To end a busy weekend of boxing in the east we have 2 more cards. One of those is in the Philippines, to genuinely end an exhaustive weekend, whilst the other in Japan effectively kicking off a new week of action.
We'll start our look at the days action in the Philippines where Elorde Int'l Productions appear to have a stacked card at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Metro Manilla.
The main event here, headlining a 12 bout card, is expected to see once beaten fighters Cris Alfante (9-1, 3) and Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) clashing for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title. This looks like an excellent match up on paper and whilst neither man is even near being ready for a world title it should still help one of them move in the right direction.
Whilst the main event may not feature men who are ready for the world stage the one of the two chief support contests features a man who has already competed on the world stage. Sylvester Lopez (20-6-2, 15), a former WBC Super Flyweight title challenger, looks to start his career revival after just one victory in his last five contests. Lopez takes on the limited but tough Prell Tupaz (8-21-4, 1) in what should be an easy contest for Lopez.
The other chief support contest sees recent OPBF title challenger Dennis Tubieron (15-2-1, 6) looking to bounce back from his recent disappointment. Tubieron, like Lopez, will be facing a limited but tough opponent in the form of Rufino Mante (8-16-2, 4) who has only been stopped once in 26 contests.
Both of the chief support contests are scheduled for 10 rounds.
As well as the chief support contests the card has a quintet of contests scheduled for 8 rounds. From where we're sat the most intriguing of those is a contest between Cris Paulino (13-1, 3) and the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-21-2, 1). Although a mismatch on paper Anacaya has proven to be a potential banana skin on the Filipino domestic scene and could well trip up Paulino if the youngster isn't fighting at his best.
The rest of the 8 round contests sees Jonathan Ligas (5-5-1) taking on journeyman Rolando Niones (4-14-2, 2); Bebong Manalo (6-1, 3) fighting Jomar Borbon (3-14-2, 1); Kenjie Monenio (4-3-3) tackling Junjie Lauza (4-8-1, 1) and JC Francisco (4-6-1) meeting the highly experienced Rey Morano (8-37-1, 1). We've got to be honest and say that these bouts don't really do much for us though they should on the whole beef up the card and give fans in attendance their value for money.
The show features two contests scheduled for 6 rounds. The one of those that interests us sees JM Samonte (0-0), making his debut, fighting Arnold Garcia (1-1, 1) in a rare Filipino Light Heavyweight contest. The Light Heavyweight bout is joined by a contest between the unbeaten Fighting Heno (1-0-3) and Jessie Caballes (2-9).
We expect this show to kick off with with a pair of 4 round contests with Joe Misako (1-0) fighting the debuting Jomel Lumangcag (0-0) and Jon Jon Estrada (0-1) taking on Gebby Manago (0-2). Again it's hard to be too interested in these but they could turn out to be more interesting in the ring than on paper.
In Japan we have a 7 fight card, dubbed "Japan, Orient Pacific Ocean and global prelude", which features a trio of main events as well as four bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The show opens up with the unbeaten Nobuhiro Oshiro (1-0, 1) fighting, who we believe will be, Daikichi Miyagi (1-2-1, 1) who we think is returning to the ring after almost 4 years out of action.
In the second contest of the show we get a female bout as Kei Minayo (0-0) makes her debut fighting against the unbeaten Aiko Yamagishi (1-0-1) in an Atomweight contest.
Following the female bout we think that China's Yuan Sheng Li (0-1) though we're unsure as to who he will be fighting, or if it's actually him for that matter. This will be followed by the debut of Kinjo Taiki (0-0) who takes on Hirayama Kazuyuki (3-2-1, 3) in the final of the 4 round contests.
We believe the first of the three main events will see Filipino Dado Cabintoy (11-4-2, 6) again a Thai opponent. Unfortunately, as is often the case, we're unsure on who the Thai will be.
Sadly the two other main events sees us having the same problem in recognising the opponents, though we think that Japanese fighters will be Koseki Nakama (16-4, 7), ranked #7 by the OPBF at Super Featherweight, and the hard hitting Masatoshi Kotani (12-2, 9), ranked #14 at Super Featherweight by the OPBF.
A busy Sunday is the norm in Japan for boxing and with 3 cards today this week is no exception.
The most notable of the 3 Japanese cards takes place at the FujisanMesse in Fuji.
The main event of the Fuji card sees the unbeaten Ryuji Hara (14-0, 10) making the second defense of his Japanese Minimumweight title as he takes on Shuhei Ito (12-2-1, 3). This match not only has the title on the line but also revenge for Ito who suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Hara back in 2010. It's likely the winner of this bout will move into an OPBF title bout with in 2 or 3 fights and then look towards a world title bout in the coming years.
As well as “Hara v Ito II” the card also features Go Odaira (7-3-3, 1) against Kazuma Kitahara (8-2-1, 4) in a very well matched up bout. Whilst Odaira has suffered 3 losses one of those came to Hara so there is no shame there. In a lesser bout Yuki Tsuge (12-2, 6) takes on Yuji Hasegawa (6-2, 1) and Kazuya Nakano (4-2, 4) takes on a yet to be named opponent.
In the Convention Center, Ginowan a 3 bout card is scheduled (though we'd imagine more bouts will be added by fight night). The most notable of those bouts sees Koseki Nakama (15-4, 6) who's is 1-3 in his last 4 fights, taking on Filipino Jose Ocampo (17-5-1, 12) an opponent best known for his links to Ricky Burns.
As fans will know Ocampo was strongly linked to a fight for the WBO Super Featherweight world title around the turn of the year though the bout was eventually called off after Ocampo's trainer unfortunately passed away.
As well as the Nakama against Ocampo fight there is also a very interesting bout between Go Onaga (19-2-2, 14) and Ryan Rey Ponteras (12-9-1, 6). Although on paper this appears like a mismatch Ponteras does take a 4 fight winning streak in to the ring whilst Onaga is 2-1-1 in his last 4.
The final bout that we have details about on the card is a total mismatch as Masatoshi Kotani (11-2, 9) faces Payanoi Jittygym (0-1). Whilst Kotani was stopped 2 fights ago by Cirilo Espino he should still cruise to a victory here.
The final card is also the most scarce in terms of information with only 1 bout currently listed. The one bout we have details for at the City Sogo Gym is Masaki Saito (8-9-3, 1) against Kazunari Fujisawa (9-9-4, 2). We've got to admit that this is a bout that doesn't set the pulses racing and we'd assume that the undercard will mostly be novice professionals.