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.
With 3 notable cards today it's fair to say that one certainly steals the show with 2 title bouts and a highly regarded contender all on the same card.
That card is the card, in the Korakuen Hall, sees OPBF Middleweight champion Makoto Fuchigami (20-7, 11) attempt to defend his belt against Japanese Light Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (20-7-1, 9). On paper this is a bout to be genuinely excited about with Fuchigamai, a former world title contender, certainly facing his toughest bout since being badly beaten by WBA Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Shibata may not have a great record but the only man to beat him in the last 5 years is the highly regarded Charlie Ota and this could well be a great clash.
The other title bout sees Japanese Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (24-4-1, 7) taking on former world title contender Motoki Sasaki (39-9-1, 24) not only for Kato's belt but also the vacant OPBF title. Sasaki certainly goes in to this bout with an experience edge and a the edge in terms of opponent level (having been in with Humberto Soto and Vyacheslav Senchenko) though at 37 he's a long way from his best. The 28 year old Kato, whilst unknown in the west has only been decisively beaten once and is making the 5th defense of his national title, it'd be a shock to see him beaten here.
The final bout on this card sees the very highly ranked Nihito Arakawa (23-2-1, 15) bouncing back from his 12 round loss to Daniel Estrada. Sadly Arakawa's opponent is Thai novice Pakphum Tor Pornchai (0-1) who will do little more than pad Arakawa's record.
The other two cards are both held in the Philippines are much less likely to get the attention of international fans, though the card in Benguet does have a title bout.
The main event in that card sees the highly regarded power puncher Rex Wao (6-0, 5) attempt to claim the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title as he faces Dandy Toei (9-4-3, 3). This bout really could help Wao make a name for himself, though of course he will need to score the best win of his career so far.
The same card also features Remuel Obidos (7-3-1, 2) against the experienced Arjet Caballes (6-26-5, 3) and bouts for the unbeaten trio of Jonel Espineli (0-0-1), Renato Palay (also 0-0-1) and Stephen Gelawa (4-0-1, 2). Though only Palay and Gelawa's opponents have been named with Gelawa facing Jestoni Pepito (7-10-2, 2) and Palay facing Jomar Tumbaga (0-4-1).
The other card in the Philippines, held in the Mandaue City Plaza Square may not have a title on it though it's arguable a better card overall. The main event sees Melvin Gumban (13-0, 6) facing off against Fernando Ocon (10-4, 2) as Gumban attempts to score his second win of the year.
This card features a further 6 bouts with Pedro Balaba (10-4, 5) fighting Aroel Romasasa (11-4, 5); Juren Labordo (8-0, 4) fighting Roel Garcia (5-9-1, 1); Rey Morales (7-0, 2) facing Renante Suacasa (4-7); Lito Dante (3-3-3, 1) fighting Rez Padrogane (2-1, 1); Brian Lobitania (4-0-1, 3) facing Rocky Alvarez (1-2, 1) and Ivor Lastrilla (4-2-1, 3) fighting against Takaoki Noma (0-2).
Whilst none of these bouts are of massive interest it's fair to sat that Labordo and Morales are genuinely promising young prospects that fans should be keeping an eye on.