It's not often that we get Asian boxing around the world but that's exactly what we have this weekend with fights around both Asia and the globe featuring an Asian fighter.
In the Philippines we are expecting ALA Promotions to promote a low level 6 fight show.
The main event on this ALA show is Michael Dasmarinas (13-1, 8) taking on Renren Pasignahin (5-1-1, 1). This sees Dasmarinas looking for his eleventh straight victory though Pasignahin will be out to bounce back from his sole defeat.
Unfortunately with that being the main event you may get a feeling about the level of this card which features just one other interesting contest as the unbeaten Renerio Arizala (7-0-1, 3) battles Rissan Muelas (6-6, 4) in what could be a test for Arizala's chin. We expect Arizala/Muelas to be one of two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds alongside a bout between the big punching Argie Toquero (5-3-1, 4) and the infamous Menard Zaragosa (6-14-1, 4).
The rest of the card will see Richie Bagaan (2-2-1) fighting Raymond Empic (3-2, 1), Pablito Canada (1-2) battling Mark Postrano (1-1, 1) and the debuting Mark Macabales (0-0) taking on Philip Luis Cuerdo (1-0, 1).
As well as the action in the Philippines we will also have a show in Hangzhou, China thanks to Zovi Boxing Promotions. Rather oddly this show is probably more notable than the Filipino card.
The main event here sees China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (9-2, 3) taking on Mexican Lizandro de Los Santos (22-10, 9) in a battle for the interim WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title and the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title.
As well as the title fight main event we get a notable female contest as Japanese veteran Noriko Tsunoda (6-3, 4) battles Luo Yu Jie (1-6) in an 8 rounder. The female contest is one of three bouts scheduled for 8 with Xiang Jing (5-3, 1) fighting Indonesian Sammy Hagler (17-17-2, 3) in one of them and Japanese based Filipino Jonathan Baat (24-4-3, 11) taking on Thailand's Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (3-3, 1) in the other.
In the shows opening contests Tang Qiao Qi (0-0) will face fellow debutant Gino Dilibero (0-0) and Xu Chan (0-0) will also kick off his career.
Arguably the most interesting card of Asian action takes place in Russia where we have a 7 fight card courtesy of promoter Dmitry Bogomolov.
The headline contest here is for the PABA Lightweight title as the unbeaten Roman Andreev (14-0, 11) fights Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (16-3-1, 9). Andreev brings a 4 fight run of stoppages to the ring with him here and he's looking in fantastic form so it'd be a shock for Sahuri to take a victory.
Andreev is one of several unbeaten Russian's on the show including Arif Magomedov (7-0, 5), who fights Thomas Mashali (9-1-1, 5), and Nikolay Potapov (10-0, 6) who faces Nasibu Ramadhani (12-3, 5). Like in the main event the Russian men will be up against Tanzanian opponents here. In fact we have a fourth Tanzanian on the show courtesy of Alphonce Mchumiatumbo (10-1-1, 9) who fights Ruslan Semenov (4-25-1, 2).
Alongside the Semenov/Mchumiatumbo is one other bout scheduled for 8 rounds as Konstantin Piternov (13-4, 4) fights Varazdat Chernikov (5-1, 1).
The show is expected to start with a female double as Ekaterina Izotova (1-0-1) fights the debuting Anna Poskrebysheva (0-0) and Nadezhda Khaenok (1-0) fights Yulia Berezikova (0-0).
Former world title challenger Rolly Lunas (34-8-1, 20), AKA Rolly Matsushita, makes his US debut as he takes on the once promise Chris Avalos (22-2, 16). Lunas, who had previously been based in Japan and the OPBF champion, is now based in the USA and appears to be wanting to have a second world title fight. A victory over Avalos here will be needed though Avalos did beat Lunas's countryman Drian Francisco last time out.
On the same card as Lunas/Avalos there will also a be a bout featuring Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0, 3). The American based Russian will be facing Yosmani Abreu (4-7-1) as he looks for his second victory outside of his native Russia.
In Australia the unbeaten Thai Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana (2-0) will be fighting Olympian Damien Hooper (4-0, 4) in a contest for the WBC Youth Silver Light Heavyweight title. On the same show Joel Dela Cruz (17-18-2, 9) takes on Hooper's Olympic team-mate Cameron Hammond (4-0, 3) who shouldn't really struggle with Cruz. Poowana's fight has been scheduled for 10 whilst Cruz's has been scheduled for 8 though it'd be a huge shock if either went even half of that.
Also in the Oceanic region, albeit in New Zealand, there is a Heavyweight bout as man mountain Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21) takes on the still popular David Tua (52-4-2, 43). Just shy of his 41st birthday Tua is a man who has certainly seen better days though the 36 year old Ustinov is certainly far from world champion material himself. Despite the relative merits of both men there, rather staggeringly, the WBA Pan African Heavyweight title up for grabs. Don't ask, we don't know.
To start a wonderful weekend of action we have 2 major cards in Asia as well as Asian action internationally as we wind down on an amazing week of action for Asian fighters in the Orient.
In Japan the Korakuen Hall plays host to an interesting card that whilst not packed with big names does have the potential to be a pretty solid card. The main event of the card sees Japan's Taisho Ozawa (21-7-2, 13) against Filipino Rey Labao (23-4, 15) in what could well be an explosive contest and one that the visitor has a genuine chance in.
On the same card we also get a Middleweight clash between Fukutaro Ujiie (17-11-1, 11) and Kyoichiro Shoji (10-4-4, 4) in what could be a bit of an eliminator to facing Ryoto Murata later this year, though admittedly Murata would likely be able to deal with them both on the same night.
Lower down the card there is a very evenly matched bout between Ryutaro Taira (7-2-1, 3) and Ganbare Shota (9-3-1, 2) which sees both men trying to forget about a stoppage defeat last time out. This has the potential to be very even and we wouldn't be that surprised at a draw.
In fact it's only the Featherweight bout between Yosuke Kawano (6-2-1, 3) and Wataru Ikenouchi (6-8-1, 1) that appears to be a forgone conclusion as we get a very rare card of 50-50 style bouts.
In Thailand we get another card though on paper it's not as even as the Japanese card. The main event sees unbeaten Flyweight Amnat Ruenroeng (8-0, 3), a former amateur standout, takes on the experienced Filipino Julius Alcos (20-10, 3). This is a big step up for Ruenroeng but one he is expected to make with out to many difficulties against the light punching Filipino.
This card also sees Rusalee Samor (19-4-2, 8) in action against Indonesian Sammy Haggler (15-14-2, 3) whilst Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (17-2, 12) takes on a yet to be announced opponent and Patomsith Pathompothong (1-0) takes on debutant Saifah Sithsaithong.
In international action Australian based Taiwanese born Yao Yi Ma (11-1, 7) looks to score his first victory in almost a year as he takes on Aussie based Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (17-16-2, 7). Although this is a none title bout Yao has claimed the IBF Pan Pacific Light Middleweight belt in the past. On the same card Thai journeyman Kosol Sor Vorapin (17-16-1, 11) looks to end a 4 fight skid as he takes on Terry TJ Doheny (4-0, 4).
We also get notable action in the US as Timur Shailezov (16-6-1, 3) from Kyrgyzstan takes on the unbeaten American Luis Yanez (6-0-1). Although Shailezov comes in on the back of 4 losses an upset here isn't actually out of the question for the 33 year old Southpaw from Bishkek.