Following an extraordinarily busy week of Asian action things continue underway on Sunday with two Japanese shows. One of these, promoted by Matsuda, takes place at the Aioi Hall in Aichi and the other is a VADY promoted event at the Sambo Hall in Kobe.
We'll start with the Matsuda show which kicks off with 3 all debutant contests, in fact in total it has 4 all debutant contests and 9 debutants on show including Katsuya Takahashi (0-0) who fights Tomoya Tomiyama (4-1, 4).
Between the bouts featuring debutant contests (which, for those interested are bouts 1,2,3, 6 and 7) we will see low level action with Kohei Furusawa (2-4) fighting an opponent we're struggling to name and Kenta Matsui (2-1) fighting Jun Takigawa (1-0, 1).
In a Welterweight contest Brazil's Marcos Sogabe (3-7-1, 3) will be facing the unbeaten Takahito Osaka (3-0-2, 3) in what looks like an interesting contest despite Sogabe's record. This contest will be the final of eight bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The sole 6 rounder will see teenager Daisuke Hayakawa (4-2, 3) facing Tomoya Sato (4-6-1, 2) before the two 8 round co-main events.
The first of the headline bouts will see Yuji Shimizu (14-7-1, 1) battling Takashi Omae (10-3-5, 1) in a very interesting looking bout at at a catch-weight of 50KG. With of these men ranked by the Japanese Boxing Commission this is genuinely a noteworthy contest on a day with very few notable bouts.
In the final contest of the show Shinji Takayama (19-3, 11) battles Keita Ito (8-16-2, 4) in an attempt to defend his #9 national rankings. Takayama, who isn't a long way from a Japanese Featherweight title shot, will be expected to come out on top here though he has struggled when he's been unable to stop opponents and Ito is relatively tough.
The other show kicks off with Ryusuke Hoashi (1-3), who has lost his last two contests, taking on the unbeaten Takuya Fukuda (0-0-1) in one of six bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. In the second contest of the show Takuya Fujioka (2-2-1, 1) will be fighting Tenmei Serizawa (2-1, 2) before the debuting Yuuma Yasuda (0-0) faces Hideya Takayama (1-0-1, 1).
Although we're unsure who will be in the shows fourth contest the fifth is going to be Wataru Sako (3-1) against Yasuyuki Otagaki (2-1-2) in what is one of the shows most evenly matched contests. In the show's sixth, and final 4 rounder, contest we get see Ryoma Yasuda (2-0, 2) taking on a debutant.
In the first of three 8 round bouts we will see Kohei Maruoka (7-4-1, 1) fighting Kazuki Hashimoto (7-4, 3) in an amazingly well balanced contest. On paper this is an excellent match up though it does need to be noted that Mauroka is the man risking his national ranking going in to this contest.
The second of the 8 round bouts will see Ryota Kihara (6-6-4, 5) facing the ranked Shinichiro Morikawa (13-4-1, 9) in what looks like a mismatch in all honesty before we get the final bout, a real mismatch as Kazuhiro Nishitani (11-2, 5) faces Hiroki Tani (8-12-3, 3).
Sadly despite one bout looking great on this show the rest do leave something to be desired.
After a busy week in Asian boxing it'd have been fair to have assumed that things would have quietened down for Sunday. Sometimes however what we expect to happen simply doesn't and instead of a quiet Sunday we get an incredibly busy day around the Orient.
The most notable single fight takes place at the Sambo Hall in Kobe as Teiru Kinoshita (17-0-1, 3) defends his Japanese Super Flyweight title for the 4th time. Kinoshita will be facing former world title challenger Junichi Ebusuoka (23-15-5, 10). It's hard not to imagine Kinoshita having too much for his experienced rival.
The card at the Sambo Hall features 7 other bouts with one of those thoufht to be Kazuhiro Nishitani (10-2, 4) against Takashi Oda (8-11-2, 5). Unfortunately we're not 100% on the rest of the card though we are expecting 3 debutants including Yuki Ide and Takeshi Ueno.
Staying in Japan there is actually a second card in the country with this one taking place at the Aioi Hall in Aichi.
One of the key bouts in in Aichi sees the #11 ranked Japanese Welterweight Kazuya Maruki (13-2, 9) taking on Filipino Rufino Mante (8-15-2, 4). This appears to be little more than a stay busy contest for Maruki who will be hoping to score his 3rd successive victory.
The last fight on the card sees the #8 ranked Japanese Lightweight Daiki Koide (19-5-2, 8) facing Shinichi Tsukahara (7-5-2, 3). It's hard to imagine Koide losing this contest.
Also on the card in Aichi are 3 more interesting 6 round contests, though limited match ups as Takahiro Hori (4-6-1, 3) faces Yuji Iwata (5-4-1, 1) in a Light Welterweight contest; Ryosuke Maruki (5-1-1, 4) fights Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) and Kazuki Fukakura (5-5-2, 2) battles Akito Hoshi (6-5, 2).
We also understand that the card is to feature 3 other contests with at last 2 men making their debuts.
Outside of Japan we expect to also have shows in South Korea and the Philippines, of those it's the Filipino card that has the most interest with 7 bouts on it.
The Filipino card features 5 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds. Amongst those are a bout between Roberto Gonzalez (21-2, 12) and Roselito Campana (18-16-3, 5). Although on paper this looks to be a mismatch it needs to be noted that Gonzalez has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 contests and has won just once in the last year.
At Bantamweight we get another interesting bout as the promising Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) takes on Boy Dondee Pumar (9-4-3, 3). Again the records are widely different but Pumar has mixed with much higher quality including upcoming world title challenger Tomoki Kameda.
Down at Minimumweight Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) shares the ring with the experienced Ruther del Castillo (9-19-8, 2) in a bout that should go the distance due to Castillo's toughness.
In a compelling Super Flyweight contest Michael Dasmarinas (12-1, 8) faces the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-20-2, 1). With Anacaya being a tough guy to stop we'd not be shocked with Dasmarinas being taken the distance here.
The most interesting of the 10 round bouts, at least in our eyes, is the meeting between the unbeaten JR Magboo (11-0-2, 5) and the once beaten Bryan Macamay (7-1-2, 5). This looks like a genuinely good match up and one that could go either way.
In the cards sole 8 round bout Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) will fight Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) whilst the only 4 round bout features the unbeaten Miko Sacro (1-0) taking on the debuting Rolly Sumalpong (0-0).
In South Korea at the Puno Boxing Gymnasium in Gimpo there is another 7 bout show.
The card in South Korea doesn't have any genuine stand out bouts but does look to be a sign that boxing is alive in South Korea even if the country really doesn't seem to have many stars any more.
The most notable name on the show is Ji-Hoon Kim (3-3, 1) unfortunately it's not the Ji-Hoon Kim that we all know and love. This Ji-Hoon Kim isn't the fighter who has made a name around the world, instead this one is a novice who will be looking to score his 4th victory as he takes on the unbeaten Joo-Hyun Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a scheduled 6 round contest.
The card also features 2 other 6 round contests as Sang-Joon Park (3-3-1) takes on Yong-Soo Kim (2-2-1, 1) and the unbeaten In-Ho Cha (3-0, 3) takes on Dong-Uk Kim (2-3, 2). This will be Cha's 4th bout of the year as he looks to climb up the Cruiserweight rankings.
As well as the bouts scheduled for 6 rounds the card also has a selection of 4 round contests. These include an all debutant batte between Joon Lee (0-0) Dong-Hyuk Park (0-0) and a battle between winless pair Su-Jin Park (0-1) and Sung-Hwan Kim (0-0-1).
To round off the show Ji-Hwan Bang (1-0) willt take on Jung-Ho Kim (0-1) and debutant Dawit (0-0) will battle Da-Won Suh (0-3).