After the busy action on Friday it's perhaps only fair that Saturday is somewhat less busy, in terms of both major fights and fights in total. That's not to say there are not fights of interest, just fewer of them then Friday's ridiculously busy scheduled.
The most noteworthy of the cards, at least in regards to Asian action, is at the Korakuen Hall where Teiken put on “The 520th Dynamic Glove” 6 fight show. The reason this show is so notable is because it sees the return of former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-1-1, 19). Kamegai, who suffered the sole loss of his career last time out against Johan Perez, the current WBA interim Light Welterweight champion, will be hoping to claim the OPBF Welterweight title as he battles Australian Tim Hunt (16-3, 6) in what looks like a fantastic match up.
As well as the OPBF title fight there are 5 other bouts on the card. Unfortunately these are all somewhat lacking with the chief support contest being one between Hayato Hokazono (16-4-1, 9) and Yuya Okazaki (8-6-1, 2). When you consider this is the best of the other contests on offer you can see the clear drop off.
Although the quality of the bouts drops off, one of the other support bouts does feature the very interesting Hiroyuki Otsuka (6-1, 5) who will be looking to show off his power as he fights the much lighter punching Hayato Yamaguchi (10-4-1, 1). Otsuka looks like a wrecking ball at 108lbs and he could well become a domestic star just due to his power. If he can develop skills to match his power there is no doubt he could end up competing on the world stage somewhere down the line.
This show begins with the debut of Ryo Matsubara (0-0) who takes on Shinichi Hoshino (1-1). Aged 22 there seems to be some hope that Matsubara will become a notable name though with a 17-7 amateur record we'll reserve our expectation of him.
The two remaining contests will see Tsubasa Matsuo (7-2, 3) fighting against Masajiro Honda (4-3, 3) and the unbeaten Masaya Tamayama (1-0, 1) taking on Kensuke Sakamoto (3-4, 1) in what appear to be typical undercard bouts.
As well as the Tokyo card this is a second Japanese card, with this one taking place in Hyogo.
This show, put on by Shinsei promotions will see several Japanese fighters taking on Thai opponents.
The main event sees Yuhei Suzuki (13-3, 10) taking one such Thai foe. We're unsure, as we are with the 4 Thai's on this show, who he actually is but Suzuki should be favoured we'd expect, in fact we're expecting Suzuki to be matched very easily. The same also applied to the promising Takahiro Shigee (9-0-1, 7) and Yuki Yonaha (2-0, 2) who also face Thai opponents that we're expecting will be stopped.
The one bout where a Thai opponent may give the Japanese fighter some problems is the fight involving Tokiya Nishioka (6-3-2, 2). Nishioka looks to be a much lesser fighter fighter than Suzuki, Shigee and Yonaha.
As well as the 4 bouts pitting Japanese fighters against Thai's there are also two all-Japanese bouts. In these we expect to see Eita Kikuchi (14-3-4, 6) fighting against Taiki Minamoto (7-3, 6) and the debut of Makihito Fuji (0-0) who will be facing Makoto Mizoshita (0-1).
Outside of Asia we expect 4 bouts featuring an Asian interest. Of those 4 bouts the most interesting, by far, is that of Olympic gold medal winner Egor Mekhontsev (0-0) of Russia. Mekhontsev, a very, very talented amateur begins his professional by fighting against PJ Cajagas (0-2-1) in the USA. We expect this fight to be streamed live on Top Rank TV alongside another bout featuring a Russian.
This second bout in the US will see the unbeaten Matt Korobov (21-0, 12) fighting against Derek Edwards (26-2-1, 13). Korobov is a fighter who really needs an impressive performance, unfortunately we can't see him having it here. If he continues to merely “go through the motions” then his career will never reach the heady heights he was expected to reach, in fact Korobov will never even come close to them. We're hoping that Korobov's failure to develop on his potential will not be followed by Mekhontsev.
As well as the bouts in the USA there will also be two contests in Australia. One of these will see Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee (12-6, 8) taking on Luke Jackson (2-0, 1) whilst the other will see Amnart Pakdee Gym (1-1, 1) fighting against Nathaniel May (3-0, 2). It'd be a shock if either of the Thai's win here despite only taking on novices themselves.
A busy weekend in the international boxing world tends to leave us a busy weekend in terms of Asian boxing, and that's the case once again here with Asian's in action in both the East and the West.
We'll start, as usual, by looking at the more local action. We will start this by looking at an interesting 10 fight card in Batangas, Philippines which is headlined by a trio of 10 round contests.
The aforementioned trio of main events sees the promising and unbeaten Val Falcunaya (7-0, 5) fighting Ryan Soliveres (5-20-1, 1), the experienced Mark Sales (19-35-3, 5) fighting Rex Olisa (9-20-1, 7) and the well regarded Jeffrey Galero (8-0, 4) fighting the always testing Rodel Tejares (20-27-5, 5). Whilst it's hard to get excited about any of those bouts in particular it is nice two very promising prospects in with such experienced opponents at this stage in their careers and in 10 round bouts already.
As well as the trio of bouts scheduled for 10 rounds we also have 4 bouts scheduled for the 6 round limit. These bouts will see the hard hitting Marbon Bodiongan (8-1-2, 7) going for his fourth straight stoppage as he takes on Rey Ramos (4-4-1, 1); Jecker Buhawe (14-9-1, 9) attempting to end a 2 fight skid as he fights Mabert Paulino (2-15); Jhon Gemino (8-2, 2) ending a 2 year break from the ring to take on Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) and a bout for Rodynie Rafol (10-5-2, 4), though his opponent has not yet been announced.
The card however kicks off with the opening bouts, a trio scheduled for 4 rounds. In these bouts the win-less pair of Honesto Luha (0-2) and Aprilito Agcopra (0-1-1) will battle off in the hope of scoring their first win; debuting pair Julbert Tubiano (0-0) and Ronie R.H. Gaton (0-0) will face off in a battle of debutants and Kingjiro Saoboy (0-0) will seek a debuting victory as he takes on Ryan Medes (0-1-1).
The other Asian card takes place in Tsukuba, Japan where we have a 9 fight card headlined by a bout between Tatsuya Takahashi (15-4-2, 10), the #7 ranked Japanese Bantamweight, and Kanae Onogi (6-5, 3) in what should be an easy nights work for Takahashi who will be looking for a domestic title bout in the near future. We'll need to be honest and say that this isn't an amazing main event.
Unfortunately the undercard isn't particularly great either with a bout between Kurihara Toshihiro (4-5-1, 3) and Ryo Narizuka (5-4) acting as the co-chief support bout alongside a contest that sees Joe Takeshima (4-3, 1) battling Koki Yoshida (4-2, 2). Neither of these fights look outstanding on paper though both do look genuinely competitive.
The rest of the card, all 6 bouts, are scheduled for 4 rounds. We expect the show to kick off with an all debutant bout between Kurata Takuya (0-0) and Yano Nori Mamoru (0-0). This is one of 3 all debutant bouts on show with us also expecting bouts between Masato Yamawaki (0-0) and Ueno Takamasa (0-0) as well as a bout between Masato Motohashi (0-0) and Ryo Yabe (0-0). As well as the 3 all debutant bouts there will also be a debut for Akira Narusawa (0-0) who will fight Masaki Sakamoto (3-9-1).
In the two remaining bouts, that don't feature a debutant, we will see Satoru Morishita (2-3, 1) facing Hideki Suzuki (2-3-1) and Yuya Nemoto (1-1) fighting Japanese based Colombian Elfelos Vega (1-1, 1) who was unfortunate to be defeated last time out by Hisao Narita.
In Canada former Russian amateur star Artur Beterbiev (1-0, 1) looks to shoot his name up the rankings as he takes on the experienced Rayco Saunders (23-20-2, 10). Although it's just Beterbiev's second pro fight he has had a wealth of experience in the amateurs and should know enough to get past Saunders here.
The US plays host to a second former Russian amateur stand out as Matt Korobov (20-0, 12) battles Grady Brewer (30-16, 16). Unfortunately Korobov's career so far has been a disappointment and having been a professional for almost 5 years we'd have expected Korobov to have been much further on in terms of development. Hopefully he can see off Grady here and kick start things.
Staying in the US for a moment, there is also a contest involving US based Uzbek born fighter Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (9-11, 7). Dubbed “Genghis Khan”, Yusubov has been struggling for wins in recent years and will likely struggle again here as he takes on Paul Mendez (13-2-1, 5) in California.
And finally in Mexico we expect the unbeaten Kaewfah Tor Buamas (11-0, 7) to take on Adrian Estrella (13-0, 13) in what is sure to be an explosive encounter with the winner almost certain to take victory by stoppage, one way or another.