To kick off a new month we have some genuinely exciting looking match ups. Not only do we have a second successive day with a PABA title fight in Thailand but we also have a brilliant show in Japan courtesy of Reason promotions.
We'll start by talking about the Thai contest. Like yesteday's bout we believe this will be televised on Thai Channel 7 as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (49-2, 32) defends his PABA Bantamweight title for the fifth time this year. The busy Tabtimdeang will be facing limited Filipino Edison Berwela (12-26-6, 3) a man who comes in to the bout with just a sole win in his last 10 contests.
Whilst Tabtimdeang was given a scare last time, out as he narrowly defeated Alvin Bais, we'd be shocked if he was given any sort of a test by Berwela here.
Over in Japan we have "Dangan 86" part of the "A Class Tournament" an excellent looking 9 fight card.
This Japanese card card begins with a trio of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. The first of those will see the winless Kosuke Miura (0-5-1) fighting the debuting Oshita Koichi (0-0). The Koichi/Miura bout will be followed by an all debutant contest as Akihiro Shimogaki (0-0) battles Kimihiro Nakagawa (0-0).
In the third and final bout scheduled for 4 rounds we get a C class tournament contest as the unbeaten 23 year old Ken Kodama (1-0, 1) takes on fellow unbeaten novice Ippei Azuma (2-0, 1).
Following the 4 round contests we then move in to the Class A tournament bouts. The first of those will take place at Super Featherweight where the hard hitting Nakano Kazuya (5-2, 5) fights Ribo Takahata (9-3-1, 2). Whilst Takahata brings a 3-3 record from his last 6 in to this contests his losses have come to talented fighters and he should give Kazuya a very tough contest.
The Kazuya/Takahata fight is immediately followed by a second Super Featherweight contest. In this bout the highly experienced Akihiko Nago (31-7-2, 15), a former two-time world title challenger, faces the twice beaten Takaomi Abe (14-2-2, 1). Nago, who was a Japanese champion way back in 1998, is now 37 and really in the twilight of a long career though will be hoping that a tournament win here could revitalise his career and give him another chance to claim a Japanese title.
Following the successive Super Featherweight contests we get the first A Class tournament bout in the Super Flyweight division. In this bout the once beaten Shohei Kikuzato (9-1, 4) takes on the more experienced Kohei Kubo (15-4-1, 10), a man with as many stoppages as Kikuzato has total bouts. Coming in to this bout with a notable win last time out over Yoichi Ide it's hard not to back Kikuzato, despite the experience edge being with Kubo.
In a Bantamweight contest the once beaten Hiroaki Teshigawara (7-1-1, 4) looks to score his most notable victory to date as he fights Kota Sato (9-4-1, 4). Sato has lost 2 of his last 5 though could well know too many tricks for Teshigawara who has been fighting at a lower level than Sato so far.
The show's penultimate contest is a Flyweight contest which sees the unbeaten Yuta Matsuo (5-0, 3) taking his first real test. The unbeaten Matsuo takes on the more experienced Musashi Suzuki (9-1, 4), a man who's only loss came to Kohei Kubo almost 2 years ago. Matsuo will be tested, though the big question is whether not not he can pass the test.
In the card's final contest the hard hitting Hayato Kimura (19-5, 14),the fomer Korean Super Flyweight champion, takes on Junichiro Sugita (16-8, 7). Although Kimura isn't in great form losing 3 of his last 6 and 4 of his last 8 he's in significantly better form than Sugita who has lost his last 5 and 7 of his last 9.
As well as the great show in Japan and the title fight in Thailand we continue to have action thanks to several international fights and a card in Yemen.
The Yemen card is headlined by Ali Raymi (17-0, 17) who looks to continue his run of opening round victories as he takes on Mustafa Humaidi (6-0, 2). If Raymi managed to take Humaidi out in the opening round he'd then just be 1 fight away from tying the record of most straight opening round stoppages.
As well as Raymi/Humaidi we expect two other bouts on the show. The most interesting of those will see Ali Salem (9-0, 1) fight Prince Maz (2-0, 2) with the winner likely getting a shot at Raymi next time out. The other contest that we expect to be on the show is a bout between Akram Jafwi (3-0, 1) and Esayas Dagim (2-2, 1).
The international action is spread across Latin America and the UK. In Mexico the Filipino-America Ana Julaton (12-4-1, 2) battles Perla Hernandez (10-6-3, 2) in what promises to be an interesting female contest. In the UK journeyman Youssef Al Hamidi (12-60-3, 1) faces another probable loss as he fights the light punching Chris Goodwin (16-2-1) in what is almost certainly going to be a distance contest.
We did think that Friday (yesterday) was somewhat quiet but looking at today we understand why with action featuring top fighters from Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
Firstly lets start in Tokyo, Japan where we get to see one of the top Bantamweights on the planet in action aswell as several highly ranked Japanese domestic fighters.
In the most high profile bout, the once beaten Bantamweight Ryosuke Iwasa (14-1, 9) takes on Filipino Jecker Buhawe (14-8-1, 9) in what is likely to be little more than a stay busy fight for Iwasa. Ranked #2 by the WBC, #3 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF it's only a matter of time before Iwasa gets a world title fight though it could be that he's trying to avoid facing WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, the only man to currently hold a victory over Iwasa.
On the same card as the Iwasa bout are 4 other contests. They notably include the #2 ranked Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Yu Kimura (11-2-1, 2) taking on Tatsuya Fukuhara (12-2-3, 3) the #9 ranked Minumumweight in what is certain to be a highly compelling 8 round contest.
Their will also be action for the #1 ranked Flyweight Tetsuma Hayashi (21-2-1, 7) who will continue his pursuit of the second Japanese title fight as he faces Marzon Cabilla (9-8-1, 4) of the Philippines.
Also in action will be #7 ranked Japanese Flyweight Kohei Kubo (15-3-1, 10) who also faces a Filipino. Kubo's opponent will be Romnick Magos (8-2, 4) best known for his stunning upset of the then 10-0 Aston Palicte in December 2012. This should be a victory for Kubo but Magos will be looking for his second big upset in successive bouts.
The remaning fight on the card sees Jun Hamana (7-1, 2) taking on Spice Matsushita (12-7, 2) who is 2-2 in his last 4 contests dating back over 2 years.
Down in Australia we get a big of an Asian invasion with 3 seperate Oriental fighters on the card.
The first of those in action is Arnel Tinampay (20-15-1, 6) of the Philippines who takes on the unbeaten prospect Rocky Jerkic (5-0, 3). Although Tinampay is the under-dog he is on a 2-fight winning streak away from home and Jerkic is entering after more than a year out of the ring.
Things look slightly easier for Indonesian Rasmanudin (17-3-2, 9) who takes on Jason Cooper (6-1-1, 3) in a bout for the IBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title. Whilst Cooper is at home in Australia it's fair to say that Rasmanudin is experienced on the road having fought in Japan and the Philippines, albeit losing all 3 including a bout to Ryosuke Iwasa.
Former world title challenger Daud Cino Yordan (30-3, 23) completes the attempted Asian take over of Australia as he attempts to claim the IBO Lightweight title. Yordan, stopped last time out by South African Simpiwe Vetyeka has skipped Super Featherweight for this bout but appears to have taken a notable step down in terms of his opponent as he takes on Argentinian Daniel Eduardo Brizuela (25-1-2-11, 8). The relatively unknown Brizuela has an attractive paper record but it's come at a very low level compared to the opponents that Yordan has faced and it's this gulf in class that make us heavily favour the popular Indonesian.
In South Africa the former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (20-5-2, 15) also looks to add an IBO title to his collection. Lopez, who lost in a world title tilt last year to Yota Sato, will be facing Thabo Sonjica (17-2, 12) for the Super Bantamweight IBO belt. Sonjica is genuinely a top fighter at 122lbs and will likely be the bigger man in the ring and the favourite heading in though "Stallone" has the power needed to score the upset. This could very easily be the fight of the weekend.