After the busy action on Friday it's perhaps only fair that Saturday is somewhat less busy, in terms of both major fights and fights in total. That's not to say there are not fights of interest, just fewer of them then Friday's ridiculously busy scheduled.
The most noteworthy of the cards, at least in regards to Asian action, is at the Korakuen Hall where Teiken put on “The 520th Dynamic Glove” 6 fight show. The reason this show is so notable is because it sees the return of former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-1-1, 19). Kamegai, who suffered the sole loss of his career last time out against Johan Perez, the current WBA interim Light Welterweight champion, will be hoping to claim the OPBF Welterweight title as he battles Australian Tim Hunt (16-3, 6) in what looks like a fantastic match up.
As well as the OPBF title fight there are 5 other bouts on the card. Unfortunately these are all somewhat lacking with the chief support contest being one between Hayato Hokazono (16-4-1, 9) and Yuya Okazaki (8-6-1, 2). When you consider this is the best of the other contests on offer you can see the clear drop off.
Although the quality of the bouts drops off, one of the other support bouts does feature the very interesting Hiroyuki Otsuka (6-1, 5) who will be looking to show off his power as he fights the much lighter punching Hayato Yamaguchi (10-4-1, 1). Otsuka looks like a wrecking ball at 108lbs and he could well become a domestic star just due to his power. If he can develop skills to match his power there is no doubt he could end up competing on the world stage somewhere down the line.
This show begins with the debut of Ryo Matsubara (0-0) who takes on Shinichi Hoshino (1-1). Aged 22 there seems to be some hope that Matsubara will become a notable name though with a 17-7 amateur record we'll reserve our expectation of him.
The two remaining contests will see Tsubasa Matsuo (7-2, 3) fighting against Masajiro Honda (4-3, 3) and the unbeaten Masaya Tamayama (1-0, 1) taking on Kensuke Sakamoto (3-4, 1) in what appear to be typical undercard bouts.
As well as the Tokyo card this is a second Japanese card, with this one taking place in Hyogo.
This show, put on by Shinsei promotions will see several Japanese fighters taking on Thai opponents.
The main event sees Yuhei Suzuki (13-3, 10) taking one such Thai foe. We're unsure, as we are with the 4 Thai's on this show, who he actually is but Suzuki should be favoured we'd expect, in fact we're expecting Suzuki to be matched very easily. The same also applied to the promising Takahiro Shigee (9-0-1, 7) and Yuki Yonaha (2-0, 2) who also face Thai opponents that we're expecting will be stopped.
The one bout where a Thai opponent may give the Japanese fighter some problems is the fight involving Tokiya Nishioka (6-3-2, 2). Nishioka looks to be a much lesser fighter fighter than Suzuki, Shigee and Yonaha.
As well as the 4 bouts pitting Japanese fighters against Thai's there are also two all-Japanese bouts. In these we expect to see Eita Kikuchi (14-3-4, 6) fighting against Taiki Minamoto (7-3, 6) and the debut of Makihito Fuji (0-0) who will be facing Makoto Mizoshita (0-1).
Outside of Asia we expect 4 bouts featuring an Asian interest. Of those 4 bouts the most interesting, by far, is that of Olympic gold medal winner Egor Mekhontsev (0-0) of Russia. Mekhontsev, a very, very talented amateur begins his professional by fighting against PJ Cajagas (0-2-1) in the USA. We expect this fight to be streamed live on Top Rank TV alongside another bout featuring a Russian.
This second bout in the US will see the unbeaten Matt Korobov (21-0, 12) fighting against Derek Edwards (26-2-1, 13). Korobov is a fighter who really needs an impressive performance, unfortunately we can't see him having it here. If he continues to merely “go through the motions” then his career will never reach the heady heights he was expected to reach, in fact Korobov will never even come close to them. We're hoping that Korobov's failure to develop on his potential will not be followed by Mekhontsev.
As well as the bouts in the USA there will also be two contests in Australia. One of these will see Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee (12-6, 8) taking on Luke Jackson (2-0, 1) whilst the other will see Amnart Pakdee Gym (1-1, 1) fighting against Nathaniel May (3-0, 2). It'd be a shock if either of the Thai's win here despite only taking on novices themselves.
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.