Finally it appears that Japanese fans can have a break after several days of action. Saying that however Asian boxing fans in general can't as we get title action in Thailand.
Although we're unsure on the full we know one of the bouts sees the experienced Sirimongkol Singwancha (74-2, 46), AKA Sirimongkol Singmanasak, defending his WBC Asia Council Continental Welterweight title for the 3rd time. The experience Sirimongkol, a former WBC Bantamweight and WBC Super Fetherweight world champion will be taking on Filipino Giovani Rota (7-5, 4).
On paper this is a total mismatch in terms of level and record. Unfortunately it's even worse when you realise Rota has lost his last 2 by stoppage and lost 3 of his last 6 all at a lower weight than this contest.
This bout, along with others on the card will be on Channel 7 in Thailand and although this appears to be a mismatch we do expect some good action somewhere on the card.
Today we seem to have all the action in Thailand, in fact we believe there are two cards in Bangkok.
One of those takes place at the Thonburi University Gym as PABA Welterweight "Super" champion Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (21-0, 15) defends his title against Filipino challenger Randy Suico (31-9-1, 26) who is dropping down from Middleweight to a more natural 147lbs.
Although Suico enters this bout with 3 losses in his last 5 bouts they have all been above Welterweight and it's likely that he'll be more at home here, even if he is still better suited to Light Welterweight. For Teerachai's it's probably time that he thought about moving up a level and trying to hunt down the best Welterweights in Japan, though this bout is no given despite Suico's recent record.
The other card, that takes place at the 13 Coins Resort, sees veteran Sirimongkol Singmanasak (73-2, 45) defending his WBC Asia Council Continental Welterweight title for the second time whilst compatriot Ekapol Singwancha (14-1, 10) looks to defend the Light Welterweight version of the title.
We're unsure who Sirimongkol will be facing though believe that Ekapol will be fighting Filipino Edgar Gabejan (24-29-6, 7) who is 0-10 in Thailand.
After several busy weeks with mid-week title fights it seems "normality" has resumed and this weeks bouts kick off on Tuesday.
At the Rangsit International Stadium in Thailand veteran, multi-time world champion Sirimongkol Singmanasak (70-2, 42) attempts to defend his WBC Asia Council Continental Welterweight title for the first time. The 36 year old Thai will be facing novice 24 year old Mohamadreza Hamze (2-1) of Iran.
Although the match is a mismatch on paper, it's a rematch of Hamze's debut in which he managed to survive 12 rounds with Singmanasak, though lost a unanimous decision by a score of 119-108 on all 3 cards. That bout, back in 2011 saw Hamze looking very impressive for a debutant, though he does have a solid kick-boxing background which is likely why he has been matched so tough as a professional.