We all that boxing has some very important days and today is one of them due to several reasons. In one country we have a man attempting to set a world record, in another we have a world title fight and one of the biggest debuts of the year. Yes, Sunday November 10th 2013 is a key to mark down on your boxing calendar.
The most notable of the cards we have is in Tokyo at the gigantic Kokugikan. This show, promoted by promotional power house Teiken promotions and shown on WOWOW is headlined by a WBC Bantamweight world title bout though features 3 former world champions as well as a sole world champion.
That world champion, as you may have guessed, is Shinsuke Yamanaka (19-0-2, 14) who will be trying to defend his Bantamweight title for the fifth time. The hard hitting Yamanaka will be facing former world title challenger Alberto Guevara (18-1, 6) a man who saw out the 12 round distance with Mexican-American Leo Santa Cruz. Although some are expecting Yamanaka to stop Guevara early we'll admit we'd be very impressed if the Mexican is stopped.
As well as the major world title bout on the show the same card will also feature 3 former world champions. In one of those contests Jorge Linares (34-3, 22) will take on Francisco Contreras (21-3, 16). Originally Linares was scheduled to take part in a second world title fight on the show, facing WBA Lightweight champion Richar Abril but unfortunately Abril was injured leaving us with this lesser bout.
In the two remaining major bouts on the card Roman Gonzalez (36-0, 30) will fight recent world title challenger Oscar Blanquet (32-6-1, 21) and Takahiro Ao (24-3-1, 11) will fight Edgar Alejandro Lomeli (14-3-2, 8). Of these two bouts it's the Gonzalez/Blanquet bout which is the most interesting considering the fact Blanquet recently fought Akira Yaegashi in a WBC world title fight.
As well as the 4 major contests on the Teiken card the show also contains 4 other bouts, including the opening contest which will see Daisuke Sudo (0-1) fighting fellow win-less fight Takashi Shinmyozu (0-2).
The remaining 3 contests, all regarded as "floating" contests, are scheduled for 4 rounds. These will see Hisashi Owada (3-8) fighting Yutaka Motoyoshi (3-6, 3) in a Super Bantamweight contest, Masaki Mori (0-1-1) fighting Kazuhiro Baba (0-0-1) and an all debutant contest between Hiroki Imamura (0-0) and Yamato Sasaki (0-0).
Whilst the Yamanaka fight is the most notable on the world stage there is actually a second notable Japanese card courtesy of Hatakana. Soul Fighting #47, an 8 fight card at the International Conference Hall in Nagoya.
This card begins with Taichi Sugimori (1-1) fighting the debuting Tomoya Yamaguchi (debut), a man not to be confused with a fighter who poses an identical name but a 4-1 (4) record. This will be followed by another bout featuring a debutant as Abe Seimei (0-0) faces Naoki Masukawa (1-0, 1) and then an all debutant contest between Kamiyasu Hideaki (0-0) and Yosuke Kato (0-0).
In the final of the 4 round contests Shintaro Tsutsumi (1-1, 1) is in action against who we believe is going to be Masatoshi Tomita (5-6-1).
The first, of two, 6 round contests looks a solid under-card contest as Yusuke Nakagawa (4-3-1, 3) fights Hajime Kawase (4-6-2) in a competitive looking contest. This will be immediately followed by an 8 round contest as the well regarded Shota Hayashi (20-5-1, 12) fights Ryosei Arai (12-3-1, 3) in what is a very well matched contest.
Although Hayashi/Arai is a great contest on paper it's fair to say that the entire show is based around the debut of Kosei Tanaka (0-0) who begins his career by facing WBO #6 ranked Minimumweight Oscar Raknafa (12-3, 5) of Indonesia. This is genuinely a major test and whilst Raknafa isn't a well known name he's a very strong and tough looking fighter who could give Tanaka some genuine questions in a tough introduction to professional boxing for the talented former amateur standout.
Following the debut of Kosei Tanaka is the main even which will see Yushi Tanaka (10-0-3, 6) fighting Norasing Patanakan Gym (1-1, 1). This will be a defence of the WBC Youth World Bantamweight title by Tanaka and whilst it would be a huge shock for Norasing to win, it's worth noting that his sole loss has come to Nobuo Nashiro, a genuine world level fighter.
Amazingly a third Japanese card will also take place on Sunday, though admittedly at a much, much lower level. This third card, promoted by Fujita, features just 6 contests and begins with a rematch as Jump Ikeo (0-1-1) meets Hiromichi Kurokawa (2-1-1) for a second time. The two first met in March with the result being a majority draw so both will be looking to make a statement thi time out.
Following the opening contest on the Fujita show we expect Fever Maki (2-1, 2) to face Ryo Hirai (1-1-1) in a second 4 rounder. This will be the second of three bouts scheduled for 4 rounds with the final of those being the debut of Fain Arai (0-0) who takes on a Thai opponent that we've failed to identify.
In a bout we believe is scheduled for 8 rounds Koichi Ito (8-1-2, 7) will fight Katsuhiko Kanno (8-6-7, 3). We have to favour Ito, thogh Kanno can make life very difficult for fighters when he's on form and if he can take Ito's power this could be very, very interesting.
The co-feature here will see Burning Ishii (4-1, 1) fighting the unbeaten Genki Horiuchi (5-0-1, 3). This is a solid contest for both men, and whilst Ishii does come in to the bout following a loss to Shohei Okuda he could very well feel like an unbeaten man due to the closeness of that contest which very easily could have gone the other way.
In the main event unbeaten Filipino Nelson Gulpe (8-0, 3) will face Accel Sumiyoshi (3-2, 1) over 8 rounds. We favour Gulpe here though an upset wouldn't be as drastic as the records would suggest.
Outside of Japan the key action is in Yemen where Ali Raymi (19-0, 19) looks to set a world record. If Raymi can stop Akram Jafwi (5-0, 1) inside a round the 39 year old Raymi will be the first man in history to stop his first 20 opponents in the first round and as a result will mark his place in the Guinness book of world records.
Raymi isn't the only man attempting to continue a KO streak as Cruiserweight Faisal Fittini (4-0, 4) also looks to continue his run. Fittini will battle the unbeaten Abdu Achille (2-0) in what looks like a interesting enough under-card bout for the show.
The two remaining contests on the show will see Prince Maz (4-0, 3) taking on Moxamad Abdu (4-4, 2) and Othman Qasim (5-1, 2) fighting Alwan Hawshabi (3-6, 1). Both of these are interesting enough, though it'd be a shoch if Maz or Qasim lost.
The busy Yemen boxing scene is again at the forefront this weeks action with one of the first Asian shows of the new week. As with almost every show in Yemen it will be held in the countries capital city of Sanaa.
The 8 bout show is expected to start with debutants in action as Amad Rohani (0-0) takes on Saeed Shuaibi (0-0). This bout, made around the Super Featherweight limit is one of 5 bouts scheduled to be fought over the 4 round distance.
We expect the second of the 4 round bouts to feature two men looking for their first victories as Sameeh Arasi (0-1) fights Sami Umasi (0-1). This is the show's only bout featuring two fighters with losing records though on paper it appears to be a perfectly matched bout.
At Light Flyweight we expect the unbeaten Husam Shargabi (2-0, 1) to take on Abdu Mansur (0-1) in one of the other 4 round bouts and then at Bantamweight Omar Moxamad (2-0, 1) will take on Sabin Juma (0-1). With both Shargabi and Moxamad looking for their third successive victories it's hard to imagine either of them losing here.
It's expected that the final 4 round contest will see Wesam Maqrami (4-1, 2) in action as he tries to bounce back from his sole loss, a decision loss to Omar Awdan, as he takes on Hamdan Khulani (0-1). Maqrami is a very promising 16 year old and we'd be very shocked if he doesn't claim his fifth professional victory here.
It's thought that the first of the 10 round contests will see Luke Hasan (3-0, 1) taking on Luway Jaber (2-2, 2). This will be Hasan's second bout scheduled for 10 rounds but the third for Jaber who is 1-1 in bouts scheduled for 10 rounds.
Arguably the most interesting 10 round bouton the card sees Ali Salem (5-0, 1) facing Esayas Dagim (2-0, 1) in a battle of unbeatens. This looks like a genuinely great contest on paper between Salem, of Somalia, and Dagim an Ethiopian who will be fighting for the third time in Yemen.
Despite the fact that Salem/Dagim looks really interest it appears that the main event will see the unbeaten Yasin Abdulkhalik (6-0, 3) in action against the once beaten Moxamad Abdu (4-1, 2). This is a rematch between two men who fought just weeks ago with Abdulkhalik taking a very clear decision so we really don't see much point in the bout despite both men being well regarded domstically in Yemen.
Unfortunately the schedule for today is rather sketchy in terms of verified details, thankfully Thai Channel 7 appear to be televising a card from Thailand.
Sadly we're not great at Thai and the only thing we've managed to get from the show is that former Thai amateur great Amnat Ruenroeng (10-0, 4) will be defending his IBF Asia Flyweight title.
Ruenroeng a former Olympian and former World Championship bronze medal winner appears to have been matched pretty toughly for someone who is only a 13 month professional so we'd be hoping that he'll be in a decent contest here.
Unfortunately we're not aware of who Ruenroeng will be fighting or any details of the undercard.
We're also expecting a show from Yemen with 8 contests.
The Yemen show is expected to open up with debutants in action as Fuad Aidrus (0-0) faces fellow debutant Fahmi Roeni (0-0). This will be in one of 6 bouts scheduled for the 4 distance with Hamdan Jaber (0-1) taking on Halim Dolbhante in (0-1) the second.
The other bouts scheduled for 4 rounds see Bahr Slyman (1-2) facing Abdu Akhfash (0-1), debutant Saber Wareeth (0-0) battling Hamed Al Bukhaiti (0-1), Othman Qasim (4-1, 1) fighting Sameer Raymi and Abdu Sameer (4-1) looking for a victory over Salem Khamees (0-1).
The two 10 round bouts see Saeed Asam (1-2, 1) in action against Khaled Sulaym (1-1, 1) and Alwan Hawshabi (3-1, 1) battling Moxamad Abdu (3-1, 2). It's obvious that the Hawshabi/Abdu bout is the shows highlight fight though we'd not be shocked if at least 1 other bout saw something unexpected.
Action in Japan continues on Wednesday with a genuinely interesting card at the Korakuen Hall.
The show is the B Class Grand Prix final and features 8 bouts in the tournament as well as 3 contests from the "East Rookie of the Year". The contests in the B Class tournament hold the real interest with 2 notable bouts in particular.
The show opens up with those "East Rookie of the Year" contests. With the opening bout being Seigo Takeuchi (1-0-1) against Hikaru Akutsu (1-0) at Super Featherweight.
Following the Super Featherweight contest we expect to see Taichi Kimura (0-1) facing a debutant, who we believe will be Akira Mimura Hitoshi (0-0), and the final bout "East Rookie of the Year" contest will see Ryuta Nakajima (4-1-1, 4) battling Shun Shimazaki (5-3, 1).
All 3 of the contests from the "East Rookie of the Year" are scheduled for 3 rounds, the remaining 8 contests are all scheduled for 5 rounds, these are listed in below in terms of expected running order.
The first of the B class fights ist in the Bantamweight division as Kota Sato (8-4-1, 4) faces Wataru Miyasaka (7-1-1, 2). The two men fought each other in March of this year with Miyasaka taking a razor thin decision and now Sato gets a chance for revenge.
At Super Featherweight we believe, though may be wrong, in thinking that Ribo Takahata (8-3-1, 2) will face Nozomu Kikuchi (6-3). We're not certain on this one though we think that we're right on the two men.
In the minimumweight division Kazuhiro Nakamura (7-4, 2) will face Shinya Matsukawa (7-7-1, 1) in what looks like a tough but yet compelling contest.
Up at Featherwieght we will see Kosuke Saka (7-1, 5) will take on Katsuya Sato (5-5, 1) in what looks like a some-what one sided contest.
The hard hitting Lightweight Tatsuya Miyazaki (8-4-1, 8) will be looking for his second victory of the year as he takes on Kazuhiro Miura (7-2) in what looks to be a brilliant match up at 135lbs.
In the Super Flyweight division the very promising and highly regarded Yoichi Ide (1-0, 1) will look to continue his rise as he takes on Shohei Kikuzato (8-1, 3). It looks tough step up for Ide but if he's as good as they say, he should pass this test with flying colours.
Just a division lower at Flyweight Taro Oikawa (2-1, 2) looks for his 3rd successive victory as he battles the unbeaten Yuta Matsuo (4-0, 3). This looks like an explosive contest on paper and could be a show stealer with both men having power and liking to use it despite the fact both are relative novices.
The final bout on the card will see Yasaku Kuga (6-1, 4) facing the mega highly regarded Naoto Uebayashi (3-0, 2). Uebayashi is viewed by some as being amongst the top 10 prospects in Japan but this will be a seriously tough contest for the 26 year old former amateur stand out.
The winners of the Grade B touranment bouts will all be expected to go on to become notable fighters over the next few years so are well worth looking out for. We are very excited about bout Ide and Uebayashi though with their inexperience their is no certainty that either man will come out victorious.
It's not just in Japan that we have action as Yemen continues to grow one of the busiest boxing scenes out there.
The 8 bout show in Yemen, kicks off with 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These will see Moxamad Abdu (2-1, 1) attempt to bounce back from his recent loss as he takes on Saad Lukman (0-1) in a Lightweight contest. The Abdu/Lukman contest is one of two fights expected to take place in Lightweight division with the other seeing debutant Ahmed Qahali (0-0) looking for a winning start to his career. Qahali will face Alwan Hawshabi (1-1).
In other 4 round bouts Khaled Maweri (0-1) will take on Rashad Horun (0-1), Munir Abdulqadir (1-0) will attempt to record his second win facing Ramzi Ahmed (0-1) and Othman Qasim (3-1) will attempt to bounce back from his recent loss as he battles the debuting Saleh Sufyan (0-0).
In the least interesting of the 10 round contests Luway Jaber (1-1, 1) faces Esam Aunfi (1-1, 1). It's great that the men have perfectly matched records but it's fair to say that neither guy is really that interesting. The secondary bout in the longer distance sees the promising Sharaf Montaser (2-0, 2) looking for his 3rd victory of the year. Montaser will be fighting Ibrahim Azzani (0-1) in what could be a tougher fight for Montaser than his previous 2.
Although the card has 3 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds there is only one bout that can be considered the main event and that's the bout between the unbeaten pair of Yaser Ali (3-0, 3) and Abdu Sameer (3-0). This bout really could be something worth watching and should have the crowd interested from the opening bell.
The month ends on yet another busy day with action in Japan, Thailand and Yemen.
The most notable single bout seems likelt to occur in Thailand as WIBA Light Flyweight champion Samson Tor Buamas (29-3, 14) is expected to defend her title. Her opponent is yet to be named though it's always a joy to see Samson in action.
Whilst the key bout is in Thailand it's fair to say the biggest card is in Japan as the Korakuen Hall hosts 10 bouts from the "East Rookie of the Year" tournament.
The show in Japan kicks off with a minimumweight bout between Masaaki Okubo (3-1, 1) and Tsukada Naoyuki (3-0, 2). This looks like a very promising match up between two men wanting to make a name for themselves and claiming the "East Rookie of the Year" would be a good way to do that.
In the Light Flyweight division we have 3 contests as Tomoyuki Kaneko (4-1, 2) takes on Ohta Teru (unfortunately we are struggling to track down his record), Yuta Sakai (1-4) faces an opponent that we've got to admit we're unsure about and we think Mao Hoshino (3-8-1) fights Rei Ochiai (1-1-2).
In the sole Flyweight bout Katsunori Shimooki (2-2-1) battles Naoto Takanashi (3-6-1, 2). Interestingly Takanashi is winless in 4 bouts dating back over a year whilst Shimooki is on a 3 fight lose-less streak.
The only Super Flyweight bout appears to be Uko Nonami (2-0-1, 1) against the unbeaten Jo Tanooka (4-0-3). Tanooka appears unable to make a fight easy for himself.
The show also has 2 Bantamweight bouts on the card with the 19 year old Yamato Nakagawa (4-2, 2) taking on the 20 year old Yuki Arai (2-1) and Yukichi Hara (3-2, 1) faces Ryosuke Hayase (3-0).
At Super Bantamweight Takahiro Shibata (4-1-1, 1) will fight Naoto Fujimoto (3-2-1, 1). The final bout on the show will see Light Welterweight Yuki Nagano (1-1, 1) taking on Minoru Iizuka (2-0, 2).
All of those Japanese bouts will take place over the 4 round distance.
The card in Yemen, which we actually epect to take place first, has 7 bouts on it as the Yemeni domestic scene continues to be an oddly busy one.
The most notable bout on the Yemen card sees Yasin Abdulkhalik (4-0, 3) fighting Moxamad Abdu (2-0, 1) in a Super Bantamweight contest. This is one of two 10 round contests on the card with the other seeing Ali Sanabani (2-1, 1) fighting Asam Dolbhante (2-0).
The remaining 5 bouts on the card are all scheduled for 4 rounds as Abdelsamid Sameer (1-0) takes on Mohammad Saleh (2-0) in a Light Welterweight contest, Ali Salem (2-0, 1) facing Esam Aunfi (1-0, 1) in bout at Bantamweight, Othman Qasim (2-0) taking on Khaled Sulaym (1-0, 1), Yaser Ali (1-0, 1) taking on Khaled Munasar (0-1), who is incidentally the only man in 4 round contests with a loss, and Yasir Shadhili (1-0) taking on Khaldun Salami (1-0) in a Super Middleweight contest.