The start of another weekend sees Asia once again the boxing limelight with fighters fighting around the world, and for the second Friday running, in a world title bout.
We'll start our look to Friday by looking at that aforementioned world title fight as China's Xiong Zhao Zhong (20-4-1, 11) makes the first defense of his WBC Minimumweight title. Zhong's opponent, the highly regarded Denver Cuello (33-4-6, 21) has finally his chance and this bout, in Dubai, should be an absolute cracker. We've previewed the bout in full here.
Also on the Dubai card is the unbeaten Iranian Mohammadali Bayat Farid (3-0, 3) who is facing a yet to be named opponent.
Of course the Zhong/Cuello fight isn't the only major fight of the day, in fact in Japan we have another title bout as former world champion Ryol Li Lee (19-3-2, 10) attempts to claim the OPBF Featherweigth title. Lee will be facing the little known Shogo Ishikawa (10-3, 1) who looks to be an undeserving fighter for the title. Interestingly this is the second time Lee has tried to claim the OPBF title in as many bouts after having been held to a draw last time out by Cirilo Espino (who Ishikawa actually beat).
The card in Japan features several other bouts with Masahiro Ishida (12-4-2, 6) taking on Yuki Iwasaki (10-3, 6) in a solid looking match up; Yoshihisa Hirayama (10-8-1, 4) facing Yuya Sugizaki (16-9-1, 6) and recent Japanese title challenger Michiya Sato (9-4-4, 6) fighting Hitoshi Ichiba (7-4-1, 3).
Staying in Asia, though going down to Thailand there will be a card televised on "Channel 7". We've got to admit that we're unsure on who will be fighting though we believe that Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (11-0, 8) will be defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Featherweight title on the show against Amor Tino (14-13-3, 4). We also believe (though lack confirmation) that Morakot CP Freshmart (3-0, 2) will be on the card defending his WBC youth world Flyweight title.
Staying on the Thai theme, though to going to Australia, jouenyamn Superjames Singmanasak (3-12, 2) faces recent Commonwealth title challenger Corey McConnell (11-1-1). This will be McConnell's first bout since being beaten by Lee Selby in England earlier this year.
In the final bout of interest Kazakhstan's Zhanat Zhakiyanov (19-1, 12) fights for the first time since linking up with former 2-weight world champion Ricky Hatton. Zhakiyanov, who has already fought in Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Switzerland, England, Belarus and Hong Kong will fight in Northern Ireland as he takes on Michael Escobar (7-8, 3).
Today we appear to have a single card in Asia with one other having an Asian interest.
The card in Asia, well Thailand to be precise, is televised thanks to Thailand TV 9 (AKA "Modernine") and features at least 4 bouts.
The main event of the Thai card sees Tiger Tor Buamas (13-0, 11) defending his interim WBC Asian Boxing Council bantamweight title for the 3rd time as he takes on Richard Garcia (24-15-1, 6). The 27 year old Thai is a genuine talent but will need to be at his best to beat Garcia who is much better than his record indicates.
As well as Tiger Tor Buamas the card also features 3 of his stable mates including talented female Samson Tor Buamas (28-3, 14) who, despite being the WIBA Minimumweight champion is fighting in a none title bout against Saosukhothai Sorkor Peera (0-0).
The other two bouts, both scheduled for 6 rounds see unbeaten pair Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (10-0, 8) and Saengthong Tor Buamas (3-0, 3) both hoping to add another win to their records. Saengthong will be facing Thepyothin Sithdabnid (0-1) whilst Pharanpetch will be going up against Suor Carryboy (8-7-1, 4).
Uzbek Olim Nazarov (10-1, 7) returns to the Ukraine, the country where he picked up his sole defeat, to face the unbeaten Oleg Malynovskyy (7-0, 2). On paper this looks like an excellent match up and the winner should be expected to go on to the next level.
Nazarov is joined on his travels the Ukraine by compatriots Bahrom Payozov (21-2, 15) and Hokim Karimov (3-1, 2). Payozov, who fights in the main event, faces the world ranked Victor Postol (22-0, 0) in what looks to be a pretty competitive bout on paper. Sadly for Payozov his most recent loss, a stoppage at the hands of Dejan Zlaticanin, doesn't bode well for this bout.
Karimov on the other hand seems to have half a chance at picking up a victory as he takes on Ilya Prymak (4-0, 4) who has a solid looking record but has yet to face any sort of an opponent (his 4 opponents went in with a combined record of 0-1).