A busy weekend in the international boxing world tends to leave us a busy weekend in terms of Asian boxing, and that's the case once again here with Asian's in action in both the East and the West.
We'll start, as usual, by looking at the more local action. We will start this by looking at an interesting 10 fight card in Batangas, Philippines which is headlined by a trio of 10 round contests.
The aforementioned trio of main events sees the promising and unbeaten Val Falcunaya (7-0, 5) fighting Ryan Soliveres (5-20-1, 1), the experienced Mark Sales (19-35-3, 5) fighting Rex Olisa (9-20-1, 7) and the well regarded Jeffrey Galero (8-0, 4) fighting the always testing Rodel Tejares (20-27-5, 5). Whilst it's hard to get excited about any of those bouts in particular it is nice two very promising prospects in with such experienced opponents at this stage in their careers and in 10 round bouts already.
As well as the trio of bouts scheduled for 10 rounds we also have 4 bouts scheduled for the 6 round limit. These bouts will see the hard hitting Marbon Bodiongan (8-1-2, 7) going for his fourth straight stoppage as he takes on Rey Ramos (4-4-1, 1); Jecker Buhawe (14-9-1, 9) attempting to end a 2 fight skid as he fights Mabert Paulino (2-15); Jhon Gemino (8-2, 2) ending a 2 year break from the ring to take on Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) and a bout for Rodynie Rafol (10-5-2, 4), though his opponent has not yet been announced.
The card however kicks off with the opening bouts, a trio scheduled for 4 rounds. In these bouts the win-less pair of Honesto Luha (0-2) and Aprilito Agcopra (0-1-1) will battle off in the hope of scoring their first win; debuting pair Julbert Tubiano (0-0) and Ronie R.H. Gaton (0-0) will face off in a battle of debutants and Kingjiro Saoboy (0-0) will seek a debuting victory as he takes on Ryan Medes (0-1-1).
The other Asian card takes place in Tsukuba, Japan where we have a 9 fight card headlined by a bout between Tatsuya Takahashi (15-4-2, 10), the #7 ranked Japanese Bantamweight, and Kanae Onogi (6-5, 3) in what should be an easy nights work for Takahashi who will be looking for a domestic title bout in the near future. We'll need to be honest and say that this isn't an amazing main event.
Unfortunately the undercard isn't particularly great either with a bout between Kurihara Toshihiro (4-5-1, 3) and Ryo Narizuka (5-4) acting as the co-chief support bout alongside a contest that sees Joe Takeshima (4-3, 1) battling Koki Yoshida (4-2, 2). Neither of these fights look outstanding on paper though both do look genuinely competitive.
The rest of the card, all 6 bouts, are scheduled for 4 rounds. We expect the show to kick off with an all debutant bout between Kurata Takuya (0-0) and Yano Nori Mamoru (0-0). This is one of 3 all debutant bouts on show with us also expecting bouts between Masato Yamawaki (0-0) and Ueno Takamasa (0-0) as well as a bout between Masato Motohashi (0-0) and Ryo Yabe (0-0). As well as the 3 all debutant bouts there will also be a debut for Akira Narusawa (0-0) who will fight Masaki Sakamoto (3-9-1).
In the two remaining bouts, that don't feature a debutant, we will see Satoru Morishita (2-3, 1) facing Hideki Suzuki (2-3-1) and Yuya Nemoto (1-1) fighting Japanese based Colombian Elfelos Vega (1-1, 1) who was unfortunate to be defeated last time out by Hisao Narita.
In Canada former Russian amateur star Artur Beterbiev (1-0, 1) looks to shoot his name up the rankings as he takes on the experienced Rayco Saunders (23-20-2, 10). Although it's just Beterbiev's second pro fight he has had a wealth of experience in the amateurs and should know enough to get past Saunders here.
The US plays host to a second former Russian amateur stand out as Matt Korobov (20-0, 12) battles Grady Brewer (30-16, 16). Unfortunately Korobov's career so far has been a disappointment and having been a professional for almost 5 years we'd have expected Korobov to have been much further on in terms of development. Hopefully he can see off Grady here and kick start things.
Staying in the US for a moment, there is also a contest involving US based Uzbek born fighter Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (9-11, 7). Dubbed “Genghis Khan”, Yusubov has been struggling for wins in recent years and will likely struggle again here as he takes on Paul Mendez (13-2-1, 5) in California.
And finally in Mexico we expect the unbeaten Kaewfah Tor Buamas (11-0, 7) to take on Adrian Estrella (13-0, 13) in what is sure to be an explosive encounter with the winner almost certain to take victory by stoppage, one way or another.
The only notable fight that we've gotten details of so far is a surprisingly promising 12 round bout in Thailand as the unbeaten, but very much untested Kaewfah Tor Buamas (10-0, 7) defends his interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Featherweight title
The 26 Tor Buamas has been a professional since November 2009 though in his 10 fight career has faced 8 debuting opponents. Of the other 2 opponents one was 0-4 entering the ring against him and the other, Falazona Fidal was 15-25 so we'll be honest his record doesn't tell us anything at all.
Whilst Tor Buamas has a perfect record on paper his opponent, Filipino Cristian Abila (9-10-3, 1) has the exact opposite. Yes he's a fighter with a losing record though there is a reason to that with him having faced much, much stiffer competition than the Thai. In fact having faced fighters like Daud Cino Yordan and Allan Tanada it's clear that Abila would have picked up a fair few losses.
Although Abila has lost to weaker opponents than the 2 listed above he has also shown that he can be the guy to cause an upset here and there. He has scored a draw with Rene Bestudio back in 2010 and most recently he upset Ariel Delgado with a KO (the first and only KO victory on Abila's record.
On paper it's a mismatch but we wouldn't be massively shocked if Abila made life very difficult for the defending champion who is facing his first test of any value.