It's not often that we get Asian boxing around the world but that's exactly what we have this weekend with fights around both Asia and the globe featuring an Asian fighter.
In the Philippines we are expecting ALA Promotions to promote a low level 6 fight show.
The main event on this ALA show is Michael Dasmarinas (13-1, 8) taking on Renren Pasignahin (5-1-1, 1). This sees Dasmarinas looking for his eleventh straight victory though Pasignahin will be out to bounce back from his sole defeat.
Unfortunately with that being the main event you may get a feeling about the level of this card which features just one other interesting contest as the unbeaten Renerio Arizala (7-0-1, 3) battles Rissan Muelas (6-6, 4) in what could be a test for Arizala's chin. We expect Arizala/Muelas to be one of two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds alongside a bout between the big punching Argie Toquero (5-3-1, 4) and the infamous Menard Zaragosa (6-14-1, 4).
The rest of the card will see Richie Bagaan (2-2-1) fighting Raymond Empic (3-2, 1), Pablito Canada (1-2) battling Mark Postrano (1-1, 1) and the debuting Mark Macabales (0-0) taking on Philip Luis Cuerdo (1-0, 1).
As well as the action in the Philippines we will also have a show in Hangzhou, China thanks to Zovi Boxing Promotions. Rather oddly this show is probably more notable than the Filipino card.
The main event here sees China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (9-2, 3) taking on Mexican Lizandro de Los Santos (22-10, 9) in a battle for the interim WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title and the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title.
As well as the title fight main event we get a notable female contest as Japanese veteran Noriko Tsunoda (6-3, 4) battles Luo Yu Jie (1-6) in an 8 rounder. The female contest is one of three bouts scheduled for 8 with Xiang Jing (5-3, 1) fighting Indonesian Sammy Hagler (17-17-2, 3) in one of them and Japanese based Filipino Jonathan Baat (24-4-3, 11) taking on Thailand's Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (3-3, 1) in the other.
In the shows opening contests Tang Qiao Qi (0-0) will face fellow debutant Gino Dilibero (0-0) and Xu Chan (0-0) will also kick off his career.
Arguably the most interesting card of Asian action takes place in Russia where we have a 7 fight card courtesy of promoter Dmitry Bogomolov.
The headline contest here is for the PABA Lightweight title as the unbeaten Roman Andreev (14-0, 11) fights Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (16-3-1, 9). Andreev brings a 4 fight run of stoppages to the ring with him here and he's looking in fantastic form so it'd be a shock for Sahuri to take a victory.
Andreev is one of several unbeaten Russian's on the show including Arif Magomedov (7-0, 5), who fights Thomas Mashali (9-1-1, 5), and Nikolay Potapov (10-0, 6) who faces Nasibu Ramadhani (12-3, 5). Like in the main event the Russian men will be up against Tanzanian opponents here. In fact we have a fourth Tanzanian on the show courtesy of Alphonce Mchumiatumbo (10-1-1, 9) who fights Ruslan Semenov (4-25-1, 2).
Alongside the Semenov/Mchumiatumbo is one other bout scheduled for 8 rounds as Konstantin Piternov (13-4, 4) fights Varazdat Chernikov (5-1, 1).
The show is expected to start with a female double as Ekaterina Izotova (1-0-1) fights the debuting Anna Poskrebysheva (0-0) and Nadezhda Khaenok (1-0) fights Yulia Berezikova (0-0).
Former world title challenger Rolly Lunas (34-8-1, 20), AKA Rolly Matsushita, makes his US debut as he takes on the once promise Chris Avalos (22-2, 16). Lunas, who had previously been based in Japan and the OPBF champion, is now based in the USA and appears to be wanting to have a second world title fight. A victory over Avalos here will be needed though Avalos did beat Lunas's countryman Drian Francisco last time out.
On the same card as Lunas/Avalos there will also a be a bout featuring Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0, 3). The American based Russian will be facing Yosmani Abreu (4-7-1) as he looks for his second victory outside of his native Russia.
In Australia the unbeaten Thai Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana (2-0) will be fighting Olympian Damien Hooper (4-0, 4) in a contest for the WBC Youth Silver Light Heavyweight title. On the same show Joel Dela Cruz (17-18-2, 9) takes on Hooper's Olympic team-mate Cameron Hammond (4-0, 3) who shouldn't really struggle with Cruz. Poowana's fight has been scheduled for 10 whilst Cruz's has been scheduled for 8 though it'd be a huge shock if either went even half of that.
Also in the Oceanic region, albeit in New Zealand, there is a Heavyweight bout as man mountain Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21) takes on the still popular David Tua (52-4-2, 43). Just shy of his 41st birthday Tua is a man who has certainly seen better days though the 36 year old Ustinov is certainly far from world champion material himself. Despite the relative merits of both men there, rather staggeringly, the WBA Pan African Heavyweight title up for grabs. Don't ask, we don't know.
A busy Saturday sees the Philippines taking centre stage in the the Asian boxing world with two notable cards.
In Muntinlupa City, and televised on NBN Channel 4, there is a 10 fight card, featuring an impressive 4 title bouts.
The show, of course, kicks off with none title action and features 6 non-title bouts. These are expected to start with the unbeaten Marlon Arcilla (2-0) battling Eric Pansa (1-1-1) and Fighting Heno (0-0-3) in action against Julius Bala (2-1) in what we expect to be 4 round bouts.
In 8 round action Eranio Semillano (6-5, 3) faces Bryan Vicera (11-6-3, 5) in what promises to be a solid under-card bout before we have a series of 10 round contests. In the non-title 10 round bouts Mike Espanosa (11-6, 7) fights the unbeaten Renren Pasignahin (5-0-1, 1), Virgil Puton (10-3, 4) battles Daniel Ferreras (12-6-2, 4) and Jaymart Toyco (12-4, 8) attempts to defeat journyeman Michael Rodriguez (13-36-1, 3).
The first of the title fights on the show is expected to be a contest for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Featherweight title. This will be between the "Unpredictable" Ronald Pontillas (15-6-3, 7), a former OPBF champion, and former national Super Bantamweight champion Balweg Bangoyan (18-8, 7).
We expect the second title bout to be between Rene Dacquel (10-1, 3) and Angelito Merin (6-2-2, 1) with the winner getting the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Flyweight title, a belt previously held by Carlos Cuadras and Stephane Jamoye.
In the first of two 12 round title bouts we expect to see Jerson Luzarito (7-3-3, 3) fighting Ronelle Ferreras (12-5-2, 5) for the interim PABA Minimumweight title. This bout could put the winner in with a good chance of fighting for the WBA Minimumweight title in the next 12 months, especially considering the storng rumour that Ryo Miyazaki is set to vacate.
The last of the title fights sees former world title challenger Ardin Diale (21-8-3, 8) defending his Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Flyweight title for the fourth time. Diale will be taking on Jeffrey Cerna (14-7, 5) who comes in to the bout after back-to-back victories on the domestic scene.
The card above is one of two in Meetro Manila with the other taking place in Mandaluyong City. This second card, a 6 fight show promoted by ALA, is a much lesser card.
The main event on the ALA show sees Rene Bestudio (15-5-4, 5) battling Jonel Alibio (16-16-4, 8) in a 10 round contest. When you compare this bout to the ones in Muntinlupa, it's fair to say that this show pales in comparison to the other one.
In the co-feature of the ALA show the hard hitting Jimmy Aducal (6-2-2, 5) fights Argie Toquero (4-3-1, 3) whilst the unbeaten Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) battles the once beaten Jesame Dela Cerna (4-1-3, 1). These bouts, both scheduled for 8, should be interesting though we doubt either will be great.
The resy of the card will see JC Francisco (3-6-1) battling Dexter Dimaculangan (3-2-3, 1), Philip Luis Cuerdo (0-0) fighting Roderick Naduma (0-2) and, in a contest between debutants Robin Dingcong (0-0) and Joel Lumangcag (0-0).
As well as the Filipino action there is also an Asian interest in both Australia and the UK.
In Australia the Thai trio of Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-27, 4), Dechapon Suwunnalird (5-24, 1) and Komgrit Nanakorn (17-19, 7) are in action.
Of the three thai's it's Dennapa that has the hardest match up taking on the unbeaten Ozan Craddock (5-0, 4). Saying that however it's hard to imagine any of the Thai;s winnning with Dechapon taking on the promising Nathan Carroll (9-1-1, 3) and Komgrit fighting the hard hitting Balazs Varga (8-4, 7).
The action continues in the UK as Edmund Gerber (23-1, 14), originally of Kazakhstan, takes on former Heavyweight world title challenger Derrick Chisora (17-4, 11). With Gerber having looked incredibly poor in his most recent fights it would be far from a shock to see him stopped here by Chisora who is clearly looking for a second world title fight, or a shot at the Haye/Fury winner later this month.
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.