The weekend is of course the busiest time for boxing in both Europe and the US. Unfortunately neither Europe or the US have any genuinely massive fights this weekend and in fact you'd be hard pushed to find a better card than the one at the Korakuen Hall this Saturday.
The show, a Japanese title double header sees 6 bouts in total on the card.
The opening bout, scheduled for 4 rounds sees Suzuki Kenta (0-0) facing Yushan Masaya (0-0) in an all debutant match up in the Welterweight divsion. It appears that the card was supposed to open with a bout between Takahiko Suzuki (1-0, 1) and the debuting Yokoyama Wataru (0-0) though that now looks to have been cancelled and Kenta/Masaya has replaced it in regards to being the shows opener.
The first of 3 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds sees Yuji Hasegawa (7-2, 1) taking on veteran Dosanko Fighter Hayasaka (7-9-2, 1). Unfortunately Hayasaka comes in to the bout on the back of 5 losses and is winless in over 4 years whilst Hasegawa is on a 3 fight winning streak.
The second of the cards 8 round contests sees Yota Hori (9-1-2, 6), a fighter who held Koki Eto to a 6 round draw, taking on Filipono Ardin Diale (20-8-3, 7). Diale, a former world title challenger, looks to be the toughest challenger that Hori has faced so far and is capable of scoring the upset if he's on his game.
The final 8 round contest sees Shuji Hamada (12-5-3, 2), the #12 ranked Japanese Super Flyweight, fighting Masafumi Otake (14-10-3, 7). Hamada has had a good year with 2 straight victories following a trio of setbacks in 2011-2012 and shouldn't struggle too much with Otake despite the fact Otake is unbeaten in 4 bouts.
The first of the two Japanese title fights sees the hard hitting Tomohiro Ebisu (11-2, 11) defending his Japanese Middleweight title. Ebisu will be making the first defense of his title as he takes on former Welterweight and Light Middleweight champion Daisuke Nakagawa (21-3-2, 16), who is currently the #1 ranked contender. Although both of Ebisu's losses have come by stoppage he does hit hard and often comes out on top in a shoot out, as he did last time against the then champion Sanosuke Sasaki.
The final bout on the show sees Japanese Super Featherweight champion Daiki Kaneko (18-2-3, 11) defending his belt for the fourth time. Kaneko will be facing #11 ranked Mitsuya Omura (16-7-1, 12). This will be Omura's second attempt to claim a Japanese national title after being stopped in in a Lightweight title tilt by Nihito Arakawa.
Both of the champions will be expected to claim victory here though there is a chance that they could both be upset in what promises to be a great card from start to end.
The day's "secondary" card takes place at the Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Paranaque City Gabriel Elorde and the Elorde promotional outfit put on a 6 bout show. Unfortunately none of these bouts hold too much interest.
The main event, scheduled for 10 rounds, sees Cris Alfante (8-1, 2) taking on journeyman Roy Albaera (2-19-4). This is as much of a mismatch as it appears on paper with Albaera having been stopped 14 times in his 25 contests to date.
Unfortunately the shows other bouts look equally as uninteresting with Zoren Pama (3-7-3, 1) taking on Rolando Niones (4-13-2, 2); Rolden Aldea (2-1-1, 1) facing Marco Niones (3-8, 1) and Joathan Ligas (4-5-1) taking on Elbert Guardario (8-21-1, 2) in the shows 3 contests scheduled for 8 rounds.
Arguably the most competitive bout on the show is the sole 6 round contest which sees Vergel Rivera (2-0-1) fighting Raymond Empic (2-1, 1). The remaining contest on the show is a 4 round bout as Arnold Garcia (0-1) takes on debutant Ken Heart Paliprin (0-0)
After the action we've had over the past two weeks or so it's about time that things started to slow off a little and thats what we have this Friday.
The only notable card in Asia seems to be in Thailand as the always fun to watch Pungluang Sor Singyu (44-2, 29) defends his WBO International Bantamweight title. His opponent is yet to be named and we don't expect anyone of note to be in the other corner though it is always fun to see Pungluang in action.
As well as the WBO International title fight we do expect at least 1 other bout on the card, though we're unsure on who else will be on the show.
In Australia we expect to see experienced Thai Thongthai Rajanondh (16-13, 4) taking on Austrealian novice Luke Jackson (1-0, 1). Although the experience edge is certainly with the Thai here we tend to favour "Action" Jackson to claim his second victory.
It's rare to have genuine world title bouts on a Thursday but this week we have 2 seperate ones.
In the Philippines WBO Bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda (20-0, 10) takes on Japanese challenger Tomoki Kameda (27-0, 18). Tomoki, the younger brother of Koki and Daiki will attempt to become the 3rd member of the Kameda family to claim a world title though Namibian Ambunda will be no push over.
Ambunda won his world title earlier this year defeating Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand by decision in an excellent, if somewhat ignored, contest. Using that fight as a basis for what we know about Ambunda it's clear this is going to be a tough fight for Tomoki. Oddly however if Tomoki does win he'll become the first ever Japanese WBO world champion and he'll join older brother Koki as a current Bantamweight champion.
On the same card in the Philippines there's a second Bantamweight title bout as Marlon Tapales (22-2, 9) takes on Fredirex Rodriguez (11-2-1, 8) for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. Ranked #14 by the WBO Rodriguez will be looking to leap up the rankings with the victory here and possibly even move in to a position to face the Tomoki/Ambunda winner.
Also on the card is former WBC and "Linear" Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (34-12-5, 24) who will fight Gerpaul Valero (14-14-3, 10). Although Valero has a poor record he has impressively won 13 of his last 14 contests with his sole loss being to Jerson Mancio in Mancio's home city.
The card fills out with 3 lower level bouts that see Ardie Boyosi (6-0-1, 3) taking on Al Grumo (7-6, 1), Neil John Tabanao (3-0, 2) fighting Charlie Pucdol (4-1, 3) and Joey Canoy (2-0, 1) facing Marwin Cristota (2-8-1, 1).
In Thailand the details on the card are scarce but the main event looks to be an entertaining on as Kompayak Porpramook (50-4, 35) looks to defend his WBA "interim" Flyweight title. Kompayak, best known for his wars with Adrian Hernandez, will be facing Japanese challenger Koki Eto (13-2-1, 10). Eto is a limited fighter but hits hard and Porpramook is of course a balls to the wall warrior so we expect this to be great fun as long as it lasts.
The month ends on yet another busy day with action in Japan, Thailand and Yemen.
The most notable single bout seems likelt to occur in Thailand as WIBA Light Flyweight champion Samson Tor Buamas (29-3, 14) is expected to defend her title. Her opponent is yet to be named though it's always a joy to see Samson in action.
Whilst the key bout is in Thailand it's fair to say the biggest card is in Japan as the Korakuen Hall hosts 10 bouts from the "East Rookie of the Year" tournament.
The show in Japan kicks off with a minimumweight bout between Masaaki Okubo (3-1, 1) and Tsukada Naoyuki (3-0, 2). This looks like a very promising match up between two men wanting to make a name for themselves and claiming the "East Rookie of the Year" would be a good way to do that.
In the Light Flyweight division we have 3 contests as Tomoyuki Kaneko (4-1, 2) takes on Ohta Teru (unfortunately we are struggling to track down his record), Yuta Sakai (1-4) faces an opponent that we've got to admit we're unsure about and we think Mao Hoshino (3-8-1) fights Rei Ochiai (1-1-2).
In the sole Flyweight bout Katsunori Shimooki (2-2-1) battles Naoto Takanashi (3-6-1, 2). Interestingly Takanashi is winless in 4 bouts dating back over a year whilst Shimooki is on a 3 fight lose-less streak.
The only Super Flyweight bout appears to be Uko Nonami (2-0-1, 1) against the unbeaten Jo Tanooka (4-0-3). Tanooka appears unable to make a fight easy for himself.
The show also has 2 Bantamweight bouts on the card with the 19 year old Yamato Nakagawa (4-2, 2) taking on the 20 year old Yuki Arai (2-1) and Yukichi Hara (3-2, 1) faces Ryosuke Hayase (3-0).
At Super Bantamweight Takahiro Shibata (4-1-1, 1) will fight Naoto Fujimoto (3-2-1, 1). The final bout on the show will see Light Welterweight Yuki Nagano (1-1, 1) taking on Minoru Iizuka (2-0, 2).
All of those Japanese bouts will take place over the 4 round distance.
The card in Yemen, which we actually epect to take place first, has 7 bouts on it as the Yemeni domestic scene continues to be an oddly busy one.
The most notable bout on the Yemen card sees Yasin Abdulkhalik (4-0, 3) fighting Moxamad Abdu (2-0, 1) in a Super Bantamweight contest. This is one of two 10 round contests on the card with the other seeing Ali Sanabani (2-1, 1) fighting Asam Dolbhante (2-0).
The remaining 5 bouts on the card are all scheduled for 4 rounds as Abdelsamid Sameer (1-0) takes on Mohammad Saleh (2-0) in a Light Welterweight contest, Ali Salem (2-0, 1) facing Esam Aunfi (1-0, 1) in bout at Bantamweight, Othman Qasim (2-0) taking on Khaled Sulaym (1-0, 1), Yaser Ali (1-0, 1) taking on Khaled Munasar (0-1), who is incidentally the only man in 4 round contests with a loss, and Yasir Shadhili (1-0) taking on Khaldun Salami (1-0) in a Super Middleweight contest.
It's starting to seem liek the action just never stops in the east and whilst that's a great thing for boxing fans it's a lot of work to keep up.
This Tuesday sees action returning to the Korakuen Hall for an 8 bout show promoted by Misako promotions.
The show kicks off with a 4 round bout at Super Flyweight as Takahiro Iida (3-2-1, 2) faces Hokuto Sakata (2-2-1, 1). Iida comes in to this bout winless in 3 contests whilst Sakata is 1-1-1 in his last 3, possibly giving him a slight edge.
The show is then expected to have a 4 round bout at Sper Bantamweight. We think, though aren't sure, that this bout will see Masanori Oshima (2-6-5, 2) taking on Ryosuke Ota (0-4). Of course with records like this it's doubtful that the bout will have too much interest though it could be Ota's best chance at recording a victory.
The first of the shows 3 contests scheduled for 6 rounds sees Yusuke Konno (6-1, 2) looking for his second victory of the year. Konno will be facing the limited but hard hitting Kai Zama (6-6, 4) who enters on the back of 1 win in his last 6 contests.
At Light Middleweight Norimitsu Ebine (8-6-1, 5) returns from a 3 year break to fight Shiro Saito (5-3-1, 2). Although Ebine is a solid puncher himself he is winless since 2007 and has lost his last 4 bouts, with this in mind Saito has to be favoured, despite him losing his most recent bout.
The third, and final, 6 round bout on the show sees Mitsumasa Takahashi (7-4, 2) looking to end a run of 1 win in his last 5 as he faces the hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-4-2, 5). Ueno has lost his last 2 bouts though hs is 4-2-2 (3) in the last 3 years.
The first of the shows 3 bouts scheduled for 8 round sees the faltering Yohei Tobe (5-1-1, 3) attempt to resurrect his career. A year ago Tobe looked to be a star in the making though a loss to Ryo Akaho and a draw with Richard Pumicpic have seen some questioning his potential. Tobe will be looking for his second win since those back-to-back set backs as he takes on Ken Achiwa (8-9-2, 2) who has gone 3-8-1 in his last 12 bouts and should be little more than fodder for Tobe.
At Welterweight Koshinmaru Saito (18-5-1, 10) takes on Shusaku Fujinaka (9-2-2, 6) in arguably the cards most promising bout on paper. Saito is ranked #3 in Japan at 147lbs though has lost 2 of his last 3 bouts whilst Fujinaka is 6-1-1 (4) in his last 8 contest, albeit at a much lower level than what Saito has been competing at.
The final bout on the show sees Filipino Cris Paulino (10-1, 3) taking on the #5 ranked Japanese Flyweight Yuki Fukumoto (15-6, 5). Although highly ranked in Japan Fukumoto was no match for his last Filipino opponent Silvester Lopez who stopped him in 4. Although Paulino enters on the back of a loss to Ardin Diale he is unbeaten in 8 round contests and against Japanese opponents so should be favoured here in what looks like a worthwhile main event.