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.
We love busy weekends and this weekend is no exception with a very long weekend of noteworthy fights. The action kicks off on Friday and goes right through to Tuesday with notable bouts.
At the Korakuen Hall we get a nice looking card thanks to Watanabe Promotions. Although we're sure we've not got the full details, what we have at the moment does look solid event.
The 3 bouts we have details of at the moment are Hajime Nagai (10-5-2, 2) against Masahide Shinabe (6-10-2, 3) in a Bantamweight clash, Rikiya Fukuhara (26-7-1, 19) against Keita Ito (8-15-2, 4) at Featherweight and Sanosuke Sasaki (11-2, 5) facing Takehiro Shimokawara (18-8-2, 6) in a Light Middleweight contest.
Whilst the Bantamweight and Featherweight fights do look forgone conclusions the Light Middleweight bout is very promising despite the fact both men enter on a loss. Sasaki is a former national champion though enters this bout following a stoppage loss to Tomohiro Ebisu and Shimokawara is a very credible fighter despite having never held any title.
Outside of Asia there is a lot of action, literally spread around the round.
The most notable bout of the day takes place in Russia as former amateur standout Rahkim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12) takes on WBC Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33). This will be the first world title fight for Chakhkiev who has been tipped as a future world champion ever since he turned pro back in 2009. A full preview of this bout can be read here.
On the same card as Chakhkiev's world title bout is a Heavyweight clash with Denis Bakhtov (36-8, 24) who despite being a Russian fighter was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Bakhtov will be facing novice Vladimir Goncharov (2-0, 1) in what should be a compelling bout, especially if Goncharov is as good as people are saying.
In the US and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Thai veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21) faces the unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11) in an IBF Super Featherweight title eliminator. Although Barthelemy is "unbeaten" many felt he didn't deserve his most recent victory, a very controversial decision over Arash Usmanee. The winner of this bout will be expected to face Argenis Mendez in a very tough bout later this year for the title.
Also in the US is the highly experienced Filipino Juanito Rubillar (49-19-7, 24) who faces the hard hitting John Amuzu (13-0, 13) of Ghana. Fighting for 76th time in his professional career Rubillar actually has a really good chance at scoring an upset here against a fighter with a very padded and puffed up record.
Staying in North America, though in Canada. There will be action for both the exciting Marc Pagcaliwangan (4-0, 4)-a Canadian Filipino- and Steven Bloyer (10-4-2, 6)-a Lebanaese born Canadian-. Pagcaliwangan will be facing John Brown (0-1) in what is a bit of a disappointment in all honesty whilst Cheikho will face Steven Bloyer (14-8, 1).
A bit closer to home in Australia the busy Filipino Jayson Mac Gura (1-16-2, 1) fights for the 7th time this year. Mac Gura will be facing previous opponent Brendan Saunders (0-0-1), who he managed a draw against earlier this year. On the same card is Yousef Kanani (0-1) who was born in Iran will face Emosi Solitua (0-1) and Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-39-3, 7) will face Australian Renold Quinlan (3-0, 2).
We are aware that in Thailand Channel 7 will be televising some live boxing.
We are assuming here but we think that the main bout on Channel 7 will be a defense of the IBF Asia Light Flyweight title by Amnat Ruenroeng (9-0, 3). We're not sure who Ruenroeng is facing but we are sure that the former amateur standout will continue on his steep learning curve so the bout will likely be a good one for the unbeaten man.