Whilst it's fair to say that tomorrow (May 4th) will see every boxing fan watching major bouts from Europe (Wladimir Klitschko v Francesco Pianeta) and America (Floyd Mayweather Jr v Robert Guerrero and Abner Mares v Daniel Ponce De Leon) today is about fights in Asia.
Not only do we see a Japanese fighter attempting to make history but we also see 2 former world champions in action as they attempts to make their way back to the top in what promises to be an excellent day of fights in Thailand.
The highlight appears to be in Si Sa Ket with a card headlined by WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato (26-2-1, 12) defending his belt against the thunderously powerful Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (18-3-1, 17). This bout will not only be the 3rd defense of the title by Sato but also holds an historic value, is Sato wins he'll be the first ever defending world champion to win a title defense in Thailand. This bout, in full, has been previewed here.
On the same card as the Sato bout there is also action from former champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (20-5-1, 10) the man that Sato beat for the title last year. Suriyan will be expected to score his 6th victory since his loss to Sato when he steps in to the ring against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (11-26-6, 2), who will be fighting for the second time in around a week (after having lost a split decision to Robert Udtuhan).
The card will also see the unbeaten Nawaphon Por Chokchai (13-0, 10), the younger brother of Suriyan, in action. Nawaphon will be facing Michael Rodriguez (13-36-1, 3) in what appears to be an easy victory. Also on the card are Chaiyong Sithsaithong (29-10-3, 21) who will face Jen Yu Jia (2-4-1, 1) and Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (19-3-0-1, 16) who looks to bounce back after being stopped by Nabuo Nashiro a few weeks ago, he'll be facing debutant Pansak Sor Ratidech (0-0).
Also in Thailand we see the return to the ring of former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (43-2, 28) who looks for his first victory since losing his title to Paulus Ambunda back in March. Sor Singyu will be facing Filipino Fredirex Rodriguez (11-2-1, 8) for the WBO International Bantamweight title. With Sor Singyu being as good as he is we'd expect him to come out victorious here and perhaps try and force a rematch with Ambunda (and lets be honest, like anyone would dislike that!)
As well as the bouts in Thailand, there is also a low profile card in the Philippines. The main bout here is in the Light Flyweight division as Jomar Fajardo (11-4-1, 5) takes on durable journeyman Ruther del Castillo (8-18-8, 2). The other bouts on the card, feature 3 unbeaten men as Renren Pasignahin (4-0-1, 1), Ian Ligutan (4-0-1, 2) and Lloyd Jardeliza (3-0-2, 2) are in action. Sadly only Pasignahin's opponent is known and he'll be fighting Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3)
Outside of Asia, Australia again hosts action with Thai pair Kiatchai Singwancha (32-9, 21) and Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (29-11, 19) both in action. Although both men have solid records they have been brought to Australia as "opponents" for two Aussie fighters who are expected to score relatively easy but yet notable victories. Fingers crossed that the plan backfires!
All the notable action today for Asian fans will be focused on the Philippines which hosts 3 cards with one of those really standing out as well as Filipino born fighters taking part in international cards.
The best of the 3 local cards takes place in the "University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium" in Davao City. This cards double main event are amongst the best fights anywhere on the planet this weekend.
The more notable of the 2 top fights sees former world title challenger Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (34-2, 25) taking on Mexican Jose Ramirez (24-3, 15). Although Bautista is rightfully the favourite it does need to be noted that Ramirez can bang and 2 of his losses have come controversially by split decision. The bout, a defense of Bautista's WBO International Featherweight title could end up having an explosive finish.
For us the better bout is actually the all-Filipino co-feature that sees OPBF Super Flyweight champion Arthur Villanueva (20-0, 11) defending his belt against fellow unbeaten fighter Marco Demecillo (18-0-1, 14). This could honestly be the stand out fight of the day. Both men are evenly matched, both are unbeaten and both will be wanting to prove a point.
Through the rest of the features 2 genuinely notable bouts as Rocky Fuentes (34-6-2, 20) takes on Juan Kantun (20-3-3, 15) and the explosive Lorenzo Villanueva (23-1, 21) who faces Indonesian Arief Blader (18-9-1, 7). The card also features 3 youngsters as Engelbert Moralde (3-1, 3), John Vincent Moralde (4-0, 2) and the debuting Glenn Ramos all feature against as yet unnown opponents.
The other cards are genuinely hard to split apart in terms of quality. The one in "La Trinidad Trading Post" is headlined by Japanese visitor Tosho Makoto Aoki (13-12-2, 10) taking on Ruel Suya (6-7-1, 3) in a bout for the WBC Asia Council Continental Lightweight title. Technically that's the 12 rounder though the more appealing bout is prospect Rex Wao (6-0, 5) against Dandy Toei (9-4-3, 3) in what could well be the next stepping stone for Wao on his way to title fights.
The rest of the card in La Trinidad is somewhat passable as an undercard with Remuel Obidos (7-3-1, 2) facing Arjet Caballes (6-24-5, 3); Stephen Gelawa (4-0-1, 2) facing Jestoni Pepito (7-10-2, 2) and bouts for Jonel Espineli (0-0-1) and Renato Palay (0-0-1) bot against as yet un-named opponents.
The final card, in "Lipa City Youth Cultural Center" is headlined by Cirilo Espino (18-11-3, 11) defending his Filipino (GAB) Featherweight title against the experienced Vinvin Rufino (32-15-3, 15) on paper we've got to favour the challenger.
The Lipa City card also has a battle of unbeatens as Jeffrey Galero (8-0, 4) faces Ian Ligutan (4-0-1, 2) in a promising bout. The only other completely listed bout is hard hitting James Delos Reyes (4-1-1, 4) against Baby Marfil Jr. (2-5-2) who has yet to be stopped. We're also expecting Jecker Buhawe (14-7-1, 9) to be in action and the professional debut of Mike Kinaadman, though both are fighting to be named opponents.
As well as the local stuff however it's also good to see that Roberto Lerio (14-17-1, 5) the Australian based Filipino will be able to defend the Australian Bantamweight title that he won a year ago as he takes on Brad Hore (2-0). And in New South Wales Jayson Mac Gura (1-13-2, 1) faces Joey Williams (9-1-1, 4).