With the week starting on a high with the action on Tuesday it feels a bit strange to need to wait until Friday for any sort of action, though that's what we've had to do this week. Thankfully after a couple of quiet days the action really does get immediately back under swing with decent cards in both Thailand and the Philippines.
We'll start by looking at the Thai card which will be televised by Thai Channel 7.
The main event in Thailand sees former world champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (28-5-1, 11) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (11-26-6, 2). This looks like a mismatch but Berwela does have the potential to give Suriyan a genuinely tough contest.
Although their is a former world title holder in the main event there is also a current world champion on the card with Suriyan's stablemate Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (20-3-1, 19), the current WBC Super Flyweight champion, fighting in a none title bout. Srisaket will, like Suriyan, be fighting a tough Filipino journeyman in the form of Roque Lauro (9-15-4, 2), a fighter who has been stopped just twice.
As was as Suriyan's sablemate being on the card, so to is his brother Nawaphon Por Chokchai (16-0, 11). Nawaphon will be facing the very limited Phalangchai Sithsaithong (0-1) in what appears to be little more than a record padding bout for the very promising Nawaphon.
The remaining bouts on the show see Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (22-3, 17) taking on Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym (3-10-1, 2) and the unbeaten Kongfah Nakornluang (5-0, 2) taking on the debuting Manachai Sor Ratidech (0-0).
Over in the Philippines ARCI Boxing Promotion appear to put on an excellently deep card.
The show is expected to kick off with the debuting Jim Claude Manangquil (0-0) taking on Romnick Dejano (2-6, 1) and fellow debutant Daffy Dempo (0-0) battling Valeriano Gabriel (1-3) in the two bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The sole 6 round bout on the show sees Menard Abila (3-1, 1) takes on Mabert Paulino (2-15) before a series of 3 bouts scheduled over the 8 round distance,. These 8 round bouts will see Zoren Pama (4-7-3, 2) facing Raymond Empic (2-2, 1), JC Francisco (3-6-1) battling Sherwin McDo Lungay (7-23-2) and Renerio Arizala (6-0-1, 3) fighting Rey Morano (8-36-1, 1).
The reamining 6 bouts on the show are all scheduled for 10 rounds.
These first of the 10 rounders will see Renren Tesorio (11-3-3, 3) battling Ricky Oyan (4-17-2, 2), Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) fighting Jeson Berwela (4-14, 2) and Felipe Cagubcob Jr (1-0-3) fighting Rowel Rosia (4-2, 2).
In a much more interesting contest former world title challenger Jether Oliva (18-1-2, 10) takes on Rissan Muelas (6-5, 4). This looks like a mismatch but Oliva did suffer an unexpected draw last time out to Lester John Pronco and will know that a lot is riding on this contest.
On paper the second most noteworthy contest sees the unbeaten Renren Pasignahin (5-0-1, 1) taking on the experienced Richard Garcia (24-16-1, 6). This is far from an easy assignment for Pasignahin though he'll be aware that a win will see him really moving up the domestic rankings and possibly moving into a national title fight.
Talking about national title fights the main event is actually one such fight as the very promising Harmonito Dela Torre (9-0, 5) fights for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Featherweight title. Dela Torre, a fighter who does appear to be one of those hidden Filipino gems will be facing off against the much more experienced Richard Olisa (23-21-2, 12).
Although Olisa is 1-10 in his last 11 bouts those losses have generally come to solid fighters such as Roberto Gonzales, Bernabe Concepcion, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and Marlon Tapales, so he's certainly not a shot fighter just a very hard matched on.
After a busy week in Asian boxing it'd have been fair to have assumed that things would have quietened down for Sunday. Sometimes however what we expect to happen simply doesn't and instead of a quiet Sunday we get an incredibly busy day around the Orient.
The most notable single fight takes place at the Sambo Hall in Kobe as Teiru Kinoshita (17-0-1, 3) defends his Japanese Super Flyweight title for the 4th time. Kinoshita will be facing former world title challenger Junichi Ebusuoka (23-15-5, 10). It's hard not to imagine Kinoshita having too much for his experienced rival.
The card at the Sambo Hall features 7 other bouts with one of those thoufht to be Kazuhiro Nishitani (10-2, 4) against Takashi Oda (8-11-2, 5). Unfortunately we're not 100% on the rest of the card though we are expecting 3 debutants including Yuki Ide and Takeshi Ueno.
Staying in Japan there is actually a second card in the country with this one taking place at the Aioi Hall in Aichi.
One of the key bouts in in Aichi sees the #11 ranked Japanese Welterweight Kazuya Maruki (13-2, 9) taking on Filipino Rufino Mante (8-15-2, 4). This appears to be little more than a stay busy contest for Maruki who will be hoping to score his 3rd successive victory.
The last fight on the card sees the #8 ranked Japanese Lightweight Daiki Koide (19-5-2, 8) facing Shinichi Tsukahara (7-5-2, 3). It's hard to imagine Koide losing this contest.
Also on the card in Aichi are 3 more interesting 6 round contests, though limited match ups as Takahiro Hori (4-6-1, 3) faces Yuji Iwata (5-4-1, 1) in a Light Welterweight contest; Ryosuke Maruki (5-1-1, 4) fights Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) and Kazuki Fukakura (5-5-2, 2) battles Akito Hoshi (6-5, 2).
We also understand that the card is to feature 3 other contests with at last 2 men making their debuts.
Outside of Japan we expect to also have shows in South Korea and the Philippines, of those it's the Filipino card that has the most interest with 7 bouts on it.
The Filipino card features 5 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds. Amongst those are a bout between Roberto Gonzalez (21-2, 12) and Roselito Campana (18-16-3, 5). Although on paper this looks to be a mismatch it needs to be noted that Gonzalez has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 contests and has won just once in the last year.
At Bantamweight we get another interesting bout as the promising Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) takes on Boy Dondee Pumar (9-4-3, 3). Again the records are widely different but Pumar has mixed with much higher quality including upcoming world title challenger Tomoki Kameda.
Down at Minimumweight Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) shares the ring with the experienced Ruther del Castillo (9-19-8, 2) in a bout that should go the distance due to Castillo's toughness.
In a compelling Super Flyweight contest Michael Dasmarinas (12-1, 8) faces the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-20-2, 1). With Anacaya being a tough guy to stop we'd not be shocked with Dasmarinas being taken the distance here.
The most interesting of the 10 round bouts, at least in our eyes, is the meeting between the unbeaten JR Magboo (11-0-2, 5) and the once beaten Bryan Macamay (7-1-2, 5). This looks like a genuinely good match up and one that could go either way.
In the cards sole 8 round bout Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) will fight Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) whilst the only 4 round bout features the unbeaten Miko Sacro (1-0) taking on the debuting Rolly Sumalpong (0-0).
In South Korea at the Puno Boxing Gymnasium in Gimpo there is another 7 bout show.
The card in South Korea doesn't have any genuine stand out bouts but does look to be a sign that boxing is alive in South Korea even if the country really doesn't seem to have many stars any more.
The most notable name on the show is Ji-Hoon Kim (3-3, 1) unfortunately it's not the Ji-Hoon Kim that we all know and love. This Ji-Hoon Kim isn't the fighter who has made a name around the world, instead this one is a novice who will be looking to score his 4th victory as he takes on the unbeaten Joo-Hyun Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a scheduled 6 round contest.
The card also features 2 other 6 round contests as Sang-Joon Park (3-3-1) takes on Yong-Soo Kim (2-2-1, 1) and the unbeaten In-Ho Cha (3-0, 3) takes on Dong-Uk Kim (2-3, 2). This will be Cha's 4th bout of the year as he looks to climb up the Cruiserweight rankings.
As well as the bouts scheduled for 6 rounds the card also has a selection of 4 round contests. These include an all debutant batte between Joon Lee (0-0) Dong-Hyuk Park (0-0) and a battle between winless pair Su-Jin Park (0-1) and Sung-Hwan Kim (0-0-1).
To round off the show Ji-Hwan Bang (1-0) willt take on Jung-Ho Kim (0-1) and debutant Dawit (0-0) will battle Da-Won Suh (0-3).
What a day today promises to be for Filipino fans who not only have interest at home with 2 domestic cards but should also be looking to the west with 2 of their fighters fighting on foreign soil.
Of course the highest profile bout for an Asian today is Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20) who will be hoping to unify his WBO Super Bantamweight title with the WBA title currently held by Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8). Going in to this bout Donaire is the betting favourite and a victory would likely be his last at 122lbs with the clear intention being to move up to the Featherweight division sooner rather than later.
The 4-weight world champion, known as "The Filipino Flash" may not be as liked as Manny Pacquiao but he's certainly a genuine pound-for-pound fighter and if he can defeat his Cuban opponent then he'll have to be regarded as Asian's premier boxer on any pound-for-pound list. Though of course Donaire will need to beat one of the most amazing amateurs of all time in Rigondeaux and that is of course not a forgone conclusion despite what some fans may suggest.
As well as Donaire's fight in the US Filipino fans should also be aware that Jaderes Padua (8-1-1, 5) also fights abroad as he faces former WBC Super Flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (39-14-1-1, 26) over in Rojas' native Mexico. For Padua this is not only a huge step up in class but will be the 22 year old's first fight outside of his homeland. A win for Padua would not only be a huge upset but also be massive news in the lower divisions.
A bit closer to home for Filipino fans are the 2 cards being held in their country, both in Metro Manila.
Arguably the less interesting of the 2 domestic cards is the one held at the "The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex" which features a scheduled 8 bouts.
Amongst the bouts on this card are 4 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds (Dado Cabintoy (10-3-2, 5) against Jovill Marayan (7-12-3, 3); hot prospect Giovanni Escaner (9-0, 5) against veteran Ryan Tampus (11-10, 8); the unbeaten Jeffrey Arienza (9-0-1, 4) against Leonardo Doronio (10-8-2, 6) and Rene Dacquel (8-0, 1) against Samuel Apuya (7-14-1, 4)).
From the 10 round bouts we're expecting wins from Cabintoy, Escaner, Arienza and Dacquel, though it's fair to say that we think Escaner is in the toughest bout.
In the 4 bouts not scheduled for 10 rounds we will see Andrian Camique (3-0-1, 2) look for his first win of the year as he faces southpaw Lowell Saguisa (7-11, 3) over 8 rounds in what could be a tough bout for Camique. In action over 6 is Cris Alfante (6-1, 1) who faces journeyman Dodoy Alapormina (1-21-1) in what should really be a mismatch despite how tough Alapormina is.
The card also features 2 bouts scheduled for 4 round with debutant Raymond Palusot (0-0) facing Vergel Rivera (0-0-1) and debuting pair JK Elorde (0-0) facing Roy Velarde (0-0) in a Featherweight bout.
The other card, held in Taguig City has 10 scheduled bouts ranging from 4 rounders to a championship bout. The 4 round bouts see 3 debutants in action as Honesto Luha (0-0), Raymond Palusot (0-0) and Ryan Medes (0-0) go up against Menard Avila (1-0), Jonathan Susada (0-0-1) and Jay-Ar Diama (0-0-1).
The card also sees 3 bouts scheduled for 8 as Michael Dasmarinas (10-1, 6) fights against Jerald Cortes (3-6-4, 2), Oliver Gregorio (7-1-1, 4) goes up against Dexter Dimaculangan (3-1-3, 1) and Rennel Flechero (8-3-1, 4) faces Gerry Pateno (3-4-2, 2). None of these bouts seem too interesting in all honesty with it hard to really pick an upset in any of them.
Thankfully he card picks up with it's 10 round bouts which may include 1 stinker but also includes an excellent match up. The stinker is Renren Tesorio (11-2-12, 4) against the very limited Joseph Deimos (2-13-2, 1) who has proven to be a survivor though isn't a fighter who should be able to test Tesorio. Former domestic (GAB) Super Flyweight champion Marvin Mabait (17-1-2, 11) looks to continue his rebuilding as he faces (17-7-1, 11) who comes into this bout following a stoppage loss in Japan to Tomoki Kameda.
The most promising of the 10 round bouts is the hard punching Anthony Marcial (19-1, 18) facing off against the PBF Super Featherweight champion Rene Bestudio (14-4-4, 4). This bout is genuinely exciting and with Macial proving to be a wrecking force could be over very quickly if "Rocky" gets his way.
In the championship bout 26 year old Jay Solmiano (16-2-1, 12) attempts to defend the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title against Indonesian (KTI/IBC) Lightweight champion Wellem Reyk (15-6-3, 4). Whilst Reyk is 0-3 outside of Indonesia he'll know that a win here could see him climbing into the WBO top 15, a major achievement, for Solmiano however he'll be looking to maintain his excellent #12 ranking.