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.
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).