For a third successive day we have action in Japan and for a fourth successive day we also have title action involving an Asian fighter.
We'll start with that title bout which takes place in Busan as Myung-Koo Yuh (11-4-1, 6) takes on Thai visitor Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (10-6-1, 5) in a battle for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title. This will Yuh's fourth title bout and so far he is 1-2 in them having only won a South Korea Light Flyweight title bout. For Wisaruth it's surprisingly his first, though it will be his sixth contest outside of his home, he currently sports a record of 0-5 outside of Thailand.
Unfortunately aside from the title bout in South Korea we're unsure about the rest of the card.
As well as the action in South Korea the Japanese action is it's high profile with it being the Rookie of the year East final. This show will feature 12 bouts to decide the winners of the championships.
The first bout on show sees an excellent match up at Minimumweight as the unbeatenKenichi Miyazaki (5-0-1, 1) takes on Yoshinori Wakahara (5-3, 2). Although Wkahara does have 3 losses on his record he has won his last 2 bouts and so will feel confident going in to this bout. Confident but still the under-dog.
The Light Flyweight contest is the first of several bouts that sees unbeaten as Tomoyuki Kaneko (6-0-1, 3) battles Ryuto Maekawa (6-0, 4). Maekawa has the better record and slightly bigger punch but this is certainly a bout that could go either way. Certainly one of the highlights.
After the Light Flyweight contest we again get unbeaten fighters colliding as Yuji Okinori (6-0, 1) fights Ryuto Oho (4-0, 2). Whilst Okinori is the more experienced man Oho has the bigger punch and, like with the previous bout, this should be a cracker.
Amazingly we get a third successive all-unbeaten contest as Jo Tanooka (6-0-3) meets Seiya Fujikita (5-0, 1) in the Super Flyweight contest. This is just as exciting on paper as the previous two contests and again promises some genuinely competitive action.
The all unbeaten action comes to an end as we get to the Bantamweight division as Kazuki Yokoyama (5-1, 3) battles the twice beaten Yukichi Hara (5-2, 2). This contest, although not as "exciting" on paper as the previous three will again be a hotly contested fight with the winner knowing perfectly well what the victory will mean to their career,
At Super Bantamweight Naoto Fujimoto (5-2-1, 2) takes on the less experienced Gaku Aikawa (3-0-1) in what looks oddly like a fantastic match. Fujimoto has the experience though with 2 losses and a draw he doesn't bring the confidence of an unbeaten man like Aikawa who will be looking for his highest profile win to date.
In the Featherweight division we have two of the most experienced men on the show as Shingo Kusano (6-2-1, 3) fights Yudai Tamagawa (5-3-1, 2). With both guys looking to win their tenth professional contest this has a bit of an edge to it and should be a bit more "professional" than some of the other contests on the show.
We get another all-unbeaten contest as we go to Super Featherweight where Kazuma Sanpei (7-0, 2) faces Yoshimichi Matsumoto (4-0, 3). This is probably the stand out bout with the experience of Sanpei and the power of Matsumoto combining to give us something a bit special. Unfortunately after this bout things do gradually look like they are going to go down hill.
At Lightweight we get the hard hitting Reo Komiyama (6-1-2, 6)taking on the unbeaten Ryosuke Takami (3-0, 2). Komiyama can be out boxed if a fighter can take his power and whilst Takami hasn't faced someone like Komiyama before it is his chance to make a name for himself. This is another great fight though one that perhaps runs the risk of being over quickly if Komoiyama's power is to much for Takami to handle.
At Light Welterweight Takuya Matsusaka (5-1, 5) fights Shingo Yabu (3-2-1). This is the fist bout that appears to be a mismatch on paper though homefully Yabu can withstand Matsusaka's power for a bit and make a fight of this.
Unfortunately it's not just the Light Welterweight contest that looks like a mismatch but also the Welterweight contest which sees Ryoji Tanaka (4-2-1, 1) taking on the only man with a sub .500 record in the form of Nobuaki Sakae (2-2-1, 1). Although the 35 year old Sakae did win his last contest he is certainly beatable and you need to go back 2 years to find his only victory prior to his most recent one.
The final bout on this show is at Middleweight as the Albanian born Altin Pepa (2-0, 2) takes on Japan's Wataru Seino (3-1, 3). Between the two men all 6 of their contests have been stopped early one way or another so we'd be very shocked if this one goes the distance.
A busy weekend in Asian boxing continues through out Saturday as well as Sunday.
Whilst Friday gave us "Dangan 66" in Japan, Saturday will give us the "#519 Dynamic Glove" show. A show that features 8 contests. As well as the Japan show we are expecting action in Russia and a trio of international bouts in the US.
We'll of course start with the domestic action in the Korakuen Hall. The holy land of Japanese boxing.
The Japanese show kicks off with the debuting Flyweight Naoki Mochizuki (0-0) facing off against the winless Ryohei Takahashi (0-1-1). Muchizuki is one of three debutants on this card and, on paper, has the easiest assignment, though Takahashi will be out to score his first professional victory.
Following Mochizuki's debut we then get to see the second debutant on the show as Kainuma Teppei (0-0) takes on Nobuya Sugimoto (1-2-1). This bout, contracted at a 58KG limited, is hard to say much about, though it serves as the second of 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. The remaining 4 round contests see Yu Kinjo (3-2, 3) fight Takaki Sakurai (3-4-1, 1) in a Lightweight contests and Tatsuya Matsumoto (2-2) taking on Kenta Taguchi (1-5-1) in a Super Flyweight bout.
The third, and final, debutant on the show is the former amateur stand out Kensuke Sasaki (0-0), a man who won 43 of 52 amateur contests. Sasaki's potential seems to be really exciting and Teiken have him going in hard here as he takes on the once beaten Kenta Okumura (10-1-1, 2) in a 6 round contest. Aged just 21 we're very excited about the debut of Sasaki and the brave matchmaking here shows that we're not the only ones excited about him.
The Sasaki/Okumura bout is the only contest on the show scheduled for 6 rounds. Immediately following it will be an 8 rounder featuring two hard hitting fighters as Kenichi Ogawa (9-1, 7) battles Yuki Miyoshi (11-3-2, 9). We doubt the Ogawa/Miyoshi bout will go the distance and with the power of the two men we're hoping for an explosive shoot out.
Whilst we certainly don't expect Ogawa/Miyoshi to go the distance we'd be shocked if the second 8 round bout didn't go the scheduled as Shuji Hamada (12-5-3, 2) fights Tetsuma Hayashi (22-2-1, 7). With just 9 stoppages between them from 45 fights it'd be a real shock to see either fighter stopping the other here.
In the show's main event recent world title challenger Ryo Akaho (20-1-2, 13) takes in Filipino visitor Jecker Buhawe (14-9-1, 9). Interestingly Buhawe is 1-1 in Japan and he could possibly be a banana skin for Akaho who we think is going up to Bantamweight for this bout. Akaho should certainly be expected to win, but this is far from a gimme.
We're expecting a 6 bout card in Russia. The main event is expected to see Gennady Martirosyan (22-3, 11) in action, unfortunately however he has yet to have his opponent named.
The rest of the Russian card sees all debutant action through out. We expect to see Vasily Tyan (0-0) taking on Vitaly Aleshin (0-0), Evgeny Tsukanov (0-0) fighting Vagif Mekhraliev (0-0), Sergey Arbuzov (0-0) battling Sergey Goryainov (0-0), Sergey Martirosyan (0-0) up against Nikolay Efimov (0-0) and Suleyman Yaraliev (0-0) in action against Nikita Sergeev (0-0). Unfortunately we've no real details about any of the fighters involved in theses bouts.
Whilst the show in Japan is certainly notable we're more excited about "Monsters Collide", a world title show in the US.
Headlining "Monsters Collide" is Kazakhstan's Middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 14). Golovkin, the WBA Middleweight champion, will be defending his crown against American hopeful Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18) in what could potentially be a shoot out between two big hitters. In terms skills Golovkin is the more complete fighter but Stevens will know this is his big shot and he'll believe he has the power to hurt the champion. This really could be the fight of the weekend and have the potential for the round of the year.
It's not just the Middleweight title bout that promises big excitement but also one of the major support bouts. In a very exciting Heavyweight class Russian destroyer Magomed Abdusalamov (18-0, 18) will face Cuban Mike Perez (19-0, 12). With the record's of the two men it would be a shock if this one even went 6 rounds though both will be wanting to reamin unbeaten and pick up the WBC United States (USNBC) Heavyweight title meaning we may see both play it safe for a round or two.
In the final bout of interest in the US Isa Akberbayev (10-0-0-1, 7) will takes on Brian Clookey (4-0-2, 2). This will be Akberbayev's first bout since being knocked out cold by Anthony Ferrante in Janiuary, a bout later over-turned to a No Contest following Ferrante failing a drugs test. The big question here is how will Akberbayev return from that contest
To kick off a new month we have some genuinely exciting looking match ups. Not only do we have a second successive day with a PABA title fight in Thailand but we also have a brilliant show in Japan courtesy of Reason promotions.
We'll start by talking about the Thai contest. Like yesteday's bout we believe this will be televised on Thai Channel 7 as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (49-2, 32) defends his PABA Bantamweight title for the fifth time this year. The busy Tabtimdeang will be facing limited Filipino Edison Berwela (12-26-6, 3) a man who comes in to the bout with just a sole win in his last 10 contests.
Whilst Tabtimdeang was given a scare last time, out as he narrowly defeated Alvin Bais, we'd be shocked if he was given any sort of a test by Berwela here.
Over in Japan we have "Dangan 86" part of the "A Class Tournament" an excellent looking 9 fight card.
This Japanese card card begins with a trio of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. The first of those will see the winless Kosuke Miura (0-5-1) fighting the debuting Oshita Koichi (0-0). The Koichi/Miura bout will be followed by an all debutant contest as Akihiro Shimogaki (0-0) battles Kimihiro Nakagawa (0-0).
In the third and final bout scheduled for 4 rounds we get a C class tournament contest as the unbeaten 23 year old Ken Kodama (1-0, 1) takes on fellow unbeaten novice Ippei Azuma (2-0, 1).
Following the 4 round contests we then move in to the Class A tournament bouts. The first of those will take place at Super Featherweight where the hard hitting Nakano Kazuya (5-2, 5) fights Ribo Takahata (9-3-1, 2). Whilst Takahata brings a 3-3 record from his last 6 in to this contests his losses have come to talented fighters and he should give Kazuya a very tough contest.
The Kazuya/Takahata fight is immediately followed by a second Super Featherweight contest. In this bout the highly experienced Akihiko Nago (31-7-2, 15), a former two-time world title challenger, faces the twice beaten Takaomi Abe (14-2-2, 1). Nago, who was a Japanese champion way back in 1998, is now 37 and really in the twilight of a long career though will be hoping that a tournament win here could revitalise his career and give him another chance to claim a Japanese title.
Following the successive Super Featherweight contests we get the first A Class tournament bout in the Super Flyweight division. In this bout the once beaten Shohei Kikuzato (9-1, 4) takes on the more experienced Kohei Kubo (15-4-1, 10), a man with as many stoppages as Kikuzato has total bouts. Coming in to this bout with a notable win last time out over Yoichi Ide it's hard not to back Kikuzato, despite the experience edge being with Kubo.
In a Bantamweight contest the once beaten Hiroaki Teshigawara (7-1-1, 4) looks to score his most notable victory to date as he fights Kota Sato (9-4-1, 4). Sato has lost 2 of his last 5 though could well know too many tricks for Teshigawara who has been fighting at a lower level than Sato so far.
The show's penultimate contest is a Flyweight contest which sees the unbeaten Yuta Matsuo (5-0, 3) taking his first real test. The unbeaten Matsuo takes on the more experienced Musashi Suzuki (9-1, 4), a man who's only loss came to Kohei Kubo almost 2 years ago. Matsuo will be tested, though the big question is whether not not he can pass the test.
In the card's final contest the hard hitting Hayato Kimura (19-5, 14),the fomer Korean Super Flyweight champion, takes on Junichiro Sugita (16-8, 7). Although Kimura isn't in great form losing 3 of his last 6 and 4 of his last 8 he's in significantly better form than Sugita who has lost his last 5 and 7 of his last 9.
As well as the great show in Japan and the title fight in Thailand we continue to have action thanks to several international fights and a card in Yemen.
The Yemen card is headlined by Ali Raymi (17-0, 17) who looks to continue his run of opening round victories as he takes on Mustafa Humaidi (6-0, 2). If Raymi managed to take Humaidi out in the opening round he'd then just be 1 fight away from tying the record of most straight opening round stoppages.
As well as Raymi/Humaidi we expect two other bouts on the show. The most interesting of those will see Ali Salem (9-0, 1) fight Prince Maz (2-0, 2) with the winner likely getting a shot at Raymi next time out. The other contest that we expect to be on the show is a bout between Akram Jafwi (3-0, 1) and Esayas Dagim (2-2, 1).
The international action is spread across Latin America and the UK. In Mexico the Filipino-America Ana Julaton (12-4-1, 2) battles Perla Hernandez (10-6-3, 2) in what promises to be an interesting female contest. In the UK journeyman Youssef Al Hamidi (12-60-3, 1) faces another probable loss as he fights the light punching Chris Goodwin (16-2-1) in what is almost certainly going to be a distance contest.
Although this week hasn't been a busy one in the boxing world it does end with plenty of action as we get back to back days of PABA title bouts.
The first day of Thai action sees PABA Super Featherweight champion Padjai Yongyuthgym (16-1, 11) making the first defense of his title as he takes on Filipino challenger Ricardo Roa (11-8-2, 3).
Roa has gone 0-3 in title fights going in to this contest and is 1-2 in Thailand with losses to Pungluang Sor Singyu and Mike Tawatchai. It'd be a shock to see him winning here against the hard hitting and talented Padjai who won his title 4 months ago by stopping Elly Ray in a round.
The fight, televised on Thai channel 7, will be accompanied by several other contests though unfortunately we're unsure on the full details regarding the rest of the card. Saying that however we expect to see Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (11-2, 7) fighting Jun Piacidad (3-15-4).
The final Japanese show of the month is "Dangan 85" at the Korakuen Hall and is promoted by reason. The show, whilst not a must watch is an interesting show and has a solid line up with a combination of solid fighters, well made matches and promising youngsters.
The 8 fight show opens with a very competitive looking contest as the unbeaten Takeshi Yamagata (1-0-1) battles the win-less Shintaro Hirohama (0-1-1). Whilst it's not often that we can use "win-less", "unbeaten" and "competitive" in the same sentance we feel that it's actually perfect for this contest.
In the show's second contest we again get competitive action as Naoya Ota (0-1-1) fights the 18 year old Tatsuya Tsuge (1-2, 1). We don't expect anything great here but it should certainly be competitive.
The third contest on the card is part of the "A license" tournament. This bout will see the promising Yusaku Kuga (6-1-1, 4), fresh of the back of his "Rookie of the East" title, taking on the more experienced Taishi Torimoto (10-4-3, 1). Torimoto, despite his experience, does come in to this bout on the back of 2 losses in his last 4 contests however he did beat the previously unbeaten Yuki Ozawa last time out.
The first of three 8 round bouts sees the unbeaten Tatsuya Yanagi (9-0, 3) fighting the twice beaten Kazuhiro Miura (7-2). Aged 23 Yanagi is a genuinely promising talent though Miura will be looking to score his most notable victory so far. Although neither man is currently ranked by the JBC it wouldn't be a shock for the winner of this contest to enter the rankings sooner rather than later.
Following the first 8 round bout we go back to the 6 round distance as the Japanese ranked Hiroki Sato (6-4, 4) looks to end a 2 fight losing streak. Sato will face the limited Yuzuru Koizumi (8-6, 2) who has been stopped inside a round in 2 of his last 3 contests. With Sato being a genuine puncher we'd not be shocked at him stopping Koizumi here.
In the second of the 8 rounds the highly ranked Japanese Bantamweight Masahiro Ishida (12-5-2, 6) takes on the win-some-lose some Ryosuke Kinoshita (9-8-1, 3). Ishida enters the this contest with 2 losses in his last 3 whilst Kinoshita actualy enters on a run of 4 straight victories, albeit against a lower level of opponent than that of which Ishida has been fighting.
The main event here sees former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Shinya Iwabuchi (21-4, 17) taking on Koichi Ogawa (9-3-1, 4). This will be Iwabuchi's first bout since being beaten by Korean Min-Wook Kim back in April in an OPBF title bout though in all honesty Ogawa should give him no real challenge and this should be over inside the distance.
We're hoping that Iwabuchi will get back into the title mix following this bout and infact we're hoping that if he wins here he will challenge for the Japanese title that he had previously held. A bout between Iwabuchi and Keita Obara, for example, would certainly be interesting somewhere down the line