Unlike many weekend's this Saturday isn't a massively busy day in the world of Asian boxing, though it is a massively important one thanks to a major card in Russia and a notable card in Japan as well as two interesting bouts in the US.
We'll start by looking at the Japanese card, a card entitled the "518th Dynamic Glove".
This Japanese show opens with a bout between the debuting Wataru Takeda (0-0) and the 1 fight novice Ryuhei Takahashi (0-1), We can't really say much about this bout, or the subsequent contest between novices Masayuki Ichikawa (1-0, 1) and Takashi Yamaguchi (1-1).
After the opening two bouts we get the cards first genuinely good looking contest as Takenori Ohashi (10-3, 7) battles Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3) in an evenly matched bout on paper. Although looking at the two men Ohashi would start as a favourite it's worth noting that Takahashi has been unfortunate in his most recent loss, a bout with the unbeaten Gosuke Seki.
In the show's fourth contest former OPBF champion Yukinori Oguni (10-1, 2) begins the process. Oguni was shocked earlier this year by the under-rated Shingo Wake and will be hoping that he's not beaten in a second successive bout as he takes on Yuki Iwasaki (11-3, 6) who is highly ranked by both the OPBF and the JBC.
The show's fifth bout is the first of two title bouts on the show as Suyon Takayama (18-1, 7) defends his Japanese Welterweight title for the second time. It's difficult to imagine Takayama being upset by the #12 ranked Japanese title challenger Cobra Suwa (12-10, 5), who himself is best known for losing a OPBF title effort earlier this year to Akinori Watanabe.
The main event of this show sees OPBF Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (25-4-1, 7) defending his title over 12 rounds against Filipino Rey Labao (24-4, 16) in what should be an excellent bout. We favour Kato but Labao has got the power to neutralise Kato's edge in skill.
If the Japanese card is a notable one then it's fair to say that the big action is in Russia. The main event in Moscow sees Russian Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18) attempting to claim the WBA "super", WBC, IBF, Ring Magazine and IBO titles as he battles Ukraining Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51) in what promises to be the most notable Heavyweight fight of the year.
The Povetkin/Klitschko bout isn't the only Heavyweight clash on the show, despite the fact it takes up the whole poster, with Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev (21-2-1, 20) battling Jovo Pudar (30-3, 17) in the second Heavyweight bout on the show. We believe this bout will be for the PABA Heavyweight title, giving the winner a real chance at fighting for the vacant WBA "regular belt" next time out.
As well as the two Heavyweight clashes we also have two very interesting looking Cruiserweight bouts. The most interesting of the two sees unbeaten Pole Mateusz Masternak (30-0, 22) battling Russian Grigory Drozd (36-1, 25) in a fight for the European title whilst in the second bout recent world title challenger Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-1, 12) fights Giulian Ilie (20-6-2, 6). This will be Chakhkiev's first bout since losing to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk back in June.
The only other bout on the Russian card that we're aware of is a Middleweight bout that features Fedor Chudinov (7-0, 6) taking on Kenyan Daniel Wanyonyi (18-5-2, 15) in what promises to be explosive one way or another.
In the US Russian Lightweight Andrey Klimov (16-0, 8) looks to become the spoiler as he takes on fast rising American Terence Crawford (21-0, 16) whilst on the came card Vietnam's Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6) takes on unbeaten Puerto Rican Jayson Velez (20-0, 15). It's hard to see anything but wins for the two unbeaten men here though if they get upset then it really would be worth noting.
The final bout of interest in regards to ourselves takes place in Germany as Bakhtiyar Iskenderzade (8-3, 1) of Azerbaijan, battles Josef Holub (2-58-1) in what looks likely to be Iskenderzade fight victory following back to back defeats.
After last weeks busy week in Japan it seems likely to take until Friday (today!) for the first card in in the country this week.
Held at the Kobe Central Gym, the card looks a bit barren at the moment (we are expecting more action to take place than we currently know about) though does look interesting.
The bouts that we do know are taking place see unbeaten pair of Shohei Okuda (7-0, 4) facing Burning Ishii (4-0, 1) in a very well made match and Yuhei Suzuki (11-3, 8) battling Accel Sumiyoshi (3-1, 1). Whilst we love the look of the unbeaten clash the other bout doesn't look as good on paper but we imagine that it will be less of a mismatch than the records indicate with 23 year old Suzuki looking to rebuild after losing 3 of his last 7.
A 3rd bout is listed though only Takahiro Shigee (7-0-1, 6) is listed as being part of it. We're really interested in Shigee who some in Japan are tipping as an exciting up and comer, though of course it could be a while before he makes any sort of a real splash.
We also get action in Thailand as PABA Welterweight title holder Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (19-0, 14) defends his belt against Behzod Nabiev (21-4-1, 15). This is a bit of a step up for Teerachai, though not one he should struggle with in all honesty.
As well as the action in Thailand and Japan there is also notable action in Russia thanks to 2 world title fights. WBA Heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17) looks to make the 4th defense of his title as he takes on unbeaten Pol Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13). We've previewed this fight in full here. The other title fight sees WBA Cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-1, 19) taking on former champion Guillermo Jones (38-3-2, 20) (a full preview of that fight is here).
And finally in Britain where Muheeb Fazeldin (1-0) returns to the ring for his second professional bout. The Yemen born youngster is only at the start of his promising career but many in Britain are tipping him as one to watch already.
It'd be an upset if either champion lost their title here.