Just a day after one of the busiest days in Asian boxing we return for another busy day. This time with 3 shows in Japan and one in the Philippines.
Of the Japanese shows two of them take place at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
The first of the two Aioi Hall shows is a 9 fight show show that takes place at mid-day local time and is promoted by Yakushiji.
This card starts with five success 4 round bouts. Unfortunately we've struggled to work out who will be in the first contest but the second will see Masanari Iwane (1-3) taking on a debutant, who believe will be Takashi Igarashi (0-0).
The third of the 4 rounders will see another debutant in action though again we've struggled to name names. Thankfully we have got the names for men involved in the fourth bout on the show which will see Hikaru Taiga (3-1, 2) fighting against the unbeaten Genki Nakashima (2-0).
In the final 4 rounder Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1-1) will be fighting against Yuta Takimoto (3-3, 2).
Following the relatively disappointing 4 rounder we then move on to the first 6 rounder of the show. This will see Yuya Nakazato (5-9, 5) fighting against Kazuki Fukakura (5-6-2, 2) in what looks like an interesting lower card contest. After the first 6 rounder we move up to 8 rounds for a contest between Yuji Iwata (6-4-1, 4) and Shinichi Tsukahara (7-6-2, 3).
Rather oddly this card moves back down to a 6 round for the chief support contest which will see Akito Hoshi (7-5, 2) taking on the once beaten Yuta Horiike (8-1-3, 2). Horiike, ranked by the JBC, will be expected to win though we imagine he will be tested.
The main event on this show will see the Japanese ranked Daiki Koide (20-5-2, 9) battle Filipino visitor Rey Labao (24-5, 16). As Labao is very highly ranked by the OPBF it's fair to say that Koide will see a reward if he wins, however he is up against a very credible opponent here.
The second show at the Aioi show, which starts around 17:00 local time, is a 5 fight show.
This show starts with an all-debutant contest over 4 rounds. We're not sure who these fighters will be though we expect it to Tominaga Shinpei (0-0) against Kawai Masatetsu (0-0). Following the opener the show moves onto a contest between Masami Moriizumi (5-1-1, 4) and Kosuke Mizuno (5-4-2, 1) over 6 rounds.
Following the sole 6 rounder we move on to the 8 round distance as Ryosuke Maruki (6-1-1, 4) takes on Indonesian Jamed Jalarante (22-15-1, 11) and Taro Oikawa (2-2, 2) also battles an Indonesian in the form of Rochmad Santoso (3-2, 2). It's hard to go against the two Japanese fighters here though they may find life hard going.
The main event in the second Aioi Hall show will see a third straight Japanese-Indoneasian contest that will see the promising Kazuya Maruki (14-2-1, 9) taking on Rusmin Kie Raha (12-3-2, 2).
As well as the two Aioi Hall shows there is another show in IMP Hall in Osaka. This show, an eight fight show put on by Osakateiken.
This show begins with the debut of Taniwa Naoki (0-0) who will be fighting in a 4 rounder. Unfortunately we've failed to identify Naoki's opponent. This is one of five bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, sadly we've struggled to name those fighters in the other four contests.
After the 4 rounders the show will then have a single 6 rounder which will see a Thai visitor travel to Japan. This sole 6 rounder contest will then be followed by the main event which will see Naoki Matsumoto (9-6-2, 2) attempting to defeat Yuma Iwahashi (10-6-1, 1) in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
In the Philippines it's The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex that hosts the only show. This show, headlined by Cris Paulino (12-1, 3) defending his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title for the second time as he takes on compatriot Renren Tesorio (12-3-3, 4).
The Paulino/Tesorio bout is one of 6 contests on the show, which kicks off with with a 4 round bout between Kenjie Watanabe (1-1, 1) and the wonderfully named Daffy Dempo (1-1, 1). On paper these two are perfectly well matched though we do favour Watanabe.
The second bout on this show will see Lionel Mark Duran (10-9-2, 4) fighting the very limited Mabert Paulino (2-15) over 6. This will be accompanied by a trio 8 rounders as Zoren Pama (4-8-3, 2) takes on Gerry Pateno (4-4-2, 2), Virden Rivera (4-0-1) fighting against Cris Leon (6-7-4, 3) and Roldan Aldea (4-1-1, 2) battling Jeson Berwela (4-15, 2). We've got to be honest it's hard to be too interested in these bouts.
Unlike many weekend's this Saturday isn't a massively busy day in the world of Asian boxing, though it is a massively important one thanks to a major card in Russia and a notable card in Japan as well as two interesting bouts in the US.
We'll start by looking at the Japanese card, a card entitled the "518th Dynamic Glove".
This Japanese show opens with a bout between the debuting Wataru Takeda (0-0) and the 1 fight novice Ryuhei Takahashi (0-1), We can't really say much about this bout, or the subsequent contest between novices Masayuki Ichikawa (1-0, 1) and Takashi Yamaguchi (1-1).
After the opening two bouts we get the cards first genuinely good looking contest as Takenori Ohashi (10-3, 7) battles Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3) in an evenly matched bout on paper. Although looking at the two men Ohashi would start as a favourite it's worth noting that Takahashi has been unfortunate in his most recent loss, a bout with the unbeaten Gosuke Seki.
In the show's fourth contest former OPBF champion Yukinori Oguni (10-1, 2) begins the process. Oguni was shocked earlier this year by the under-rated Shingo Wake and will be hoping that he's not beaten in a second successive bout as he takes on Yuki Iwasaki (11-3, 6) who is highly ranked by both the OPBF and the JBC.
The show's fifth bout is the first of two title bouts on the show as Suyon Takayama (18-1, 7) defends his Japanese Welterweight title for the second time. It's difficult to imagine Takayama being upset by the #12 ranked Japanese title challenger Cobra Suwa (12-10, 5), who himself is best known for losing a OPBF title effort earlier this year to Akinori Watanabe.
The main event of this show sees OPBF Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (25-4-1, 7) defending his title over 12 rounds against Filipino Rey Labao (24-4, 16) in what should be an excellent bout. We favour Kato but Labao has got the power to neutralise Kato's edge in skill.
If the Japanese card is a notable one then it's fair to say that the big action is in Russia. The main event in Moscow sees Russian Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18) attempting to claim the WBA "super", WBC, IBF, Ring Magazine and IBO titles as he battles Ukraining Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51) in what promises to be the most notable Heavyweight fight of the year.
The Povetkin/Klitschko bout isn't the only Heavyweight clash on the show, despite the fact it takes up the whole poster, with Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev (21-2-1, 20) battling Jovo Pudar (30-3, 17) in the second Heavyweight bout on the show. We believe this bout will be for the PABA Heavyweight title, giving the winner a real chance at fighting for the vacant WBA "regular belt" next time out.
As well as the two Heavyweight clashes we also have two very interesting looking Cruiserweight bouts. The most interesting of the two sees unbeaten Pole Mateusz Masternak (30-0, 22) battling Russian Grigory Drozd (36-1, 25) in a fight for the European title whilst in the second bout recent world title challenger Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-1, 12) fights Giulian Ilie (20-6-2, 6). This will be Chakhkiev's first bout since losing to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk back in June.
The only other bout on the Russian card that we're aware of is a Middleweight bout that features Fedor Chudinov (7-0, 6) taking on Kenyan Daniel Wanyonyi (18-5-2, 15) in what promises to be explosive one way or another.
In the US Russian Lightweight Andrey Klimov (16-0, 8) looks to become the spoiler as he takes on fast rising American Terence Crawford (21-0, 16) whilst on the came card Vietnam's Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6) takes on unbeaten Puerto Rican Jayson Velez (20-0, 15). It's hard to see anything but wins for the two unbeaten men here though if they get upset then it really would be worth noting.
The final bout of interest in regards to ourselves takes place in Germany as Bakhtiyar Iskenderzade (8-3, 1) of Azerbaijan, battles Josef Holub (2-58-1) in what looks likely to be Iskenderzade fight victory following back to back defeats.
To start a wonderful weekend of action we have 2 major cards in Asia as well as Asian action internationally as we wind down on an amazing week of action for Asian fighters in the Orient.
In Japan the Korakuen Hall plays host to an interesting card that whilst not packed with big names does have the potential to be a pretty solid card. The main event of the card sees Japan's Taisho Ozawa (21-7-2, 13) against Filipino Rey Labao (23-4, 15) in what could well be an explosive contest and one that the visitor has a genuine chance in.
On the same card we also get a Middleweight clash between Fukutaro Ujiie (17-11-1, 11) and Kyoichiro Shoji (10-4-4, 4) in what could be a bit of an eliminator to facing Ryoto Murata later this year, though admittedly Murata would likely be able to deal with them both on the same night.
Lower down the card there is a very evenly matched bout between Ryutaro Taira (7-2-1, 3) and Ganbare Shota (9-3-1, 2) which sees both men trying to forget about a stoppage defeat last time out. This has the potential to be very even and we wouldn't be that surprised at a draw.
In fact it's only the Featherweight bout between Yosuke Kawano (6-2-1, 3) and Wataru Ikenouchi (6-8-1, 1) that appears to be a forgone conclusion as we get a very rare card of 50-50 style bouts.
In Thailand we get another card though on paper it's not as even as the Japanese card. The main event sees unbeaten Flyweight Amnat Ruenroeng (8-0, 3), a former amateur standout, takes on the experienced Filipino Julius Alcos (20-10, 3). This is a big step up for Ruenroeng but one he is expected to make with out to many difficulties against the light punching Filipino.
This card also sees Rusalee Samor (19-4-2, 8) in action against Indonesian Sammy Haggler (15-14-2, 3) whilst Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (17-2, 12) takes on a yet to be announced opponent and Patomsith Pathompothong (1-0) takes on debutant Saifah Sithsaithong.
In international action Australian based Taiwanese born Yao Yi Ma (11-1, 7) looks to score his first victory in almost a year as he takes on Aussie based Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (17-16-2, 7). Although this is a none title bout Yao has claimed the IBF Pan Pacific Light Middleweight belt in the past. On the same card Thai journeyman Kosol Sor Vorapin (17-16-1, 11) looks to end a 4 fight skid as he takes on Terry TJ Doheny (4-0, 4).
We also get notable action in the US as Timur Shailezov (16-6-1, 3) from Kyrgyzstan takes on the unbeaten American Luis Yanez (6-0-1). Although Shailezov comes in on the back of 4 losses an upset here isn't actually out of the question for the 33 year old Southpaw from Bishkek.