Another Friday and another extremely busy day in the Asian boxing world with a major domestic card in Japan, two very notable shows in Thailand and two Asian's in title fights in Australia.
We'll start with the Thai action is split between Nakhon Sawan and Nakhon Ratchasima with two notable fights expected to take place in each venue with one of those shows (we think the Nakhon Ratchasima) to be televised on Thai Channel 3.
In the Nakhon Ratchasima card we expect to see former world title holder Tepparith Kokietgym (23-3, 13) in action, albeit against a yet to be named opponent, as he attempts to claim the WBC Asia Council Continental Bantamweight title.
As well as Tepparith we also expect to see a bout with Thai based Jqpanese fighter Tomoyuki Nishikawa (2-0, 1) taking on Russian Alexandr Masalov (0-0-1) in a battle for the interim WBC Asia Council Continental Light Middleweight title.
On the other Thai card we expect to see recent Bantamweight world title holder Pungluang Sor Singyu (44-2, 29) defending his WBO "international" Bantamweight title against Indonesian Zun Rindam (9-2-1, 4). On the same card, Pungluang's Thai compatriot Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (47-1, 30) attempts to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title as he also fights an Indonesian named Yon Armed (10-3-1, 6),
In Japan we get the a show dubbed "Dangan 83", a show that features 12 bouts, all of which are scheduled for 4 rounds. These bouts are split in to two, with the first 4 all being normal novice bouts, whilst the final 8 bouts are semi-finals for a Class C Tournament.
The opening bout on the Japanese show features two debutants who we believe are Tomofumi Hongo (0-0) and Tamaki Tetsuya (0-0), their bout will be swiftly followed by a battle between the unbeaten paring of Hiroyasu Shiga (1-0, 1) and Yoshiki Abe (2-0-1, 1) in what looks like a promising match up on paper.
In the third bout, which we expect will be an explosive encounter, the unbeaten Masayasu Nakamura (2-0, 2) fights Kota Shibayama (2-1-1, 2) before the final, none Class C tournament bout which will see Tomokazu Ueda (2-0) fighting Makoto Kawasaki (2-1-1, 1).
We've got to admit that none of those bouts are highly interesting to us in total honesty, though hopefully they will be better in the ring than they look on paper.
In the first of the tournament bouts the unbeaten Takamasa Kawahara (1-0) will battle Tatsuji Kakumoto (1-3) this is one of two Light Flyweight bouts in the tournament with the other seeing Shoji Ebisawa (2-1) battling Yuki Shiina (1-3). We expect that Kawahara and Ebisawa will be successful here and move on to the next round.
In a Flyweight bout we get a meeting of unbeaten fighters as Sonin Nihei (1-0) battles Shuhei Takahashi (2-0, 1) in what is the only bout at the weight. Incidentally we also only have a single Bantamweight bout as Yoshihiko Hashimoto (0-1) battles the debuting Ishii Ryu Makoto (0-0) (least we believe that to be his name).
At Featherweight we have two bouts with the first of those being Yuta Itagaki (1-1, 1) against the unbeaten Yuta Onishi (2-0, 2) in a bout that we favour Onishi in, whilst the second will see Kazuo Shimada (2-6, 1) fighting Tsuyoshi Naito (2-3-2, 1). We've got to be honest this second bout doesn't really do anything for us and it's very hard to be too excited about, no matter who comes out on on top.
The penultimate bout sees Super Featherweight action as Naoki Oura (2-1, 2) takes on Ryo Sugimoto (1-5) in a bout that we'd expect Oura to come out on top in. The final bout, at Light weight, thankfully allows the show to end on a high with unbeaten men colliding as Yoshihito Takahashi (2-0, 2) fights Shoma Koga (2-0, 2) in a bout we do not expect will let us down.
The final bouts involving Asian fighters both take place in Australia. The most notable of these bouts will see Filipino born Australian Jack Asis (29-18-4, 15) battling Japan's Hirohito Fukuhara (16-8-8, 8) in a battle for the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Featherweight title. Although neither man has an outstanding record it's worth noting that Asis is on an 8 fight unbeaten run whilst Fukuhara hasn't been stopped since going 9 rounds with the hard hitting Shuhei Tsuchiya and also holds a notable stoppage over Filipino Roberto Gonzales. The winner of this bout will claim the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Featherweight title.
The second bout in Australia sees Filipino Gabriel Altarejos (12-2-1, 4) being thrown to the wolves once again. Following back to back losses to Masaaki Serie and Hugo Fidel Cazares the 21 year old "Wonderboy" now faces the hard hitting Brayd Smith (6-0, 5) in a bout for the WBC Youth Silver Featherweight title. On paper this looks fine but Altarejos has never fought at Featherweight and probably should be at Bantamweight in all honesty.
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.