After a full day of no action Asian boxing returns with a subdued feeling. The calm before the storm if you will.
The action, at least televised, kicks off in Thailand with a show on Channel 7. Unfortunately despite the fact we know there is a televised card we're completely unsure as to who will be on it or what fights are expected to take place on it.
Although the Thai action is pretty unknown at this point we do know that there will also be action in Australia.
The Australian show will see Michael Correa (3-6-3, 1), of the Philippines, fighting George Kambosos Jr (2-0, 1) in a bout for the Australia New South Wales State Lightweight title and Nathan Wright (1-0) taking on Jayson Mac Gura (1-18-3, 1), also of the Philippines.
The final bout with an Asian interest takes place in the UK as Youssef Al Hamidi (12-61-3, 1), originally from Syria, fights Callum Winton (2-0-1). Al Hamidi, one of the best "journeymen" on the planet will be taking part in his twelfth of the year, and will be hoping for his first victory of 2013.
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.
We love busy weekends and this weekend is no exception with a very long weekend of noteworthy fights. The action kicks off on Friday and goes right through to Tuesday with notable bouts.
At the Korakuen Hall we get a nice looking card thanks to Watanabe Promotions. Although we're sure we've not got the full details, what we have at the moment does look solid event.
The 3 bouts we have details of at the moment are Hajime Nagai (10-5-2, 2) against Masahide Shinabe (6-10-2, 3) in a Bantamweight clash, Rikiya Fukuhara (26-7-1, 19) against Keita Ito (8-15-2, 4) at Featherweight and Sanosuke Sasaki (11-2, 5) facing Takehiro Shimokawara (18-8-2, 6) in a Light Middleweight contest.
Whilst the Bantamweight and Featherweight fights do look forgone conclusions the Light Middleweight bout is very promising despite the fact both men enter on a loss. Sasaki is a former national champion though enters this bout following a stoppage loss to Tomohiro Ebisu and Shimokawara is a very credible fighter despite having never held any title.
Outside of Asia there is a lot of action, literally spread around the round.
The most notable bout of the day takes place in Russia as former amateur standout Rahkim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12) takes on WBC Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33). This will be the first world title fight for Chakhkiev who has been tipped as a future world champion ever since he turned pro back in 2009. A full preview of this bout can be read here.
On the same card as Chakhkiev's world title bout is a Heavyweight clash with Denis Bakhtov (36-8, 24) who despite being a Russian fighter was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Bakhtov will be facing novice Vladimir Goncharov (2-0, 1) in what should be a compelling bout, especially if Goncharov is as good as people are saying.
In the US and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Thai veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21) faces the unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11) in an IBF Super Featherweight title eliminator. Although Barthelemy is "unbeaten" many felt he didn't deserve his most recent victory, a very controversial decision over Arash Usmanee. The winner of this bout will be expected to face Argenis Mendez in a very tough bout later this year for the title.
Also in the US is the highly experienced Filipino Juanito Rubillar (49-19-7, 24) who faces the hard hitting John Amuzu (13-0, 13) of Ghana. Fighting for 76th time in his professional career Rubillar actually has a really good chance at scoring an upset here against a fighter with a very padded and puffed up record.
Staying in North America, though in Canada. There will be action for both the exciting Marc Pagcaliwangan (4-0, 4)-a Canadian Filipino- and Steven Bloyer (10-4-2, 6)-a Lebanaese born Canadian-. Pagcaliwangan will be facing John Brown (0-1) in what is a bit of a disappointment in all honesty whilst Cheikho will face Steven Bloyer (14-8, 1).
A bit closer to home in Australia the busy Filipino Jayson Mac Gura (1-16-2, 1) fights for the 7th time this year. Mac Gura will be facing previous opponent Brendan Saunders (0-0-1), who he managed a draw against earlier this year. On the same card is Yousef Kanani (0-1) who was born in Iran will face Emosi Solitua (0-1) and Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-39-3, 7) will face Australian Renold Quinlan (3-0, 2).
We are aware that in Thailand Channel 7 will be televising some live boxing.
We are assuming here but we think that the main bout on Channel 7 will be a defense of the IBF Asia Light Flyweight title by Amnat Ruenroeng (9-0, 3). We're not sure who Ruenroeng is facing but we are sure that the former amateur standout will continue on his steep learning curve so the bout will likely be a good one for the unbeaten man.
Although the week so far has been relatively quiet it appears that we actually end the week with quite a busy day or two.
The most notable card in Asia today is held at the The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Metro Manila and features a staggerin 12 bouts.
The most notable of the bouts on the Metro Manila card sees Jerson Mancio (16-3-3, 7) making the second defense of his Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Light Flyweight title s he takes on Robel Villegas (9-6, 3). This looks, at least on paper, like an easy enough defense for Mancio.
The other more notable bouts on the card see Cris Alfante (7-1, 1) taking on Ricky Oyan (4-16-2, 2) and Ronelle Ferreras (11-5-1, 4) taking on Roque Lauro (7-13-3, 2) both in 10 rounders. It'd be a shock to see Alfante losing and Ferreras, in all honesty should manage to secure his 12th victory.
In 8 round bouts we get Ricardo Roa (10-7-2, 2) against Samuel Apuya (7-14-1, 4), the unbeaten Andrian Camique (4-0-1, 2) against Sherwin McDo Lungay (7-22-2, 10) and Lionel Mark Duran (9-7-2, 3) against Junjie Lauza (4-7. 1). Of the 6 men here it's fair to say that Camique has the most interest to us, though we do sort of feel that there isn't a super star brewing amongst them.
Of the remaining bouts on the card, including Bryan Macamay (6-1-2, 5) against Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3); Zoran Pama (2-7-3) against Roy Lagrada (2-4-1, 2); Ariel Arevalo (1-1, 1) against Gebby Manago (0-0); Vergel Rivera (1-0-1) against Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-1); Just Bornilla (3-1) against Reymond Yalung (0-0) and Jessebelle Pagaduan (4-0, 3) against Lady Love Sampiton (0-1) we're more interested in the final than the others mainly due to wonderful name of "Lady Love".
In Australia there is plenty of action as Filipino trio Michael Correa (3-3-3, 1), Jayson Mac Gura (1-14-2, 1) and Romeo Jakosalem (14-8-1, 7) all look to upset Australian based fighters. It certainly appears that Jakosalem has the toughest bout of the 3 men taking on Samoan banger Leti Leti (8-1, 8), though with the other two Filipino's facing debuting pair George Kambosos Jr and Nathan Wright they haven't easy nights work either.
As well as the Filipino's in action in Australia there is also action for South Korean Jeong Jin Park (1-3) who looks to claim the Australia New South Wales State Light Middleweight title whilst battling Joshua Diab (4-0, 2).
There are also fights in Russia including a bout for Zhandos Zhetpisbayev (5-5, 2) of Kazakhstan and Marat Khasanov (0-3) who was born in Uzbekistan. Zhetpisbayev faces the unbeaten Sahib Usarov (18-0, 6) whilst Khasnov goes into the ring with debutant Steven Lee (0-0)
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).