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.
A busy Saturday sees the Philippines taking centre stage in the the Asian boxing world with two notable cards.
In Muntinlupa City, and televised on NBN Channel 4, there is a 10 fight card, featuring an impressive 4 title bouts.
The show, of course, kicks off with none title action and features 6 non-title bouts. These are expected to start with the unbeaten Marlon Arcilla (2-0) battling Eric Pansa (1-1-1) and Fighting Heno (0-0-3) in action against Julius Bala (2-1) in what we expect to be 4 round bouts.
In 8 round action Eranio Semillano (6-5, 3) faces Bryan Vicera (11-6-3, 5) in what promises to be a solid under-card bout before we have a series of 10 round contests. In the non-title 10 round bouts Mike Espanosa (11-6, 7) fights the unbeaten Renren Pasignahin (5-0-1, 1), Virgil Puton (10-3, 4) battles Daniel Ferreras (12-6-2, 4) and Jaymart Toyco (12-4, 8) attempts to defeat journyeman Michael Rodriguez (13-36-1, 3).
The first of the title fights on the show is expected to be a contest for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Featherweight title. This will be between the "Unpredictable" Ronald Pontillas (15-6-3, 7), a former OPBF champion, and former national Super Bantamweight champion Balweg Bangoyan (18-8, 7).
We expect the second title bout to be between Rene Dacquel (10-1, 3) and Angelito Merin (6-2-2, 1) with the winner getting the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Flyweight title, a belt previously held by Carlos Cuadras and Stephane Jamoye.
In the first of two 12 round title bouts we expect to see Jerson Luzarito (7-3-3, 3) fighting Ronelle Ferreras (12-5-2, 5) for the interim PABA Minimumweight title. This bout could put the winner in with a good chance of fighting for the WBA Minimumweight title in the next 12 months, especially considering the storng rumour that Ryo Miyazaki is set to vacate.
The last of the title fights sees former world title challenger Ardin Diale (21-8-3, 8) defending his Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Flyweight title for the fourth time. Diale will be taking on Jeffrey Cerna (14-7, 5) who comes in to the bout after back-to-back victories on the domestic scene.
The card above is one of two in Meetro Manila with the other taking place in Mandaluyong City. This second card, a 6 fight show promoted by ALA, is a much lesser card.
The main event on the ALA show sees Rene Bestudio (15-5-4, 5) battling Jonel Alibio (16-16-4, 8) in a 10 round contest. When you compare this bout to the ones in Muntinlupa, it's fair to say that this show pales in comparison to the other one.
In the co-feature of the ALA show the hard hitting Jimmy Aducal (6-2-2, 5) fights Argie Toquero (4-3-1, 3) whilst the unbeaten Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) battles the once beaten Jesame Dela Cerna (4-1-3, 1). These bouts, both scheduled for 8, should be interesting though we doubt either will be great.
The resy of the card will see JC Francisco (3-6-1) battling Dexter Dimaculangan (3-2-3, 1), Philip Luis Cuerdo (0-0) fighting Roderick Naduma (0-2) and, in a contest between debutants Robin Dingcong (0-0) and Joel Lumangcag (0-0).
As well as the Filipino action there is also an Asian interest in both Australia and the UK.
In Australia the Thai trio of Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-27, 4), Dechapon Suwunnalird (5-24, 1) and Komgrit Nanakorn (17-19, 7) are in action.
Of the three thai's it's Dennapa that has the hardest match up taking on the unbeaten Ozan Craddock (5-0, 4). Saying that however it's hard to imagine any of the Thai;s winnning with Dechapon taking on the promising Nathan Carroll (9-1-1, 3) and Komgrit fighting the hard hitting Balazs Varga (8-4, 7).
The action continues in the UK as Edmund Gerber (23-1, 14), originally of Kazakhstan, takes on former Heavyweight world title challenger Derrick Chisora (17-4, 11). With Gerber having looked incredibly poor in his most recent fights it would be far from a shock to see him stopped here by Chisora who is clearly looking for a second world title fight, or a shot at the Haye/Fury winner later this month.
In a weekend dominated by female fights through the America's, Asia action seems to be quite quiet with only one card currently listed as scheduled on Friday (though Asians are fighting in both Australia and Nigeria to give the day an international feel).
The currently listed Japanese card appears to be incomplete featuring just a solitary bout Ryosuke Kinoshita (8-8-1, 2) looks to extend a 3 fight winning streak. In his way stands Yusuke Usui (12-11-2, 5) who himself takes in to the ring a 5 fight unbeaten streak.
Although the bout isn't one that will set pulses racing internationally it should actually be a very evenly matched bout and could end up being a solid bout.
In Australia we get the usual mismatches that are becoming common down there. Featured in those bouts in Australia are an appearance by Yakub Ton (4-8, 2) who takes on Ozan Craddock (3-0, 3) and Ton's compatriot Rivo Rengkung (30-14-5, 10) who faces Brett William Smith (15-2-1, 7). Although Rengkung has an impressive looking record he has been unable to score a single win outside of Indonesia in 11 attempts.
It's not just the Indonesian pair that will be in action in Australia but also Thai Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-25-3, 4) who faces Jason Kanofski (17-7-3, 3). Bigshotcamp has been stopped in his last 2 fights, both in Australia and it would be far from a shock to see that become a trio of stoppage defeats.
Arguably the most bizarre bout of the day is the professional debut of Shahin Adygezalov (0-0). Born in Calilabad, Azerbaijan though based in Russia, Adygezalov will make his debut in Abuja, Nigeria.