The early highlight of the week is with out a doubt in Japan on Wednesday as the Kameda Bros. put on an excellent show featuring 3 world title bouts in Osaka.
The show's trio of headline bouts begins with Katsunari Takayama (25-6-0-1, 10) defending his IBF Minimumweight title for the first time. The champion, fighting in Japan for the first time in over 4 years, will be taking on Filipino challenger Vergilio Silvano (17-2-1, 10) who will be putting up a 17 fight unbeaten streak. We've got to admit that this has "war" written all over it.
Interestingly a story coming from several sources is that if Takayama retains he will be travelling to China in April to unify with WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong, who retained his title on Saturday. A Takayama/Zhong fight would be a certified war and something we'd certainly love to see. We're not sure if Silvano, if he wins, will also be considering this possibility but we're fans of unification so we'd hope so.
The second of the main fights here will see Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18), the first ever Japanese fighter to win a WBO world title, defending his WBO Bantamweight title for the first time. Tomoki will be facing fellow unbeaten fighter Immanuel Naidjala (17-0-1, 11) of Namibia. Although Naidjala is unbeaten he was tested in a big way by Botswana's Lesley Sekotswe and we can't help but think that Tomoki will make this look very easy.
There are calls for Tomoki, if he wins, to face fellow Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka. Although it's unlikely that Tomoki will want that fight it's certainly a fight that fans are calling for and one that needs making if Tomoki is to be accepted as a genuine world champion by many.
The final of the three major bouts sees Daiki Kameda (29-3, 18) attempting to unify his IBF Super Flyweight title with the WBA title as he fights Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7) in what looks like a fantastic match up. Unfortunately however Solis was unable to make weight has been stripped has been stripped of the WBA belt, thankfully however Daiki can still unify the titles.
Interestingly this past weekend saw Zolani Tete stopping Juan Carlos Sanchez in 10 rounds. This has seen Tete instilled as the mandatory for the IBF title held by Daiki.
This same card will feature 4 other contests. The first of these will see Hiroshi Takagi (1-2) fighting against Hiroya Kojima (2-0, 2) in a Super Flyweight bout. This will be joined by a female bout which involves Honey Mae Bermoy (5-2, 5) fighting a Thai opponent.
This show also features two other bouts which are listed as preliminary contests, unfortunately we're not sure who will be in them.
As well as the Kameda show there is a second Japanese show. On this show,which is promoted by Hanagata Gym, the main event will see Saemi Hanagata (8-4-1, 3) fighting Yuko Kuroki (9-4, 5) for the OPBF Minimumweight title.
As well as the main event this show will feature 7 other contests. Of those 7 bouts 5 are scheduled for 4 rounds.
The other two bouts are both scheduled for 6 rounds. These will see Ryo Shirakawa (5-5-2, 2) fighting against Kazuki Matsuyama (6-5, 3), who has lost his last 3 bouts, and Tetsuya Koyama (5-4, 2) fighting against Takahiro Shibata (4-2-1, 1), who will be hoping to not suffer a third successive opening round KO loss.
The busy start to September in the east hits an early high on Tuesday with world title action in both Japan and in Thailand.
The show in Japan, televised, at least partly by TBS, features and intriguing battle for the vacant IBF Super Flyweight title as former WBA Flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (28-3, 18) battles Rodrigo Guerrrero (19-4-1, 12) for the title Guerrero formerly held. A victory for Kameda would see him becoming the 3rd fighter in Japanese boxing history to claim an IBF title and also see him joining brothers Koki and Tomoki as active current champions. Saying that though Guerrero will have more than just a few words to say for himself and this is far from a foregone conclusion.
The rest of the card sees 3 or 4 bouts starting with an all debutant match up between Takahiro Mori (0-0) and Masashi Katayama (0-0), this will be followed up by Riichi Kawase (3-4-2, 1) taking on Ryo Kosaka (6-2-1, 3).
The only really interesting undercard bout sees Akinori Watanabe (28-4, 25) fight Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) in what should be one-sided but help prepare Watanbe for a more notable bout in the near future,
In the other bout, which we think is a "floater" Hironori Miyake (1-0, 1) will be fighting Taichi Sugimori (0-1). Where not sure on where on the card this bout will be though we do expect it will happen at some point.
Prior to the Japanese fight we are expecting a WBA "interim" Super Fyweight title bout in Thailand as former world champions collide again. This time it will be the experienced Denkaosan Kaovichit (61-3-1, 26) taking on Japanese hard man Nobuo Nashiro (19-5-1, 13). Although Japanese fighters have often struggled in Thailand we do favour Nashiro here with Kaovichit certainly having seen better days in his career.
Unfortunately we're unsure what other bouts will be on this card.
Despite the success of several Chinese fighters the country has still been slow to accept the sport of professional boxing. We're hoping that the acceptance will speed up as the country starts to host more cards, like the one that's being shown on Saturday.
Live at the EXPO Garden Hotel, Kunming there is a 6 bout card courtesy of Zovi Boxing Promotions. Whilst the card lacks names (and even quality to be honest) it's still good to see action in China.
The card appears likely to open with a female fight as China's own Li Yun Ting (0-4) fights at home for the first time and takes on Indian youngster Naina Rani (0-0) in a 4 round bout. Ting has been stopped in all 4 of her bouts so far, though she now has 18 rounds of experience under her belt including 5 rounds with WIBA Minimumweight champion Samson Tor Buamas.
The card also features the debut of Super Featherweight Li Xiang (0-0) who takes on Naina Rani's compatriot Neeraj Goyat (0-1-1) who actually returns to the site of his professional debut from way back in November 2011.
The other 4 bouts all look a bit more promising as Chinese fighters face more established visitors.
Novice Xian Wei Qian (2-1) takes on Filipino veteran Jonel Alibio (16-15-4, 8) in a very tough test test. Yang Xing Xin (4-1-2, 3) fights the very experienced Thai Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (29-12-, 19) who has lost his last 2 bouts (and 3 of his last 6) whilst Sakorat's compatriot Petchwanchai Sor Visetkit (8-4, 4) goes in against Xiang Jing (3-3).
On paper however the best match up sees 22 year old Qiu Xiao Jun (6-2, 3) taking on Indonesian journeyman Falazona Fidal (20-35-1, 7). Jun looks to be the most promising fighter on the card and has experience in fighter in Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Although both of Jun's losses have come to Jonathan Baat they've both been competitive and the youngster is improving, but Fidal may have a little bit too much for him at the present moment. Certainly a very interesting bout.
In Japan former 2-weight world champion Daiki Kameda (27-3, 17) continues his search for a 3rd divisional title. The former WBA Flyweight and Super Flyweight world champion, now campaigning between Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight, takes on Mexican Aaron Bobadilla (9-2, 7). We're sure their will be more bouts on the card but at the moment this is the only one that we know of.
In international action Japanese fighters are competiting in both Mexico and the US.
In Mexico Hiroshi Nakamori (33-5-1, 20), a 2-time Japanese title challenger, faces former multi-weight world champion Humberto Soto (60-8-2-1, 34). Soto enters this bout as a big favourite though the 33 year old is an aging fighter and has already been in 71 fights and 499 rounds as a professional. With the WBC International Silver Light Welterweight title on the line Nakamori will know that a victory will be by far the biggest of his career and we expect him to put up a good effort even if he can't defeat Soto.
In the US the unbeaten Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-0-1, 19) fights for the 3rd time stateside as he takes on former "interim" world champion Johan Perez (16-1-1-1, 12). This bout, for the vacant WBA International welterweight title, is one of those rare "B level" match ups that look amazing and is a genuine 50-50. We do favour Kamegai, though wouldn't be shocked if Perez defeated him.
Both the Kamagai and the Nakamori fights will be televised in the west and hopefully it won't be that hard to get to watch them live.