It's rare to have genuine world title bouts on a Thursday but this week we have 2 seperate ones.
In the Philippines WBO Bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda (20-0, 10) takes on Japanese challenger Tomoki Kameda (27-0, 18). Tomoki, the younger brother of Koki and Daiki will attempt to become the 3rd member of the Kameda family to claim a world title though Namibian Ambunda will be no push over.
Ambunda won his world title earlier this year defeating Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand by decision in an excellent, if somewhat ignored, contest. Using that fight as a basis for what we know about Ambunda it's clear this is going to be a tough fight for Tomoki. Oddly however if Tomoki does win he'll become the first ever Japanese WBO world champion and he'll join older brother Koki as a current Bantamweight champion.
On the same card in the Philippines there's a second Bantamweight title bout as Marlon Tapales (22-2, 9) takes on Fredirex Rodriguez (11-2-1, 8) for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. Ranked #14 by the WBO Rodriguez will be looking to leap up the rankings with the victory here and possibly even move in to a position to face the Tomoki/Ambunda winner.
Also on the card is former WBC and "Linear" Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (34-12-5, 24) who will fight Gerpaul Valero (14-14-3, 10). Although Valero has a poor record he has impressively won 13 of his last 14 contests with his sole loss being to Jerson Mancio in Mancio's home city.
The card fills out with 3 lower level bouts that see Ardie Boyosi (6-0-1, 3) taking on Al Grumo (7-6, 1), Neil John Tabanao (3-0, 2) fighting Charlie Pucdol (4-1, 3) and Joey Canoy (2-0, 1) facing Marwin Cristota (2-8-1, 1).
In Thailand the details on the card are scarce but the main event looks to be an entertaining on as Kompayak Porpramook (50-4, 35) looks to defend his WBA "interim" Flyweight title. Kompayak, best known for his wars with Adrian Hernandez, will be facing Japanese challenger Koki Eto (13-2-1, 10). Eto is a limited fighter but hits hard and Porpramook is of course a balls to the wall warrior so we expect this to be great fun as long as it lasts.
What a great day today looks like being. We not only have Asian fighters competing around the globe but we also have a chance to crown an Asian world champion and the continuation a modern day Asian great.
In Hyogo, Japan we see the return to the ring of Hozumi Hasegawa (31-4, 13) who is fighting for just the 3rd time since being stopped by Jhonny Gonzalez back in April 2011. Hasegawa has, on paper anyway, a very easy nights work as he takes on Thai Veerapol Sor Chantasith (3-3). With Chantasith having not fought at all in 3 years it's almost certain that Hasegawa is looking to just shake off some rust.
Also in Japan though in Tokyo is action for Kuninobu Shimamura (14-2, 9) who will face Yusuke Kikuchi (11-4, 4) in what should be a pretty even match up. This card also features Rokuhei Suzuki (7-4-2, 3) who fights Takenori Ohashi (9-3, 6) in what should again be an excellently matched bout.
In Thailand we have a chance to see Kompayak Porpramook (49-4, 34) attempt to claim the "interim" WBA Flyweight title as he faces Jean Piero Perez (20-5-1, 14). This bout has been fully previewed here.
In the Philippines the "Southville 3 Multi-purpose Gymnasium" hosts arguably the biggest card of the day. The main event of the card sees unbeaten youngster Cris Paulino (10-0, 3) attempt to claim the Filipino (GAB) Flyweight title from Ardin Diale (19-7-3, 6). This is a bout we're looking forward to and have heard really things about Paulino who some view as one of the more over-looked Filipino youngsters.
The same Filipino card sees Jaymart Toyco (11-3, 7) looking for his 7th straight victory as he takes on Jovel Romasasa (10-9, 4) over 10 rounds, in fact the card features 3 bouts scheduled for 10. The other 2 longer bouts see Dan Nazareno Jr (17-10, 13) taking on Alejandro Anas (4-11-1, 2) and Virgil Puton (8-3, 3) fighting Rex Olisa (9-18-1, 7).
With 4 bouts schedules for 8 it's the Donaire name that stands out as Richard Donaire (5-7-1, 2), the cousin of Nonito Donaire, faces Pit Anacaya (8-19-2, 1). The other 8 round bouts feature the promising Robert Udtuhan (18-1-2, 12) who fights Edison Berwela (11-25-6, 2), Mike Espanosa (10-6, 6) who is pitted against Jeson Berwela (4-13, 2) and Angelito Merin (5-2-2, 1) who's matched with Jonathan Ligas (4-4-1).
Over the 6 round distance Richard Claveras (2-0-2, 2) will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record as he goes up against Richie Bagaan (1-1-1). The card's only 4 rounder sees the unbeaten Joel Taduran (1-0) taking on debutant Jean Luis Araneta (0-0).
In international action Chinese born Kazakh Kanat Islam (10-0, 9) looks for his biggest win in the pro ranks as he faces the experienced Colombian Emilio Julio Julio (26-10-2, 19). The 2008 Olympic bronze medal winner, has been incredibly active and this will be his 11th fight in just 7 months yet with his amateur pedigree and genuine power. We're excited about this guys potential and think he's really one to keep an eye out for.
There is also international action for Filipino Ronald Pontillas (15-5-3, 7) who travels all the way to Ghana to face Emmanuel Tagoe (20-1, 8) for the
vacant WBA International Super Featherweight title and the WBO Africa Super Featherweight title. We've got to admit, we have no idea how Pontillas qualifies for the WBO Africa title but good luck to "Unpredictable" .