After two days of major female action we get back to manly action with a number of top Asian men in action across several major cards.
The biggest sole fight of the day takes place in Thailand where WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (22-3-1, 20) looks to make the first defence of his world title as he takes on Japan's Hirofumi Mukai (9-2-1, 1). Mukai, competing in his second world title fight is widely viewed as the under-dog though will know the pressure isn't on his shoulders in the slightest.
In Japan we have two shows.
Arguably the “lesser” of the two is at the Body manufacturer Colosseum where Harada put on a 9 fight show. This show kicks off with Reiya Konishi (1-0) fighting Tatsuya Sakamoto (3-3, 1) in one of five bouts scheduled for 4 rounds which also include the debut of Junya Shuchiku (0-0) and a contest featuring Kaito Hoshino (3-3), unfortunately we're unsure who either of those two men are fighting. In the remaining 4 rounders on this show Kyohei Tonomoto (1-1, 1) will fight Akira Takasuka (3-5) and the unbeaten teenager Yuki Takahashi (1-0) will fight Tetsuya Morisada (1-1, 1).
Following the 4 round bouts we will have a 6 rounder, though unfortunately we've failed to identify either of the men involved in this contest.
This show then finishes with a trio of 8 round bouts. The first of which will see Yuki Takemoto (13-18-2, 6) fight Yoshihiro Kinjo (7-17-2, 2) in what looks like two journeymen colliding. Unfortunately with neither man looking like they go on to much in their career it's actually hard to care too much about this contest.
The second of the 8 rounders, which sees Tetsuya Hisada (20-8, 10) up against Shunji Nagata (7-10-2, 3) is unfortunately the best looking contest on the bout. Hisada should win though we hope he'll be pushed hard. In the final contest Kota Tokunaga (10-2, 7) will look to score his third win in a row as he fights Takashi Fujiki (6-7-2, 6) who has lost his last 4.
The other Japanese show takes place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. This show has 7 contests and starts with a fight between the debuting Ryusuke Arai (0-0) and the win-less Toshiki Maruyama (0-4). Arai is one of two debutants on the show with Shinya Ito (0-0) also fighting a win-less opponent as he fights Akihito Mitsumura (0-1).
It's not just the debutants in 4 round contests as Shunsuke Fukushima (1-1-1, 1) also fights in a bout scheduled for 4, unfortunately however we're unsure who he will be fighting.
Following the three short bouts there are four bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. The first of these 4 bouts will see Ryo Nakamura (7-2, 3) fighting Ryuta Wakamatsu (8-8, 5) in what should be a victory for Nakamura unless Wakamatsu can connect with his heavier artillery. This bout will be followed by a contest between Japanese based Filipino Johnreil Maligro (8-0, 6) AKA-Jun Sakura, and Thailand's Kosol Sor Vorapin (17-17-1, 11). This will be a huge shock if Kosol wins, despite his clear edge in experience.
Kosol isn't the only Thai that we expect to see beaten on this show as Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthepthonburi (0-2) battles Kuninobu Shimamura (15-3, 10). It is worth noting however that Shimamura was unexpectedly beaten last time out by RJ Ano-os.
The final bout on this show Kazuhiko Hidaka (31-7, 22) fighting in what looks like a total mismatch against Shiro Saito (6-3-1, 2). The experience edge for Hidaka is huge here and he was a former OPBF Light Middleweight champion, however at 35 years old he is significantly older than Saito who has just turned 26.
Staying in Asia we expect to see the fast rising “Prince” Albert Pagara (17-0, 12) in action in the Philippines. Pagara is listed to fight against Indonesian Ruben Manakane (12-11, 8) though there is a few question marks surrounding this contest due to the issues currently in the Philippines.
We also have action in Russia where we get an eight fight card including two title fights.
This show kicks off with debutant action as Yury Kashinsky (0-0) battles Yerbol Zholdybayev (0-0) in an all debutant contest and then Alexander Gomon (0-0) takes on Denis Kenzhegaliev (0-2). These two contests are the only 4 rounders on the show and will hopefully make a solid start to the night of action.
In the sole 6 round contest of the show the unbeaten Artem Merzlikin (2-0-1, 2) fights Ruslan Sirazhev (1-1) in an interesting looking Middleweight contest.
The bulk of this card is made up by 10 round contests of which we have 4 of. The least interesting of these is Karen Avetisyan (7-6-1, 3) against Bekzod Yunusov (6-2, 3). This contest looks like it's got “distance” written all over it with neither man being a big puncher and also neither man is really highly skilled or going to go particularly far in their career.
In other male 10 round bouts Eduard Troyanovsky (15-0, 12) will fight Michael Odhiambo (11-4, 9) in what looks like a very explosive contest, though one that Troyanovsky should win with out too many issues, and the promising Fedor Chudinov (7-0, 6) taking on Jimmy Colas (32-9, 13) in what looks like a good test for Chudinov.
We expect the first title fight will be a female bout as blonde bombshell Svetlana Kulakova (8-0, 1) attempts to defend her interim WBA Light Welterweight title. Kulakova will be facing the teak tough Kenyan Florence Muthoni (8-2-1, 3) who was unfortunate not to claim the IBO Welterweight title in her last fight. Whilst we strongly favour the talented Kulakova she could be forced to work for all 10 rounds to retain her belt.
In the biggest fight of the show the once beaten Pavel Mamontov (7-1-1, 1) will face Kanat Kartenbayev (10-6-1, 4) in a bout for the interim PABA Light Middleweight title. For a few days the winner of this contest will be the sole PABA Light Middleweight champion as we await the result from the up coming bout between Akinori Watanabe and Kyung-Suk Kwak to decide the true title holder.
As well as the bouts in Asia we also get a bout in Australia as Indonesian fighter Rasmanudin (17-4-2, 9) fights Filipino Roberto Lerio (16-17-1, 6) in what is a pretty easy looking fight for Rasmanudin on paper though should be genuinely tough in reality.
For the first time in almost a week we get professional back boxing in Japan though rather surprisingly it's South Korea that seem to have the best card of the day with Junggu Hall in Seoul hosting it.
With the best card happening in Korea lets start there for today's look at the upcoming action and it's fight poster.
The main event sees the highly talented Min-Wook Kim (10-1, 7) defending his OPBF Light Welterweight title for the 4th time. Kim, a talented puncher from Seoul will be facing former Japanese title challenger Valentine Hosokawa (16-3-3, 8) who lost last time out to Shinya Iwabuchi, who incidentally Kim beat in last contest. With their results against Iwabuchi fresh in the mind it's hard to pick against Kim.
The co-main event sees the WBO female Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (8-0, 5) attempt to defend her belt for the second time as she takes on former WBA female Atomweight champion Mari Ando (10-5, 5). On paper this looks like an excellent match up between two very highly regarded fighters who should put on a very good bout together.
As well as the fabulous double header the show also has a fantastic chief support bout as Korean Jaesung Lee (16-3-1, 9) fights unbeaten Filipino Ernesto Saulong (12-0, 5). The bout is a big step up for Saulong but he does take his unbeaten record into the ring with him and obviously the confidence that that brings with it.
With those 3 great bouts it's fair to say the rest of the card is a bit weak. The most noteworthy bouts from the remaining 7 undercard contests see Hyun-Kyum Park (3-0, 2) fighting Joon-Chul Kim (1-0) and Sung-Tak Joo (2-0-2, 1) facing Woo-Shin Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a rematch after they drew earlier this year. Both of these bouts are in the Welterweight division and both look competitive though when you consider they are “the best of the rest” you realise just how poor the undercard is.
The other undercard bouts see Moon-Sun Jung (1-1-2) fighting Sung-Joon Park (2-0) in a rematch of both fighter's debuts, Tae-Il Kim (1-0) looking for his second win as he takes on debutant Hyuk-Tak Joo (0-0), female action as Jong-Sun Park (1-0, 1) fight the debuting Ji-Eun Yang (0-0) and 2 all debutant bouts between Jung-Hoon Go (0-0) and Ja-Ik Goo (0-0) and Joo-Young Kim (0-0) and Hoo-Rak Kim (0-0).
It's not only in Korea where we get action as Japan hosts a 10 bout show at the Sakai city center.
The show kicks off with an all debutant affair. We're not certain but we think it'll be Kenjiro Shibata (0-0) against Takeshi Kajikawa (0-0). We expect to see several other debutants on the card, including a second all debutant bout between Ryuji Hayashi (0-0) and Kiyoshi Matsumoto (0-0).
The remaining debutants on the show are expected to be Takuya Fukuda (0-0) who we think will be facing Michio Mizuno (0-1), a fighter ending a 9 year break from the ring, and Yoshikawa Nana (0-0) debuting against a Thai in what we are expecting will be a 6 round contest.
As well as the bouts featuring a debuting fighter there are 3 others scheduled for 4 rounds. These will see Kazuma Uemura (1-0) meeting fellow unbeaten Takaaki Kanai (1-0, 1), Keita Honke (1-2) fighting Masahiko Jikan (0-2) and a bout between Hiroki Taniguchi (3-1-1) and Wataru Sadamichi (3-4-1, 2).
After the bouts are out of the way we get a trio of bouts scheduled for 8 bouts. The first of these is at Flyweight as Shunji Nagata (7-9-2, 3) who faces Takahiro Murai (8-4-1, 3). This bout isn't the best on the card but serves as a nice warm up to a Super Flyweight featuring Shota Kawaguchi (14-4-1, 5) against a Thai opponent.
The main event will see Yoichi Oguma (14-5, 2) in action taking on another visiting Thai. Unfortunately, once again, we have struggled to work out who is it.
We also believe that there will be a card in the Philippines that seems likely to feature 5 bouts, however there is talk that this card may now have been cancelled.
The opening bouts here will see Philip Cuerdo (0-0) making his debut against Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) in an entirely winable bout and Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1) fighting Junar Adante (0-0-1). Both of these bouts are scheduled for 4 rounds.
We then expect 3 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. The first of those is expected to be Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1). We expect this contest to go the 6 round distance and be genuinely competitive, although we do doubt both guys making a real name for themselves down the line.
We expect the Taduran/Florendo bout to be followed by a Feathwerweight contest between Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) and Edsil Jungco (0-4-4). With Talaman yet to see the final bell of a bout we'd be shocked if both men were still standing after 6.
The final bout is between Ruben Traza (3-4-2) taking on Lester Abutan (2-1-1, 1) in what looks like a competitive bout even if it's not hugely compelling.
SORRY-The Philippines card has apparently been POSTPONED until Thursday August 22nd.