It's not often that we get Asian boxing around the world but that's exactly what we have this weekend with fights around both Asia and the globe featuring an Asian fighter.
In the Philippines we are expecting ALA Promotions to promote a low level 6 fight show.
The main event on this ALA show is Michael Dasmarinas (13-1, 8) taking on Renren Pasignahin (5-1-1, 1). This sees Dasmarinas looking for his eleventh straight victory though Pasignahin will be out to bounce back from his sole defeat.
Unfortunately with that being the main event you may get a feeling about the level of this card which features just one other interesting contest as the unbeaten Renerio Arizala (7-0-1, 3) battles Rissan Muelas (6-6, 4) in what could be a test for Arizala's chin. We expect Arizala/Muelas to be one of two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds alongside a bout between the big punching Argie Toquero (5-3-1, 4) and the infamous Menard Zaragosa (6-14-1, 4).
The rest of the card will see Richie Bagaan (2-2-1) fighting Raymond Empic (3-2, 1), Pablito Canada (1-2) battling Mark Postrano (1-1, 1) and the debuting Mark Macabales (0-0) taking on Philip Luis Cuerdo (1-0, 1).
As well as the action in the Philippines we will also have a show in Hangzhou, China thanks to Zovi Boxing Promotions. Rather oddly this show is probably more notable than the Filipino card.
The main event here sees China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (9-2, 3) taking on Mexican Lizandro de Los Santos (22-10, 9) in a battle for the interim WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title and the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title.
As well as the title fight main event we get a notable female contest as Japanese veteran Noriko Tsunoda (6-3, 4) battles Luo Yu Jie (1-6) in an 8 rounder. The female contest is one of three bouts scheduled for 8 with Xiang Jing (5-3, 1) fighting Indonesian Sammy Hagler (17-17-2, 3) in one of them and Japanese based Filipino Jonathan Baat (24-4-3, 11) taking on Thailand's Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (3-3, 1) in the other.
In the shows opening contests Tang Qiao Qi (0-0) will face fellow debutant Gino Dilibero (0-0) and Xu Chan (0-0) will also kick off his career.
Arguably the most interesting card of Asian action takes place in Russia where we have a 7 fight card courtesy of promoter Dmitry Bogomolov.
The headline contest here is for the PABA Lightweight title as the unbeaten Roman Andreev (14-0, 11) fights Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (16-3-1, 9). Andreev brings a 4 fight run of stoppages to the ring with him here and he's looking in fantastic form so it'd be a shock for Sahuri to take a victory.
Andreev is one of several unbeaten Russian's on the show including Arif Magomedov (7-0, 5), who fights Thomas Mashali (9-1-1, 5), and Nikolay Potapov (10-0, 6) who faces Nasibu Ramadhani (12-3, 5). Like in the main event the Russian men will be up against Tanzanian opponents here. In fact we have a fourth Tanzanian on the show courtesy of Alphonce Mchumiatumbo (10-1-1, 9) who fights Ruslan Semenov (4-25-1, 2).
Alongside the Semenov/Mchumiatumbo is one other bout scheduled for 8 rounds as Konstantin Piternov (13-4, 4) fights Varazdat Chernikov (5-1, 1).
The show is expected to start with a female double as Ekaterina Izotova (1-0-1) fights the debuting Anna Poskrebysheva (0-0) and Nadezhda Khaenok (1-0) fights Yulia Berezikova (0-0).
Former world title challenger Rolly Lunas (34-8-1, 20), AKA Rolly Matsushita, makes his US debut as he takes on the once promise Chris Avalos (22-2, 16). Lunas, who had previously been based in Japan and the OPBF champion, is now based in the USA and appears to be wanting to have a second world title fight. A victory over Avalos here will be needed though Avalos did beat Lunas's countryman Drian Francisco last time out.
On the same card as Lunas/Avalos there will also a be a bout featuring Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0, 3). The American based Russian will be facing Yosmani Abreu (4-7-1) as he looks for his second victory outside of his native Russia.
In Australia the unbeaten Thai Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana (2-0) will be fighting Olympian Damien Hooper (4-0, 4) in a contest for the WBC Youth Silver Light Heavyweight title. On the same show Joel Dela Cruz (17-18-2, 9) takes on Hooper's Olympic team-mate Cameron Hammond (4-0, 3) who shouldn't really struggle with Cruz. Poowana's fight has been scheduled for 10 whilst Cruz's has been scheduled for 8 though it'd be a huge shock if either went even half of that.
Also in the Oceanic region, albeit in New Zealand, there is a Heavyweight bout as man mountain Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21) takes on the still popular David Tua (52-4-2, 43). Just shy of his 41st birthday Tua is a man who has certainly seen better days though the 36 year old Ustinov is certainly far from world champion material himself. Despite the relative merits of both men there, rather staggeringly, the WBA Pan African Heavyweight title up for grabs. Don't ask, we don't know.
Although the week so far has been relatively quiet it appears that we actually end the week with quite a busy day or two.
The most notable card in Asia today is held at the The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Metro Manila and features a staggerin 12 bouts.
The most notable of the bouts on the Metro Manila card sees Jerson Mancio (16-3-3, 7) making the second defense of his Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Light Flyweight title s he takes on Robel Villegas (9-6, 3). This looks, at least on paper, like an easy enough defense for Mancio.
The other more notable bouts on the card see Cris Alfante (7-1, 1) taking on Ricky Oyan (4-16-2, 2) and Ronelle Ferreras (11-5-1, 4) taking on Roque Lauro (7-13-3, 2) both in 10 rounders. It'd be a shock to see Alfante losing and Ferreras, in all honesty should manage to secure his 12th victory.
In 8 round bouts we get Ricardo Roa (10-7-2, 2) against Samuel Apuya (7-14-1, 4), the unbeaten Andrian Camique (4-0-1, 2) against Sherwin McDo Lungay (7-22-2, 10) and Lionel Mark Duran (9-7-2, 3) against Junjie Lauza (4-7. 1). Of the 6 men here it's fair to say that Camique has the most interest to us, though we do sort of feel that there isn't a super star brewing amongst them.
Of the remaining bouts on the card, including Bryan Macamay (6-1-2, 5) against Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3); Zoran Pama (2-7-3) against Roy Lagrada (2-4-1, 2); Ariel Arevalo (1-1, 1) against Gebby Manago (0-0); Vergel Rivera (1-0-1) against Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-1); Just Bornilla (3-1) against Reymond Yalung (0-0) and Jessebelle Pagaduan (4-0, 3) against Lady Love Sampiton (0-1) we're more interested in the final than the others mainly due to wonderful name of "Lady Love".
In Australia there is plenty of action as Filipino trio Michael Correa (3-3-3, 1), Jayson Mac Gura (1-14-2, 1) and Romeo Jakosalem (14-8-1, 7) all look to upset Australian based fighters. It certainly appears that Jakosalem has the toughest bout of the 3 men taking on Samoan banger Leti Leti (8-1, 8), though with the other two Filipino's facing debuting pair George Kambosos Jr and Nathan Wright they haven't easy nights work either.
As well as the Filipino's in action in Australia there is also action for South Korean Jeong Jin Park (1-3) who looks to claim the Australia New South Wales State Light Middleweight title whilst battling Joshua Diab (4-0, 2).
There are also fights in Russia including a bout for Zhandos Zhetpisbayev (5-5, 2) of Kazakhstan and Marat Khasanov (0-3) who was born in Uzbekistan. Zhetpisbayev faces the unbeaten Sahib Usarov (18-0, 6) whilst Khasnov goes into the ring with debutant Steven Lee (0-0)
Whilst it's fair to say that tomorrow (May 4th) will see every boxing fan watching major bouts from Europe (Wladimir Klitschko v Francesco Pianeta) and America (Floyd Mayweather Jr v Robert Guerrero and Abner Mares v Daniel Ponce De Leon) today is about fights in Asia.
Not only do we see a Japanese fighter attempting to make history but we also see 2 former world champions in action as they attempts to make their way back to the top in what promises to be an excellent day of fights in Thailand.
The highlight appears to be in Si Sa Ket with a card headlined by WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato (26-2-1, 12) defending his belt against the thunderously powerful Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (18-3-1, 17). This bout will not only be the 3rd defense of the title by Sato but also holds an historic value, is Sato wins he'll be the first ever defending world champion to win a title defense in Thailand. This bout, in full, has been previewed here.
On the same card as the Sato bout there is also action from former champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (20-5-1, 10) the man that Sato beat for the title last year. Suriyan will be expected to score his 6th victory since his loss to Sato when he steps in to the ring against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (11-26-6, 2), who will be fighting for the second time in around a week (after having lost a split decision to Robert Udtuhan).
The card will also see the unbeaten Nawaphon Por Chokchai (13-0, 10), the younger brother of Suriyan, in action. Nawaphon will be facing Michael Rodriguez (13-36-1, 3) in what appears to be an easy victory. Also on the card are Chaiyong Sithsaithong (29-10-3, 21) who will face Jen Yu Jia (2-4-1, 1) and Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (19-3-0-1, 16) who looks to bounce back after being stopped by Nabuo Nashiro a few weeks ago, he'll be facing debutant Pansak Sor Ratidech (0-0).
Also in Thailand we see the return to the ring of former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (43-2, 28) who looks for his first victory since losing his title to Paulus Ambunda back in March. Sor Singyu will be facing Filipino Fredirex Rodriguez (11-2-1, 8) for the WBO International Bantamweight title. With Sor Singyu being as good as he is we'd expect him to come out victorious here and perhaps try and force a rematch with Ambunda (and lets be honest, like anyone would dislike that!)
As well as the bouts in Thailand, there is also a low profile card in the Philippines. The main bout here is in the Light Flyweight division as Jomar Fajardo (11-4-1, 5) takes on durable journeyman Ruther del Castillo (8-18-8, 2). The other bouts on the card, feature 3 unbeaten men as Renren Pasignahin (4-0-1, 1), Ian Ligutan (4-0-1, 2) and Lloyd Jardeliza (3-0-2, 2) are in action. Sadly only Pasignahin's opponent is known and he'll be fighting Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3)
Outside of Asia, Australia again hosts action with Thai pair Kiatchai Singwancha (32-9, 21) and Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (29-11, 19) both in action. Although both men have solid records they have been brought to Australia as "opponents" for two Aussie fighters who are expected to score relatively easy but yet notable victories. Fingers crossed that the plan backfires!
Once again it's the Filipino's that treat us to the best action of the day as a a 6 bout card in Batangas is the highlight of a pretty weak looking day.
The card's 6 bouts don't really have that much excitement written across them though the preliminary bout between the unbeaten Ricky Rulay (5-0, 4) and Rey Ramos (4-1-1, 1) is a very promising 8 rounder. To date Dulay has fought just 13 rounds and with Ramos having never been stopped he could well be extended here in what could prove to be a solid match up.
Dulay isn't the only unbeaten fighter in action that as Jun Doliguez (15-0-1, 11) and JR Magboo (9-0-2, 3) look to extend their unbeaten runs. For both men the job looks easy with Doliguez taking on Arlon Batingal (7-6, 4) whilst Magboo faces Rolly Llino (4-9-1, 2). It'd be a real surprise if either of the unbeaten fighters here suffered their first reversal.
At Super Featherweight Roberto Gonzales (21-2, 12) looks to rebuild his career after suffering 2 losses last year. This will be "Calibre's" second bout this year and it'd be a shock if he lost against Eric Rapada (15-20-7, 2) who he actually beat back in 2010.
Bantamweight action takes up the card's other two bouts with Roman Canto (8-1-1, 3) facing Armando Casa (11-10-4, 3) and Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) facing the legendary Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3) who is known for having left the ring during a bout in need of the toilet. It's hard to see either of the once beaten guys getting upset here.
In Australia the hard hitting Thai Singsiam Kokietgym (6-2, 6) looks for his biggest victory as he takes on Matthew Lytwynenko (9-2-3, 5). Also on this card in Australia is OPBF Heavyweight champion Solomon Haumono (20-1-2, 18) who is best known for stopping Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto. Haumono will look to make an impact on the world scene as he takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (28-3-1, 13) who himself beat Alex Leapai (27-4-3, 22) a year ago.