After the past 2, very busy days it's nice to have a somewhat quiet Sunday with just 2 cards in Japan and one in Yemen.
Sadly from the two cards we only really have details about one of them. We know that there will be cards from the International Conference Hall in Nagoya and one from Amagasaki.
Unfortunately tonly ones we have any real details on is the one from Nagoya and even those details don't appear to be complete.
What we do know is that the Yushi Tanaka (9-0-3, 6), the Japanese ranked #8 Bantamweight, will be taking on Filipino Vergel Nebran (11-4-1, 7) in a bout for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title.
This will be Nebran's second fight in Japan following a split decision loss to last year Masamichi Nozaki in a bout that was also for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title. Rather funnily Tanaka drew with Nozaki in a bout for the very same title just a few months ago.
Whilst the records may heavily favour Tanaka their results with Nozaki would suggest that this will be an incredibly close contest and something that could well help launch the career of the winner.
The only other bout we have details about sees Shota Hayashi (19-5-1, 11), the Japanese #5 ranked Super Bantamweight, in a stay busy contest against Thailand's Payanoi Jittygym (0-2). This should really be a case of getting Hayashi rounds more than anything else.
The few other details we do know about this card is that there should 4 more bouts on the show.
The other show, the one in Amagasaki is expected to have 10 bouts as part of the "Rookie of the Year" tournament, though sadly we're unsure who the combatants are.
In Yemen we appear to be getting the domestic showdown every one wants as KO sensation Ali Raymi (11-0, 11) faces Ali Dridi (8-0, 3). All of Raymi's fights so far have ended in the opening round but Dridi is much better than any of Raymi's previous opponents and the Somalian born fighter will be looking for a memorable result here.
The other bout on the card that we have details about sees Omar Awdan (3-0, 2) taking on Ali Al Ahdal (2-0, 1). We wouldn't be shocked if the winner here took on the Raymi/Dridi winner.
The west Asian country of Yemen is unlikely to ever be viewed as a major boxing nation but it does have a card every so often. This week sees one of those rare cards as the 22 May Stadium in Sanaa plays host to a show.
The details on the card are likely to be incomplete but we are aware of 3 bouts on the show with every fighter on the card actually going in with unbeaten records (admittedly 2 of the fighters are debutants).
On the card is Somalian Ali Dridi (3-0, 1) who returns to Yemen for his 4th professional bout. Dridi fought 3 times back in 2011 though has now been inactive for over 2 years. The Somalian fighter will be fighting one of the 2 aforementioned debutants when he steps in against Anwar Ali (0-0).
The card's other debutant is 22 year old Khaled Ahmad (0-0) who celebrates his birthday around a week after his bout. Ahmad will be facing Omar Awdan (1-0, 1) who himself is only 20. Although Awdan has got a slight experience edge with a single fight on his belt, it does need to be mentioned that his bout lasted just 22 seconds.
Experienced bantamweight Ali Raymi (6-0, 6) will be looking to keep his incredible run of opening rounds victories in tact as he faces Ahmed Yousifi (1-0, 1). With a 20 year age difference between the two men this is probably the most interesting bout on the card. Despite the fight edge clearly leading to Raymi he has only fought 2 more professional rounds than Yousifi.