Right now it seems like every weekend is a busy one in boxing and this weekend is no different with notable cards from Japan, the Philippines and Azerbaijan as well as a Kazakhstan fighter defending a world title in the US.
Of the shows we have, we'll begin with the Japanese show which is going to be at the Azalea Taisho Hall in Osaka. This show is going to predominantly feature female fighters with 5 of the 7 bouts on the card being female bouts, including the main event.
The begins with a female bout as Kitawaki Emi (2-4-1, 1) fights Misaki Hirooka (2-2). This bout has "distance fight" written on it if you ask us, though hopefully it will prove to be competitive.
Following the opening bout we then get the 2 male bouts back-to-back. The first will see Yuto Kawanaka (0-0) making his professional debut against Takahiro Morishita (0-2-1) before Seita Mochizuki (2-4) battles Tomonori Ota (1-1). We'll admit these male bouts are uninspiring but the card is really all about the women.
In the sole 6 round fight of the show we expect to see veteran Nao Ikeyama (12-3-1, 4) fighting against novice Mika Iwakawa (3-1-1, 1) before we move on to the 8 round bouts which will see Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (3-1-1, 2) fighting an unrecognised Thai opponent and Tamao Ozawa (5-1, 2) fighting Tanyakorn Sor Thammajak (0-3).
The main event here sees Mari Ando (10-6, 5) taking on Jasseth Noriega (16-2-1, 5) in a battle for the currently vacant WBC female Minimumweight title. The belt was vacated earlier this year by Naoko Fujioka who subsequently went up to Super Flyweight and claimed the WBC title at 115 lbs. We favour Ando here but do admit that the bout will not be easy for her.
Staying on the world title theme this weekend sees the return to the ring of Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8) who looks to make the first defense of his WBA Light Heavyweight super title. Shumenov, who was recently upgraded to "super champion", will be fighting for the first time in 18 months as he takes on the unbeaten Tamas Kovacs (23-0, 14). On paper this is a good fight but in reality Kovacs should post no threat to Shumenov's title.
For those wanting to watch Shumenov v Kovacs it should be part of the Showtime telecast in the US.
In the Philippines we get 2 cards, as mentioned above. Of these the better show looks to be the one at the Agoncillo Complex which is co-promoted by Saved by the Bell Promotions and Brunsmick Boxing Promotions.
The headline of this card sees the unbeaten Jun Doliguez (17-0-2, 13), fresh off the back of his US debut, taking on Thailand's Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (12-3, 3). This looks, at least on paper, to be a chance for Doliguez to put on an eye catching performance more than anything else.
Doliguez isn't the only promising unbeaten fighter in action on this show as JR Magboo (12-0-2, 5) fights Danilo Pena (26-16-3, 11) and Val Falcunaya (8-0, 6) takes on the very testing Rey Perez (17-4, 3). Magboo should be favoured heavily against Pena but Falcunaya is in for a very tough test.
The other notable bouts on this show,all scheduled for 10 rounds, will see Roberto Gonzales (22-2, 13) taking on tough journeyman Jonel Alibio (16-17-4, 8), the hard hitting Al Rivera (7-1, 6) fighting against Ronald Postrano (7-17-2, 3), Benezer Alolod (12-5-4, 2) fighting Jayson Rotoni (13-12-1, 7), Gabriel Royo (9-7-2, 8) fighting against Desson Cag-ong (13-9, 7) and, finally, Jetro Pabustan (21-1-5, 6) battling against Michael Escobia (10-5-1, 2).
The card's only other bout will see JC Francisco (5-6-1, 1) fighting against Dexter Dimaculangan (3-3-3, 1) in a scheduled 8 round affair.
The second Filipino card, the lesser if you will, begins with a trio of 4 rounders as JK Elorde (1-0, 1) fights the debuting Rolly De Tomas (0-0), Charlie Gabriel (0-3) faces debutant Raymond Yalong (0-0) and Roderick Flores (1-0, 1) look to defeat another debutant in the form of CJ De Tomas (0-0).
Following the 4 rounders we move in to 8 round action as the unbeaten Jeffrey Francisco (7-0-1) takes on Junjie Lauza (4-9-1, 1) and fellow unbeaten fighter Giemel Magramo (7-0, 4) fights journeyman Roy Albaera (2-20-5).
The bulk of this card, as with the other Filipino card, is in the 10 rounders of which we have 4 of. These include a single title fight as Rene Patilano (9-1-2, 5) fights Jomar Fajardo (12-4-1, 5) for the vacant Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Light Flyweight title.
In the most 1-sided of the 10 rounders we're expecting to see the highly experienced Dennis Laurente (45-5-5, 26) taking on Thailand's Khomkaew Sithsaithong (6-2, 5). We say this is the biggets mismatch but we don't expect the bouts between Jonathan Taconing (16-2-1, 13) and Namphol Sithsaithong (4-5, 4) or Juan Miguel Elorde (13-1, 5) and Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (10-11-1, 5) to be competitive either.
One of the most intriguing cards of the day takes place on the European-Asian border as we get action in Azerbaijan. This card, which features a very interesting double title fight between Welterweights Fariz Mamedov (14-1-1, 8) and the unbeaten Matthias Pelk (20-0, 11) is a bit of an odd one. For example this fight in particular will see the men fighting for the WBO European and the IBF East/West Europe titles, two titles that we don't really understand.
As well as the double title bout we also get a trio of Heavyweight bouts. The most interesting of these will see veteran Timo Hoffmann (40-9-2-1, 23) fighting against Steffen Kretschmann (16-2-0-1, 15) for the second time. The men, who first fought in 2012 saw their initial encounter called off in the 6th round due rain. We kid you not this is a rematch of a rain effected no contest.
The second most interesting Heavyweight contest will see Roman Golovashchenko (12-1, 10) fighting against Yakup Saglam (31-3, 28). Although Saglam has got an attractive record is very much a paper one and an upset would be far from a shock. The remaining Heavyweight clash is expected to see Elchin Ahmadov (0-0) make his debut against Janis Ginters (4-5, 4).
In the remaining bouts on the card the hard hitting Rashad Karimov (26-2, 23) will fight Miguel Velozo (16-1-2, 5) and Middleweight prospect Vusal Aliyev (12-0, 5) will fight Armand Cullhaj (15-3-3, 9).
For fans wanting to watch the Azerbaijan card we've been lead to believe that Eurosport will be televising portions of it including Hoffman/Kretschmann II.
The final bout of note will see the unbeaten Anton Novikov (27-0-0-1, 10) attempting to pick up a win a win in Puerto Rico as he battles Manuel Perez (20-9-1, 4). Perez has lost 2 of his last 4 and in all honesty Novikov should have the talent to make that 3 losses in 5 for the American.
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.
Once again it's the Filipino's that treat us to the best action of the day as a a 6 bout card in Batangas is the highlight of a pretty weak looking day.
The card's 6 bouts don't really have that much excitement written across them though the preliminary bout between the unbeaten Ricky Rulay (5-0, 4) and Rey Ramos (4-1-1, 1) is a very promising 8 rounder. To date Dulay has fought just 13 rounds and with Ramos having never been stopped he could well be extended here in what could prove to be a solid match up.
Dulay isn't the only unbeaten fighter in action that as Jun Doliguez (15-0-1, 11) and JR Magboo (9-0-2, 3) look to extend their unbeaten runs. For both men the job looks easy with Doliguez taking on Arlon Batingal (7-6, 4) whilst Magboo faces Rolly Llino (4-9-1, 2). It'd be a real surprise if either of the unbeaten fighters here suffered their first reversal.
At Super Featherweight Roberto Gonzales (21-2, 12) looks to rebuild his career after suffering 2 losses last year. This will be "Calibre's" second bout this year and it'd be a shock if he lost against Eric Rapada (15-20-7, 2) who he actually beat back in 2010.
Bantamweight action takes up the card's other two bouts with Roman Canto (8-1-1, 3) facing Armando Casa (11-10-4, 3) and Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) facing the legendary Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3) who is known for having left the ring during a bout in need of the toilet. It's hard to see either of the once beaten guys getting upset here.
In Australia the hard hitting Thai Singsiam Kokietgym (6-2, 6) looks for his biggest victory as he takes on Matthew Lytwynenko (9-2-3, 5). Also on this card in Australia is OPBF Heavyweight champion Solomon Haumono (20-1-2, 18) who is best known for stopping Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto. Haumono will look to make an impact on the world scene as he takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (28-3-1, 13) who himself beat Alex Leapai (27-4-3, 22) a year ago.