This coming Friday brings us some genuinely notable action from and involving Asian fighters. in fact not only is there cards in both Thailand and Japan but their is an Asian involved in a title fight in Mexico and an unbeaten Russian fighting in the US as well as a show in Yemen with their rising boxing star.
We'll start off by looking at the Thai card that we're aware of. This show, expected to be on Thai Channel 7 will see the the unbeaten Nop Kratingdaenggym (5-0, 1) attempt to claim the PABA interim Super Bantamweight title as he fights Indonesian Skak Max (6-12, 6). We expect other fights to be on this show though at the moment details are scarce.
In Japan have plenty more details of a show promoted by Kaneko promotions. We expect to see an all debutant match open the show with Iizuka Makoto (0-0) fighting Riki Hamada (0-0) before novices collide in a bout between Suguru Akimoto (0-1) and Masayoshi Abe (1-1).
The novices continue in action as Kazutaro Ueno (0-1), who we think is actually called Ichitaro Ueno, battles Sosuke Sakata (1-0) and the unbeaten Akihiro Yashiro (1-0-1) fights the debuting Wataru Yokoyama (0-0).
Following the 4 bouts with novices we then have some experienced fighters in action with Tsuyoshi Nishimura (3-5-1, 1) fighting in his 10th bout as he takes on 12 fight "veteran" Hidetoshi Ueki (3-8-1). Sure neither guy has a winning record but, at least on paper, they appear to be well matched.
It takes until the 6th bout on the show until we get fighters with winning records facing each other as Takahiro Fujii (4-2-1, 1) fights Takuma Nishida (5-4, 2) in another bout that looks competitive on paper. Unfortunately after back to back "competitive" fights we appear to have a bit of a mismatch as the experienced Keisuke Ota (7-6, 1) battles the hard hitting but inexperienced Junpei Sakagami (3-2-2, 3).
The show's 8th bout is a second all debutant contest as Imakura Kazuhide (0-0) fight Yukihiro Kaneko (0-0) in what is effectively the second to last fight on the show. The only "fight" after this is a contest between Ryuji Hirano (5-2-1) and Masashi Odaira (4-2-2, 2). Unfortunately the advertised headline bout between Akihiro Kondo and Masashi Noguchi has been called off at late noticed.
Despite the "main event" being called off fans do get the chance to see one more bit of action as former world title holder Tomonobu Shimizu laces up the gloves once more for an open sparring session with fellow Kaneko gym mate Hidenori Otake. This open sparring is seen as a farewell to Shimizu and with both men being gym mates we'd not expect anything too hard from either man.
In Sanaa, the Yemeni capital we get yet other show featuring KO sensation Ali Raymi (15-0, 15). Raymi, the almost cult like figure on boxing forums, will be going for win #16 as he takes on Husam Shargabi (3-0, 1).
On the same show as Raymi/Shargabi there will also be 3 other contests. The most interesting of those will see Omar Awdan (7-0, 3), almost certainly a future Raymi victim, fighting Bahr Slyman (2-2, 1).
The other two contests sees unbeaten men colliding as Muhana Hajaji (2-0) fights Hani Ansi (1-0) and Hamoody Jubran (1-0) taking on Abdu Achille (1-0).
The Thai bout isn't the only title bout as Australian action sees Indonesia's Marco Tuhumury (10-10-1, 3) attempt to claim the PABA Middleweight title at he takes on Jarrod Fletcher (16-1, 10) whilst on the same show Filipino Michael Dan (3-5-1, 1) battles the unbeaten Anthony Buttigieg (2-0). It's hard to see victories for either Tuhumury or Dan though we won't totally rule out Dan giving his opponent a tougher than expected test.
Over in the US the unbeaten Russian Ilshat Khusnulgatin (10-0, 5) looks to score his third victory on American soil as he takes on Arsenio Terrazas (9-5, 8). Unfortunately for the Russian he was given a real scare last time out with Nathan Bedwell dropping him twice before he pulled it out of the bag. This may be an even tougher bout for Khusnulgatin than the Bedwell bout was.
The action in the west isn't just limited to the US as Filipino Marvin Mabait (18-1-2, 12) travels to Mexico in an attempt to claim the WBO Inter-Continental Bantamweight title. Mabait will however need to get past Johnny Garcia (18-4-1, 9), something that is far from a "gimme"
The busy Yemen boxing scene is again at the forefront this weeks action with one of the first Asian shows of the new week. As with almost every show in Yemen it will be held in the countries capital city of Sanaa.
The 8 bout show is expected to start with debutants in action as Amad Rohani (0-0) takes on Saeed Shuaibi (0-0). This bout, made around the Super Featherweight limit is one of 5 bouts scheduled to be fought over the 4 round distance.
We expect the second of the 4 round bouts to feature two men looking for their first victories as Sameeh Arasi (0-1) fights Sami Umasi (0-1). This is the show's only bout featuring two fighters with losing records though on paper it appears to be a perfectly matched bout.
At Light Flyweight we expect the unbeaten Husam Shargabi (2-0, 1) to take on Abdu Mansur (0-1) in one of the other 4 round bouts and then at Bantamweight Omar Moxamad (2-0, 1) will take on Sabin Juma (0-1). With both Shargabi and Moxamad looking for their third successive victories it's hard to imagine either of them losing here.
It's expected that the final 4 round contest will see Wesam Maqrami (4-1, 2) in action as he tries to bounce back from his sole loss, a decision loss to Omar Awdan, as he takes on Hamdan Khulani (0-1). Maqrami is a very promising 16 year old and we'd be very shocked if he doesn't claim his fifth professional victory here.
It's thought that the first of the 10 round contests will see Luke Hasan (3-0, 1) taking on Luway Jaber (2-2, 2). This will be Hasan's second bout scheduled for 10 rounds but the third for Jaber who is 1-1 in bouts scheduled for 10 rounds.
Arguably the most interesting 10 round bouton the card sees Ali Salem (5-0, 1) facing Esayas Dagim (2-0, 1) in a battle of unbeatens. This looks like a genuinely great contest on paper between Salem, of Somalia, and Dagim an Ethiopian who will be fighting for the third time in Yemen.
Despite the fact that Salem/Dagim looks really interest it appears that the main event will see the unbeaten Yasin Abdulkhalik (6-0, 3) in action against the once beaten Moxamad Abdu (4-1, 2). This is a rematch between two men who fought just weeks ago with Abdulkhalik taking a very clear decision so we really don't see much point in the bout despite both men being well regarded domstically in Yemen.