It's nice for Japan to give us some days off from boxing late in the week but that doesn't boxing gives us a day off with multiple title fights and several shows across Asia.
The biggest show of the day is in the Philippines. It may not have a title fight on it but it does have a number of very interesting contests and is the lastest show put on by Manny Pacquiao's "MAG Pacman Boxing".
In the main event 2-time world title challenger Michael Farenas (36-4-4, 28) will be taking on Jesus Rios (26-4-1, 20). Having seen the difficulty that Farenas has given the likes of Yuriorkis Gamboa it's hard to bet against him stopping Rios over the 12 rounds.
The card has 4 chief support bouts, all scheduled for 10 rounds. One of these will see Richard Pumicpic (13-5-2, 4) taking on Luis Lugo (15-4-2, 11) in what looks like a very interesting bout. Although relatively unknown Pumicpic has held Yohei Tobe to a draw in Japan and beaten Ratchasak Kokietgym in Thailand and has the potential to go a long way, Lugo on the other hand won't have traveled to Mexico to just lose.
One of the other support bouts sees the tough Fernando Ocon (11-5, 3) taking on Jeffrey Cerna (14-8, 5). On paper this is a mismatch but it was just 18 months ago that Cerna took Arthur Villanueva to a split decision. Although unlikely he may well be about to turn in one such performance here.
Another of the 10 rounders will see current PABA interim Minimumweight champion Ronelle Ferreras (13-5-2, 5) fighting in a none title contest with fellow Filipino Roque Lauro (9-16-4, 2). This should not be much of a test for Ferreras but we may well see him given some sort of a rough ride at times.
Whilst some of those 10 rounders look interesting the most notable bout scheduled for 10 is that of Ernesto Saulong (13-0, 5). The unbeaten prospect has looked very promising at times though will be given a good test by Mike Espanosa (12-6, 7) who is stubborn and has a hurtful punch, at least on the Filipino domestic scene.
Saulong isn't the only unbeaten prospect in action with 3rd generation star Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr (11-0, 11) returning to action for the 12th time. Penalosa Jr will be fighting against Mexico's Alem Robles (6-3-2, 2) in a scheduled 8 rounder. It's a shame Penalosa Jr isn't being stepped up yet but we do understand why they are taking the kids development slowly. Unfortunately in regards to this bout we think Dodie will swiftly take out Robles and learn nothing in the process.
The bulk of undercard are scheduled 6 rounders with Fighting Heno (1-0-3) taking on Jessie Caballes (2-9); Lester Abutan (3-1-1, 1) going up against Jhon Jhon Faminiano (1-9-2) and Junar Adante (1-0-1) fighting Valeriano Gabriel (2-3).
The rest of the undercard will see Eric Pansa (2-1-1) up against the unbeaten Robin Dingcong (0-0-1) and Henry Barton (1-0, 1) fighting debutant Mike Mirafuente (0-0). We believe both of these will be scheduled for 4 rounds.
In regards to the world stage the biggest fight of the day is in Thailand as former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (45-2, 30) defends his WBO international Bantamweight title. The Thai, currently ranked at #2 with the WBO, will be regarded as a huge favourite as he takes on Filipino Romnick Magos (9-2, 5) though will of course be risking his world ranking for the fight. For those wanting to watch this bout it will be televised live on Channel 7 in Thailand along with the rest of the, yet to be listed, card.
Russia see's title action with Murat Gassiev (13-0, 9) defending his WBC Youth Cruiserweight world title. Although his opponent has yet to be namedwe've got to admit we've been impressed by him so far and do expect a small step up here.
Down in Australia Filipino Roberto Oyan (20-40-5, 7) will be fighting Kye MacKenzie (5-0, 3) for the Australian Super Featherweight title. Although Onyan is from the Philippines originally this will be Oyan's 23rd successive bout in Australia and so it's hard to begrudge him an Australian national title fight, even if he is a big under-dog.
Today's action comes thick and fast around the boxing world with a card in Indonesia, two in the Philippines, one expected in in Dubai and international action expected in Australia, Mexico and the US. Really, what more could we want?
We'll start in Indonesia where we're expecting a 5 fight card headlined by the experienced Roy Mukhlis (25-3-2, 20) taking on Filipino Weng Haya (17-6, 9) in what could be an explosive fight. With the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title on the line both will know perfectly well what a victory really means theywould be in or around the WBO world rankings.
Interestingly the Mukhlis/Haya bout sees both men moving up from lower weights. For Mukhlis this is his first title fight at Lightweight after having previously held titles at Super Featherweight and for Haya it's his first title fight since failing to claim the interim WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title last year.
In the co-main event the highly experienced Rivo Rengkung (31-16-5, 11) takes on novice Otnel Negrito (2-0, 1) from Timor-Leste (East Timor). Negrito is thought to have been in over 50 amateur bouts and will need to use that experience if he's to upset Rengkung here.
The other bouts on the card will see Benigno Nino (1-0-1) fighting Hanif Yogya (0-1); Rochmad Santoso (2-2, 2) fighting Delio Fernandes (1-1) and Yacob Ton (4-9, 2) in action against the debuting Benny Lindu Aji (0-0).
In the Philippines we have two seperate cards, but we'll start by looking at the card Lugana, a show headlined by an excellent match up between the unbeaten Ernesto Saulong (12-0, 5) and the twice beaten Alie Laurel (10-2, 6), a man many feel should actually be unbeaten himself. Outside of the Philippines this is a bout many will over-look though we'll be very interested in the bout as the winner will be tipped to go on to much bigger things than just a Filipino national title.
Unfortunately it's only really the main even that stands out herw with the second most interesting bout on the show being a much less interesting contest as Joan Imperial (9-3-5, 4) faces journeyman Albert Alcoy (14-16-6, 4).
The rest of the Lugana card features Just Bornilla (5-1) taking on debutant Ariel Pampuan (0-0), Mac Canisio (2-3) fighting Javen Villacite (2-1-2) in an even looking contest, debutant Rogelio Pancho (0-0) fighting Stephen Sayson (0-2) and an all debutant bout between Jerwin Lorenzo (0-0) and Melvin Jakaran (0-0).
On the other Filipino card, held at Negros Occidental, we have another 6 bouts. On the card the headline bout sees the unbeten Juren Labordo (10-0, 6) putting his "0" on the line against Marzon Cabilla (9-9-1, 4) on what, at least on paper looks like an easy nights work for the unbeaten man.
Labordo isn't the only unbeaten preospect on the card with two interesting 6 round bouts also on the card. The most interesting of those sees the unbeaten Rolando Servania (4-0, 1), the younger brother of Genesis Servania, taking on fellow unbeaten Marlon Macayan (1-0-1) whilst the other bout sees Arnel Acebuqye (1-0, 1) fighting John Rey Melligen (2-1, 1).
For Servania, who will be fighting for the 5th time this year, he'll be hoping to win with a bit more breathing space than he did in his most recent contest, a split decision over Jonas Sultan back in July, however Macayan will go in with an upset in mind. For Melligen his bout will be his first since being beaten by Mark Magsayo in August. Although Acebuqye is unbeaten he's not thought of as being anything like Magsayo who is generally regarded as a special talent.
The unbeaten fighters continue on the card with Alvin Sibugan (1-0) fighting Glen Contiveros (1-1-1) and Ruben Sibugan (0-0) making his debut against the unbeaten Joven Torres (1-0).
In fact the only bout on this card not featuring an unbeaten fighter is a bout between Roy Sumugat (8-8-1, 2) and Rolly Llino (5-9-1, 2). We'll admit it's a little difficult to get too excited about this one though it should go the distance with neither guy have any great pop on their shots.
In Dubai we expect to see a contest with a debuting Amin Saad AlSwayni (0-0) however no other details of the show have filtered through to us as of yet.
Now on to the intereational action, the earliest of which takes place in Australia as Filipino Jayson Mac Gura (1-17-3, 1) takes n the unbeaten Dylan Emery (6-0, 1). This is unlikely to be anything but a loss for Mac Gura though hopefully he'll manage to put on a solid effort despite losing.
Over in the USA the unbeaten Jun Doliguez (16-0-2, 12) faces Mexican Giovanni Caro (24-13-4, 19) in what will be Doliguez's US debut. Although Doliguez does enter this bout on the back of a draw with Ruben Tamayo he will be expected to over-come Caro over the 8 round schedule.
The final internationla bout sees Thailand's Buakaew OnesongchaiGym (6-1-1), the current WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Flyweight champion, fighting in Jalisco, Mexico. Buakaew takes on Mexican boxing queen Mariana Juarez (37-7-3, 16) in a battle for the WBC International Flyweight title. This is by far the toughest contest in the career of the Thai teenager and it'd be hard to see her winning, though we wish her the best of luck as she gets to share a ring with one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in female boxing.
For the first time in almost a week we get professional back boxing in Japan though rather surprisingly it's South Korea that seem to have the best card of the day with Junggu Hall in Seoul hosting it.
With the best card happening in Korea lets start there for today's look at the upcoming action and it's fight poster.
The main event sees the highly talented Min-Wook Kim (10-1, 7) defending his OPBF Light Welterweight title for the 4th time. Kim, a talented puncher from Seoul will be facing former Japanese title challenger Valentine Hosokawa (16-3-3, 8) who lost last time out to Shinya Iwabuchi, who incidentally Kim beat in last contest. With their results against Iwabuchi fresh in the mind it's hard to pick against Kim.
The co-main event sees the WBO female Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (8-0, 5) attempt to defend her belt for the second time as she takes on former WBA female Atomweight champion Mari Ando (10-5, 5). On paper this looks like an excellent match up between two very highly regarded fighters who should put on a very good bout together.
As well as the fabulous double header the show also has a fantastic chief support bout as Korean Jaesung Lee (16-3-1, 9) fights unbeaten Filipino Ernesto Saulong (12-0, 5). The bout is a big step up for Saulong but he does take his unbeaten record into the ring with him and obviously the confidence that that brings with it.
With those 3 great bouts it's fair to say the rest of the card is a bit weak. The most noteworthy bouts from the remaining 7 undercard contests see Hyun-Kyum Park (3-0, 2) fighting Joon-Chul Kim (1-0) and Sung-Tak Joo (2-0-2, 1) facing Woo-Shin Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a rematch after they drew earlier this year. Both of these bouts are in the Welterweight division and both look competitive though when you consider they are “the best of the rest” you realise just how poor the undercard is.
The other undercard bouts see Moon-Sun Jung (1-1-2) fighting Sung-Joon Park (2-0) in a rematch of both fighter's debuts, Tae-Il Kim (1-0) looking for his second win as he takes on debutant Hyuk-Tak Joo (0-0), female action as Jong-Sun Park (1-0, 1) fight the debuting Ji-Eun Yang (0-0) and 2 all debutant bouts between Jung-Hoon Go (0-0) and Ja-Ik Goo (0-0) and Joo-Young Kim (0-0) and Hoo-Rak Kim (0-0).
It's not only in Korea where we get action as Japan hosts a 10 bout show at the Sakai city center.
The show kicks off with an all debutant affair. We're not certain but we think it'll be Kenjiro Shibata (0-0) against Takeshi Kajikawa (0-0). We expect to see several other debutants on the card, including a second all debutant bout between Ryuji Hayashi (0-0) and Kiyoshi Matsumoto (0-0).
The remaining debutants on the show are expected to be Takuya Fukuda (0-0) who we think will be facing Michio Mizuno (0-1), a fighter ending a 9 year break from the ring, and Yoshikawa Nana (0-0) debuting against a Thai in what we are expecting will be a 6 round contest.
As well as the bouts featuring a debuting fighter there are 3 others scheduled for 4 rounds. These will see Kazuma Uemura (1-0) meeting fellow unbeaten Takaaki Kanai (1-0, 1), Keita Honke (1-2) fighting Masahiko Jikan (0-2) and a bout between Hiroki Taniguchi (3-1-1) and Wataru Sadamichi (3-4-1, 2).
After the bouts are out of the way we get a trio of bouts scheduled for 8 bouts. The first of these is at Flyweight as Shunji Nagata (7-9-2, 3) who faces Takahiro Murai (8-4-1, 3). This bout isn't the best on the card but serves as a nice warm up to a Super Flyweight featuring Shota Kawaguchi (14-4-1, 5) against a Thai opponent.
The main event will see Yoichi Oguma (14-5, 2) in action taking on another visiting Thai. Unfortunately, once again, we have struggled to work out who is it.
We also believe that there will be a card in the Philippines that seems likely to feature 5 bouts, however there is talk that this card may now have been cancelled.
The opening bouts here will see Philip Cuerdo (0-0) making his debut against Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) in an entirely winable bout and Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1) fighting Junar Adante (0-0-1). Both of these bouts are scheduled for 4 rounds.
We then expect 3 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. The first of those is expected to be Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1). We expect this contest to go the 6 round distance and be genuinely competitive, although we do doubt both guys making a real name for themselves down the line.
We expect the Taduran/Florendo bout to be followed by a Feathwerweight contest between Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) and Edsil Jungco (0-4-4). With Talaman yet to see the final bell of a bout we'd be shocked if both men were still standing after 6.
The final bout is between Ruben Traza (3-4-2) taking on Lester Abutan (2-1-1, 1) in what looks like a competitive bout even if it's not hugely compelling.
SORRY-The Philippines card has apparently been POSTPONED until Thursday August 22nd.