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.
With the week starting on a high with the action on Tuesday it feels a bit strange to need to wait until Friday for any sort of action, though that's what we've had to do this week. Thankfully after a couple of quiet days the action really does get immediately back under swing with decent cards in both Thailand and the Philippines.
We'll start by looking at the Thai card which will be televised by Thai Channel 7.
The main event in Thailand sees former world champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (28-5-1, 11) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (11-26-6, 2). This looks like a mismatch but Berwela does have the potential to give Suriyan a genuinely tough contest.
Although their is a former world title holder in the main event there is also a current world champion on the card with Suriyan's stablemate Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (20-3-1, 19), the current WBC Super Flyweight champion, fighting in a none title bout. Srisaket will, like Suriyan, be fighting a tough Filipino journeyman in the form of Roque Lauro (9-15-4, 2), a fighter who has been stopped just twice.
As was as Suriyan's sablemate being on the card, so to is his brother Nawaphon Por Chokchai (16-0, 11). Nawaphon will be facing the very limited Phalangchai Sithsaithong (0-1) in what appears to be little more than a record padding bout for the very promising Nawaphon.
The remaining bouts on the show see Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (22-3, 17) taking on Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym (3-10-1, 2) and the unbeaten Kongfah Nakornluang (5-0, 2) taking on the debuting Manachai Sor Ratidech (0-0).
Over in the Philippines ARCI Boxing Promotion appear to put on an excellently deep card.
The show is expected to kick off with the debuting Jim Claude Manangquil (0-0) taking on Romnick Dejano (2-6, 1) and fellow debutant Daffy Dempo (0-0) battling Valeriano Gabriel (1-3) in the two bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The sole 6 round bout on the show sees Menard Abila (3-1, 1) takes on Mabert Paulino (2-15) before a series of 3 bouts scheduled over the 8 round distance,. These 8 round bouts will see Zoren Pama (4-7-3, 2) facing Raymond Empic (2-2, 1), JC Francisco (3-6-1) battling Sherwin McDo Lungay (7-23-2) and Renerio Arizala (6-0-1, 3) fighting Rey Morano (8-36-1, 1).
The reamining 6 bouts on the show are all scheduled for 10 rounds.
These first of the 10 rounders will see Renren Tesorio (11-3-3, 3) battling Ricky Oyan (4-17-2, 2), Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) fighting Jeson Berwela (4-14, 2) and Felipe Cagubcob Jr (1-0-3) fighting Rowel Rosia (4-2, 2).
In a much more interesting contest former world title challenger Jether Oliva (18-1-2, 10) takes on Rissan Muelas (6-5, 4). This looks like a mismatch but Oliva did suffer an unexpected draw last time out to Lester John Pronco and will know that a lot is riding on this contest.
On paper the second most noteworthy contest sees the unbeaten Renren Pasignahin (5-0-1, 1) taking on the experienced Richard Garcia (24-16-1, 6). This is far from an easy assignment for Pasignahin though he'll be aware that a win will see him really moving up the domestic rankings and possibly moving into a national title fight.
Talking about national title fights the main event is actually one such fight as the very promising Harmonito Dela Torre (9-0, 5) fights for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Featherweight title. Dela Torre, a fighter who does appear to be one of those hidden Filipino gems will be facing off against the much more experienced Richard Olisa (23-21-2, 12).
Although Olisa is 1-10 in his last 11 bouts those losses have generally come to solid fighters such as Roberto Gonzales, Bernabe Concepcion, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and Marlon Tapales, so he's certainly not a shot fighter just a very hard matched on.
A new weekend kicks off with the regular boxing from Thailand as well as a wonderful show from Japan that has up licking our lips.
As we know it's televised we'll start with the Thai card which is from the King Ramesuan Provincal Stadium in Lop Buri and will be televised live on Thai Channel 7.
The card is expected to feature 3 or 4 bouts, though unfortunately we only have details on 2 of them. The main event sees Nawaphon Por Chokchai (15-0, 11) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight title for the 5th time as he takes on Filipino Roque Lauro (9-14-4, 2). Lauro is unlikely to score the upset but we wouldn't put it beyond him to make life difficult for Nawaphon.
With Nawaphon in the main event it's interesting to see current world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (19-3-1, 18) in the chief support bout. Srisaket, fighting in a stay busy fight returns to the ring for the first time since stopping Yota sato for the WBC Super Flyweight title back in May. Srisaket will be facing Joan Imperial (9-2-5, 4) in what really should be little more than a pubic sparring session for the destructive Srisaket.
In Tokyo we have a 10 bout show with 7 bouts being part of the "Rookie of the Year" tournament and 3 being very well matched bouts with unbeaten fighters.
Of those 3 bouts two take place at Super Featherweight as Masayuki Ito (10-0-1, 3) faces Taiki Minamoto (7-2, 6) and Tatsuya Yanagi (8-0, 3) takes on Keisuke Arima (8-7-1, 1).
Of those two bouts it's certainly the Ito/Minamoto bout that serves the most interest. Both fighters are 22 and whilst Minimoto has the lesser record and has been stopped twice he has seriously hurtful power and seems to be a bit of a "stop me or I'll stop you" fighter. If Ito boxes to his best he should be able to claim a decision, if he gets tagged we may end up with an excellent bout.
In the other Super Featherweight it's very hard to see a way in which Arima defeats Yanagi. It looks likely to be a clear 8 round decision in favour of Yanagi.
The other "non-Rookie" bout sees Super Flyweight prospect Katsunori Nagamine (8-0, 5) taking on the power punching Akira Tsurumi (10-4, 10). We do like Nagamine but need to admit we are worried for him here if he gets caught by Tsurumi who is 35 but can still bang.
From the "Rookie" section of the card we think (please note we may be slightly wrong on these) that Kazuyuki Wakamatsu (3-0, 3) will be facing Akio Tomiyama (4-3, 3) in a very interesting Lightweight bout. In the same division Kenji Ishii (3-1, 3) will be up against 19 year old Ryosuke Takami (1-0, 1).
Sadly we've no idea on the other 5 bouts from the "Rookie of the Year" tournament, though we believe that the bouts will consist of1 Light Welterweight bout, 1 Super Featherweight contest, 2 Featherweight contests and a Bantamweight bout.
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.
Whilst it's fair to say that tomorrow (May 4th) will see every boxing fan watching major bouts from Europe (Wladimir Klitschko v Francesco Pianeta) and America (Floyd Mayweather Jr v Robert Guerrero and Abner Mares v Daniel Ponce De Leon) today is about fights in Asia.
Not only do we see a Japanese fighter attempting to make history but we also see 2 former world champions in action as they attempts to make their way back to the top in what promises to be an excellent day of fights in Thailand.
The highlight appears to be in Si Sa Ket with a card headlined by WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato (26-2-1, 12) defending his belt against the thunderously powerful Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (18-3-1, 17). This bout will not only be the 3rd defense of the title by Sato but also holds an historic value, is Sato wins he'll be the first ever defending world champion to win a title defense in Thailand. This bout, in full, has been previewed here.
On the same card as the Sato bout there is also action from former champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (20-5-1, 10) the man that Sato beat for the title last year. Suriyan will be expected to score his 6th victory since his loss to Sato when he steps in to the ring against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (11-26-6, 2), who will be fighting for the second time in around a week (after having lost a split decision to Robert Udtuhan).
The card will also see the unbeaten Nawaphon Por Chokchai (13-0, 10), the younger brother of Suriyan, in action. Nawaphon will be facing Michael Rodriguez (13-36-1, 3) in what appears to be an easy victory. Also on the card are Chaiyong Sithsaithong (29-10-3, 21) who will face Jen Yu Jia (2-4-1, 1) and Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (19-3-0-1, 16) who looks to bounce back after being stopped by Nabuo Nashiro a few weeks ago, he'll be facing debutant Pansak Sor Ratidech (0-0).
Also in Thailand we see the return to the ring of former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (43-2, 28) who looks for his first victory since losing his title to Paulus Ambunda back in March. Sor Singyu will be facing Filipino Fredirex Rodriguez (11-2-1, 8) for the WBO International Bantamweight title. With Sor Singyu being as good as he is we'd expect him to come out victorious here and perhaps try and force a rematch with Ambunda (and lets be honest, like anyone would dislike that!)
As well as the bouts in Thailand, there is also a low profile card in the Philippines. The main bout here is in the Light Flyweight division as Jomar Fajardo (11-4-1, 5) takes on durable journeyman Ruther del Castillo (8-18-8, 2). The other bouts on the card, feature 3 unbeaten men as Renren Pasignahin (4-0-1, 1), Ian Ligutan (4-0-1, 2) and Lloyd Jardeliza (3-0-2, 2) are in action. Sadly only Pasignahin's opponent is known and he'll be fighting Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3)
Outside of Asia, Australia again hosts action with Thai pair Kiatchai Singwancha (32-9, 21) and Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (29-11, 19) both in action. Although both men have solid records they have been brought to Australia as "opponents" for two Aussie fighters who are expected to score relatively easy but yet notable victories. Fingers crossed that the plan backfires!