Just over a week after we had two world title fights in Asia, we have 2 more as Hiroki Ioka puts on an excellent looking 9 fight show show in Osaka, with a world title double header stealing the headlines.
The main fight on the show see's Hiroki's nephew, Kazuto Ioka (12-0, 8) defending his WBA Light Flyweight title as he takes on experienced Thai Kwanthai Sithmorseng (43-1-1, 22), a former WBA Minuimumweight champion. This will be Ioka's second successive defense against a Thai and much like previous challenger Wisanu Kokietgym, it's hard to see the Thai surviving the distance, never mind putting up a real challenge to the talented Japanese youngster.
In the co-main feature Kazuto Ioka's most notable stablemate, Ryo Miyazaki (19-0-3, 11), is in action defending his WBA Minimumweight title. Miyazaki faces current WBA "interim" champion Jesus Silvestre (27-3, 20) in a WBA unification bout, and arguable the most exciting bout on the card. Unlike Ioka/Kwanthai this bout really does look like it's competitive and could be very, very tough for the unbeaten Japanese fighter.
Splitting the two main events on the show is a bout for Filipino Malcolm Tunacao (32-3-3, 20). The experienced Filipino appears to be matched incredibly easily as he battles Thai novice Imron Lookkhlongtan (0-2), though this is likely a bout to see if Tunacao has much left after his loss earlier this year to Shinsuke Yamanaka.
In the fourth most notable bout the unbeaten Sho Ishida (13-0, 6) takes on former PABA champion Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (22-6-1, 9). Although Ishida will be a clear favourite we expect this to be a genuinely tough contest for the unbeaten man.
The card opens with Chocoboy Oizumi (0-2-1) in action against a debutant that we believe is Jo Masaru (0-0), though we may be wrong. The Oizumi bout will be followed by Hikaru Matsuoka (3-1-2,1) against Toshiya Yokogawa (4-4, 4) before Takahiro Yamamoto (9-3, 6) takes on a Thai opponent, who unfortunately we're struggling to name.
Also on the card are two reserve bouts, or rather we think they are more precisely "floaters". These will see Daiya Shimazu (2-0, 2) fighting Takumi Imasato (3-2) and the debut of Hashizume Masayoshi (0-0) against an opponent that we can't identify
For those interested the fight poster for this show can be found here.
As well as the show in Tokyo we are also expecting a show in the Philippines and one in Thailand.
In the Philippines we expect to see the always fun to watch Lorenzo Villanueva (24-1, 22) in action as he hard hitter takes on the durable journeyman Alvin Makiling (9-6-3, 2). Villanueva, dubbed "Thunderbolt", wil be lookign for his third straight victory since his stoppage loss to Daud Cino Yordan last year.
On the same card we're anticipating action from Rolando Magbanua (22-2, 15), who is thought to have been matched with Roland Teofilo (10-17-2, 3) and former world title challenger Rommel Asenjo (23-3, 18) who is expected to blast through Brobro Languido (4-10-1, 1).
The show's opener is arguably the most interesting bout however as the promising Roskie Cristobal (5-0, 5) fights Eric Mansira (1-10, 1). On paper this looks as much of a mismatch as the rest of the card though it's actually a step up of sorts for Cristobal who's opponents so far had just a combined 8 fights between them.
In Thailand, and we're assuming live on Thai Channel 7, Norasing Kokietgym (7-0-1, 5) is expected to defend his PABA title, though we're unsure if this bout will actually take place with the PABA not yet listing an opponent for Norasing.