Midweek action returns to the Philippines this week thanks to a 6 fight show from promotional powerhouse ALA Promotions who put on an interesting, though not hugely exciting looking, show in Cebu.
The main feature of the card, and by far the most notable bout on the show sees Jimmy Paypa (13-2, 4) taking on Jason Redondo (7-1-1, 6). This is about the only fight with any sort of name value in terms of Paypa, though unfortunately it's not a big bout by any stretch of the mind.
The chief support bouts see Crispin Parba (6-6) taking on Japanese opponent Yusuke Maekawa (0-1) and Kim Galon (2-0-1, 2) facing Marlou Talili (5-7, 2). Unfortunately neither of these bouts look very entertaining though we do have some hopes for Kim Galon.
On the undercard we have 3 more bouts as the experienced Jojo Entor (23-11-7, 8) battles novice Nelson Sandal (0-1) in what looks like a forgone conclusion, Raul Yu (2-0, 2) fighting Ritchel Rosales (0-2) and the Japanese born-Filipino based Takaomi Naoma (1-2) fighting Geo Santisima (0-1).
A somewhat quiet weeks comes to a crashing halt on Sunday as the Asian boxing fans get a major day of action both at home and around the globe.
We'll start by looking at the sole world title bout featuring an An Asian fighter as Japanese fighter Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-10-1, 10) travels to Argentina to take on WBO Super Flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez (39-1-2, 20).
In recent world title fights on international soil Japanese fighters have been impressive, winning or losing. Hisataka will have to be just as impressive as the likes of Takashi Miura and Koki Eto if he's to defeat Narvaez in a fight where he is a clear under-dog. We think Hisataka may come up short but will really give it a fantastic effort as he has done in almost all of his losses to date.
Although Hisataka in action away from his homeland there is also action in Japan at the Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka.
The card in Osaka opens with debutants in action as Konishi Rei (0-0) faces Murakami Hirohide (0-0). This will be followed by another debutant as Susumu Nakazawa (0-0) takes on a Thai opponent.
The third bout on the Osaka show sees the unbeaten Ryuto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) in action though we're not sure who he will be fighting. Boxrec.com have him listed down to fight Adones Aguelo (20-8-1, 12) though the Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC) don't have anyone listed as being Kyoguchi's opponent.
In the show's fourth bout Naoki Matsumoto (8-6-2, 2) faces Masashi Uranishi (7-5-12, 1). This appears to be "the weak" link of the show because the two main events are fantastic bouts and either of them could have headlined with any sort of complaint.
The first of the two main events sees Myung Ho Lee (16-3, 5) taking on hard hitting and highly ranked Filipino visitor Rey Megrino (19-20-3, 17). Although Migreno's record is poor the guy is much better than the numbers show and he's currently on a 4 fight winning streak including stoppages over Kenji Kubo and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.
In the other main fight female OPBF Super Flyweight champion Tomoko Kawanishi (7-1, 3) defends her title for the first time as she takes on the unbeaten Tamao Ozawa (5-0, 2) in what looks like a genuinely interesting contest.
As well as the show in Japan there are two shows int he Philippines. The most noteworthy of those is the ALA show at the Escalante City Coliseum, a show that features 8 bouts and is the part of ALA's "Idol" series.
The ALA show begins with several all novice bouts including Raul Yu (1-0, 1) against Ritchel Rosales (0-2), debutant JoyJoy Boiles (0-0) against Kazuma Ejiri (0-3), the debuting Geo Santisima (0-0) against Roniel Parcon (1-0) and Alvin Sibugan (1-0) against Kim Galon (1-0-1, 1) all in 4 round bouts. It would seem likely that ALA are hoping that one of these 8 men shows something a bit special though we're doubting it at this point.
In the show's sole 6 round bout Richard Barrios (4-0, 2) battles Ryan Canillas (2-1-3, 1). We've got to admit that whilst the 6 round contest doesn't do much to excite us the two bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. In the first of these unbeaten prospects collide as Jessel Magsayo (2-0, 2) faces John Rey Melligen (2-0, 1). We're fans of both men and would consider that who ever loses could well still go on to have a great career.
The second of the 8 round bouts sees the unbeaten Mark Vincent Bernaldez (10-0, 6) taking on Marangin Marbun (21-10-1, 9) in what appears to be a very good step up for the unbeaten Bernaldez. If Bernaldez wins as expected it really won't be too much longer before he's given a really notable bout on a bigger stage than this.
In the main event, a 10 round contest, the unbeaten Melvin Gumban (14-0, 6) takes on Indonesia's John Bajawa (11-4, 6) who has lost his last 2, including an opening round stoppage to Ryo Matsumoto.
The other show in the Philippines is held at the Lucena City Convention Center and features 6 bouts including 2 title bouts.
This card opens with 3 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds as debutants collide in bouts between Roberto Sta. Ana (0-0) and Joel Trinidad Tamayo (0-0) as well as well as Daryl Gamboa (0-0) against Rodney Ramirez (0-0. These 4 men are also joined at the start of their professional journey by another debutant, Jordan Estrada (0-2) who faces Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-2).
The chief support bout on the card sees Aston Palicte (10-1, 8) facing Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) in what should be a mismatch really for Palicte.
In the co-main event Jerwin Ancajas (16-1-1, 8) will face Armando Casa (11-10-5, 3) for the vacant Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Bantamweight title whilst in the other title fight Lolito Sonsona (16-1-3, 6) looks to claim the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title as he takes on Albert Alcoy (14-16-5, 4). It'd be a shock to us if either Ancajas or Sonsona lost here.
It's not just at home that Filipino's are in action with Filipino fighters appearing on shows in both Ukraine and Mexico.
In Mexico Rolio Golez (14-10-1, 5) attempts to claim the NABF Flyweight title as he battles reigning chamion Armando Santos (11-3, 7) and on the same show Mateo Handig (13-5, 7) looks to claim the vacant WBC International Silver Minimumweight title as he faces Ganigan Lopez (22-5, 15), a man who has only evenr been stopped once, by Denver Cuello.
In Ukraine Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 4) will attempt to claim the WBA International Flyweight title as he battles the unbeaten champion Artem Dalakian (7-0, 5) in a very tough bout. The other Filipino fighter on the card is Jason Canoy (16-3-2, 11) who fights Oleksandr Hryshchuk (12-0, 5) for the WBA Inter-Continental Flyweight title. Both of these fights, and the two in Mexico, are very tough bouts for the Filipino's but we wish them the best of luck.
The remaining fights involving Asian fighters are in Germany as several fighters with an Asian connection are in action.
The most notable fighters on the German show are Kazakhstan born trio Ina Menzer (30-1, 11), Vitali Tajbert (23-2, 6) and Dimitri Sartison (30-2, 18).
Menzer, a former WBC, WBO, WIBF female Featherweight champion looks to claim the WBF and WIBA as she faces the unbeaten Goda Dailydaite (8-0, 2). For Tajbert, a former WBC Super Featherweight champion who lost the title to Takahiro Ao, his assignment looks easy on paper as he takes on Mikheil Avakyan (18-10-3, 7).
Saritson, the former WBA Super Middleweight champion, the task does look somewhat more tricky, though still far from difficult, as he takes on Baker Barakat (38-14-4, 26) of Syria.
The final bout on the card with an Asian interest see's the Russian born Timur Dugazaev (1-0) in action against George Kandelaki (9-3-1, 2), also on the card in Germany.
In Canada the Canadian Filipino Marc Pagcaliwangan (5-0, 5) faces his biggest test to date as he fights David Kanalas (13-7, 7) in a contest scheduled for six rounds.
Today seems a great day to be a Filipino boxing fan with domestic action and international action.
In Cebu City, ALA Promotions have got a very exciting 7 fight card headlined by the highly ranked Roli Gasca (19-4-1, 5) facing the hard hitting Jimmy Aducal (6-1-2, 5).
Gasca's career in recent fights has slowed significantly with 3 losses in his last 6 bouts though he is very talented and looking to prove himself once again. He'll need to get beyond Aducal who is a big hitter and has stopped his last 5 opponents whilst also claiming the PBF Super Flyweight title. We should have an excellent contest here between boxer and banger.
As well as the Gasca/Aducal bout there are 4 promising Filipino prospects with Mark Andrew Acub (11-0, 9) being the most notable of them. Acub faces the experienced Rene Bestudio (15-4-4, 5) in what looks like his toughest bout to date.
The other prospects on the Cebu City card are Arjan Canillas (8-0-2, 6) who faces Rodel Wenceslao (6-6-1, 1); John Vincent Moralde (5-0, 2) who fights Rolando Navarette Jr (2-1-1, 2) and Kim Galon (1-0, 1) who is up against Ryan Canillas (2-1-2, 1).
Also on the card are bouts between Engelbert Moralde (4-1, 3) and Junior Salvador (4-15-3) and Jojo Entor (23-10-7, 8) who faces Jamjam Ungon (0-3).
As well as the Cebu City card there is also a show in Metro Manila thanks to Elorde Promotions. This show in Metro Manila features 6 bouts with 5 unbeaten fighters on the show.
The most notable bout on the card sees Randy Braga (10-0, 2) facing the experienced Rex Olisa (9-19-1, 7). This will be Braga's first 10 round bout and could well help move him to within a fight or two of a national title bout.
In the card's other 10 rounder the once beaten Rene Patilano (8-1-2, 4) faces Geboi Mansalayao (8-14-4, 3). This is Patilano's first bout since suffering a technical draw with Randy Petalcorin in February.
In 6 round action the unbeaten Giemel Magramo (5-0, 3) faces Julius Bala (2-1) and Jay Loto (4-0) faces Benjie Bartolome (1-6-1). It would be a genuine shock here if either of the unbeaten men were beaten here. The reamining 2 bouts, both scheduled for 4 rounds, see John Ray Logatiman (1-0) fighting Richard Elma (0-1) and Jomel Diocos (2-0, 2) facing Arnold Garde (3-1-2, 1). Again it would be a surprise if the unbeaten fighters were defeated here.
In Mexico the Filipino youngster Jaderes Padua (8-2-1, 5) faces his second former world champion in successive bouts as he fights the hard hitting Mexican Fernando Montiel (49-4-2, 37). Montiel, a former Flyweight, Super Flyweight and Bantamweight champion hasn't looked the same since being stopped in 2 rounds by Nonito Donaire back in 2011, though he should still have too much for Padua who was stopped by Tomas Rojas back in April.
Also in Mexico Weng Haya (17-5, 9), yet another Filipino, faces the hard hitting Mexican prospect Miguel Berchelt (18-0, 15) who has looked very good in recent bouts. This looks like a hard nights work for Haya.
In the UK the tricky Syrian journeyman Youssef Al Hamidi (12-55-2, 1) faces Chris Goodwin (16-2-1). Goodwin was earlier scheduled to face Oisin Fagan so it appears that Hamidi has been a late replacement, despite this he has the ability to make things very tough for Goodwin.