A new week in the world of boxing kicks off on Monday with shows in both Japan and Russia.
For once it's the Russian action that has really caught our eye with two seperate cards, both of which draw an interestin in some way.
Of the two Russian shows it's the one in Krasnodar, thanks to Pushka Promotions, that draws a morbid interest from ourselves. That's due to a main event between former WBC Heavyweight title holder Oleg Maskaev (38-7, 28) and former world title challenger Danny Williams (44-18-0-1, 33). With both men being well beyond their prime we can only say that this is a morbid interest but still in could spell the end for one, if not both, fighters.
The only other fight that we have confirmed from that card is one between David Avanesyan (15-1-1, 8) and Carlos Leonardo Herrera (24-5, 10). This bout will be for the WBC Baltic Welterweight title though we've got to admit that we're not certain how Herrera, an Argentinian, qualifies as Baltic.
The rest of this card will see 6 more contests though so far we've only got the names of one man from each fight. These are Aik Shakhnazaryan (8-0, 2), a promising and unbeaten Light Welterweight; Fedor Papazov (13-0, 9), another unbeaten fighter who has shown some genuine promises; Sherzod Husanov (17-0-1, 8), a third unbeaten fighter who campaigns in the Light Middleweight division; Ruslan Faifer (1-0), a novice Cruiserweight looking for his second win; Felix Amoev (6-1, 4), a Middleweight who will be looking for his fourth victory of the year and once beaten Super Middleweight Maxim Vlasov (26-1, 12) a very promising fighter who is creating a bit of a buzz internationally.
The second card in Russia is a 6 fight to be held in Saint Petersburg. The main event here may not hold a morbid interest though does still posses some genuine intruige as Andrey Meryasev (14-0, 11) looks to continue his rise through the ranks. Meryasev will be fighting Argentinian Sergio Jose Sanders (21-9-2, 12) a man who is much more experienced than the Russian and could well give him a serious test.
In the chief support bout the unbeaten Vladimir Tikhonov (9-0, 4) faces Danny Flores (14-4-1, 8) a man with almost as many stoppages on his record as Tikhonov has total bouts. This is a good test for the unbeaten man, despite the fact Flores has won just one of his last five contests.
Unfortunately, as with the other Russian card, it's looking like a card that is still being pieced together. It appears that Ruslan Berchuk (6-3, 3) will be on the card, as will the debuting trio of Nikolay Kuzmitski (0-0), Maxim Sirota (0-0) and Kiril Viktorchik (0-0) though none of those men have their opponents set as of yet.
In Japan we get an 8 fight card, albeit it a very low level.
We expect this show to start with a battle of unbeaten men as Kazuaki Okada (2-0, 2) fights Shogo Yamaguchi (1-0-1). . Unfortunately this bout, at Super Featherweight, is one of only two that we have complete details on. The other of those is a bout between Koichi Nagatsuka (2-1, 1) and the debuting Yoko Sato (0-0).
We do know that Hajime Ikeda (3-3), Shinichi Hoshino (0-1) and Ryunosuke Yamashita (0-2) will all be on the card facing domestic opponents in the beef of the card, though unfortunately we were unable to identify their opponents.
In a trio of main bouts Makoto Kato (7-7, 2), Yuya Miyagi (17-4-3, 6) and Yuki Fujimoto (6-2-1, 1) all fight Thai opponents. Again we're been struggling to identifiy the opponents unfortunately, though we doubt they will be anything too testing.
Kazuaki Okada (2-0, 2) v Shogo Yamaguchi (1-0-1) [130/4]
Hajime Ikeda (3-3) v ???
Shinichi Hoshino (0-1) v ???
Koichi Nagatsuka (2-1, 1) v Yoko Sato (0-0)* [debut]
Ryunosuke Yamashita (0-2) v ???
Makoto Kato (7-7, 2) v Thai
Yuya Miyagi (17-4-3, 6)-returns after 5 years out v Thai
Yuki Fujimoto (6-2-1, 1) v Thai
Two Russian cards
It's fair to say that after a busy weekend we've had a really, really quiet week this week. The relative silence comes to a crashing end on a very busy Friday with Asian fighters battle across the Eastern hemisphere.
The most notable card is likely to be the Thai card held in Choburi where Wanheng Menayothin (29-0, 10) will attempt to defend his WBC International Minimumweight title for the 9th time as he takes on Japanese challenger Yuma Iwahashi (10-5-1, 1),
On paper the match is a mismatch but Iwahashi has been very competitive in 4 of his 5 losses, including a loss to Ryuji Hara in a Japanese national title bout, and his sole stoppage defeat was to the hands of Atsushi Kakutani who challenges for a world title tomorrow. So we wouldn't be too shocked it this was toughed for Menayothin than it looks on paper.
The day's title action isn't just limited to Thailand as we get a title double header in Lucena City Convention Center. In fact we appear to be gett the full card that we expected there on August 24th as Jerwin Ancajas (16-1-1, 8) faces Armando Casa (11-10-5, 3) for the vacant Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Bantamweight title and Lolito Sonsona (16-1-3, 6) looks to claim the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title as he fights the experienced Albert Alcoy (14-16-5, 4).
The card it's self appears pretty unchanged to the one we had listed for the 24th with the chief support bout still being Aston Palicte (10-1, 8) against Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) in what looks likely to be a mismatch.
In fact the major changes to the card have been in the lower card bouts. We still have Daryl Gamboa (0-0) against Rodney Ramirez (0-0) and Jordan Estrada (0-0) against Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-2), though the the other 4 round bout now appears to be Jhon Jhon Faminiano (1-8-1) against Jiro Saonoy (0-3).
This card also seems to have acquired 2 new 6 round bouts as the unbeaten Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) battles Lowell Saguisa (7-12, 3) and the once beaten Orlan Vasquez (8-1, 1) takes on the hard hitting Mark Anthony Florida (8-3, 7).
As well as the shows in Thailand and the Philippines there is also a show in Japan at the Korakuen Hall as promotional company Dangan put on "Dangan 81".
The main event here sees Ryuichi Funai (18-6, 12) up against a Thai opponent who we believe boasts an 8-6-1 (2) record. This bout, expected to be an 8 rounder, is supported be a co-main event between Dai Iwai (11-3-1, 5) and Yasuyuki Masuda (7-4, 1).
It's not just Funai's opponent that we've been unable to name but both Hiroshi Ishii (6-7-3) and Genji Ishida (1-0) are facing yet to be identified opponents in two of the nine bouts scheduled for 4 rounds
The rest of the bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds will kick off with Yuki Uchida (1-1) against Shinnosuke Okada (1-3-2, 1), this will be followed by the unbeaten Hiroyasu Shiga (1-0, 1) facing Masakazu Sakamoto (1-1-1, 1) and Koji Okubo (1-1) against Junki Abe (1-2).
After the above trio of bouts we will see debutants in action as Kazuma Yoshihara (0-0) takes on Takahiro Yamanishi (0-1) and in an all debutant match Aihara Shinta (0-0) battles Hosokawa Wataru (0-0).
The sole female bout on the show sees former kickboxer Shoko Hayashida (1-2, 1) looking to level up her record as shetakes on Yunoka Furukawa (1-1-1, 1).
The final of the 4 round bouts sees Ryosuke Goku Tsuboi (2-1, 1) fighting the unbeaten Haruka Itakura (1-0).
We also have a card in Russia with 7 bouts. The main event in this show sees the unbeaten Aik Shakhnazaryan (7-0, 2) taking on Shavkat Madaminov (9-7, 3) in a 10 round bout. This is support chiefly by a very interesting Welterweight bout between David Avanesyan (14-1-1, 7) and Fariz Kazimov (13-4-1, 4) over the 8 round schedule.
The show's sole 6 round contest sees the hard hitting Felix Amoev (5-1, 4) battling Fedor Mushtranov (4-4, 2) before we get the 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These bouts will see a trio of debutants in action with Heavyweight Ruslan Faifer (0-0) taking on Roman Mirzoev (2-6, 1) in possibly the most interesting of those bouts. The other debutants are Lightweight Aliyor Nuraliev (0-0) who faces a yet to be announced opponent and Light Welterweight Egor Bakulin (0-0) who fights Parviz Muraliev (0-1). The only all-none debutant bout over 4 rounds sees Bahruz Kazimov (3-1, 2) battling Sevak Bagdasaryan (0-1).
There is also Asian action in Australia with 4 bouts involving an Asian interest.
In Hurstville, New South Wales there will be action for Thai duo EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (8-4, 4) and Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-1). Unfortunately both men will be facing unbeaten fighters with Eakkreenkrai fighting Dylan Emery (5-0, 1) whilst EakKhunphol will be facing Tony Bates (7-0-1, 5).
Not too far from Hurtsville in Homebush f (6-0, 4) will be facing Krishna Mudaliar (4-2-1, 2). This will be Dulay's first bout outside of his native Philippines though their does seem to be real expectation on his shoulders.
The remaining Asian bout "down under" features Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-41-3, 7) fighting novice Luke Bunder (1-0) in a 4 round contest.