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.
A new week kicks off with an excellent "B level" show in Korakuen Hall that would actually put a lot of other domestic shows (especially those in the west) to shame. In all honesty with 2 title fights and a former 4-weight Japanese national champion on the card it really does look a bit special.
The cards weakest bout sees Hirotsugu Yamamoto (15-7-2, 2) taking on Dai Iwai (10-3-1, 5). Whilst it's not a great bout it's a very even looking contest on paper and is a the sort of bout that the sport needs more of rather than the all too common "prospect v no hoper" fights that we see in the west.
Former Japanese Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight and Middleweight champion Tadashi Yuba (42-8-2, 31) looks to continue his legendary career as he faces Kengo Nagashima (12-9-2, 11). Whilst Yuba, now 36, is a fighter coming to the end of the line he has already stamped his place on Japanese boxing history by being the first ever 4-weight national champion and a loss to Nagashima won't really his legacy.
The first of the title bouts is at Bantamweight as Hiroki Shiino (9-2, 8) takes on Filipino Dennis Tubieron (15-1-1, 6) in a bout for the vacant OPBF Bantamweight title. Not only is the title on the line but also a sense of revenge for Shiino who was stopped in 8 rounds by Tubieron last September.
Going in their first bout together Shiino was the WBC #12 ranked fighter and seemed likely to fast tracked to a world title bout. Tubieron however hadn't read the script however and dropped Shiino 4 times en route to the stoppage, and claimed the WBC International Bantamweight title as a result. Expect this to be a very special bout.
The main fight, at least for us, sees the OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (13-4-2, 6) making the first defense of his belt. Wake, who defeated the highly ranked Yukinori Oguni for the title back in March faces Eita Kikuchi (14-2-4, 6) in an all-Japanese bout.
Wake's victory over Oguni was a genuine shock and helped force Wake into the world rankings (he's currently ranked WBC #11 and WBA #13) though with Kikuchi ranked #5 WBA there is alot on the line here.