To kick off a new month we have some genuinely exciting looking match ups. Not only do we have a second successive day with a PABA title fight in Thailand but we also have a brilliant show in Japan courtesy of Reason promotions.
We'll start by talking about the Thai contest. Like yesteday's bout we believe this will be televised on Thai Channel 7 as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (49-2, 32) defends his PABA Bantamweight title for the fifth time this year. The busy Tabtimdeang will be facing limited Filipino Edison Berwela (12-26-6, 3) a man who comes in to the bout with just a sole win in his last 10 contests.
Whilst Tabtimdeang was given a scare last time, out as he narrowly defeated Alvin Bais, we'd be shocked if he was given any sort of a test by Berwela here.
Over in Japan we have "Dangan 86" part of the "A Class Tournament" an excellent looking 9 fight card.
This Japanese card card begins with a trio of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. The first of those will see the winless Kosuke Miura (0-5-1) fighting the debuting Oshita Koichi (0-0). The Koichi/Miura bout will be followed by an all debutant contest as Akihiro Shimogaki (0-0) battles Kimihiro Nakagawa (0-0).
In the third and final bout scheduled for 4 rounds we get a C class tournament contest as the unbeaten 23 year old Ken Kodama (1-0, 1) takes on fellow unbeaten novice Ippei Azuma (2-0, 1).
Following the 4 round contests we then move in to the Class A tournament bouts. The first of those will take place at Super Featherweight where the hard hitting Nakano Kazuya (5-2, 5) fights Ribo Takahata (9-3-1, 2). Whilst Takahata brings a 3-3 record from his last 6 in to this contests his losses have come to talented fighters and he should give Kazuya a very tough contest.
The Kazuya/Takahata fight is immediately followed by a second Super Featherweight contest. In this bout the highly experienced Akihiko Nago (31-7-2, 15), a former two-time world title challenger, faces the twice beaten Takaomi Abe (14-2-2, 1). Nago, who was a Japanese champion way back in 1998, is now 37 and really in the twilight of a long career though will be hoping that a tournament win here could revitalise his career and give him another chance to claim a Japanese title.
Following the successive Super Featherweight contests we get the first A Class tournament bout in the Super Flyweight division. In this bout the once beaten Shohei Kikuzato (9-1, 4) takes on the more experienced Kohei Kubo (15-4-1, 10), a man with as many stoppages as Kikuzato has total bouts. Coming in to this bout with a notable win last time out over Yoichi Ide it's hard not to back Kikuzato, despite the experience edge being with Kubo.
In a Bantamweight contest the once beaten Hiroaki Teshigawara (7-1-1, 4) looks to score his most notable victory to date as he fights Kota Sato (9-4-1, 4). Sato has lost 2 of his last 5 though could well know too many tricks for Teshigawara who has been fighting at a lower level than Sato so far.
The show's penultimate contest is a Flyweight contest which sees the unbeaten Yuta Matsuo (5-0, 3) taking his first real test. The unbeaten Matsuo takes on the more experienced Musashi Suzuki (9-1, 4), a man who's only loss came to Kohei Kubo almost 2 years ago. Matsuo will be tested, though the big question is whether not not he can pass the test.
In the card's final contest the hard hitting Hayato Kimura (19-5, 14),the fomer Korean Super Flyweight champion, takes on Junichiro Sugita (16-8, 7). Although Kimura isn't in great form losing 3 of his last 6 and 4 of his last 8 he's in significantly better form than Sugita who has lost his last 5 and 7 of his last 9.
As well as the great show in Japan and the title fight in Thailand we continue to have action thanks to several international fights and a card in Yemen.
The Yemen card is headlined by Ali Raymi (17-0, 17) who looks to continue his run of opening round victories as he takes on Mustafa Humaidi (6-0, 2). If Raymi managed to take Humaidi out in the opening round he'd then just be 1 fight away from tying the record of most straight opening round stoppages.
As well as Raymi/Humaidi we expect two other bouts on the show. The most interesting of those will see Ali Salem (9-0, 1) fight Prince Maz (2-0, 2) with the winner likely getting a shot at Raymi next time out. The other contest that we expect to be on the show is a bout between Akram Jafwi (3-0, 1) and Esayas Dagim (2-2, 1).
The international action is spread across Latin America and the UK. In Mexico the Filipino-America Ana Julaton (12-4-1, 2) battles Perla Hernandez (10-6-3, 2) in what promises to be an interesting female contest. In the UK journeyman Youssef Al Hamidi (12-60-3, 1) faces another probable loss as he fights the light punching Chris Goodwin (16-2-1) in what is almost certainly going to be a distance contest.
Action in Japan continues on Wednesday with a genuinely interesting card at the Korakuen Hall.
The show is the B Class Grand Prix final and features 8 bouts in the tournament as well as 3 contests from the "East Rookie of the Year". The contests in the B Class tournament hold the real interest with 2 notable bouts in particular.
The show opens up with those "East Rookie of the Year" contests. With the opening bout being Seigo Takeuchi (1-0-1) against Hikaru Akutsu (1-0) at Super Featherweight.
Following the Super Featherweight contest we expect to see Taichi Kimura (0-1) facing a debutant, who we believe will be Akira Mimura Hitoshi (0-0), and the final bout "East Rookie of the Year" contest will see Ryuta Nakajima (4-1-1, 4) battling Shun Shimazaki (5-3, 1).
All 3 of the contests from the "East Rookie of the Year" are scheduled for 3 rounds, the remaining 8 contests are all scheduled for 5 rounds, these are listed in below in terms of expected running order.
The first of the B class fights ist in the Bantamweight division as Kota Sato (8-4-1, 4) faces Wataru Miyasaka (7-1-1, 2). The two men fought each other in March of this year with Miyasaka taking a razor thin decision and now Sato gets a chance for revenge.
At Super Featherweight we believe, though may be wrong, in thinking that Ribo Takahata (8-3-1, 2) will face Nozomu Kikuchi (6-3). We're not certain on this one though we think that we're right on the two men.
In the minimumweight division Kazuhiro Nakamura (7-4, 2) will face Shinya Matsukawa (7-7-1, 1) in what looks like a tough but yet compelling contest.
Up at Featherwieght we will see Kosuke Saka (7-1, 5) will take on Katsuya Sato (5-5, 1) in what looks like a some-what one sided contest.
The hard hitting Lightweight Tatsuya Miyazaki (8-4-1, 8) will be looking for his second victory of the year as he takes on Kazuhiro Miura (7-2) in what looks to be a brilliant match up at 135lbs.
In the Super Flyweight division the very promising and highly regarded Yoichi Ide (1-0, 1) will look to continue his rise as he takes on Shohei Kikuzato (8-1, 3). It looks tough step up for Ide but if he's as good as they say, he should pass this test with flying colours.
Just a division lower at Flyweight Taro Oikawa (2-1, 2) looks for his 3rd successive victory as he battles the unbeaten Yuta Matsuo (4-0, 3). This looks like an explosive contest on paper and could be a show stealer with both men having power and liking to use it despite the fact both are relative novices.
The final bout on the card will see Yasaku Kuga (6-1, 4) facing the mega highly regarded Naoto Uebayashi (3-0, 2). Uebayashi is viewed by some as being amongst the top 10 prospects in Japan but this will be a seriously tough contest for the 26 year old former amateur stand out.
The winners of the Grade B touranment bouts will all be expected to go on to become notable fighters over the next few years so are well worth looking out for. We are very excited about bout Ide and Uebayashi though with their inexperience their is no certainty that either man will come out victorious.
It's not just in Japan that we have action as Yemen continues to grow one of the busiest boxing scenes out there.
The 8 bout show in Yemen, kicks off with 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These will see Moxamad Abdu (2-1, 1) attempt to bounce back from his recent loss as he takes on Saad Lukman (0-1) in a Lightweight contest. The Abdu/Lukman contest is one of two fights expected to take place in Lightweight division with the other seeing debutant Ahmed Qahali (0-0) looking for a winning start to his career. Qahali will face Alwan Hawshabi (1-1).
In other 4 round bouts Khaled Maweri (0-1) will take on Rashad Horun (0-1), Munir Abdulqadir (1-0) will attempt to record his second win facing Ramzi Ahmed (0-1) and Othman Qasim (3-1) will attempt to bounce back from his recent loss as he battles the debuting Saleh Sufyan (0-0).
In the least interesting of the 10 round contests Luway Jaber (1-1, 1) faces Esam Aunfi (1-1, 1). It's great that the men have perfectly matched records but it's fair to say that neither guy is really that interesting. The secondary bout in the longer distance sees the promising Sharaf Montaser (2-0, 2) looking for his 3rd victory of the year. Montaser will be fighting Ibrahim Azzani (0-1) in what could be a tougher fight for Montaser than his previous 2.
Although the card has 3 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds there is only one bout that can be considered the main event and that's the bout between the unbeaten pair of Yaser Ali (3-0, 3) and Abdu Sameer (3-0). This bout really could be something worth watching and should have the crowd interested from the opening bell.