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.
The week goes out on a high here with an excellent day of boxing through out the Asian boxing world with a card in Thailand and one in Japan as well as Asian fighters in action around the world.
The most notable single bout takes place in Thailand as PABA Bantamweight champion Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (48-2, 32) defends his belt against Alvin Bais (13-1, 3).
In Japan we get the latest in the "Dangan" shows, "Dangan 82".
This Japanese show is a triple header of action with a trio of Japanese ranked fighters in action. These will see Yuki Ogata (18-0-1, 3), #1 ranked Japanese Featherweight, taking on Atsushi Suzuki (8-8-6, 2) in what amounts to a stay busy. Unfortunately all 3 of the main fights do look that way with Tsuyoshi Tojo (11-12-3, 2), the #4 ranked Japan Super Feather fighting Kazuhiro Kitano (7-6, 4) and the Kentaro Masuda (16-6, 9) the #3 ranked Japan Bantamweight taking on Yohei Kudo (9-5-1, 4).
On the undercard there is 7 bouts. The show kicks off with a female contest between Marina Isami (1-1) and Kumi Oishi (1-1, 1) before we get a trio of all-debutant match ups. These will see Sasō Hitsuki (0-0) taking on Iwasaki Shunsuke (0-0), Arioka Kosuke (0-0) fighting Yusuke Noriyuki (0-0) and Ishikawa Tatsuo (0-0) battling Takaya Matsumaru (0-0).
After the trio of all-debutant contests we have another debutant in action as Ichimura Renji (0-0) fights Shinsuke Hoda (3-4-1, 1).
Following the bouts involving debutants we then get two more bouts at a low level seeing Yutaka Motoyoshi (2-6, 2) against Naoki Nakashima (2-5) and Atsushi Kudo (1-2-1, 1) fight Yutaka Ekawa(1-2) before we get the trio of main fights.
At the Southport Sharks AFL Club in Queensland, Japan's Shigetaka Yonezawa (7-7-2, 2) will be looking to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title. Sadly it's unlikely that Yonezawa will manage to claim the belt as he takes on Les Sherrington (32-6, 19), who comes in to the bout on a decent 5 fight winning streaking
Yonezawa isn't the only Asian in action in Australia with more action in Queensland as well as fights in Perth.
On a card in Brisbane, Queensland Tanyakorn Sor Thammajak (0-2) battles female world champion Shannon O'Connell (8-2, 5), whilst on the Perth card Nuengsiam Kiatsongsang (0-5) will be taking on the unbeaten Nathaniel May (1-0) and Singdet Nonpitayakom (11-14-1, 8) will fight Robbie Bryant (17-2-1, 8).
The international action continues in the US as unbeaten Filipino Joebert Alvarez (12-0-1, 5) fights for the first time away from home. We expect Alvarez's contest to be shown on Telemundo though unfortunately we haven't got a listed opponent as of yet.
The start of a new weekend and we get action across Asia with cards in Japan Thailand and China.
Of all the shows it's the one in Thailand that has the most noteworthy contest as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (47-2, 31) defends his PABA Bantamweight title against Filipino Nathan Bolcio (11-5-2, 4). Bolcio returns to Thailand for his third fight in the country, though he is 0-2 there with both losses coming by T/KO and it'd be a major shock if he defeated Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat.
In China we have what appears to be a 6 bout show.
The main event in China sees Australian Heavyweight Alex Leapai (28-4-3, 23) attempt to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title against American based Mexican Felipe Romero (16-6-1, 11). We're not too sure how Romero qualifies for an "Asia Pacific" title fight though it's fair to say that Leapai will be strongly favoured anyway.
The Leapai/Romero bout isn't the only title fight on the show with China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (7-2, 3) battling Filipino Jilo Merlin (13-16-2, 2) for the currently vacant vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. A victory for the 23 year old Jun would be by far the best on his record though really does seem likely considering how well Jun fought against Jonathan Baat in Japan in both of his losses.
Although the top 2 contests are genuinely notable the remaining 4 contests on the show are hard to card too much about. The most interesting of them sees Zhang Yong Ming (0-0) in a battle of debutants with Thailand's Denkapton Pakdee Gym (0-0). The 6 round contest hopefully speaks about Ming's potential more than anything else.
The remaining bouts on the show see Xiang Jing (4-3) taking on the debuting Aekarthit Kanyaprom (0-0), Lu Erhaci (0-0) fighting Kenyan fighter Leonard (0-0) in an all debutant clash and in a female bout Hu Die (1-0) will face Indian debutant Saroj (0-0).
The card in Japan currently has 5 bouts listed on boxrec.com though we believe that there will actually be 7 contests on the card.
The most notable contest on the Japanese card is a bout between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (20-1-3, 9) and Yukinori Hisanaga (15-4-2, 9). Hisagana, ranked #9 in Japan at 122lbs, will be hoping to score his 5th successive victory as he attempts to claim the Japanese title against the talented Otake.
The chief support bout on the Japanese card sees Kazuaki Moriya (11-3, 1) facing Masashi Tada (10-3-1, 7) over 8 rounds. Tada, the #5 ranked Japanese Minimimumweight, moves up to Flyweight to face the #11 ranked Japanese Light Flyweight. Although on paper it may not look like a great contest we dare say that it could be a show stealer.
Also in 8 round action are Takaaki Ishikawa (9-4, 5) and Ganbare Shota (10-3-1, 2) who face each other in what looks like a potentially competitive contests even if it's not got any major names involved.
The show is expected to open with Yamato Kikuchi (2-3-2) in action against the ubeaten Yuji Okinori (4-0, 1). This bout, a 4 round contest at Flyweight would be a good opener in all honesty with Kikuchi always proving to be a competitive fighter whether he wins or loses. Unfortunately despite knowing there is another Flyweight bout to open the show we're unaware of who is going to be in the bout sadly.
In the 3rd fight of the show Ippei Azuma (1-0, 1) will fight fellow unbeaten Kota Okui (1-0) in a Bantamweight contest before we go into the only 6 round bout of the contest between Atsushi Hosogai (4-7) and Tomoya Murata (5-3, 2).
Currently Boxrec also lists a contest between Toshinobu Kondo (6-2, 6) and Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3). We are under the belief that this bout has now been called off, though unfortunately we're not totally certain as to why.
To begin a new weekend we actually start with a regional title bout as Thai veteran Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (46-2, 30) defends his PABA Bantamweight "Super title".
Despite being a genuine veteran and a fighter who wouldn't look too out of place in a world title bout Rachawat is facing French novice Tarek Krab (1-4, 1).
As a boxer Krab is better known by the name Anthony Romphogym and is actually based in Thailand. Unfortunately for Krab being based in Thailand has been a painful experience and he has suffered losses to Medgoen Singsurat, Pungluang Sor Singyu and Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym. This is likely to be another.
Other than the Rachawat/Krab bout we're unsure what will be on the card but it will be televised on Thai Channel 7 at 14:30 local time.
Outside of Asia, the Iranian born Fatah Baghban (8-5, 5) is expected to fight in his adopted homeland of Las Palmas in Spain. Baghban is likely to face Adasat Rodriguez (8-2-1, 6).
In the US the hard punching Filipino Jundy Maraon (15-0-1, 12) looks to move a step closer to a world title fight as he faces fellow unbeaten Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7) in what is being described as a WBA Bantamweight title eliminator.
Payano is highly regarded (WBA #5, WBC #11 and IBF #14) whilst Maraon actually enters this bout unranked, despite this there is real belief in the Maraon camp