It seems that this is the weekend that just keeps on giving and on Sunday we get another 24 bouts in Japan spread across 3 shows.
We'll start by looking at the show in the Face Shinjuku, Tokyo. This show, put on by reason gym features 9 bouts with 6 of them being scheduled for 4 rounds, 2 being scheduled for 6 rounds and the other bout being scheduled for 8.
The first of the scheduled 4 rounders is believed to be at Minimumweight as the unbeaten Mikiko Muto (2-0) goes up against the much more experienced Mayumi Kubo (4-10-1). We're expecting Muto to continue his unbeaten here. Interestingly the second bout on the show, also one of the 4 rounders, is almost certain to see one man's unbeaten run come to an end as Wataru Yokoyama (1-0, 1) battles Takahiko Suzuki (1-0, 1). These two men, with identical records will be hoping they have the skills that matter despite being equally inexperienced.
Following the interesting looking battle of unbeaten men we then get a fight between men who have both suffered losses as Yuki Uchida (1-1) meets Shinnosuke Okada (1-3-2, 1) in the ring.
In the shows 4th bout we get the show's sole debutant as Yu Nakagawa (0-0) goes up against Abe Reiya (1-1). Nakagawa is one of just two debutants in action across Japan on Sunday and will be hoping he can get his career off to a winning start.
In the 5th contest on this show Yuji Awata (2-1, 1) will be fighting against Teppei Tsukamoto (2-3) in what looks to us like an interesting enough contest before Noboru Takahashi (3-3, 1) and Yutaka Horikoshi (4-3-1, 1) round out the 4 round contests.
The first of the 6 round contests will see Yoshihisa Yokota (5-9-1, 2) looking to upset Minoru Matsuo (5-2, 2). On paper this looks like an easy assignment for Matsuo though we think he may be given a tough day at the office. The other 6 rounder will have James Murashige (6-3-1, 3) battling against Hiroshi Abe (5-9, 4) in another bout that looks one-sided but we expect won't be.
The main event on this show sees Keita Nakano (9-8-3, 2) taking on Tonko Nakagawa (11-5-1, 4) in what is very much a C level main event. It is what is is though and it's not a show that will have you rushing to it, but if you're a fan you'll probably enjoy it.
Whilst one show is at the Face Shinjuku the other two cards run back-to-back at the IMP Hall in Osaka. The first of those is a 7 fight card from Dapeng, which has 3 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, a sole 6 rounder and a trio of 8 round contests.
The first of the 4 rounders will see Noboru Osato (1-1-2, 1) up against Kazumasa Harunaga (1-2) in what, on papers, appears to be an evenly matched contest. The second sees the unbeaten Jin Katsue (1-0) trying to extend his winning run as he takes on Hiroshi Konoura (3-3) before Kishioka Yoshiaki (0-0) fights the unbeaten Takuma Hayashi (2-0, 2).
In the sole 6 rounder on this show we see winless Thai visitor
Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthepthonburi (0-3) fighting against Hideo Mikan (5-5-1, 1). It'd be a shock if the Thai scored his first win in this one, but that's not to say it can't happen of course.
The first of the 8 rounders will see Light Flyweight action as Akiyoshi Kanazawa (10-2-3, 4) takes on Atsushi Aburada (7-5, 4) in what looks like a flat out mismatch in favour of Kanazawa. Unfortunately it's not just the one bout that looks like a mismatch but all 3 of the 8 round bouts as So Takenaka (18-7-2, 8) fights Shohei Kanemoto (8-6-1, 3) and Ryota Kajiki (21-8, 14) takes on Filipino visitor Cirilo Espino (19-12-3, 12).
The second IMP Hall show, promoted by Green Tsuda will be "The 22nd GT Carnival" and feature afurther 8 bouts. Of these 8 contests 6 of them are scheduled for 4 rounds whilst the remaining contests are 8 rounders.
This show begins with a Super Flyweigth contest as the unbeaten Yuki Nagashima (3-0, 1) battles the win-less Kazuki Kimura (0-1). Following this bout we move down to the Minimumweight division as Takeshi Nakayama (2-4-2, 1) takes on Shota Fujii (1-9). Although Fujii does look to be a career loser we do expect he'll put up a good fight as he seeks a second career victory, if nothing else his pride is likely to kick in.
The 3rd bout, up at Lightweight, will feature Ryota Yada (2-2, 2) taking on Toru Kageyama (3-4, 2) in what could turn out to be an explosive encounter. That contest will be followed by the best looking undercard bout on the show as Takaaki Kanai (2-0, 1) takes on Hikaru Matsumine (2-0) in an all unbeaten clash.
Oddly we go from an all-unbeaten clash to a win-less clash with Michitaka Muto (0-0-1) fighting Takehiro Tode (0-2) in a disppointing looking bout, thankfully it signals that we're getting to the end of the 4 rounders. The final 4 round bout sees Takahiko Nakajima (2-3-1) up against Hisashi Kawanishi (3-5). Again this is a low level bout, but it's the final one before we move on to the two main evets.
Unfortunately if you were disappointed by the 4 rounders you won't be pleased by the first of the 2 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. That contest will feature Shun Ishibashi (8-14-1, 3) looking to over-come Ryuji Miyazaki (11-7-3, 4). This Super Bantamweight bout could be entertaining but in all honesty it doesn't look it on paper. Neither guy is a big puncher and neither guy looks like to be going places in the future.
The final bout is the most interesting as recent Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Satoshi Niwa (15-16-3, 2) fights the hard hitting Kiron Omura (11-3, 9). Both men come in to this bout on the back of stoppages losses and both will be looking to re-establish themsevles with a win. This may just about save a really poor show, if we're lucky.
After an oddly quiet week in the boxing world the action really kicks off on Friday with action around the world and across pretty much every level.
In Thailand the action kicks off with Terdsak Kokietgym (49-4-1, 32) defending the PABA Super Featherweight interim title against Filipino Rodynie Rafol (10-4-2, 4). On paper this is a bit of a mismatch but Rafol did almost upset Bualuang OnesongchaiGym in April in his last fight in Thailand so he may shock us and give Terdsak a tough one.
There is also the return to the ring of Thai world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (19-3-1, 18) though we're very unsure on his opponent. As far as we are aware this will be a none title fight for the WBC Super Flyweight champion who is expected to defend his title before the end of the year.
Whilst the PABA action may be in Thailand that doesn't mean Japanese fans aren't in for a day to remember as well with two stacked cards of their own.
For us the most interesting of the two Japanese cards takes place at the Central Gym in Kobe. The main attraction here sees Kohei Oba (33-2-1, 12) defending his Japanese Bantamweight title against Satoshi Niwa (15-15-3, 2). The bout is a clear mismatch on paper but with so many of the top Japanese fighters at 118lbs currently mixing in and around world level Oba is actually struggling to find domestic opponents. Saying that Niwa is the #1 ranked challenger in Japan and does enter the bout on a 5 fight winning streak.
Staying at Bantamweight the once beaten Ryotaro Kawabata (8-1, 3) takes on the durable Marjohn Yap (18-9, 10). Yap returns to Japan after giving Ryosuke Iwasa a solid contest back in March so this bout is likely to be a case of directly comparing Kawabata to Iwasa, a man many feel is ready for a world title bout.
At Super Featherweight Yuta Matsuda (9-7-2, 4) faces Tokiya Nishioka (5-3-2, 2). Matsuda looks to build on his victory over Seiichi Okada from earlier this year. The other bout on the card sees Yuma Iwahashi (9-5-1, 1) taking on Atsushi Aburada (7-4, 4) in what looks like a competitive lower level match up.
The other Japanese card takes place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
At the "Hall" the title attraction sees Naoko Shibata (9-3-0, 3) defending her OPBF female Light Flyweight title for the 3rd time. Shibata will be taking on Mika Oda (5-6-1, 1) for the second time following a decision victory over her in November 2011.
As well as Shibata/Oda II there is a promising bout at Middleweight between Kazuhiko Hidaka (31-6, 22) and Hikaru Nishida (7-6-1, 2). Hidaka, ranked #6 at Light Middleweight by the JBC will be moving up a division to take on the #8 ranked Japanese Middleweight. Hidaka has to be the favourite though he has been stopped and moving up in weight may work against him here.
The rest of the card is made up of lower level bouts with Kazutaka Takakuwa (8-6, 2) facing Osamu Hashimoto (8-4, 1) in an 8 round contest. The remaining contest are all scheduled for 6 rounds as Ryuji Yokoyama (8-1, 3) takes on Takushige Sato (4-3-1, 1); Ryo Nakamura (6-2, 2) faces the hard hitting Taro Mochizuki (4-5, 4) and Ryu Kenshiro (4-5-1, 2) fights Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi (1-3).
In terms of international action the highlight is in the US as Filipino power puncher Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19) looks to make his mark stateside. Francisco takes on the once highly touted Chris Avalos (21-2, 16) in the main event of the up coming "Friday Night Fights" and a victory could well see him becoming a regular on US TV due to his style and power.