It's not often that we get Asian boxing around the world but that's exactly what we have this weekend with fights around both Asia and the globe featuring an Asian fighter.
In the Philippines we are expecting ALA Promotions to promote a low level 6 fight show.
The main event on this ALA show is Michael Dasmarinas (13-1, 8) taking on Renren Pasignahin (5-1-1, 1). This sees Dasmarinas looking for his eleventh straight victory though Pasignahin will be out to bounce back from his sole defeat.
Unfortunately with that being the main event you may get a feeling about the level of this card which features just one other interesting contest as the unbeaten Renerio Arizala (7-0-1, 3) battles Rissan Muelas (6-6, 4) in what could be a test for Arizala's chin. We expect Arizala/Muelas to be one of two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds alongside a bout between the big punching Argie Toquero (5-3-1, 4) and the infamous Menard Zaragosa (6-14-1, 4).
The rest of the card will see Richie Bagaan (2-2-1) fighting Raymond Empic (3-2, 1), Pablito Canada (1-2) battling Mark Postrano (1-1, 1) and the debuting Mark Macabales (0-0) taking on Philip Luis Cuerdo (1-0, 1).
As well as the action in the Philippines we will also have a show in Hangzhou, China thanks to Zovi Boxing Promotions. Rather oddly this show is probably more notable than the Filipino card.
The main event here sees China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (9-2, 3) taking on Mexican Lizandro de Los Santos (22-10, 9) in a battle for the interim WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title and the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title.
As well as the title fight main event we get a notable female contest as Japanese veteran Noriko Tsunoda (6-3, 4) battles Luo Yu Jie (1-6) in an 8 rounder. The female contest is one of three bouts scheduled for 8 with Xiang Jing (5-3, 1) fighting Indonesian Sammy Hagler (17-17-2, 3) in one of them and Japanese based Filipino Jonathan Baat (24-4-3, 11) taking on Thailand's Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (3-3, 1) in the other.
In the shows opening contests Tang Qiao Qi (0-0) will face fellow debutant Gino Dilibero (0-0) and Xu Chan (0-0) will also kick off his career.
Arguably the most interesting card of Asian action takes place in Russia where we have a 7 fight card courtesy of promoter Dmitry Bogomolov.
The headline contest here is for the PABA Lightweight title as the unbeaten Roman Andreev (14-0, 11) fights Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (16-3-1, 9). Andreev brings a 4 fight run of stoppages to the ring with him here and he's looking in fantastic form so it'd be a shock for Sahuri to take a victory.
Andreev is one of several unbeaten Russian's on the show including Arif Magomedov (7-0, 5), who fights Thomas Mashali (9-1-1, 5), and Nikolay Potapov (10-0, 6) who faces Nasibu Ramadhani (12-3, 5). Like in the main event the Russian men will be up against Tanzanian opponents here. In fact we have a fourth Tanzanian on the show courtesy of Alphonce Mchumiatumbo (10-1-1, 9) who fights Ruslan Semenov (4-25-1, 2).
Alongside the Semenov/Mchumiatumbo is one other bout scheduled for 8 rounds as Konstantin Piternov (13-4, 4) fights Varazdat Chernikov (5-1, 1).
The show is expected to start with a female double as Ekaterina Izotova (1-0-1) fights the debuting Anna Poskrebysheva (0-0) and Nadezhda Khaenok (1-0) fights Yulia Berezikova (0-0).
Former world title challenger Rolly Lunas (34-8-1, 20), AKA Rolly Matsushita, makes his US debut as he takes on the once promise Chris Avalos (22-2, 16). Lunas, who had previously been based in Japan and the OPBF champion, is now based in the USA and appears to be wanting to have a second world title fight. A victory over Avalos here will be needed though Avalos did beat Lunas's countryman Drian Francisco last time out.
On the same card as Lunas/Avalos there will also a be a bout featuring Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0, 3). The American based Russian will be facing Yosmani Abreu (4-7-1) as he looks for his second victory outside of his native Russia.
In Australia the unbeaten Thai Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana (2-0) will be fighting Olympian Damien Hooper (4-0, 4) in a contest for the WBC Youth Silver Light Heavyweight title. On the same show Joel Dela Cruz (17-18-2, 9) takes on Hooper's Olympic team-mate Cameron Hammond (4-0, 3) who shouldn't really struggle with Cruz. Poowana's fight has been scheduled for 10 whilst Cruz's has been scheduled for 8 though it'd be a huge shock if either went even half of that.
Also in the Oceanic region, albeit in New Zealand, there is a Heavyweight bout as man mountain Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21) takes on the still popular David Tua (52-4-2, 43). Just shy of his 41st birthday Tua is a man who has certainly seen better days though the 36 year old Ustinov is certainly far from world champion material himself. Despite the relative merits of both men there, rather staggeringly, the WBA Pan African Heavyweight title up for grabs. Don't ask, we don't know.
Although Japanese boxing fans have already had 3 cards this week it's fair to say they all pale in significance compared to the fourth show of the week as we get the final of the "Strongest Korakuen" with 4 genuinely interesting contests, despite the fact we were, originally meant to have 5 bouts.
The show will begin in the Light Flyweight division, one of the most interesting divisions in Japan. The bout at 108lbs will see Toshimasa Ouchi (16-6-3, 4) in action against the more experienced Kenichi Horikawa (24-12-1, 4) in an excellent match up. Not only have both men made their way to the final of the tournament but both are highly ranked in both Japan and the OPBF with Ouchi being #2 Japanese and #8 OPBF whilst Horikawa is #3 Japanese and #11 OPBF. Genuienly fantastic opening bout.
After the brilliant opening bout we get a very interesting second bout as the once highly touted Yohei Tobe (6-1-1, 3) fights Yoshihito Ishizaki (8-5-1, 4). Although Ishizaki's record is less than impressive he has mixed in good company pushing both Yota Sato and Ryo Akaho very close in losing efforts and he may may well spring a surprise here. Saying that however this is the #1 and #5 in Japan meeting, so no result really is a surprise despite the vastly differing records.
In the third bout we get the 2-time title challenger, and former interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-10-2, 18) taking on recent title challenger Takafumi Nakajima (21-6-1, 8) a man many feel should be holding the title right now. Both men have come extremely close to being crowned the Japanese Super Bantamweight champion and the winner here will feel confident in claiming the title.
The fourth and final bout on the show takes place at Super Featherweight as the unbeaten Rikki Naito (7-0, 4) fights Keiichi Izumi (13-5, 4). For Izumi, the #2 ranked Japanese and #6 ranked OPBF fighter this is a chance to finally get a title fight, for the fast rising Naito however this is just the next step as he looks forward to bigger and better fights.
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, there was supposed to be a fifth contest on this show. This was supposed to be between Sanosuke Sasaki (11-3, 5) and Yoshihisa Tonimura (16-8-4, 4) though it's now off. Instead Tonimura will get a second fight Tadashi Yuba in November, following a controversial victory for Yuba in February.
Outside of the Japanese card there is a card in the Philippines as Jaro Promotion International put on an 11 fight show in Ynares Plaza Gymnasium.
This Jaro card is expected to kick off with 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These will included 3 all debutant contests as Dino Bulahan (0-0) takes on Lorence Rosas (0-0), Rodney Ramirez (0-0) fights Michael Bravo (0-0) and Joel Tamano (0-0) battles Edward Toreon (0-0). The three all debutant contests are joined by two other 4 round contests as Niero Saldon (0-0) takes on novice Ernie Mino Jr (0-1) and Rolando Sadsad (0-1-1) fights Valeriano Gabriel (1-3). Unfortunately it's hard to get excited about any of these 5 contests.
As well as the 4 round bouts there is a couple of 6 rounders with Regan Delos Santos (2-1, 2) fighting fellow once beaten fight Menard Abila (3-1-1, 1) in one of the contests whilst journeymen collide in the other with Marvin DelaCruz (8-12-2, 5) fighting "career loser" Mabert Paulino (2-15).
In the sole 8 round bout Benjie Suganob (6-1-1, 2) looks for his fifth straight victory as he battled the some what fragile Marco Niones (3-9, 1) who has himself been stopped 7 times. This will be followed by a 10 rounder between Boy Dondee Pumar (9-5-3, 3) and Dino Lelis (10-10-2, 5).
The remaining bouts on the Filipino card are both regional title bouts as Lionel Legada (10-5-1, 5) faces Lionel Mark Duran (10-8-2, 4) in a battle for the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Flyweight title. This will see LEgada looking for his second victory in five contests whilst Duran will be looking for his second win in seven bouts. The other title bout sees Jomar Fajardo (12-4-1, 5) looking to claim the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title as he fights Robel Villegas (9-7, 3), a man who was stopped last time out.
We get a third Asian card as we have action in Moskovsky, Russia with a 7 bout card.
This Russian card is mostly a card full of novices with only a single bout scheduled for more than 6 rounds.
In 4 round action we have 4 bouts, these include a sole female bout as debutants collide with Viktoriya Aleksandrova (0-0) fighting Nadezhda Khaenok (0-0) this is one of two all debutant bouts with Georgy Abramyan (0-0) fighting the fanastically named Ivan Ivanov (0-0).
The remaining 4 round bouts see Gor Arutyunyan (0-0), another debutant, battling Oleg Korobko (2-1-1) and the unbeaten Alexander Kubich (3-0, 1) fighting the winless Andrey Ishmukhametov (0-1).
As well as the 4 round contests we have a pair of 6 rounders with the unbeaten Igor Ivanov (6-0, 1) taking on the debuting Sherzod Abdurakhimov (0-0) in a Welterweight contest and novice Murad Dalkhaev (3-0, 2) fighting Ruslan Semenov (3-25-1, 2) in what appears to be the toughest test so far for Dalkhaev.
In the show's main event the unbeaten Arif Magomedov (6-0, 4) will take on the experienced Marat Khuzeev (20-6-1, 8) in a battle for the Russian Middleweight title. Although unbeaten Magomedov is unlikely to go much further than a Russian title however a victory here may help him move up to the next level.
Ourside of Asia we get two very interesting contests. In Germany, the Lebanese born Syrian Manuel Charr (24-1, 14), who is now based in Germany, battles Kazakhstan born Russian Denis Bakhtov (36-8, 24) in a bout with numerous title one the line.
The other international contest is the biggest contest in world boxing this weekend as Ruslan Provodnikov (25-2, 15), the "Siberian Rocky", looks to claim the interim WBO Light Welterweight as he takes on American Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23). This fight promises to be something very special with a FOTY type of bout being widely expected and we'd be very shocked by anything but a war in the ring.