After a few days with out any action in Japan we get a return to the usual service as the Korakuen Hall hosts another card. Amazingly however not only do we get a Japanese card but we also have action in Thailand and a fantastic card in Australia. Brilliant way to kick off a very exciting weekend!
The Japanese card kicks off with the debut of Ida Koji (0-0) who fights Shunsuke Mori (0-1) in a 4 round contest at Super Bantamweight. This is one of two fights schediled for 4 rounds with the other being Motonobu Suzuki (2-3) against Mamoru Takeuchi (2-5-2). Although Suzuki has lost his last 2 he will be favoured against Takeuchi who has gone 0-5-1 in his last 6.
Following the 4 rounders we then expect two bouts over the 6 round distance. The first of these will see Atsushi Hosogai (5-7) fighting Yutaka Kamioka (6-2-2, 4) in a bout fought at a contracted 56KG's. That will then be followed by Koya Sato (6-0-1, 1) risking his unbeaten record against Taichi Yokote (6-1, 3) who has won his last 3.
The show then moves on the the 8 rounders, of which we surprisingly have 4. The first of which will see Kazuya Soma (5-4-2, 4) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately we've struggled to get the name of the Thai fighter, one of two on the card.
In the second of the 8 round bouts former Japanese title challenger
Yuta Nagai (27-8-4, 17) fights Yasuyuki Masuda (7-5, 1). Although Nagai had been on a bad run in 2010 and 2011 he now appears to be back on the right path as he looks to build his way back to a title fight.
Yutaka Sowano (7-5-1, 5) fights in the penultimate contest of the show as he takes on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately like the Soma bout we've struggled to work out who the Thai is, though Sowano, ranked by the JBC at Minimumweight, is likely to be in easy here.
The final bout on the show sees Tsukasa Saito (17-2, 12) a former WBC youth champion, up against the experienced Kosuke Iwashita (14-15-2, 8). We favour Saito here considering the fact Iwashita has lost 5 of his last 6, though Saito's stoppage loss to Joey Maxian back in March does leave us with some question marks over his durability.
In Thailand we believe Samson Tor Buamas (30-3, 14) will be defending her WIBA Minimumweight title. Unfortunately we're unsure who Samson will fight but we'd absolutely love it if it was a rematch with Alicia Ashley who was unfortunate to suffer a defeat when the women fought back in July.
In Australia we get an excellent card from Peter Maniatis. Dubbed the "UltraTune Cup" the headline bout here sees Filipino Randy Petalcorin (19-1-1, 14) defending his PABA Light Flyweight title against experienced Thai Samransak Singmanasak (35-20-1, 27). This should certainly be an explosive contest and is a big risk for Petalcorin who is ranked #2 by the WBA.
Petalcorin and Singmanasak aren't the only Asian's on the show, in fact they are just two of a rather large number.
In a Middleweight contest Manopnoi Singmanasak (10-16, 6) fights unbeaten Australian Michael Zerafa (11-0, 5) whilst at Light Middleweight Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-28, 4) fights Joel Camilleri (3-2, 2) in a potentially winnable contest.
In one other bout featuring a Thai Yokfah Nor Sripung (0-1) looks to record her first victory as she fights Filipino debutant Janiper Ortiz (0-0), a former amateur standout.
The start of a new weekend and we get action across Asia with cards in Japan Thailand and China.
Of all the shows it's the one in Thailand that has the most noteworthy contest as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (47-2, 31) defends his PABA Bantamweight title against Filipino Nathan Bolcio (11-5-2, 4). Bolcio returns to Thailand for his third fight in the country, though he is 0-2 there with both losses coming by T/KO and it'd be a major shock if he defeated Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat.
In China we have what appears to be a 6 bout show.
The main event in China sees Australian Heavyweight Alex Leapai (28-4-3, 23) attempt to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title against American based Mexican Felipe Romero (16-6-1, 11). We're not too sure how Romero qualifies for an "Asia Pacific" title fight though it's fair to say that Leapai will be strongly favoured anyway.
The Leapai/Romero bout isn't the only title fight on the show with China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (7-2, 3) battling Filipino Jilo Merlin (13-16-2, 2) for the currently vacant vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. A victory for the 23 year old Jun would be by far the best on his record though really does seem likely considering how well Jun fought against Jonathan Baat in Japan in both of his losses.
Although the top 2 contests are genuinely notable the remaining 4 contests on the show are hard to card too much about. The most interesting of them sees Zhang Yong Ming (0-0) in a battle of debutants with Thailand's Denkapton Pakdee Gym (0-0). The 6 round contest hopefully speaks about Ming's potential more than anything else.
The remaining bouts on the show see Xiang Jing (4-3) taking on the debuting Aekarthit Kanyaprom (0-0), Lu Erhaci (0-0) fighting Kenyan fighter Leonard (0-0) in an all debutant clash and in a female bout Hu Die (1-0) will face Indian debutant Saroj (0-0).
The card in Japan currently has 5 bouts listed on boxrec.com though we believe that there will actually be 7 contests on the card.
The most notable contest on the Japanese card is a bout between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (20-1-3, 9) and Yukinori Hisanaga (15-4-2, 9). Hisagana, ranked #9 in Japan at 122lbs, will be hoping to score his 5th successive victory as he attempts to claim the Japanese title against the talented Otake.
The chief support bout on the Japanese card sees Kazuaki Moriya (11-3, 1) facing Masashi Tada (10-3-1, 7) over 8 rounds. Tada, the #5 ranked Japanese Minimimumweight, moves up to Flyweight to face the #11 ranked Japanese Light Flyweight. Although on paper it may not look like a great contest we dare say that it could be a show stealer.
Also in 8 round action are Takaaki Ishikawa (9-4, 5) and Ganbare Shota (10-3-1, 2) who face each other in what looks like a potentially competitive contests even if it's not got any major names involved.
The show is expected to open with Yamato Kikuchi (2-3-2) in action against the ubeaten Yuji Okinori (4-0, 1). This bout, a 4 round contest at Flyweight would be a good opener in all honesty with Kikuchi always proving to be a competitive fighter whether he wins or loses. Unfortunately despite knowing there is another Flyweight bout to open the show we're unaware of who is going to be in the bout sadly.
In the 3rd fight of the show Ippei Azuma (1-0, 1) will fight fellow unbeaten Kota Okui (1-0) in a Bantamweight contest before we go into the only 6 round bout of the contest between Atsushi Hosogai (4-7) and Tomoya Murata (5-3, 2).
Currently Boxrec also lists a contest between Toshinobu Kondo (6-2, 6) and Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3). We are under the belief that this bout has now been called off, though unfortunately we're not totally certain as to why.