After a busy week in Asian boxing it'd have been fair to have assumed that things would have quietened down for Sunday. Sometimes however what we expect to happen simply doesn't and instead of a quiet Sunday we get an incredibly busy day around the Orient.
The most notable single fight takes place at the Sambo Hall in Kobe as Teiru Kinoshita (17-0-1, 3) defends his Japanese Super Flyweight title for the 4th time. Kinoshita will be facing former world title challenger Junichi Ebusuoka (23-15-5, 10). It's hard not to imagine Kinoshita having too much for his experienced rival.
The card at the Sambo Hall features 7 other bouts with one of those thoufht to be Kazuhiro Nishitani (10-2, 4) against Takashi Oda (8-11-2, 5). Unfortunately we're not 100% on the rest of the card though we are expecting 3 debutants including Yuki Ide and Takeshi Ueno.
Staying in Japan there is actually a second card in the country with this one taking place at the Aioi Hall in Aichi.
One of the key bouts in in Aichi sees the #11 ranked Japanese Welterweight Kazuya Maruki (13-2, 9) taking on Filipino Rufino Mante (8-15-2, 4). This appears to be little more than a stay busy contest for Maruki who will be hoping to score his 3rd successive victory.
The last fight on the card sees the #8 ranked Japanese Lightweight Daiki Koide (19-5-2, 8) facing Shinichi Tsukahara (7-5-2, 3). It's hard to imagine Koide losing this contest.
Also on the card in Aichi are 3 more interesting 6 round contests, though limited match ups as Takahiro Hori (4-6-1, 3) faces Yuji Iwata (5-4-1, 1) in a Light Welterweight contest; Ryosuke Maruki (5-1-1, 4) fights Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) and Kazuki Fukakura (5-5-2, 2) battles Akito Hoshi (6-5, 2).
We also understand that the card is to feature 3 other contests with at last 2 men making their debuts.
Outside of Japan we expect to also have shows in South Korea and the Philippines, of those it's the Filipino card that has the most interest with 7 bouts on it.
The Filipino card features 5 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds. Amongst those are a bout between Roberto Gonzalez (21-2, 12) and Roselito Campana (18-16-3, 5). Although on paper this looks to be a mismatch it needs to be noted that Gonzalez has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 contests and has won just once in the last year.
At Bantamweight we get another interesting bout as the promising Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) takes on Boy Dondee Pumar (9-4-3, 3). Again the records are widely different but Pumar has mixed with much higher quality including upcoming world title challenger Tomoki Kameda.
Down at Minimumweight Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) shares the ring with the experienced Ruther del Castillo (9-19-8, 2) in a bout that should go the distance due to Castillo's toughness.
In a compelling Super Flyweight contest Michael Dasmarinas (12-1, 8) faces the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-20-2, 1). With Anacaya being a tough guy to stop we'd not be shocked with Dasmarinas being taken the distance here.
The most interesting of the 10 round bouts, at least in our eyes, is the meeting between the unbeaten JR Magboo (11-0-2, 5) and the once beaten Bryan Macamay (7-1-2, 5). This looks like a genuinely good match up and one that could go either way.
In the cards sole 8 round bout Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) will fight Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) whilst the only 4 round bout features the unbeaten Miko Sacro (1-0) taking on the debuting Rolly Sumalpong (0-0).
In South Korea at the Puno Boxing Gymnasium in Gimpo there is another 7 bout show.
The card in South Korea doesn't have any genuine stand out bouts but does look to be a sign that boxing is alive in South Korea even if the country really doesn't seem to have many stars any more.
The most notable name on the show is Ji-Hoon Kim (3-3, 1) unfortunately it's not the Ji-Hoon Kim that we all know and love. This Ji-Hoon Kim isn't the fighter who has made a name around the world, instead this one is a novice who will be looking to score his 4th victory as he takes on the unbeaten Joo-Hyun Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a scheduled 6 round contest.
The card also features 2 other 6 round contests as Sang-Joon Park (3-3-1) takes on Yong-Soo Kim (2-2-1, 1) and the unbeaten In-Ho Cha (3-0, 3) takes on Dong-Uk Kim (2-3, 2). This will be Cha's 4th bout of the year as he looks to climb up the Cruiserweight rankings.
As well as the bouts scheduled for 6 rounds the card also has a selection of 4 round contests. These include an all debutant batte between Joon Lee (0-0) Dong-Hyuk Park (0-0) and a battle between winless pair Su-Jin Park (0-1) and Sung-Hwan Kim (0-0-1).
To round off the show Ji-Hwan Bang (1-0) willt take on Jung-Ho Kim (0-1) and debutant Dawit (0-0) will battle Da-Won Suh (0-3).
Today we have two cards of note, one in Japan and one in South Korea with no less than 4 title bouts, including an amazing 3 world title bouts!
The best action, at least on paper appears to be the Japanese card as Kazuto Ioka (11-0, 7) defends his WBA Light Flyweight for title for the first time whilst taking on Thai veteran Wisanu Kokietgym (43-8-2, 13). This will be only be Ioka's second bout at 108lbs since winning his first world title 2 years ago, though the idea seems to be to match Ioka and WBA "super" champion Roman Gonzalez in the near future. A full preview of this title clash can be found here.
Ioka's stable mate Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10) also makes the first defense of his world title, the WBA Minimumweight belt, as he takes on the relatively unknown Mexican Carlos Velarde (23-2-1, 13). Miyazaki, who won the title by defeating the always fun to watch Kompayak Porpramook via split decision will be the favourite though plenty of questions do remain about the unbeaten Japanese youngster. Again we've got a full profile of this bout here.
As well as the two WBA title bouts on the Japanese card there will also be at least 3 other bouts. They include the hard hitting Masao Nakamura (14-1, 14) facing the thrice beaten Thai EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (7-3, 4). This will be Nakamura's 3rd pro bout since being upset by unheralded Filipino Ronald Pontillas back in 2011. Unbeaten prospect Sho Ishida (12-0, 6) will also be looking for a victory as he battles Tawanrung Eausampan (5-1, 2) and the 22 year old Takahiro Yamamoto (8-3, 6) will be wanting to score his 3rd straight win as he goes up against Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (10-9-1, 5).
In South Korea the headline bouts see Hyun-Mi Choi (6-0-1, 2) defending her WBA Female Featherweight title against Shannon O'Connell (7-1, 4) and Nam-Joon Lee (7-4-2, 3) defending his South Korean Featherweight title against Bong-Joon Suk (5-1-1, 1). The female world title bout looks excellent on paper with the unbeaten champion facing a determined Australian whilst the national title bout looks even better. Don't be surprised if at least 1 title doesn't change hands.
The undercard in this Korean show is a bit weaker than the Japanese undercard but still there is some intrigue there. First you have promising female fighter Dan-Bi Kim (7-2-1, 2) facing off against Hye-Soo Park (2-6-1). The expectation is a win for kim though you need to go back 2 years to see Park's last loss. A bout between novice Jae-Woo Lee (3-1, 3) and Jong-Won Won (7-11-1, 3) is a step up for Lee, who genuinely could be unbeaten at this point in his career.
The opening of the card is a showcase for 8 novice as Je-Ni Ma (3-1-2, 3) fights Sang-Joon Park (3-2-1), Ji-Hoon Kim (0-0) (no not that one!) faces Moon-Sun Jung (0-1), Da-Won Suh (0-1) battles Se-Joon Song (0-0) and debutants collide with Tae-Il Kim and Hyun-Shik Kim both making their pro debuts against each other.