Today's action comes thick and fast around the boxing world with a card in Indonesia, two in the Philippines, one expected in in Dubai and international action expected in Australia, Mexico and the US. Really, what more could we want?
We'll start in Indonesia where we're expecting a 5 fight card headlined by the experienced Roy Mukhlis (25-3-2, 20) taking on Filipino Weng Haya (17-6, 9) in what could be an explosive fight. With the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title on the line both will know perfectly well what a victory really means theywould be in or around the WBO world rankings.
Interestingly the Mukhlis/Haya bout sees both men moving up from lower weights. For Mukhlis this is his first title fight at Lightweight after having previously held titles at Super Featherweight and for Haya it's his first title fight since failing to claim the interim WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title last year.
In the co-main event the highly experienced Rivo Rengkung (31-16-5, 11) takes on novice Otnel Negrito (2-0, 1) from Timor-Leste (East Timor). Negrito is thought to have been in over 50 amateur bouts and will need to use that experience if he's to upset Rengkung here.
The other bouts on the card will see Benigno Nino (1-0-1) fighting Hanif Yogya (0-1); Rochmad Santoso (2-2, 2) fighting Delio Fernandes (1-1) and Yacob Ton (4-9, 2) in action against the debuting Benny Lindu Aji (0-0).
In the Philippines we have two seperate cards, but we'll start by looking at the card Lugana, a show headlined by an excellent match up between the unbeaten Ernesto Saulong (12-0, 5) and the twice beaten Alie Laurel (10-2, 6), a man many feel should actually be unbeaten himself. Outside of the Philippines this is a bout many will over-look though we'll be very interested in the bout as the winner will be tipped to go on to much bigger things than just a Filipino national title.
Unfortunately it's only really the main even that stands out herw with the second most interesting bout on the show being a much less interesting contest as Joan Imperial (9-3-5, 4) faces journeyman Albert Alcoy (14-16-6, 4).
The rest of the Lugana card features Just Bornilla (5-1) taking on debutant Ariel Pampuan (0-0), Mac Canisio (2-3) fighting Javen Villacite (2-1-2) in an even looking contest, debutant Rogelio Pancho (0-0) fighting Stephen Sayson (0-2) and an all debutant bout between Jerwin Lorenzo (0-0) and Melvin Jakaran (0-0).
On the other Filipino card, held at Negros Occidental, we have another 6 bouts. On the card the headline bout sees the unbeten Juren Labordo (10-0, 6) putting his "0" on the line against Marzon Cabilla (9-9-1, 4) on what, at least on paper looks like an easy nights work for the unbeaten man.
Labordo isn't the only unbeaten preospect on the card with two interesting 6 round bouts also on the card. The most interesting of those sees the unbeaten Rolando Servania (4-0, 1), the younger brother of Genesis Servania, taking on fellow unbeaten Marlon Macayan (1-0-1) whilst the other bout sees Arnel Acebuqye (1-0, 1) fighting John Rey Melligen (2-1, 1).
For Servania, who will be fighting for the 5th time this year, he'll be hoping to win with a bit more breathing space than he did in his most recent contest, a split decision over Jonas Sultan back in July, however Macayan will go in with an upset in mind. For Melligen his bout will be his first since being beaten by Mark Magsayo in August. Although Acebuqye is unbeaten he's not thought of as being anything like Magsayo who is generally regarded as a special talent.
The unbeaten fighters continue on the card with Alvin Sibugan (1-0) fighting Glen Contiveros (1-1-1) and Ruben Sibugan (0-0) making his debut against the unbeaten Joven Torres (1-0).
In fact the only bout on this card not featuring an unbeaten fighter is a bout between Roy Sumugat (8-8-1, 2) and Rolly Llino (5-9-1, 2). We'll admit it's a little difficult to get too excited about this one though it should go the distance with neither guy have any great pop on their shots.
In Dubai we expect to see a contest with a debuting Amin Saad AlSwayni (0-0) however no other details of the show have filtered through to us as of yet.
Now on to the intereational action, the earliest of which takes place in Australia as Filipino Jayson Mac Gura (1-17-3, 1) takes n the unbeaten Dylan Emery (6-0, 1). This is unlikely to be anything but a loss for Mac Gura though hopefully he'll manage to put on a solid effort despite losing.
Over in the USA the unbeaten Jun Doliguez (16-0-2, 12) faces Mexican Giovanni Caro (24-13-4, 19) in what will be Doliguez's US debut. Although Doliguez does enter this bout on the back of a draw with Ruben Tamayo he will be expected to over-come Caro over the 8 round schedule.
The final internationla bout sees Thailand's Buakaew OnesongchaiGym (6-1-1), the current WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Flyweight champion, fighting in Jalisco, Mexico. Buakaew takes on Mexican boxing queen Mariana Juarez (37-7-3, 16) in a battle for the WBC International Flyweight title. This is by far the toughest contest in the career of the Thai teenager and it'd be hard to see her winning, though we wish her the best of luck as she gets to share a ring with one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in female boxing.
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.