After a few days with out any action in Japan we get a return to the usual service as the Korakuen Hall hosts another card. Amazingly however not only do we get a Japanese card but we also have action in Thailand and a fantastic card in Australia. Brilliant way to kick off a very exciting weekend!
The Japanese card kicks off with the debut of Ida Koji (0-0) who fights Shunsuke Mori (0-1) in a 4 round contest at Super Bantamweight. This is one of two fights schediled for 4 rounds with the other being Motonobu Suzuki (2-3) against Mamoru Takeuchi (2-5-2). Although Suzuki has lost his last 2 he will be favoured against Takeuchi who has gone 0-5-1 in his last 6.
Following the 4 rounders we then expect two bouts over the 6 round distance. The first of these will see Atsushi Hosogai (5-7) fighting Yutaka Kamioka (6-2-2, 4) in a bout fought at a contracted 56KG's. That will then be followed by Koya Sato (6-0-1, 1) risking his unbeaten record against Taichi Yokote (6-1, 3) who has won his last 3.
The show then moves on the the 8 rounders, of which we surprisingly have 4. The first of which will see Kazuya Soma (5-4-2, 4) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately we've struggled to get the name of the Thai fighter, one of two on the card.
In the second of the 8 round bouts former Japanese title challenger
Yuta Nagai (27-8-4, 17) fights Yasuyuki Masuda (7-5, 1). Although Nagai had been on a bad run in 2010 and 2011 he now appears to be back on the right path as he looks to build his way back to a title fight.
Yutaka Sowano (7-5-1, 5) fights in the penultimate contest of the show as he takes on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately like the Soma bout we've struggled to work out who the Thai is, though Sowano, ranked by the JBC at Minimumweight, is likely to be in easy here.
The final bout on the show sees Tsukasa Saito (17-2, 12) a former WBC youth champion, up against the experienced Kosuke Iwashita (14-15-2, 8). We favour Saito here considering the fact Iwashita has lost 5 of his last 6, though Saito's stoppage loss to Joey Maxian back in March does leave us with some question marks over his durability.
In Thailand we believe Samson Tor Buamas (30-3, 14) will be defending her WIBA Minimumweight title. Unfortunately we're unsure who Samson will fight but we'd absolutely love it if it was a rematch with Alicia Ashley who was unfortunate to suffer a defeat when the women fought back in July.
In Australia we get an excellent card from Peter Maniatis. Dubbed the "UltraTune Cup" the headline bout here sees Filipino Randy Petalcorin (19-1-1, 14) defending his PABA Light Flyweight title against experienced Thai Samransak Singmanasak (35-20-1, 27). This should certainly be an explosive contest and is a big risk for Petalcorin who is ranked #2 by the WBA.
Petalcorin and Singmanasak aren't the only Asian's on the show, in fact they are just two of a rather large number.
In a Middleweight contest Manopnoi Singmanasak (10-16, 6) fights unbeaten Australian Michael Zerafa (11-0, 5) whilst at Light Middleweight Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-28, 4) fights Joel Camilleri (3-2, 2) in a potentially winnable contest.
In one other bout featuring a Thai Yokfah Nor Sripung (0-1) looks to record her first victory as she fights Filipino debutant Janiper Ortiz (0-0), a former amateur standout.
This Saturday may be one of the quietest weekends for boxing fans based in Europe and the US though if you're a fan of Asian boxing you will almost certainly be able to find something that has your interest throughout the day.
The highest profile bout with an Asian interest is in Mexico as Japanese fighter fighter Atsushi Kakutani (13-3-1, 6) attempts to bring back the WBC Light Flyweight title as he battles Adrian Hernandez (27-2-1, 16). Kakutani goes in to the bout as a sizable under-dog and is expected to fair as badly as Hiroyuki Hisataka did last weekend in Argentina, where he was stopped by the excellent Omar Andres Narvaez, though with Takashi Miura having had recent success in Mexico Kakutani may feel he has half a chance himself.
As well as the international action in Mexico there is also a reason to turn towards South Africa as Filipino Benezer Alolod (12-4-4, 2) attempts to defend his WBC International Light Flyweight title for the second time. Alolod, despite being the champion, will be the under-dog as he takes on former IBF Minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi (23-2-0-1, 16), a man who has notable victories over Florante Condes and Katsunari Takayama.
The only other international action sees Thailand's Pathomphol Kokietgym (4-7, 2) fighting Josh King (14-3, 7) in Australia. Unfortunately it's hard to imagine anything but a King victory.
More locally there are cards in both Japan and the Philippines.
The Japanese card, held at the Kanakubo Gymnasium Arena, is expected to have 8 bouts with the first of those being between debuting pair Yuki tsuma kawa (0-0) and Kenta Yamada (0-0). This is one of 4 bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance with Satoshi Kawami (4-8, 2) fighting Hitoshi Ando (3-5-1, 2) in the the second.
In fact from the 4 round bouts the Kawami/Ando bout actually looks like the most interesting with the other two being Yusuke Matsuda (0-1) against Kazuyoshi Toguri (1-4) and Kenichi Tokano (1-4, 1) in action against an opponent we can't track down. These aren't great fights but they will allow fans plenty of time to get to the venue before the more interesting fights themselves start.
The pair of 6 round bouts on the show see Satoru Uchida (3-10-3, 1) taking on a Thai opponent and Tatsuya Kaneko (6-8-1) battling Hideyuki Watanabe (5-5-2, 5).
The sole 8 round bout of the sees Kosuke Iwashita (13-15-2, 7) facing a Thai opponent that we can't recognise before the main event which sees Tosho Makoto Aoki (14-12-2, 11) in action. Like Iwashita, Aoki is facing an opponent that we can't actually recognise unfortunately.
Although the card in Japan isn't great it is better than the 5 fight show in Makati City, Metro Manila.
The Filipino show begins with a pair of 4 round bouts. These see Philip Cuerdo (0-0) making his debut against the winless Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) and the unbeaten Junar Adante (0-0-1) fighting Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1).
It's expected that after those two bouts there will be a trio of bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. These are likely to see Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1), Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) battling Edsil Jungco (0-4-4) and finally Ruben Traza (3-4-2) taking on Lester Abutan (2-1-1, 1).
Unfortunately we'll admit we're unsure if this Filipino card will actually happen with it having been on our schedule twice already (August 18 and August 22).
There is also at least 1 bout in Russia as former WBA interim Cruiserweight champion Valery Brudov (40-4, 28) battles the durable Jevgenijs Andrejevs (7-53, 1) over 6 rounds. This will be Brudov's second fight this and it's likely to be his second successive bout to go the distance following an 8 round decision over novice Sergey Gorokhov back in May.
The most notable action today takes place in the Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka with 2 scheduled 8 rounds currently listed on boxrec as well as the US debut of unbeaten Chinese fighter Yang Lian Hui (11-0-0-1, 7).
Starting with the Osaka card it's actually hard to get excited about either of the bouts. In one of those we have Lightweight Ryo Nakajima (17-5, 10) facing journeyman Kosuke Iwashita (13-14-2, 7). For this bout it's hard to really give Iwashita any sort of a chance especially considering he comes in on the back of 4 straight losses whilst Nakajima enters on a 10 fight winning streak. Whilst Iwashita has faced the better opponents, including Prawet Singwancha and Takehiro Shimada he struggled to win rounds against the high level opponents.
The other fight on the card is a little bit more interesting as Super Bantamweight puncher Kiron Omura (10-2, 8) faces Yuki Kobayashi (6-1, 4). Omura will have to go in to this bout as the favourite but the 23 year old southpaw has been stopped in the past (he was blasted out by Takahiro Yamamoto in 2009) and may still be there to be stopped, he is however on a 3 fight winning streak. The 21 year old Kobayashi is on a 2 fight winning run since being upset by Yuichi Arai in June of last year, though both of his wins since then have come against the limited Masanori Oshima.
At the moment of writing Yang Lian Hui (AKA Ik Yang) hasn't been announced though we'd expect to see him in with a journeyman style opponent as he looks to make a name for himself in the states. The 28 year old Chinese fighter who is currently residing in South Korea is one of the most entertaining fighters in the world with a very fan friendly style which has been compared to American Emanuel Augustus and we'd expect the US audience to take to him very quickly thanks to his charisma and style.
Yang is scheduled to fight on the untelevised portion of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" though we've our fingers crossed that a few early stoppages will see his bout given some air time as he's a fighter who could be "made for TV".