We love the idea that Asian boxing is growing and this Tuesday sees major action returning to South Korea for the first time in years as the country hosts two world title fights. One female and one male.
The headline bout here sees Koki Kameda (31-1, 17) defending his WBA Bantamweight title against Korean Jung-Oh Son (20-4-2, 6). Son will be the first Korean world title challenger since Ji-Hoon Kim challenger Miguel Vazquez for the IBF Lightweight title back in 2010. Like Kim back then, Son will be viewed as a major under-dog though will be seeking to be the first male Korean champion since In-Jin Chi almost 7 years ago.
Kameda's fight will be joined by a female world title bout between Anabel Ortiz (12-3, 2) and Hye-Soo Park (3-6-1, 1). This will be the first defense by Ortiz of the WBA Minimumweight title that she claimed when she defeated Etsuko Tada back in July. On paper this appears to be a total mismatch and we can't really see anyway in which Ortiz will lose her title.
As well as the two title fights we also believe there will be a third notable bout on the show as the hard hitting Akinori Watanabe (29-4, 25) fights Kyung-Suk Kwak (10-8, 7). Boxrec have this down as a PABA title fight though the PABA themselves don't have this down as one. As with the other two fights on the show, it's hard to imagine the Korean fighter scoring a victory here.
The busy start to September in the east hits an early high on Tuesday with world title action in both Japan and in Thailand.
The show in Japan, televised, at least partly by TBS, features and intriguing battle for the vacant IBF Super Flyweight title as former WBA Flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (28-3, 18) battles Rodrigo Guerrrero (19-4-1, 12) for the title Guerrero formerly held. A victory for Kameda would see him becoming the 3rd fighter in Japanese boxing history to claim an IBF title and also see him joining brothers Koki and Tomoki as active current champions. Saying that though Guerrero will have more than just a few words to say for himself and this is far from a foregone conclusion.
The rest of the card sees 3 or 4 bouts starting with an all debutant match up between Takahiro Mori (0-0) and Masashi Katayama (0-0), this will be followed up by Riichi Kawase (3-4-2, 1) taking on Ryo Kosaka (6-2-1, 3).
The only really interesting undercard bout sees Akinori Watanabe (28-4, 25) fight Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) in what should be one-sided but help prepare Watanbe for a more notable bout in the near future,
In the other bout, which we think is a "floater" Hironori Miyake (1-0, 1) will be fighting Taichi Sugimori (0-1). Where not sure on where on the card this bout will be though we do expect it will happen at some point.
Prior to the Japanese fight we are expecting a WBA "interim" Super Fyweight title bout in Thailand as former world champions collide again. This time it will be the experienced Denkaosan Kaovichit (61-3-1, 26) taking on Japanese hard man Nobuo Nashiro (19-5-1, 13). Although Japanese fighters have often struggled in Thailand we do favour Nashiro here with Kaovichit certainly having seen better days in his career.
Unfortunately we're unsure what other bouts will be on this card.