Action never seems to stop this week and on Friday we get action in both the Philippines and in Thailand.
We're unsure on the full Thai card though we suspect that Amnat Ruenroeng (11-0, 5) will be defending his IBF Asia Flyweight title in the main event. This will be the third title defense for Ruenroeng who won the inaugural title earlier this year.
Thankfully despite so few details on the Thai card, which will be televised on Thai Channel 7, we do have plenty of details from the Filipino card which will take place at the Makati Cinema Square Boxing Arena, Makati City and feature 6 contests.
This Filipino card is expected to open up with Antonio Melencion (1-3-1) facing a yet to be named opponent in a 4 round contest. This is one of three bouts scheduled for the shortest distance with the unbeaten Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1) and Roberto Santa Ana (0-1) fighting the debuting Kenneth Lacdang (0-0).
As well as a trio of 4 round bouts we also expect a trio of 6 round contests. These are expected to be Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1) fighting fellow novice Jestoni Autida (0-1), Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) battling Junard Postrano (7-3, 2) and Ruben Traza (3-4-2, 1) taking on Orlan Vasquez (8-1, 1) who will be looking to bounce back from the first defeat of his professional career.
Unfortunately the schedule for today is rather sketchy in terms of verified details, thankfully Thai Channel 7 appear to be televising a card from Thailand.
Sadly we're not great at Thai and the only thing we've managed to get from the show is that former Thai amateur great Amnat Ruenroeng (10-0, 4) will be defending his IBF Asia Flyweight title.
Ruenroeng a former Olympian and former World Championship bronze medal winner appears to have been matched pretty toughly for someone who is only a 13 month professional so we'd be hoping that he'll be in a decent contest here.
Unfortunately we're not aware of who Ruenroeng will be fighting or any details of the undercard.
We're also expecting a show from Yemen with 8 contests.
The Yemen show is expected to open up with debutants in action as Fuad Aidrus (0-0) faces fellow debutant Fahmi Roeni (0-0). This will be in one of 6 bouts scheduled for the 4 distance with Hamdan Jaber (0-1) taking on Halim Dolbhante in (0-1) the second.
The other bouts scheduled for 4 rounds see Bahr Slyman (1-2) facing Abdu Akhfash (0-1), debutant Saber Wareeth (0-0) battling Hamed Al Bukhaiti (0-1), Othman Qasim (4-1, 1) fighting Sameer Raymi and Abdu Sameer (4-1) looking for a victory over Salem Khamees (0-1).
The two 10 round bouts see Saeed Asam (1-2, 1) in action against Khaled Sulaym (1-1, 1) and Alwan Hawshabi (3-1, 1) battling Moxamad Abdu (3-1, 2). It's obvious that the Hawshabi/Abdu bout is the shows highlight fight though we'd not be shocked if at least 1 other bout saw something unexpected.
We love busy weekends and this weekend is no exception with a very long weekend of noteworthy fights. The action kicks off on Friday and goes right through to Tuesday with notable bouts.
At the Korakuen Hall we get a nice looking card thanks to Watanabe Promotions. Although we're sure we've not got the full details, what we have at the moment does look solid event.
The 3 bouts we have details of at the moment are Hajime Nagai (10-5-2, 2) against Masahide Shinabe (6-10-2, 3) in a Bantamweight clash, Rikiya Fukuhara (26-7-1, 19) against Keita Ito (8-15-2, 4) at Featherweight and Sanosuke Sasaki (11-2, 5) facing Takehiro Shimokawara (18-8-2, 6) in a Light Middleweight contest.
Whilst the Bantamweight and Featherweight fights do look forgone conclusions the Light Middleweight bout is very promising despite the fact both men enter on a loss. Sasaki is a former national champion though enters this bout following a stoppage loss to Tomohiro Ebisu and Shimokawara is a very credible fighter despite having never held any title.
Outside of Asia there is a lot of action, literally spread around the round.
The most notable bout of the day takes place in Russia as former amateur standout Rahkim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12) takes on WBC Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33). This will be the first world title fight for Chakhkiev who has been tipped as a future world champion ever since he turned pro back in 2009. A full preview of this bout can be read here.
On the same card as Chakhkiev's world title bout is a Heavyweight clash with Denis Bakhtov (36-8, 24) who despite being a Russian fighter was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Bakhtov will be facing novice Vladimir Goncharov (2-0, 1) in what should be a compelling bout, especially if Goncharov is as good as people are saying.
In the US and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Thai veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21) faces the unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11) in an IBF Super Featherweight title eliminator. Although Barthelemy is "unbeaten" many felt he didn't deserve his most recent victory, a very controversial decision over Arash Usmanee. The winner of this bout will be expected to face Argenis Mendez in a very tough bout later this year for the title.
Also in the US is the highly experienced Filipino Juanito Rubillar (49-19-7, 24) who faces the hard hitting John Amuzu (13-0, 13) of Ghana. Fighting for 76th time in his professional career Rubillar actually has a really good chance at scoring an upset here against a fighter with a very padded and puffed up record.
Staying in North America, though in Canada. There will be action for both the exciting Marc Pagcaliwangan (4-0, 4)-a Canadian Filipino- and Steven Bloyer (10-4-2, 6)-a Lebanaese born Canadian-. Pagcaliwangan will be facing John Brown (0-1) in what is a bit of a disappointment in all honesty whilst Cheikho will face Steven Bloyer (14-8, 1).
A bit closer to home in Australia the busy Filipino Jayson Mac Gura (1-16-2, 1) fights for the 7th time this year. Mac Gura will be facing previous opponent Brendan Saunders (0-0-1), who he managed a draw against earlier this year. On the same card is Yousef Kanani (0-1) who was born in Iran will face Emosi Solitua (0-1) and Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-39-3, 7) will face Australian Renold Quinlan (3-0, 2).
We are aware that in Thailand Channel 7 will be televising some live boxing.
We are assuming here but we think that the main bout on Channel 7 will be a defense of the IBF Asia Light Flyweight title by Amnat Ruenroeng (9-0, 3). We're not sure who Ruenroeng is facing but we are sure that the former amateur standout will continue on his steep learning curve so the bout will likely be a good one for the unbeaten man.
To start a wonderful weekend of action we have 2 major cards in Asia as well as Asian action internationally as we wind down on an amazing week of action for Asian fighters in the Orient.
In Japan the Korakuen Hall plays host to an interesting card that whilst not packed with big names does have the potential to be a pretty solid card. The main event of the card sees Japan's Taisho Ozawa (21-7-2, 13) against Filipino Rey Labao (23-4, 15) in what could well be an explosive contest and one that the visitor has a genuine chance in.
On the same card we also get a Middleweight clash between Fukutaro Ujiie (17-11-1, 11) and Kyoichiro Shoji (10-4-4, 4) in what could be a bit of an eliminator to facing Ryoto Murata later this year, though admittedly Murata would likely be able to deal with them both on the same night.
Lower down the card there is a very evenly matched bout between Ryutaro Taira (7-2-1, 3) and Ganbare Shota (9-3-1, 2) which sees both men trying to forget about a stoppage defeat last time out. This has the potential to be very even and we wouldn't be that surprised at a draw.
In fact it's only the Featherweight bout between Yosuke Kawano (6-2-1, 3) and Wataru Ikenouchi (6-8-1, 1) that appears to be a forgone conclusion as we get a very rare card of 50-50 style bouts.
In Thailand we get another card though on paper it's not as even as the Japanese card. The main event sees unbeaten Flyweight Amnat Ruenroeng (8-0, 3), a former amateur standout, takes on the experienced Filipino Julius Alcos (20-10, 3). This is a big step up for Ruenroeng but one he is expected to make with out to many difficulties against the light punching Filipino.
This card also sees Rusalee Samor (19-4-2, 8) in action against Indonesian Sammy Haggler (15-14-2, 3) whilst Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (17-2, 12) takes on a yet to be announced opponent and Patomsith Pathompothong (1-0) takes on debutant Saifah Sithsaithong.
In international action Australian based Taiwanese born Yao Yi Ma (11-1, 7) looks to score his first victory in almost a year as he takes on Aussie based Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (17-16-2, 7). Although this is a none title bout Yao has claimed the IBF Pan Pacific Light Middleweight belt in the past. On the same card Thai journeyman Kosol Sor Vorapin (17-16-1, 11) looks to end a 4 fight skid as he takes on Terry TJ Doheny (4-0, 4).
We also get notable action in the US as Timur Shailezov (16-6-1, 3) from Kyrgyzstan takes on the unbeaten American Luis Yanez (6-0-1). Although Shailezov comes in on the back of 4 losses an upset here isn't actually out of the question for the 33 year old Southpaw from Bishkek.