It's fair to say that after a busy weekend we've had a really, really quiet week this week. The relative silence comes to a crashing end on a very busy Friday with Asian fighters battle across the Eastern hemisphere.
The most notable card is likely to be the Thai card held in Choburi where Wanheng Menayothin (29-0, 10) will attempt to defend his WBC International Minimumweight title for the 9th time as he takes on Japanese challenger Yuma Iwahashi (10-5-1, 1),
On paper the match is a mismatch but Iwahashi has been very competitive in 4 of his 5 losses, including a loss to Ryuji Hara in a Japanese national title bout, and his sole stoppage defeat was to the hands of Atsushi Kakutani who challenges for a world title tomorrow. So we wouldn't be too shocked it this was toughed for Menayothin than it looks on paper.
The day's title action isn't just limited to Thailand as we get a title double header in Lucena City Convention Center. In fact we appear to be gett the full card that we expected there on August 24th as Jerwin Ancajas (16-1-1, 8) faces Armando Casa (11-10-5, 3) for the vacant Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Bantamweight title and Lolito Sonsona (16-1-3, 6) looks to claim the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title as he fights the experienced Albert Alcoy (14-16-5, 4).
The card it's self appears pretty unchanged to the one we had listed for the 24th with the chief support bout still being Aston Palicte (10-1, 8) against Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) in what looks likely to be a mismatch.
In fact the major changes to the card have been in the lower card bouts. We still have Daryl Gamboa (0-0) against Rodney Ramirez (0-0) and Jordan Estrada (0-0) against Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-2), though the the other 4 round bout now appears to be Jhon Jhon Faminiano (1-8-1) against Jiro Saonoy (0-3).
This card also seems to have acquired 2 new 6 round bouts as the unbeaten Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) battles Lowell Saguisa (7-12, 3) and the once beaten Orlan Vasquez (8-1, 1) takes on the hard hitting Mark Anthony Florida (8-3, 7).
As well as the shows in Thailand and the Philippines there is also a show in Japan at the Korakuen Hall as promotional company Dangan put on "Dangan 81".
The main event here sees Ryuichi Funai (18-6, 12) up against a Thai opponent who we believe boasts an 8-6-1 (2) record. This bout, expected to be an 8 rounder, is supported be a co-main event between Dai Iwai (11-3-1, 5) and Yasuyuki Masuda (7-4, 1).
It's not just Funai's opponent that we've been unable to name but both Hiroshi Ishii (6-7-3) and Genji Ishida (1-0) are facing yet to be identified opponents in two of the nine bouts scheduled for 4 rounds
The rest of the bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds will kick off with Yuki Uchida (1-1) against Shinnosuke Okada (1-3-2, 1), this will be followed by the unbeaten Hiroyasu Shiga (1-0, 1) facing Masakazu Sakamoto (1-1-1, 1) and Koji Okubo (1-1) against Junki Abe (1-2).
After the above trio of bouts we will see debutants in action as Kazuma Yoshihara (0-0) takes on Takahiro Yamanishi (0-1) and in an all debutant match Aihara Shinta (0-0) battles Hosokawa Wataru (0-0).
The sole female bout on the show sees former kickboxer Shoko Hayashida (1-2, 1) looking to level up her record as shetakes on Yunoka Furukawa (1-1-1, 1).
The final of the 4 round bouts sees Ryosuke Goku Tsuboi (2-1, 1) fighting the unbeaten Haruka Itakura (1-0).
We also have a card in Russia with 7 bouts. The main event in this show sees the unbeaten Aik Shakhnazaryan (7-0, 2) taking on Shavkat Madaminov (9-7, 3) in a 10 round bout. This is support chiefly by a very interesting Welterweight bout between David Avanesyan (14-1-1, 7) and Fariz Kazimov (13-4-1, 4) over the 8 round schedule.
The show's sole 6 round contest sees the hard hitting Felix Amoev (5-1, 4) battling Fedor Mushtranov (4-4, 2) before we get the 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These bouts will see a trio of debutants in action with Heavyweight Ruslan Faifer (0-0) taking on Roman Mirzoev (2-6, 1) in possibly the most interesting of those bouts. The other debutants are Lightweight Aliyor Nuraliev (0-0) who faces a yet to be announced opponent and Light Welterweight Egor Bakulin (0-0) who fights Parviz Muraliev (0-1). The only all-none debutant bout over 4 rounds sees Bahruz Kazimov (3-1, 2) battling Sevak Bagdasaryan (0-1).
There is also Asian action in Australia with 4 bouts involving an Asian interest.
In Hurstville, New South Wales there will be action for Thai duo EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (8-4, 4) and Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-1). Unfortunately both men will be facing unbeaten fighters with Eakkreenkrai fighting Dylan Emery (5-0, 1) whilst EakKhunphol will be facing Tony Bates (7-0-1, 5).
Not too far from Hurtsville in Homebush f (6-0, 4) will be facing Krishna Mudaliar (4-2-1, 2). This will be Dulay's first bout outside of his native Philippines though their does seem to be real expectation on his shoulders.
The remaining Asian bout "down under" features Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-41-3, 7) fighting novice Luke Bunder (1-0) in a 4 round contest.
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.
It's rare to have the attention of the whole boxing world pointed towards Asia but that's what we have on Saturday thanks to Bob Arum's "Top Rank Promotions" who bring the action over to Macau for the second time this year.
The show, dubbed "Fists of Gold II" is nothing short of spectacular the sort of action that needs to be brought over to the East more often.
The headline man is of course 2-time Olympic Gold medal winner Zou Shiming (1-0). The Chinese national hero, who made his debut back in April, returns to action as he takes on Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2) in a bout that is supposed to help Shiming get used to the 6 round distance.
Shiming isn't the only Chinese based fighter on the show with the unbeaten and highly popular Rex Tso (9-0, 6) of Hang Kong also on the card. Tso is being given a genuinely testing contest as he faces the experienced Rusalee Samor (20-4-2, 9) of Thailand. Samor may not be a former world champion but he has been the distance with popular Filipino Denver Cuello and could pose Tso some questions.
As well as the two Chinese based fighters there is also action for promising Filipino Dave Penalosa (6-0, 4) on the undercard as he takes on debuting Wisaruth Wor Khunkhiri (0-0). Wisaruth is actually one of three Thai's on the card with the others being Samor, see above, and the experienced Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-10-3, 22) who takes on unbeaten Australian Paul Fleming (18-0, 13) in an 8 round contest.
Dave Penalosa is actually 1 of 3 Filipino's on the card with the highly regarded Genesis Servania (21-0, 8) taking on former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (23-5-1, 8) and of course Milan Melindo (29-0, 12) challenging Juan Francisco Estrada (24-2, 18) for the WBO and WBA "super" titles at Flyweight. For many this is the stand out bout of the card and easily the one that has the potential to be a thriller.
The Estrada/Melindo bout isn't the only world title bout on the card however as "Russian Mexican" Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8) defends his IBF Featherweight title against Argentinian Mauricio Javier Munoz (26-3, 12). This will be Gradovich's first defense of the title which Munoz will be challenging for a world title for the second time in his career having previously been thwarted by Toshiaki Nishioka.
The Macau card also has a single featuring no Asian interest as America faces in Mexico in a Heavyweight tussles. American Joe Hanks (21-0, 14) puts his record on the line against fellow unbeaten Andy Ruiz Jr (19-0, 13). Whilst we're really looking forward to the title bouts this isn't far behind in our chart of excitement.
Rather amazingly attention will be turned to an Asian fighter later in the day as Japan's Nihito Arakawa (24-2-1, 16) looks to claim the WBC interim Lightweight title in his American debut. Arakawa will need to over-come the destructive Omar Figueroa (21-0-1, 17) if he hopes to become just the fifth Japanese fighter to claim a world title in the USA. This bout, televised in the US on "Showtime" is part of the "Knockout Kings II" card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
In Mexico we have even more action of international note as Tenkai Tsunami (18-7, 7) battles Jessica Chavez (18-3-2, 4) for the WBC Silver female Light Flyweight title. This will be Tsunami's 4th successive bout in Mexico.
Of course not all the action is internationally notable and we also have two domestic cards in the Philippines.
The most notable of the Filipino cards is held at the Barangay San Dionisio Covered Court in Paranaque City as a 10 fight show is put on.
The card sees the WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight champion Richard Pumicpic (12-5-2, 4) taking on the experienced Richard Betos (20-6-1, 7) in arguably the match up of the card. Although Pumicpic's record is messy he's much better than the numbers suggest and is unfortunate not to have victories over both Allan Tanada and Yohei Tobe, we'd expect him to get the better of Betos here.
Amazingly Pumicpic/Betos is one of 6 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds with arguably the most "important" being the female bout between Jessebelle Pagaduan (5-0, 3) and Carleans Rivas (2-0, 3). This bout is for the Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) female Minimumweight title, the only title bout on the card.
In terms of the biggest name on the card there is no one who really challenges the oce highly touted Eden Sonsona (32-6, 10). Sonsona looks for his 7th successive victory as he takes on Daniel Ferreras (12-5-1, 4). Interestingly both men have lost in OPBF title bouts to former world champion Kohei Kono.
The remaining trio of 10 round contests see Jaymart Toyco (12-3, 8) facing Jeffrey Cerna (13-7, 5); Ronelle Ferreras (11-5-2, 4) facing former OPBF title holder Michael Landero (16-9-4, 5) and Virgil Puton (9-3, 3) faces the experienced Prell Tupaz (8-20-4, 1).
As well as the staggering 6 contests scheduled for 10 rounds the card several other bouts. These include bouts for the unbeaten pair of Reymon Dayham (3-0, 3) and Jhon Rey de Asis (3-0, 3) who will both be attempting to extend their stoppage runs. Dayham will be facing JC Francisco (2-6-1) whilst Asis will be fighting Rowel Rosia (3-2, 2), both of these contests are scheduled for 6 rounds if needed.
The show also features another 6 round contest between Bebong Manalo (5-1, 3) and Eljohn Evangelista (2-2) and a 4 rounder between debutant Iluminado Bismanos Jr (0-0) and Eric Pansa (0-1-1).
The second Filipino card, held at the Makati Cinema Square Boxing arena in Makati City sees a 7 fight show.
The main event on this card is a sole 10 round contest as Junard Postrano (7-3, 2) takes on Gabriel Royo (7-7-2, 6). We've got to admit that this doesn't look great for a main event, in fact the best fight on the show looks to be Lolito Sonsona (16-1-3, 6) versus Zoren Pama (3-7-2, 1). Although it looks a mismatch, it really just sums up the card.
The other bouts on the card see Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) taking on Edsil Jungco (0-4-4); Joel Taduran (2-0) facing JR Florendo (2-1); Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1) fighting Junar Adante (0-0-1); Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) against Raymark Calumpad (0-5-1) and the debuting Darly Gamboa (0-0) fighting Fidel Cuyno (0-2). See, pretty hard to get excited about any of these, especially considering the other bouts on the same day.
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flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada SC Milan Melindo 12 (double world title)
featherweight Evgeny Gradovich SC Mauricio Javier Munoz 12 (World title)
super bantamweight Genesis Servania SC Konosuke Tomiyama 10
heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr SC Joe Hanks 10 (none Asian, BUT, on Asian soil)
super featherweight Paul Fleming SC Chaiyong Sithsaithong 8
flyweight Zou Shiming SC Jesus Ortega 6
super flyweight Rex Tso SC Rusalee Samor 6
super bantamweight Dave Penalosa SC Wisaruth Wor Khunkhiri 4
Barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
featherweight Bernabe Concepcion SC Richard Betos 10
super flyweight Jaymart Toyco SC Jeffrey Cerna 10
minimumweight Ronelle Ferreras SC Michael Landero 10
super bantamweight Virgil Puton SC Prell Tupaz 10
super bantamweight Eden Sonsona SC Daniel Ferreras 10
featherweight Bebong Manalo SC Eljohn Evangelista 6
bantamweight Larry Abarra SC Zoren Pama 6
light flyweight Reymon Dayham SC JC Francisco 6
flyweight Jhon Rey de Asis SC Rowel Rosia 6
minimumweight Jessebelle Pagaduan SC Carleans Rivas 6x2
super flyweight Eric Pansa SC Allan Refuela 4
Makati Cinema Square Boxing Arena, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
super featherweight Gabriel Royo SC Junard Postrano 10
bantamweight Lolito Sonsona SC Zoren Pama 6
super featherweight Jerron Talaman SC Edsil Jungco 6
minimumweight Joel Taduran SC JR Florendo 6
featherweight Jayson Nicart SC Junar Adante 4
light flyweight Antonio Melencion SC Raymark Calumpad 4
flyweight Darly Gamboa SC Fidel Cuyno 4
Ahmed Samir SC Elvin Sanchez (USA)
lightweight Omar Figueroa SC Nihito Arakawa (int. world. title)