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.
All the notable action today for Asian fans will be focused on the Philippines which hosts 3 cards with one of those really standing out as well as Filipino born fighters taking part in international cards.
The best of the 3 local cards takes place in the "University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium" in Davao City. This cards double main event are amongst the best fights anywhere on the planet this weekend.
The more notable of the 2 top fights sees former world title challenger Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (34-2, 25) taking on Mexican Jose Ramirez (24-3, 15). Although Bautista is rightfully the favourite it does need to be noted that Ramirez can bang and 2 of his losses have come controversially by split decision. The bout, a defense of Bautista's WBO International Featherweight title could end up having an explosive finish.
For us the better bout is actually the all-Filipino co-feature that sees OPBF Super Flyweight champion Arthur Villanueva (20-0, 11) defending his belt against fellow unbeaten fighter Marco Demecillo (18-0-1, 14). This could honestly be the stand out fight of the day. Both men are evenly matched, both are unbeaten and both will be wanting to prove a point.
Through the rest of the features 2 genuinely notable bouts as Rocky Fuentes (34-6-2, 20) takes on Juan Kantun (20-3-3, 15) and the explosive Lorenzo Villanueva (23-1, 21) who faces Indonesian Arief Blader (18-9-1, 7). The card also features 3 youngsters as Engelbert Moralde (3-1, 3), John Vincent Moralde (4-0, 2) and the debuting Glenn Ramos all feature against as yet unnown opponents.
The other cards are genuinely hard to split apart in terms of quality. The one in "La Trinidad Trading Post" is headlined by Japanese visitor Tosho Makoto Aoki (13-12-2, 10) taking on Ruel Suya (6-7-1, 3) in a bout for the WBC Asia Council Continental Lightweight title. Technically that's the 12 rounder though the more appealing bout is prospect Rex Wao (6-0, 5) against Dandy Toei (9-4-3, 3) in what could well be the next stepping stone for Wao on his way to title fights.
The rest of the card in La Trinidad is somewhat passable as an undercard with Remuel Obidos (7-3-1, 2) facing Arjet Caballes (6-24-5, 3); Stephen Gelawa (4-0-1, 2) facing Jestoni Pepito (7-10-2, 2) and bouts for Jonel Espineli (0-0-1) and Renato Palay (0-0-1) bot against as yet un-named opponents.
The final card, in "Lipa City Youth Cultural Center" is headlined by Cirilo Espino (18-11-3, 11) defending his Filipino (GAB) Featherweight title against the experienced Vinvin Rufino (32-15-3, 15) on paper we've got to favour the challenger.
The Lipa City card also has a battle of unbeatens as Jeffrey Galero (8-0, 4) faces Ian Ligutan (4-0-1, 2) in a promising bout. The only other completely listed bout is hard hitting James Delos Reyes (4-1-1, 4) against Baby Marfil Jr. (2-5-2) who has yet to be stopped. We're also expecting Jecker Buhawe (14-7-1, 9) to be in action and the professional debut of Mike Kinaadman, though both are fighting to be named opponents.
As well as the local stuff however it's also good to see that Roberto Lerio (14-17-1, 5) the Australian based Filipino will be able to defend the Australian Bantamweight title that he won a year ago as he takes on Brad Hore (2-0). And in New South Wales Jayson Mac Gura (1-13-2, 1) faces Joey Williams (9-1-1, 4).