 7) taking out Rajakru Sor Rungwatana (0-3) in the second round. Both of these bouts acted as the lead support bouts.
To open the card Christopher Estrera (1-0, 1) stopped Ernie Mino Jr (0-1) in a battle of debutants, Fritz Marvin Bolinguet (4-0, 1) scored his first stoppage getting rid of Charlie Gabriel (0-3) inside a round and Jerome Montalban (1-0) made a solid debut out pointing Gebby Manago (0-2). All in 4 round bouts.
In the show's sole 6 round contest Jeffrey Francisco (7-0-1) defeated Gerald Garcia (3-6-3) in a competitive decision. Garcia was down in the second round but fought back hard and almost managed to earn a draw.
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