After a few days with out any action in Japan we get a return to the usual service as the Korakuen Hall hosts another card. Amazingly however not only do we get a Japanese card but we also have action in Thailand and a fantastic card in Australia. Brilliant way to kick off a very exciting weekend!
The Japanese card kicks off with the debut of Ida Koji (0-0) who fights Shunsuke Mori (0-1) in a 4 round contest at Super Bantamweight. This is one of two fights schediled for 4 rounds with the other being Motonobu Suzuki (2-3) against Mamoru Takeuchi (2-5-2). Although Suzuki has lost his last 2 he will be favoured against Takeuchi who has gone 0-5-1 in his last 6.
Following the 4 rounders we then expect two bouts over the 6 round distance. The first of these will see Atsushi Hosogai (5-7) fighting Yutaka Kamioka (6-2-2, 4) in a bout fought at a contracted 56KG's. That will then be followed by Koya Sato (6-0-1, 1) risking his unbeaten record against Taichi Yokote (6-1, 3) who has won his last 3.
The show then moves on the the 8 rounders, of which we surprisingly have 4. The first of which will see Kazuya Soma (5-4-2, 4) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately we've struggled to get the name of the Thai fighter, one of two on the card.
In the second of the 8 round bouts former Japanese title challenger
Yuta Nagai (27-8-4, 17) fights Yasuyuki Masuda (7-5, 1). Although Nagai had been on a bad run in 2010 and 2011 he now appears to be back on the right path as he looks to build his way back to a title fight.
Yutaka Sowano (7-5-1, 5) fights in the penultimate contest of the show as he takes on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately like the Soma bout we've struggled to work out who the Thai is, though Sowano, ranked by the JBC at Minimumweight, is likely to be in easy here.
The final bout on the show sees Tsukasa Saito (17-2, 12) a former WBC youth champion, up against the experienced Kosuke Iwashita (14-15-2, 8). We favour Saito here considering the fact Iwashita has lost 5 of his last 6, though Saito's stoppage loss to Joey Maxian back in March does leave us with some question marks over his durability.
In Thailand we believe Samson Tor Buamas (30-3, 14) will be defending her WIBA Minimumweight title. Unfortunately we're unsure who Samson will fight but we'd absolutely love it if it was a rematch with Alicia Ashley who was unfortunate to suffer a defeat when the women fought back in July.
In Australia we get an excellent card from Peter Maniatis. Dubbed the "UltraTune Cup" the headline bout here sees Filipino Randy Petalcorin (19-1-1, 14) defending his PABA Light Flyweight title against experienced Thai Samransak Singmanasak (35-20-1, 27). This should certainly be an explosive contest and is a big risk for Petalcorin who is ranked #2 by the WBA.
Petalcorin and Singmanasak aren't the only Asian's on the show, in fact they are just two of a rather large number.
In a Middleweight contest Manopnoi Singmanasak (10-16, 6) fights unbeaten Australian Michael Zerafa (11-0, 5) whilst at Light Middleweight Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-28, 4) fights Joel Camilleri (3-2, 2) in a potentially winnable contest.
In one other bout featuring a Thai Yokfah Nor Sripung (0-1) looks to record her first victory as she fights Filipino debutant Janiper Ortiz (0-0), a former amateur standout.
The month ends on yet another busy day with action in Japan, Thailand and Yemen.
The most notable single bout seems likelt to occur in Thailand as WIBA Light Flyweight champion Samson Tor Buamas (29-3, 14) is expected to defend her title. Her opponent is yet to be named though it's always a joy to see Samson in action.
Whilst the key bout is in Thailand it's fair to say the biggest card is in Japan as the Korakuen Hall hosts 10 bouts from the "East Rookie of the Year" tournament.
The show in Japan kicks off with a minimumweight bout between Masaaki Okubo (3-1, 1) and Tsukada Naoyuki (3-0, 2). This looks like a very promising match up between two men wanting to make a name for themselves and claiming the "East Rookie of the Year" would be a good way to do that.
In the Light Flyweight division we have 3 contests as Tomoyuki Kaneko (4-1, 2) takes on Ohta Teru (unfortunately we are struggling to track down his record), Yuta Sakai (1-4) faces an opponent that we've got to admit we're unsure about and we think Mao Hoshino (3-8-1) fights Rei Ochiai (1-1-2).
In the sole Flyweight bout Katsunori Shimooki (2-2-1) battles Naoto Takanashi (3-6-1, 2). Interestingly Takanashi is winless in 4 bouts dating back over a year whilst Shimooki is on a 3 fight lose-less streak.
The only Super Flyweight bout appears to be Uko Nonami (2-0-1, 1) against the unbeaten Jo Tanooka (4-0-3). Tanooka appears unable to make a fight easy for himself.
The show also has 2 Bantamweight bouts on the card with the 19 year old Yamato Nakagawa (4-2, 2) taking on the 20 year old Yuki Arai (2-1) and Yukichi Hara (3-2, 1) faces Ryosuke Hayase (3-0).
At Super Bantamweight Takahiro Shibata (4-1-1, 1) will fight Naoto Fujimoto (3-2-1, 1). The final bout on the show will see Light Welterweight Yuki Nagano (1-1, 1) taking on Minoru Iizuka (2-0, 2).
All of those Japanese bouts will take place over the 4 round distance.
The card in Yemen, which we actually epect to take place first, has 7 bouts on it as the Yemeni domestic scene continues to be an oddly busy one.
The most notable bout on the Yemen card sees Yasin Abdulkhalik (4-0, 3) fighting Moxamad Abdu (2-0, 1) in a Super Bantamweight contest. This is one of two 10 round contests on the card with the other seeing Ali Sanabani (2-1, 1) fighting Asam Dolbhante (2-0).
The remaining 5 bouts on the card are all scheduled for 4 rounds as Abdelsamid Sameer (1-0) takes on Mohammad Saleh (2-0) in a Light Welterweight contest, Ali Salem (2-0, 1) facing Esam Aunfi (1-0, 1) in bout at Bantamweight, Othman Qasim (2-0) taking on Khaled Sulaym (1-0, 1), Yaser Ali (1-0, 1) taking on Khaled Munasar (0-1), who is incidentally the only man in 4 round contests with a loss, and Yasir Shadhili (1-0) taking on Khaldun Salami (1-0) in a Super Middleweight contest.
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).