For the first time in almost a week we get professional back boxing in Japan though rather surprisingly it's South Korea that seem to have the best card of the day with Junggu Hall in Seoul hosting it.
With the best card happening in Korea lets start there for today's look at the upcoming action and it's fight poster.
The main event sees the highly talented Min-Wook Kim (10-1, 7) defending his OPBF Light Welterweight title for the 4th time. Kim, a talented puncher from Seoul will be facing former Japanese title challenger Valentine Hosokawa (16-3-3, 8) who lost last time out to Shinya Iwabuchi, who incidentally Kim beat in last contest. With their results against Iwabuchi fresh in the mind it's hard to pick against Kim.
The co-main event sees the WBO female Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (8-0, 5) attempt to defend her belt for the second time as she takes on former WBA female Atomweight champion Mari Ando (10-5, 5). On paper this looks like an excellent match up between two very highly regarded fighters who should put on a very good bout together.
As well as the fabulous double header the show also has a fantastic chief support bout as Korean Jaesung Lee (16-3-1, 9) fights unbeaten Filipino Ernesto Saulong (12-0, 5). The bout is a big step up for Saulong but he does take his unbeaten record into the ring with him and obviously the confidence that that brings with it.
With those 3 great bouts it's fair to say the rest of the card is a bit weak. The most noteworthy bouts from the remaining 7 undercard contests see Hyun-Kyum Park (3-0, 2) fighting Joon-Chul Kim (1-0) and Sung-Tak Joo (2-0-2, 1) facing Woo-Shin Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a rematch after they drew earlier this year. Both of these bouts are in the Welterweight division and both look competitive though when you consider they are “the best of the rest” you realise just how poor the undercard is.
The other undercard bouts see Moon-Sun Jung (1-1-2) fighting Sung-Joon Park (2-0) in a rematch of both fighter's debuts, Tae-Il Kim (1-0) looking for his second win as he takes on debutant Hyuk-Tak Joo (0-0), female action as Jong-Sun Park (1-0, 1) fight the debuting Ji-Eun Yang (0-0) and 2 all debutant bouts between Jung-Hoon Go (0-0) and Ja-Ik Goo (0-0) and Joo-Young Kim (0-0) and Hoo-Rak Kim (0-0).
It's not only in Korea where we get action as Japan hosts a 10 bout show at the Sakai city center.
The show kicks off with an all debutant affair. We're not certain but we think it'll be Kenjiro Shibata (0-0) against Takeshi Kajikawa (0-0). We expect to see several other debutants on the card, including a second all debutant bout between Ryuji Hayashi (0-0) and Kiyoshi Matsumoto (0-0).
The remaining debutants on the show are expected to be Takuya Fukuda (0-0) who we think will be facing Michio Mizuno (0-1), a fighter ending a 9 year break from the ring, and Yoshikawa Nana (0-0) debuting against a Thai in what we are expecting will be a 6 round contest.
As well as the bouts featuring a debuting fighter there are 3 others scheduled for 4 rounds. These will see Kazuma Uemura (1-0) meeting fellow unbeaten Takaaki Kanai (1-0, 1), Keita Honke (1-2) fighting Masahiko Jikan (0-2) and a bout between Hiroki Taniguchi (3-1-1) and Wataru Sadamichi (3-4-1, 2).
After the bouts are out of the way we get a trio of bouts scheduled for 8 bouts. The first of these is at Flyweight as Shunji Nagata (7-9-2, 3) who faces Takahiro Murai (8-4-1, 3). This bout isn't the best on the card but serves as a nice warm up to a Super Flyweight featuring Shota Kawaguchi (14-4-1, 5) against a Thai opponent.
The main event will see Yoichi Oguma (14-5, 2) in action taking on another visiting Thai. Unfortunately, once again, we have struggled to work out who is it.
We also believe that there will be a card in the Philippines that seems likely to feature 5 bouts, however there is talk that this card may now have been cancelled.
The opening bouts here will see Philip Cuerdo (0-0) making his debut against Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) in an entirely winable bout and Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1) fighting Junar Adante (0-0-1). Both of these bouts are scheduled for 4 rounds.
We then expect 3 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. The first of those is expected to be Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1). We expect this contest to go the 6 round distance and be genuinely competitive, although we do doubt both guys making a real name for themselves down the line.
We expect the Taduran/Florendo bout to be followed by a Feathwerweight contest between Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) and Edsil Jungco (0-4-4). With Talaman yet to see the final bell of a bout we'd be shocked if both men were still standing after 6.
The final bout is between Ruben Traza (3-4-2) taking on Lester Abutan (2-1-1, 1) in what looks like a competitive bout even if it's not hugely compelling.
SORRY-The Philippines card has apparently been POSTPONED until Thursday August 22nd.
Today we have two cards of note, one in Japan and one in South Korea with no less than 4 title bouts, including an amazing 3 world title bouts!
The best action, at least on paper appears to be the Japanese card as Kazuto Ioka (11-0, 7) defends his WBA Light Flyweight for title for the first time whilst taking on Thai veteran Wisanu Kokietgym (43-8-2, 13). This will be only be Ioka's second bout at 108lbs since winning his first world title 2 years ago, though the idea seems to be to match Ioka and WBA "super" champion Roman Gonzalez in the near future. A full preview of this title clash can be found here.
Ioka's stable mate Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10) also makes the first defense of his world title, the WBA Minimumweight belt, as he takes on the relatively unknown Mexican Carlos Velarde (23-2-1, 13). Miyazaki, who won the title by defeating the always fun to watch Kompayak Porpramook via split decision will be the favourite though plenty of questions do remain about the unbeaten Japanese youngster. Again we've got a full profile of this bout here.
As well as the two WBA title bouts on the Japanese card there will also be at least 3 other bouts. They include the hard hitting Masao Nakamura (14-1, 14) facing the thrice beaten Thai EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (7-3, 4). This will be Nakamura's 3rd pro bout since being upset by unheralded Filipino Ronald Pontillas back in 2011. Unbeaten prospect Sho Ishida (12-0, 6) will also be looking for a victory as he battles Tawanrung Eausampan (5-1, 2) and the 22 year old Takahiro Yamamoto (8-3, 6) will be wanting to score his 3rd straight win as he goes up against Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (10-9-1, 5).
In South Korea the headline bouts see Hyun-Mi Choi (6-0-1, 2) defending her WBA Female Featherweight title against Shannon O'Connell (7-1, 4) and Nam-Joon Lee (7-4-2, 3) defending his South Korean Featherweight title against Bong-Joon Suk (5-1-1, 1). The female world title bout looks excellent on paper with the unbeaten champion facing a determined Australian whilst the national title bout looks even better. Don't be surprised if at least 1 title doesn't change hands.
The undercard in this Korean show is a bit weaker than the Japanese undercard but still there is some intrigue there. First you have promising female fighter Dan-Bi Kim (7-2-1, 2) facing off against Hye-Soo Park (2-6-1). The expectation is a win for kim though you need to go back 2 years to see Park's last loss. A bout between novice Jae-Woo Lee (3-1, 3) and Jong-Won Won (7-11-1, 3) is a step up for Lee, who genuinely could be unbeaten at this point in his career.
The opening of the card is a showcase for 8 novice as Je-Ni Ma (3-1-2, 3) fights Sang-Joon Park (3-2-1), Ji-Hoon Kim (0-0) (no not that one!) faces Moon-Sun Jung (0-1), Da-Won Suh (0-1) battles Se-Joon Song (0-0) and debutants collide with Tae-Il Kim and Hyun-Shik Kim both making their pro debuts against each other.