For the second successive day we have domestic action in Japan, this time at Korakuen Hall courtesy of Miyata Boxing Gym.
The show opens with a pair of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds as Shogo Yonenaga (1-1, 1) takes on Daichi Ushiki (1-4) and Hyuma Fujioka (3-2) battles Toru Kudo (3-2-1, 1). Whilst neither of these bouts will get the heart racing they are both decent enough to open a show and should be competitive, especially Fujioka/Kudo.
The sole 6 round bout on the show sees Hiroyuki Sagehashi (6-5-2) in action against Mitsuhisa Hayashi (4-3, 3) in another bout that we would expect to be competitive even if neither fighter will ever be expected to reach the top of the sport.
After the 6 round bout the show has 4 bouts scheduled for the 8 round distance.
The first of 8 round bouts sees a very one-sided looking bout as Kaname Tabei (10-6-2, 7) fights Yusaku Ishikawa (3-4), it's going to be very much an up hill battle for Ishikawa.
The second of these will see the promising Nobuyuki Shindo (13-2, 4) in action. The 6'1" south paw is expected to face a Thai opponent, though unfortunately we're unsure on who the opponent will be.
In the third of the 8 round bouts we get the most notable name on the card, Takuya Kogawa (21-2, 12) in action. The former world title challenger and current Japanese national champion will be expected to pick a very easy win as he takes on the mismatched Thai Petchkrapee Sithsaithong (0-5). We don't really see much merit in this match up other than to keep Kogawa busy as he's been inactive since February.
The main event sees veteran Kazuyoshi Kumano (25-12, 6) in against the much younger Yusuke Konno (7-1, 3). Konno will know that whilst he's the less experienced of the two he's also the younger and bigger fighter and will also be aware that a win here could help him get some more traction in his own promising career.
Sure this is an amazing card hit it's a decent enough show, despite the mismatch in the Kogawa fight which is hopefully a biding time bout before Kogawa gets another world title fight.
The month of September kicks off in the boxing world with a 5 bout show in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan. Although it's the first show of the month it's not a particularly one, but it does keep the action ticking over.
The first bout of the month sees the unbeaten Shuzo Inada (2-0, 1) in action against the debuting Makoto Mizoshita (0-0). This is the sole 4 round bout of the show before we get a pair of 6 bouts featuring Yuki Yonaha (1-0, 1) and Shun Kubo (1-0), both men facing Thai opponents that we've been unable to identify.
The card then has a trio of bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. The first of those sees Shota Yamaguchi (9-1, 6) facing another unrecognised Thai opponent before the unbeaten Shohei Okuda (8-0, 4) is expected to battle the winless Eaknamphol Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-3-1) and Yuhei Suzuki (12-3, 9) battles Hirotsugu Yamamoto (15-8-2, 2) in what looks like the most interesting bout on a pretty unexciting card.
This Saturday may be one of the quietest weekends for boxing fans based in Europe and the US though if you're a fan of Asian boxing you will almost certainly be able to find something that has your interest throughout the day.
The highest profile bout with an Asian interest is in Mexico as Japanese fighter fighter Atsushi Kakutani (13-3-1, 6) attempts to bring back the WBC Light Flyweight title as he battles Adrian Hernandez (27-2-1, 16). Kakutani goes in to the bout as a sizable under-dog and is expected to fair as badly as Hiroyuki Hisataka did last weekend in Argentina, where he was stopped by the excellent Omar Andres Narvaez, though with Takashi Miura having had recent success in Mexico Kakutani may feel he has half a chance himself.
As well as the international action in Mexico there is also a reason to turn towards South Africa as Filipino Benezer Alolod (12-4-4, 2) attempts to defend his WBC International Light Flyweight title for the second time. Alolod, despite being the champion, will be the under-dog as he takes on former IBF Minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi (23-2-0-1, 16), a man who has notable victories over Florante Condes and Katsunari Takayama.
The only other international action sees Thailand's Pathomphol Kokietgym (4-7, 2) fighting Josh King (14-3, 7) in Australia. Unfortunately it's hard to imagine anything but a King victory.
More locally there are cards in both Japan and the Philippines.
The Japanese card, held at the Kanakubo Gymnasium Arena, is expected to have 8 bouts with the first of those being between debuting pair Yuki tsuma kawa (0-0) and Kenta Yamada (0-0). This is one of 4 bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance with Satoshi Kawami (4-8, 2) fighting Hitoshi Ando (3-5-1, 2) in the the second.
In fact from the 4 round bouts the Kawami/Ando bout actually looks like the most interesting with the other two being Yusuke Matsuda (0-1) against Kazuyoshi Toguri (1-4) and Kenichi Tokano (1-4, 1) in action against an opponent we can't track down. These aren't great fights but they will allow fans plenty of time to get to the venue before the more interesting fights themselves start.
The pair of 6 round bouts on the show see Satoru Uchida (3-10-3, 1) taking on a Thai opponent and Tatsuya Kaneko (6-8-1) battling Hideyuki Watanabe (5-5-2, 5).
The sole 8 round bout of the sees Kosuke Iwashita (13-15-2, 7) facing a Thai opponent that we can't recognise before the main event which sees Tosho Makoto Aoki (14-12-2, 11) in action. Like Iwashita, Aoki is facing an opponent that we can't actually recognise unfortunately.
Although the card in Japan isn't great it is better than the 5 fight show in Makati City, Metro Manila.
The Filipino show begins with a pair of 4 round bouts. These see Philip Cuerdo (0-0) making his debut against the winless Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) and the unbeaten Junar Adante (0-0-1) fighting Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1).
It's expected that after those two bouts there will be a trio of bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. These are likely to see Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1), Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) battling Edsil Jungco (0-4-4) and finally Ruben Traza (3-4-2) taking on Lester Abutan (2-1-1, 1).
Unfortunately we'll admit we're unsure if this Filipino card will actually happen with it having been on our schedule twice already (August 18 and August 22).
There is also at least 1 bout in Russia as former WBA interim Cruiserweight champion Valery Brudov (40-4, 28) battles the durable Jevgenijs Andrejevs (7-53, 1) over 6 rounds. This will be Brudov's second fight this and it's likely to be his second successive bout to go the distance following an 8 round decision over novice Sergey Gorokhov back in May.
It's fair to say that after a busy weekend we've had a really, really quiet week this week. The relative silence comes to a crashing end on a very busy Friday with Asian fighters battle across the Eastern hemisphere.
The most notable card is likely to be the Thai card held in Choburi where Wanheng Menayothin (29-0, 10) will attempt to defend his WBC International Minimumweight title for the 9th time as he takes on Japanese challenger Yuma Iwahashi (10-5-1, 1),
On paper the match is a mismatch but Iwahashi has been very competitive in 4 of his 5 losses, including a loss to Ryuji Hara in a Japanese national title bout, and his sole stoppage defeat was to the hands of Atsushi Kakutani who challenges for a world title tomorrow. So we wouldn't be too shocked it this was toughed for Menayothin than it looks on paper.
The day's title action isn't just limited to Thailand as we get a title double header in Lucena City Convention Center. In fact we appear to be gett the full card that we expected there on August 24th as Jerwin Ancajas (16-1-1, 8) faces Armando Casa (11-10-5, 3) for the vacant Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Bantamweight title and Lolito Sonsona (16-1-3, 6) looks to claim the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title as he fights the experienced Albert Alcoy (14-16-5, 4).
The card it's self appears pretty unchanged to the one we had listed for the 24th with the chief support bout still being Aston Palicte (10-1, 8) against Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) in what looks likely to be a mismatch.
In fact the major changes to the card have been in the lower card bouts. We still have Daryl Gamboa (0-0) against Rodney Ramirez (0-0) and Jordan Estrada (0-0) against Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-2), though the the other 4 round bout now appears to be Jhon Jhon Faminiano (1-8-1) against Jiro Saonoy (0-3).
This card also seems to have acquired 2 new 6 round bouts as the unbeaten Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) battles Lowell Saguisa (7-12, 3) and the once beaten Orlan Vasquez (8-1, 1) takes on the hard hitting Mark Anthony Florida (8-3, 7).
As well as the shows in Thailand and the Philippines there is also a show in Japan at the Korakuen Hall as promotional company Dangan put on "Dangan 81".
The main event here sees Ryuichi Funai (18-6, 12) up against a Thai opponent who we believe boasts an 8-6-1 (2) record. This bout, expected to be an 8 rounder, is supported be a co-main event between Dai Iwai (11-3-1, 5) and Yasuyuki Masuda (7-4, 1).
It's not just Funai's opponent that we've been unable to name but both Hiroshi Ishii (6-7-3) and Genji Ishida (1-0) are facing yet to be identified opponents in two of the nine bouts scheduled for 4 rounds
The rest of the bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds will kick off with Yuki Uchida (1-1) against Shinnosuke Okada (1-3-2, 1), this will be followed by the unbeaten Hiroyasu Shiga (1-0, 1) facing Masakazu Sakamoto (1-1-1, 1) and Koji Okubo (1-1) against Junki Abe (1-2).
After the above trio of bouts we will see debutants in action as Kazuma Yoshihara (0-0) takes on Takahiro Yamanishi (0-1) and in an all debutant match Aihara Shinta (0-0) battles Hosokawa Wataru (0-0).
The sole female bout on the show sees former kickboxer Shoko Hayashida (1-2, 1) looking to level up her record as shetakes on Yunoka Furukawa (1-1-1, 1).
The final of the 4 round bouts sees Ryosuke Goku Tsuboi (2-1, 1) fighting the unbeaten Haruka Itakura (1-0).
We also have a card in Russia with 7 bouts. The main event in this show sees the unbeaten Aik Shakhnazaryan (7-0, 2) taking on Shavkat Madaminov (9-7, 3) in a 10 round bout. This is support chiefly by a very interesting Welterweight bout between David Avanesyan (14-1-1, 7) and Fariz Kazimov (13-4-1, 4) over the 8 round schedule.
The show's sole 6 round contest sees the hard hitting Felix Amoev (5-1, 4) battling Fedor Mushtranov (4-4, 2) before we get the 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These bouts will see a trio of debutants in action with Heavyweight Ruslan Faifer (0-0) taking on Roman Mirzoev (2-6, 1) in possibly the most interesting of those bouts. The other debutants are Lightweight Aliyor Nuraliev (0-0) who faces a yet to be announced opponent and Light Welterweight Egor Bakulin (0-0) who fights Parviz Muraliev (0-1). The only all-none debutant bout over 4 rounds sees Bahruz Kazimov (3-1, 2) battling Sevak Bagdasaryan (0-1).
There is also Asian action in Australia with 4 bouts involving an Asian interest.
In Hurstville, New South Wales there will be action for Thai duo EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (8-4, 4) and Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-1). Unfortunately both men will be facing unbeaten fighters with Eakkreenkrai fighting Dylan Emery (5-0, 1) whilst EakKhunphol will be facing Tony Bates (7-0-1, 5).
Not too far from Hurtsville in Homebush f (6-0, 4) will be facing Krishna Mudaliar (4-2-1, 2). This will be Dulay's first bout outside of his native Philippines though their does seem to be real expectation on his shoulders.
The remaining Asian bout "down under" features Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-41-3, 7) fighting novice Luke Bunder (1-0) in a 4 round contest.
The sole bout involving an Asian interest today see's Filipino born-Australian based Rey Anton Olarte (17-23-8, 5) attempt to claim the Australian Light Middleweight title as he takes on the unbeaten and hard hitting Craig Hill Jr (9-0, 8).
For Hill Jr this is a big step up from what the bouts he has been in so far, with his opponents having just 14 wins between them. Although Olarte is a step up for Hill, he's also unfortunaely going to look like a much smaller man in the ring, and this natural size difference could ultimately be the telling factor in favour of Hill.