To end a busy weekend of boxing in the east we have 2 more cards. One of those is in the Philippines, to genuinely end an exhaustive weekend, whilst the other in Japan effectively kicking off a new week of action.
We'll start our look at the days action in the Philippines where Elorde Int'l Productions appear to have a stacked card at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Metro Manilla.
The main event here, headlining a 12 bout card, is expected to see once beaten fighters Cris Alfante (9-1, 3) and Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) clashing for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title. This looks like an excellent match up on paper and whilst neither man is even near being ready for a world title it should still help one of them move in the right direction.
Whilst the main event may not feature men who are ready for the world stage the one of the two chief support contests features a man who has already competed on the world stage. Sylvester Lopez (20-6-2, 15), a former WBC Super Flyweight title challenger, looks to start his career revival after just one victory in his last five contests. Lopez takes on the limited but tough Prell Tupaz (8-21-4, 1) in what should be an easy contest for Lopez.
The other chief support contest sees recent OPBF title challenger Dennis Tubieron (15-2-1, 6) looking to bounce back from his recent disappointment. Tubieron, like Lopez, will be facing a limited but tough opponent in the form of Rufino Mante (8-16-2, 4) who has only been stopped once in 26 contests.
Both of the chief support contests are scheduled for 10 rounds.
As well as the chief support contests the card has a quintet of contests scheduled for 8 rounds. From where we're sat the most intriguing of those is a contest between Cris Paulino (13-1, 3) and the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-21-2, 1). Although a mismatch on paper Anacaya has proven to be a potential banana skin on the Filipino domestic scene and could well trip up Paulino if the youngster isn't fighting at his best.
The rest of the 8 round contests sees Jonathan Ligas (5-5-1) taking on journeyman Rolando Niones (4-14-2, 2); Bebong Manalo (6-1, 3) fighting Jomar Borbon (3-14-2, 1); Kenjie Monenio (4-3-3) tackling Junjie Lauza (4-8-1, 1) and JC Francisco (4-6-1) meeting the highly experienced Rey Morano (8-37-1, 1). We've got to be honest and say that these bouts don't really do much for us though they should on the whole beef up the card and give fans in attendance their value for money.
The show features two contests scheduled for 6 rounds. The one of those that interests us sees JM Samonte (0-0), making his debut, fighting Arnold Garcia (1-1, 1) in a rare Filipino Light Heavyweight contest. The Light Heavyweight bout is joined by a contest between the unbeaten Fighting Heno (1-0-3) and Jessie Caballes (2-9).
We expect this show to kick off with with a pair of 4 round contests with Joe Misako (1-0) fighting the debuting Jomel Lumangcag (0-0) and Jon Jon Estrada (0-1) taking on Gebby Manago (0-2). Again it's hard to be too interested in these but they could turn out to be more interesting in the ring than on paper.
In Japan we have a 7 fight card, dubbed "Japan, Orient Pacific Ocean and global prelude", which features a trio of main events as well as four bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The show opens up with the unbeaten Nobuhiro Oshiro (1-0, 1) fighting, who we believe will be, Daikichi Miyagi (1-2-1, 1) who we think is returning to the ring after almost 4 years out of action.
In the second contest of the show we get a female bout as Kei Minayo (0-0) makes her debut fighting against the unbeaten Aiko Yamagishi (1-0-1) in an Atomweight contest.
Following the female bout we think that China's Yuan Sheng Li (0-1) though we're unsure as to who he will be fighting, or if it's actually him for that matter. This will be followed by the debut of Kinjo Taiki (0-0) who takes on Hirayama Kazuyuki (3-2-1, 3) in the final of the 4 round contests.
We believe the first of the three main events will see Filipino Dado Cabintoy (11-4-2, 6) again a Thai opponent. Unfortunately, as is often the case, we're unsure on who the Thai will be.
Sadly the two other main events sees us having the same problem in recognising the opponents, though we think that Japanese fighters will be Koseki Nakama (16-4, 7), ranked #7 by the OPBF at Super Featherweight, and the hard hitting Masatoshi Kotani (12-2, 9), ranked #14 at Super Featherweight by the OPBF.
A busy Saturday sees the Philippines taking centre stage in the the Asian boxing world with two notable cards.
In Muntinlupa City, and televised on NBN Channel 4, there is a 10 fight card, featuring an impressive 4 title bouts.
The show, of course, kicks off with none title action and features 6 non-title bouts. These are expected to start with the unbeaten Marlon Arcilla (2-0) battling Eric Pansa (1-1-1) and Fighting Heno (0-0-3) in action against Julius Bala (2-1) in what we expect to be 4 round bouts.
In 8 round action Eranio Semillano (6-5, 3) faces Bryan Vicera (11-6-3, 5) in what promises to be a solid under-card bout before we have a series of 10 round contests. In the non-title 10 round bouts Mike Espanosa (11-6, 7) fights the unbeaten Renren Pasignahin (5-0-1, 1), Virgil Puton (10-3, 4) battles Daniel Ferreras (12-6-2, 4) and Jaymart Toyco (12-4, 8) attempts to defeat journyeman Michael Rodriguez (13-36-1, 3).
The first of the title fights on the show is expected to be a contest for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Featherweight title. This will be between the "Unpredictable" Ronald Pontillas (15-6-3, 7), a former OPBF champion, and former national Super Bantamweight champion Balweg Bangoyan (18-8, 7).
We expect the second title bout to be between Rene Dacquel (10-1, 3) and Angelito Merin (6-2-2, 1) with the winner getting the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Flyweight title, a belt previously held by Carlos Cuadras and Stephane Jamoye.
In the first of two 12 round title bouts we expect to see Jerson Luzarito (7-3-3, 3) fighting Ronelle Ferreras (12-5-2, 5) for the interim PABA Minimumweight title. This bout could put the winner in with a good chance of fighting for the WBA Minimumweight title in the next 12 months, especially considering the storng rumour that Ryo Miyazaki is set to vacate.
The last of the title fights sees former world title challenger Ardin Diale (21-8-3, 8) defending his Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Flyweight title for the fourth time. Diale will be taking on Jeffrey Cerna (14-7, 5) who comes in to the bout after back-to-back victories on the domestic scene.
The card above is one of two in Meetro Manila with the other taking place in Mandaluyong City. This second card, a 6 fight show promoted by ALA, is a much lesser card.
The main event on the ALA show sees Rene Bestudio (15-5-4, 5) battling Jonel Alibio (16-16-4, 8) in a 10 round contest. When you compare this bout to the ones in Muntinlupa, it's fair to say that this show pales in comparison to the other one.
In the co-feature of the ALA show the hard hitting Jimmy Aducal (6-2-2, 5) fights Argie Toquero (4-3-1, 3) whilst the unbeaten Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) battles the once beaten Jesame Dela Cerna (4-1-3, 1). These bouts, both scheduled for 8, should be interesting though we doubt either will be great.
The resy of the card will see JC Francisco (3-6-1) battling Dexter Dimaculangan (3-2-3, 1), Philip Luis Cuerdo (0-0) fighting Roderick Naduma (0-2) and, in a contest between debutants Robin Dingcong (0-0) and Joel Lumangcag (0-0).
As well as the Filipino action there is also an Asian interest in both Australia and the UK.
In Australia the Thai trio of Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-27, 4), Dechapon Suwunnalird (5-24, 1) and Komgrit Nanakorn (17-19, 7) are in action.
Of the three thai's it's Dennapa that has the hardest match up taking on the unbeaten Ozan Craddock (5-0, 4). Saying that however it's hard to imagine any of the Thai;s winnning with Dechapon taking on the promising Nathan Carroll (9-1-1, 3) and Komgrit fighting the hard hitting Balazs Varga (8-4, 7).
The action continues in the UK as Edmund Gerber (23-1, 14), originally of Kazakhstan, takes on former Heavyweight world title challenger Derrick Chisora (17-4, 11). With Gerber having looked incredibly poor in his most recent fights it would be far from a shock to see him stopped here by Chisora who is clearly looking for a second world title fight, or a shot at the Haye/Fury winner later this month.
With the week starting on a high with the action on Tuesday it feels a bit strange to need to wait until Friday for any sort of action, though that's what we've had to do this week. Thankfully after a couple of quiet days the action really does get immediately back under swing with decent cards in both Thailand and the Philippines.
We'll start by looking at the Thai card which will be televised by Thai Channel 7.
The main event in Thailand sees former world champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (28-5-1, 11) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (11-26-6, 2). This looks like a mismatch but Berwela does have the potential to give Suriyan a genuinely tough contest.
Although their is a former world title holder in the main event there is also a current world champion on the card with Suriyan's stablemate Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (20-3-1, 19), the current WBC Super Flyweight champion, fighting in a none title bout. Srisaket will, like Suriyan, be fighting a tough Filipino journeyman in the form of Roque Lauro (9-15-4, 2), a fighter who has been stopped just twice.
As was as Suriyan's sablemate being on the card, so to is his brother Nawaphon Por Chokchai (16-0, 11). Nawaphon will be facing the very limited Phalangchai Sithsaithong (0-1) in what appears to be little more than a record padding bout for the very promising Nawaphon.
The remaining bouts on the show see Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (22-3, 17) taking on Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym (3-10-1, 2) and the unbeaten Kongfah Nakornluang (5-0, 2) taking on the debuting Manachai Sor Ratidech (0-0).
Over in the Philippines ARCI Boxing Promotion appear to put on an excellently deep card.
The show is expected to kick off with the debuting Jim Claude Manangquil (0-0) taking on Romnick Dejano (2-6, 1) and fellow debutant Daffy Dempo (0-0) battling Valeriano Gabriel (1-3) in the two bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The sole 6 round bout on the show sees Menard Abila (3-1, 1) takes on Mabert Paulino (2-15) before a series of 3 bouts scheduled over the 8 round distance,. These 8 round bouts will see Zoren Pama (4-7-3, 2) facing Raymond Empic (2-2, 1), JC Francisco (3-6-1) battling Sherwin McDo Lungay (7-23-2) and Renerio Arizala (6-0-1, 3) fighting Rey Morano (8-36-1, 1).
The reamining 6 bouts on the show are all scheduled for 10 rounds.
These first of the 10 rounders will see Renren Tesorio (11-3-3, 3) battling Ricky Oyan (4-17-2, 2), Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) fighting Jeson Berwela (4-14, 2) and Felipe Cagubcob Jr (1-0-3) fighting Rowel Rosia (4-2, 2).
In a much more interesting contest former world title challenger Jether Oliva (18-1-2, 10) takes on Rissan Muelas (6-5, 4). This looks like a mismatch but Oliva did suffer an unexpected draw last time out to Lester John Pronco and will know that a lot is riding on this contest.
On paper the second most noteworthy contest sees the unbeaten Renren Pasignahin (5-0-1, 1) taking on the experienced Richard Garcia (24-16-1, 6). This is far from an easy assignment for Pasignahin though he'll be aware that a win will see him really moving up the domestic rankings and possibly moving into a national title fight.
Talking about national title fights the main event is actually one such fight as the very promising Harmonito Dela Torre (9-0, 5) fights for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Featherweight title. Dela Torre, a fighter who does appear to be one of those hidden Filipino gems will be facing off against the much more experienced Richard Olisa (23-21-2, 12).
Although Olisa is 1-10 in his last 11 bouts those losses have generally come to solid fighters such as Roberto Gonzales, Bernabe Concepcion, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and Marlon Tapales, so he's certainly not a shot fighter just a very hard matched on.
It's rare to have the attention of the whole boxing world pointed towards Asia but that's what we have on Saturday thanks to Bob Arum's "Top Rank Promotions" who bring the action over to Macau for the second time this year.
The show, dubbed "Fists of Gold II" is nothing short of spectacular the sort of action that needs to be brought over to the East more often.
The headline man is of course 2-time Olympic Gold medal winner Zou Shiming (1-0). The Chinese national hero, who made his debut back in April, returns to action as he takes on Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2) in a bout that is supposed to help Shiming get used to the 6 round distance.
Shiming isn't the only Chinese based fighter on the show with the unbeaten and highly popular Rex Tso (9-0, 6) of Hang Kong also on the card. Tso is being given a genuinely testing contest as he faces the experienced Rusalee Samor (20-4-2, 9) of Thailand. Samor may not be a former world champion but he has been the distance with popular Filipino Denver Cuello and could pose Tso some questions.
As well as the two Chinese based fighters there is also action for promising Filipino Dave Penalosa (6-0, 4) on the undercard as he takes on debuting Wisaruth Wor Khunkhiri (0-0). Wisaruth is actually one of three Thai's on the card with the others being Samor, see above, and the experienced Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-10-3, 22) who takes on unbeaten Australian Paul Fleming (18-0, 13) in an 8 round contest.
Dave Penalosa is actually 1 of 3 Filipino's on the card with the highly regarded Genesis Servania (21-0, 8) taking on former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (23-5-1, 8) and of course Milan Melindo (29-0, 12) challenging Juan Francisco Estrada (24-2, 18) for the WBO and WBA "super" titles at Flyweight. For many this is the stand out bout of the card and easily the one that has the potential to be a thriller.
The Estrada/Melindo bout isn't the only world title bout on the card however as "Russian Mexican" Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8) defends his IBF Featherweight title against Argentinian Mauricio Javier Munoz (26-3, 12). This will be Gradovich's first defense of the title which Munoz will be challenging for a world title for the second time in his career having previously been thwarted by Toshiaki Nishioka.
The Macau card also has a single featuring no Asian interest as America faces in Mexico in a Heavyweight tussles. American Joe Hanks (21-0, 14) puts his record on the line against fellow unbeaten Andy Ruiz Jr (19-0, 13). Whilst we're really looking forward to the title bouts this isn't far behind in our chart of excitement.
Rather amazingly attention will be turned to an Asian fighter later in the day as Japan's Nihito Arakawa (24-2-1, 16) looks to claim the WBC interim Lightweight title in his American debut. Arakawa will need to over-come the destructive Omar Figueroa (21-0-1, 17) if he hopes to become just the fifth Japanese fighter to claim a world title in the USA. This bout, televised in the US on "Showtime" is part of the "Knockout Kings II" card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
In Mexico we have even more action of international note as Tenkai Tsunami (18-7, 7) battles Jessica Chavez (18-3-2, 4) for the WBC Silver female Light Flyweight title. This will be Tsunami's 4th successive bout in Mexico.
Of course not all the action is internationally notable and we also have two domestic cards in the Philippines.
The most notable of the Filipino cards is held at the Barangay San Dionisio Covered Court in Paranaque City as a 10 fight show is put on.
The card sees the WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight champion Richard Pumicpic (12-5-2, 4) taking on the experienced Richard Betos (20-6-1, 7) in arguably the match up of the card. Although Pumicpic's record is messy he's much better than the numbers suggest and is unfortunate not to have victories over both Allan Tanada and Yohei Tobe, we'd expect him to get the better of Betos here.
Amazingly Pumicpic/Betos is one of 6 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds with arguably the most "important" being the female bout between Jessebelle Pagaduan (5-0, 3) and Carleans Rivas (2-0, 3). This bout is for the Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) female Minimumweight title, the only title bout on the card.
In terms of the biggest name on the card there is no one who really challenges the oce highly touted Eden Sonsona (32-6, 10). Sonsona looks for his 7th successive victory as he takes on Daniel Ferreras (12-5-1, 4). Interestingly both men have lost in OPBF title bouts to former world champion Kohei Kono.
The remaining trio of 10 round contests see Jaymart Toyco (12-3, 8) facing Jeffrey Cerna (13-7, 5); Ronelle Ferreras (11-5-2, 4) facing former OPBF title holder Michael Landero (16-9-4, 5) and Virgil Puton (9-3, 3) faces the experienced Prell Tupaz (8-20-4, 1).
As well as the staggering 6 contests scheduled for 10 rounds the card several other bouts. These include bouts for the unbeaten pair of Reymon Dayham (3-0, 3) and Jhon Rey de Asis (3-0, 3) who will both be attempting to extend their stoppage runs. Dayham will be facing JC Francisco (2-6-1) whilst Asis will be fighting Rowel Rosia (3-2, 2), both of these contests are scheduled for 6 rounds if needed.
The show also features another 6 round contest between Bebong Manalo (5-1, 3) and Eljohn Evangelista (2-2) and a 4 rounder between debutant Iluminado Bismanos Jr (0-0) and Eric Pansa (0-1-1).
The second Filipino card, held at the Makati Cinema Square Boxing arena in Makati City sees a 7 fight show.
The main event on this card is a sole 10 round contest as Junard Postrano (7-3, 2) takes on Gabriel Royo (7-7-2, 6). We've got to admit that this doesn't look great for a main event, in fact the best fight on the show looks to be Lolito Sonsona (16-1-3, 6) versus Zoren Pama (3-7-2, 1). Although it looks a mismatch, it really just sums up the card.
The other bouts on the card see Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) taking on Edsil Jungco (0-4-4); Joel Taduran (2-0) facing JR Florendo (2-1); Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1) fighting Junar Adante (0-0-1); Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) against Raymark Calumpad (0-5-1) and the debuting Darly Gamboa (0-0) fighting Fidel Cuyno (0-2). See, pretty hard to get excited about any of these, especially considering the other bouts on the same day.
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flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada SC Milan Melindo 12 (double world title)
featherweight Evgeny Gradovich SC Mauricio Javier Munoz 12 (World title)
super bantamweight Genesis Servania SC Konosuke Tomiyama 10
heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr SC Joe Hanks 10 (none Asian, BUT, on Asian soil)
super featherweight Paul Fleming SC Chaiyong Sithsaithong 8
flyweight Zou Shiming SC Jesus Ortega 6
super flyweight Rex Tso SC Rusalee Samor 6
super bantamweight Dave Penalosa SC Wisaruth Wor Khunkhiri 4
Barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
featherweight Bernabe Concepcion SC Richard Betos 10
super flyweight Jaymart Toyco SC Jeffrey Cerna 10
minimumweight Ronelle Ferreras SC Michael Landero 10
super bantamweight Virgil Puton SC Prell Tupaz 10
super bantamweight Eden Sonsona SC Daniel Ferreras 10
featherweight Bebong Manalo SC Eljohn Evangelista 6
bantamweight Larry Abarra SC Zoren Pama 6
light flyweight Reymon Dayham SC JC Francisco 6
flyweight Jhon Rey de Asis SC Rowel Rosia 6
minimumweight Jessebelle Pagaduan SC Carleans Rivas 6x2
super flyweight Eric Pansa SC Allan Refuela 4
Makati Cinema Square Boxing Arena, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
super featherweight Gabriel Royo SC Junard Postrano 10
bantamweight Lolito Sonsona SC Zoren Pama 6
super featherweight Jerron Talaman SC Edsil Jungco 6
minimumweight Joel Taduran SC JR Florendo 6
featherweight Jayson Nicart SC Junar Adante 4
light flyweight Antonio Melencion SC Raymark Calumpad 4
flyweight Darly Gamboa SC Fidel Cuyno 4
Ahmed Samir SC Elvin Sanchez (USA)
lightweight Omar Figueroa SC Nihito Arakawa (int. world. title)
Today sees 2 notable cards in Asia. One in Japan at the always popular Korakuen Hall which sees an OPBF title bout and one in the Philippines which features a WBC Youth Silver title meaning that both cards do hold some international importance.
In Japan the OPBF title bout we mentioned is the Light Welterweight belt currently held by South Korean Min-Wook Kim (9-1, 7). Kim will be hoping to make the 3rd defense of a title he won just less than a year ago as he takes on former Japanese champion Shinya Iwabuchi (21-3, 17). This bout, pitting two hard hitting fighters against each isn't really expected to see the final bell but it should promise fire works.
Although there is only one bout publicly listed at the Korakuen Hall, the bout does look genuinely fantastic and we do expect more than just the single one to actually be fought.
The Filipino card held at the "Muntinlupa Sports Complex" in Muntinlupa City is a much deeper card on paper even if the bouts aren't as meaningful. The main event here sees Filipino national champion (PBF) Richard Pumicpic (11-5-2, 4) making the first defense of his WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight title as he takes on Indonesian challenger Junior Bajawa (14-1, 7). Although on paper Bajawa's record is impressive we've got to favour the very under-rated Filipino who looks like he could be a dark horse for a world title down the line. Trust ue he's much better than his record indicates.
Amongst the more notable names on the Filipino card is former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion (31-6-1, 17) who takes on journeyman Boido Simanjuntak (16-17-1, 5) ad Concepcion tries to work himself back into contention. Bernabe's younger brother Bobby Concepcion (10-3-1, 4) is also on the card as he faces Elbert Guardario (7-20-1, 2).
The Concepcion brothers make up 2 of the 4 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds on the card and they are joined by Daniel Ferreras (11-5-1, 4) who faces the experienced Marvin Tampus (27-17-2, 18) and Jeffrey Cerna (12-7, 5) who takes on Rogen Flores (12-19-4, 5).
Lower down the card is a chance for prospects Bebong Manalo (5-0, 3) and Nino Valenzuela (7-0, 2). Manalo will be facing Warren Mambuanag (5-2-2, 2) whilst Valenzuela goes up against the unbeaten Lester Abutan (2-0, 1).
The card also features the debut of Jon Jon Estrada and Juanito Hundante both in bouts that they have a good chance of winning. Estrada faces Mark Postrano (0-1) whilst Hundante goes up against JC Francisco (1-6) who won his last bout after losing his first 6. Despite Francisco's record he is much better than he raw numbers and could well have been 4-3 going in to this bout.
The only other bout on the card sees the perfect matching records of Jommel Mungkal and JR Florendo (both are 1-1) taking each other on. Florendo has twice faced JC Francisco (see above) and going in to this bout we genuinely have to say it's a 50-50 bout.