Just a day after one of the busiest days in Asian boxing we return for another busy day. This time with 3 shows in Japan and one in the Philippines.
Of the Japanese shows two of them take place at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
The first of the two Aioi Hall shows is a 9 fight show show that takes place at mid-day local time and is promoted by Yakushiji.
This card starts with five success 4 round bouts. Unfortunately we've struggled to work out who will be in the first contest but the second will see Masanari Iwane (1-3) taking on a debutant, who believe will be Takashi Igarashi (0-0).
The third of the 4 rounders will see another debutant in action though again we've struggled to name names. Thankfully we have got the names for men involved in the fourth bout on the show which will see Hikaru Taiga (3-1, 2) fighting against the unbeaten Genki Nakashima (2-0).
In the final 4 rounder Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1-1) will be fighting against Yuta Takimoto (3-3, 2).
Following the relatively disappointing 4 rounder we then move on to the first 6 rounder of the show. This will see Yuya Nakazato (5-9, 5) fighting against Kazuki Fukakura (5-6-2, 2) in what looks like an interesting lower card contest. After the first 6 rounder we move up to 8 rounds for a contest between Yuji Iwata (6-4-1, 4) and Shinichi Tsukahara (7-6-2, 3).
Rather oddly this card moves back down to a 6 round for the chief support contest which will see Akito Hoshi (7-5, 2) taking on the once beaten Yuta Horiike (8-1-3, 2). Horiike, ranked by the JBC, will be expected to win though we imagine he will be tested.
The main event on this show will see the Japanese ranked Daiki Koide (20-5-2, 9) battle Filipino visitor Rey Labao (24-5, 16). As Labao is very highly ranked by the OPBF it's fair to say that Koide will see a reward if he wins, however he is up against a very credible opponent here.
The second show at the Aioi show, which starts around 17:00 local time, is a 5 fight show.
This show starts with an all-debutant contest over 4 rounds. We're not sure who these fighters will be though we expect it to Tominaga Shinpei (0-0) against Kawai Masatetsu (0-0). Following the opener the show moves onto a contest between Masami Moriizumi (5-1-1, 4) and Kosuke Mizuno (5-4-2, 1) over 6 rounds.
Following the sole 6 rounder we move on to the 8 round distance as Ryosuke Maruki (6-1-1, 4) takes on Indonesian Jamed Jalarante (22-15-1, 11) and Taro Oikawa (2-2, 2) also battles an Indonesian in the form of Rochmad Santoso (3-2, 2). It's hard to go against the two Japanese fighters here though they may find life hard going.
The main event in the second Aioi Hall show will see a third straight Japanese-Indoneasian contest that will see the promising Kazuya Maruki (14-2-1, 9) taking on Rusmin Kie Raha (12-3-2, 2).
As well as the two Aioi Hall shows there is another show in IMP Hall in Osaka. This show, an eight fight show put on by Osakateiken.
This show begins with the debut of Taniwa Naoki (0-0) who will be fighting in a 4 rounder. Unfortunately we've failed to identify Naoki's opponent. This is one of five bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, sadly we've struggled to name those fighters in the other four contests.
After the 4 rounders the show will then have a single 6 rounder which will see a Thai visitor travel to Japan. This sole 6 rounder contest will then be followed by the main event which will see Naoki Matsumoto (9-6-2, 2) attempting to defeat Yuma Iwahashi (10-6-1, 1) in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
In the Philippines it's The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex that hosts the only show. This show, headlined by Cris Paulino (12-1, 3) defending his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title for the second time as he takes on compatriot Renren Tesorio (12-3-3, 4).
The Paulino/Tesorio bout is one of 6 contests on the show, which kicks off with with a 4 round bout between Kenjie Watanabe (1-1, 1) and the wonderfully named Daffy Dempo (1-1, 1). On paper these two are perfectly well matched though we do favour Watanabe.
The second bout on this show will see Lionel Mark Duran (10-9-2, 4) fighting the very limited Mabert Paulino (2-15) over 6. This will be accompanied by a trio 8 rounders as Zoren Pama (4-8-3, 2) takes on Gerry Pateno (4-4-2, 2), Virden Rivera (4-0-1) fighting against Cris Leon (6-7-4, 3) and Roldan Aldea (4-1-1, 2) battling Jeson Berwela (4-15, 2). We've got to be honest it's hard to be too interested in these bouts.
To end a busy weekend of boxing in the east we have 2 more cards. One of those is in the Philippines, to genuinely end an exhaustive weekend, whilst the other in Japan effectively kicking off a new week of action.
We'll start our look at the days action in the Philippines where Elorde Int'l Productions appear to have a stacked card at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Metro Manilla.
The main event here, headlining a 12 bout card, is expected to see once beaten fighters Cris Alfante (9-1, 3) and Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) clashing for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title. This looks like an excellent match up on paper and whilst neither man is even near being ready for a world title it should still help one of them move in the right direction.
Whilst the main event may not feature men who are ready for the world stage the one of the two chief support contests features a man who has already competed on the world stage. Sylvester Lopez (20-6-2, 15), a former WBC Super Flyweight title challenger, looks to start his career revival after just one victory in his last five contests. Lopez takes on the limited but tough Prell Tupaz (8-21-4, 1) in what should be an easy contest for Lopez.
The other chief support contest sees recent OPBF title challenger Dennis Tubieron (15-2-1, 6) looking to bounce back from his recent disappointment. Tubieron, like Lopez, will be facing a limited but tough opponent in the form of Rufino Mante (8-16-2, 4) who has only been stopped once in 26 contests.
Both of the chief support contests are scheduled for 10 rounds.
As well as the chief support contests the card has a quintet of contests scheduled for 8 rounds. From where we're sat the most intriguing of those is a contest between Cris Paulino (13-1, 3) and the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-21-2, 1). Although a mismatch on paper Anacaya has proven to be a potential banana skin on the Filipino domestic scene and could well trip up Paulino if the youngster isn't fighting at his best.
The rest of the 8 round contests sees Jonathan Ligas (5-5-1) taking on journeyman Rolando Niones (4-14-2, 2); Bebong Manalo (6-1, 3) fighting Jomar Borbon (3-14-2, 1); Kenjie Monenio (4-3-3) tackling Junjie Lauza (4-8-1, 1) and JC Francisco (4-6-1) meeting the highly experienced Rey Morano (8-37-1, 1). We've got to be honest and say that these bouts don't really do much for us though they should on the whole beef up the card and give fans in attendance their value for money.
The show features two contests scheduled for 6 rounds. The one of those that interests us sees JM Samonte (0-0), making his debut, fighting Arnold Garcia (1-1, 1) in a rare Filipino Light Heavyweight contest. The Light Heavyweight bout is joined by a contest between the unbeaten Fighting Heno (1-0-3) and Jessie Caballes (2-9).
We expect this show to kick off with with a pair of 4 round contests with Joe Misako (1-0) fighting the debuting Jomel Lumangcag (0-0) and Jon Jon Estrada (0-1) taking on Gebby Manago (0-2). Again it's hard to be too interested in these but they could turn out to be more interesting in the ring than on paper.
In Japan we have a 7 fight card, dubbed "Japan, Orient Pacific Ocean and global prelude", which features a trio of main events as well as four bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The show opens up with the unbeaten Nobuhiro Oshiro (1-0, 1) fighting, who we believe will be, Daikichi Miyagi (1-2-1, 1) who we think is returning to the ring after almost 4 years out of action.
In the second contest of the show we get a female bout as Kei Minayo (0-0) makes her debut fighting against the unbeaten Aiko Yamagishi (1-0-1) in an Atomweight contest.
Following the female bout we think that China's Yuan Sheng Li (0-1) though we're unsure as to who he will be fighting, or if it's actually him for that matter. This will be followed by the debut of Kinjo Taiki (0-0) who takes on Hirayama Kazuyuki (3-2-1, 3) in the final of the 4 round contests.
We believe the first of the three main events will see Filipino Dado Cabintoy (11-4-2, 6) again a Thai opponent. Unfortunately, as is often the case, we're unsure on who the Thai will be.
Sadly the two other main events sees us having the same problem in recognising the opponents, though we think that Japanese fighters will be Koseki Nakama (16-4, 7), ranked #7 by the OPBF at Super Featherweight, and the hard hitting Masatoshi Kotani (12-2, 9), ranked #14 at Super Featherweight by the OPBF.
It's starting to seem liek the action just never stops in the east and whilst that's a great thing for boxing fans it's a lot of work to keep up.
This Tuesday sees action returning to the Korakuen Hall for an 8 bout show promoted by Misako promotions.
The show kicks off with a 4 round bout at Super Flyweight as Takahiro Iida (3-2-1, 2) faces Hokuto Sakata (2-2-1, 1). Iida comes in to this bout winless in 3 contests whilst Sakata is 1-1-1 in his last 3, possibly giving him a slight edge.
The show is then expected to have a 4 round bout at Sper Bantamweight. We think, though aren't sure, that this bout will see Masanori Oshima (2-6-5, 2) taking on Ryosuke Ota (0-4). Of course with records like this it's doubtful that the bout will have too much interest though it could be Ota's best chance at recording a victory.
The first of the shows 3 contests scheduled for 6 rounds sees Yusuke Konno (6-1, 2) looking for his second victory of the year. Konno will be facing the limited but hard hitting Kai Zama (6-6, 4) who enters on the back of 1 win in his last 6 contests.
At Light Middleweight Norimitsu Ebine (8-6-1, 5) returns from a 3 year break to fight Shiro Saito (5-3-1, 2). Although Ebine is a solid puncher himself he is winless since 2007 and has lost his last 4 bouts, with this in mind Saito has to be favoured, despite him losing his most recent bout.
The third, and final, 6 round bout on the show sees Mitsumasa Takahashi (7-4, 2) looking to end a run of 1 win in his last 5 as he faces the hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-4-2, 5). Ueno has lost his last 2 bouts though hs is 4-2-2 (3) in the last 3 years.
The first of the shows 3 bouts scheduled for 8 round sees the faltering Yohei Tobe (5-1-1, 3) attempt to resurrect his career. A year ago Tobe looked to be a star in the making though a loss to Ryo Akaho and a draw with Richard Pumicpic have seen some questioning his potential. Tobe will be looking for his second win since those back-to-back set backs as he takes on Ken Achiwa (8-9-2, 2) who has gone 3-8-1 in his last 12 bouts and should be little more than fodder for Tobe.
At Welterweight Koshinmaru Saito (18-5-1, 10) takes on Shusaku Fujinaka (9-2-2, 6) in arguably the cards most promising bout on paper. Saito is ranked #3 in Japan at 147lbs though has lost 2 of his last 3 bouts whilst Fujinaka is 6-1-1 (4) in his last 8 contest, albeit at a much lower level than what Saito has been competing at.
The final bout on the show sees Filipino Cris Paulino (10-1, 3) taking on the #5 ranked Japanese Flyweight Yuki Fukumoto (15-6, 5). Although highly ranked in Japan Fukumoto was no match for his last Filipino opponent Silvester Lopez who stopped him in 4. Although Paulino enters on the back of a loss to Ardin Diale he is unbeaten in 8 round contests and against Japanese opponents so should be favoured here in what looks like a worthwhile main event.
What a great day today looks like being. We not only have Asian fighters competing around the globe but we also have a chance to crown an Asian world champion and the continuation a modern day Asian great.
In Hyogo, Japan we see the return to the ring of Hozumi Hasegawa (31-4, 13) who is fighting for just the 3rd time since being stopped by Jhonny Gonzalez back in April 2011. Hasegawa has, on paper anyway, a very easy nights work as he takes on Thai Veerapol Sor Chantasith (3-3). With Chantasith having not fought at all in 3 years it's almost certain that Hasegawa is looking to just shake off some rust.
Also in Japan though in Tokyo is action for Kuninobu Shimamura (14-2, 9) who will face Yusuke Kikuchi (11-4, 4) in what should be a pretty even match up. This card also features Rokuhei Suzuki (7-4-2, 3) who fights Takenori Ohashi (9-3, 6) in what should again be an excellently matched bout.
In Thailand we have a chance to see Kompayak Porpramook (49-4, 34) attempt to claim the "interim" WBA Flyweight title as he faces Jean Piero Perez (20-5-1, 14). This bout has been fully previewed here.
In the Philippines the "Southville 3 Multi-purpose Gymnasium" hosts arguably the biggest card of the day. The main event of the card sees unbeaten youngster Cris Paulino (10-0, 3) attempt to claim the Filipino (GAB) Flyweight title from Ardin Diale (19-7-3, 6). This is a bout we're looking forward to and have heard really things about Paulino who some view as one of the more over-looked Filipino youngsters.
The same Filipino card sees Jaymart Toyco (11-3, 7) looking for his 7th straight victory as he takes on Jovel Romasasa (10-9, 4) over 10 rounds, in fact the card features 3 bouts scheduled for 10. The other 2 longer bouts see Dan Nazareno Jr (17-10, 13) taking on Alejandro Anas (4-11-1, 2) and Virgil Puton (8-3, 3) fighting Rex Olisa (9-18-1, 7).
With 4 bouts schedules for 8 it's the Donaire name that stands out as Richard Donaire (5-7-1, 2), the cousin of Nonito Donaire, faces Pit Anacaya (8-19-2, 1). The other 8 round bouts feature the promising Robert Udtuhan (18-1-2, 12) who fights Edison Berwela (11-25-6, 2), Mike Espanosa (10-6, 6) who is pitted against Jeson Berwela (4-13, 2) and Angelito Merin (5-2-2, 1) who's matched with Jonathan Ligas (4-4-1).
Over the 6 round distance Richard Claveras (2-0-2, 2) will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record as he goes up against Richie Bagaan (1-1-1). The card's only 4 rounder sees the unbeaten Joel Taduran (1-0) taking on debutant Jean Luis Araneta (0-0).
In international action Chinese born Kazakh Kanat Islam (10-0, 9) looks for his biggest win in the pro ranks as he faces the experienced Colombian Emilio Julio Julio (26-10-2, 19). The 2008 Olympic bronze medal winner, has been incredibly active and this will be his 11th fight in just 7 months yet with his amateur pedigree and genuine power. We're excited about this guys potential and think he's really one to keep an eye out for.
There is also international action for Filipino Ronald Pontillas (15-5-3, 7) who travels all the way to Ghana to face Emmanuel Tagoe (20-1, 8) for the
vacant WBA International Super Featherweight title and the WBO Africa Super Featherweight title. We've got to admit, we have no idea how Pontillas qualifies for the WBO Africa title but good luck to "Unpredictable" .