It's fair to say that after a busy weekend we've had a really, really quiet week this week. The relative silence comes to a crashing end on a very busy Friday with Asian fighters battle across the Eastern hemisphere.
The most notable card is likely to be the Thai card held in Choburi where Wanheng Menayothin (29-0, 10) will attempt to defend his WBC International Minimumweight title for the 9th time as he takes on Japanese challenger Yuma Iwahashi (10-5-1, 1),
On paper the match is a mismatch but Iwahashi has been very competitive in 4 of his 5 losses, including a loss to Ryuji Hara in a Japanese national title bout, and his sole stoppage defeat was to the hands of Atsushi Kakutani who challenges for a world title tomorrow. So we wouldn't be too shocked it this was toughed for Menayothin than it looks on paper.
The day's title action isn't just limited to Thailand as we get a title double header in Lucena City Convention Center. In fact we appear to be gett the full card that we expected there on August 24th as Jerwin Ancajas (16-1-1, 8) faces Armando Casa (11-10-5, 3) for the vacant Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Bantamweight title and Lolito Sonsona (16-1-3, 6) looks to claim the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title as he fights the experienced Albert Alcoy (14-16-5, 4).
The card it's self appears pretty unchanged to the one we had listed for the 24th with the chief support bout still being Aston Palicte (10-1, 8) against Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) in what looks likely to be a mismatch.
In fact the major changes to the card have been in the lower card bouts. We still have Daryl Gamboa (0-0) against Rodney Ramirez (0-0) and Jordan Estrada (0-0) against Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-2), though the the other 4 round bout now appears to be Jhon Jhon Faminiano (1-8-1) against Jiro Saonoy (0-3).
This card also seems to have acquired 2 new 6 round bouts as the unbeaten Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) battles Lowell Saguisa (7-12, 3) and the once beaten Orlan Vasquez (8-1, 1) takes on the hard hitting Mark Anthony Florida (8-3, 7).
As well as the shows in Thailand and the Philippines there is also a show in Japan at the Korakuen Hall as promotional company Dangan put on "Dangan 81".
The main event here sees Ryuichi Funai (18-6, 12) up against a Thai opponent who we believe boasts an 8-6-1 (2) record. This bout, expected to be an 8 rounder, is supported be a co-main event between Dai Iwai (11-3-1, 5) and Yasuyuki Masuda (7-4, 1).
It's not just Funai's opponent that we've been unable to name but both Hiroshi Ishii (6-7-3) and Genji Ishida (1-0) are facing yet to be identified opponents in two of the nine bouts scheduled for 4 rounds
The rest of the bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds will kick off with Yuki Uchida (1-1) against Shinnosuke Okada (1-3-2, 1), this will be followed by the unbeaten Hiroyasu Shiga (1-0, 1) facing Masakazu Sakamoto (1-1-1, 1) and Koji Okubo (1-1) against Junki Abe (1-2).
After the above trio of bouts we will see debutants in action as Kazuma Yoshihara (0-0) takes on Takahiro Yamanishi (0-1) and in an all debutant match Aihara Shinta (0-0) battles Hosokawa Wataru (0-0).
The sole female bout on the show sees former kickboxer Shoko Hayashida (1-2, 1) looking to level up her record as shetakes on Yunoka Furukawa (1-1-1, 1).
The final of the 4 round bouts sees Ryosuke Goku Tsuboi (2-1, 1) fighting the unbeaten Haruka Itakura (1-0).
We also have a card in Russia with 7 bouts. The main event in this show sees the unbeaten Aik Shakhnazaryan (7-0, 2) taking on Shavkat Madaminov (9-7, 3) in a 10 round bout. This is support chiefly by a very interesting Welterweight bout between David Avanesyan (14-1-1, 7) and Fariz Kazimov (13-4-1, 4) over the 8 round schedule.
The show's sole 6 round contest sees the hard hitting Felix Amoev (5-1, 4) battling Fedor Mushtranov (4-4, 2) before we get the 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These bouts will see a trio of debutants in action with Heavyweight Ruslan Faifer (0-0) taking on Roman Mirzoev (2-6, 1) in possibly the most interesting of those bouts. The other debutants are Lightweight Aliyor Nuraliev (0-0) who faces a yet to be announced opponent and Light Welterweight Egor Bakulin (0-0) who fights Parviz Muraliev (0-1). The only all-none debutant bout over 4 rounds sees Bahruz Kazimov (3-1, 2) battling Sevak Bagdasaryan (0-1).
There is also Asian action in Australia with 4 bouts involving an Asian interest.
In Hurstville, New South Wales there will be action for Thai duo EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (8-4, 4) and Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-1). Unfortunately both men will be facing unbeaten fighters with Eakkreenkrai fighting Dylan Emery (5-0, 1) whilst EakKhunphol will be facing Tony Bates (7-0-1, 5).
Not too far from Hurtsville in Homebush f (6-0, 4) will be facing Krishna Mudaliar (4-2-1, 2). This will be Dulay's first bout outside of his native Philippines though their does seem to be real expectation on his shoulders.
The remaining Asian bout "down under" features Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-41-3, 7) fighting novice Luke Bunder (1-0) in a 4 round contest.
Today we have two cards of note, one in Japan and one in South Korea with no less than 4 title bouts, including an amazing 3 world title bouts!
The best action, at least on paper appears to be the Japanese card as Kazuto Ioka (11-0, 7) defends his WBA Light Flyweight for title for the first time whilst taking on Thai veteran Wisanu Kokietgym (43-8-2, 13). This will be only be Ioka's second bout at 108lbs since winning his first world title 2 years ago, though the idea seems to be to match Ioka and WBA "super" champion Roman Gonzalez in the near future. A full preview of this title clash can be found here.
Ioka's stable mate Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10) also makes the first defense of his world title, the WBA Minimumweight belt, as he takes on the relatively unknown Mexican Carlos Velarde (23-2-1, 13). Miyazaki, who won the title by defeating the always fun to watch Kompayak Porpramook via split decision will be the favourite though plenty of questions do remain about the unbeaten Japanese youngster. Again we've got a full profile of this bout here.
As well as the two WBA title bouts on the Japanese card there will also be at least 3 other bouts. They include the hard hitting Masao Nakamura (14-1, 14) facing the thrice beaten Thai EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (7-3, 4). This will be Nakamura's 3rd pro bout since being upset by unheralded Filipino Ronald Pontillas back in 2011. Unbeaten prospect Sho Ishida (12-0, 6) will also be looking for a victory as he battles Tawanrung Eausampan (5-1, 2) and the 22 year old Takahiro Yamamoto (8-3, 6) will be wanting to score his 3rd straight win as he goes up against Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (10-9-1, 5).
In South Korea the headline bouts see Hyun-Mi Choi (6-0-1, 2) defending her WBA Female Featherweight title against Shannon O'Connell (7-1, 4) and Nam-Joon Lee (7-4-2, 3) defending his South Korean Featherweight title against Bong-Joon Suk (5-1-1, 1). The female world title bout looks excellent on paper with the unbeaten champion facing a determined Australian whilst the national title bout looks even better. Don't be surprised if at least 1 title doesn't change hands.
The undercard in this Korean show is a bit weaker than the Japanese undercard but still there is some intrigue there. First you have promising female fighter Dan-Bi Kim (7-2-1, 2) facing off against Hye-Soo Park (2-6-1). The expectation is a win for kim though you need to go back 2 years to see Park's last loss. A bout between novice Jae-Woo Lee (3-1, 3) and Jong-Won Won (7-11-1, 3) is a step up for Lee, who genuinely could be unbeaten at this point in his career.
The opening of the card is a showcase for 8 novice as Je-Ni Ma (3-1-2, 3) fights Sang-Joon Park (3-2-1), Ji-Hoon Kim (0-0) (no not that one!) faces Moon-Sun Jung (0-1), Da-Won Suh (0-1) battles Se-Joon Song (0-0) and debutants collide with Tae-Il Kim and Hyun-Shik Kim both making their pro debuts against each other.