This weekend's final card, as far as we're aware, takes place in Japan thanks to Gurintsuda promotions who put on a 6 fight card with a very intriguing main event.
The show kicks off with a bout between winless fighters as Daichi Nakajima (0-2) takes on Takaichi Tsujimoto (0-3). This bout is hard to get too excited about but we'll assume it will actually be a good contest with both men giving their all to claim their first victory.
In the show's second bout the unbeaten Yuji Itani (2-0, 2), returning from more than a year out of action, faces Brazilian born Japanese fighter Kener Lucas (1-1). Following the Itani/Lucas bout we expect to see Hiroki Taniguchi (4-1-1, 1) extending his 3 fight winning streak as he fights Taisei Higashi (4-6, 4), who himself is on a 3 fight losing streak.
Talking about streaks the show's fourth contest sees Shinya Takahashi (6-7-1) attempting to break a 5 fight skid as he takes on 18 year old Hikaru Matsuoka (3-1-3, 1). For this contest we favour the youngster, obviously given Takahashi's recent form.
The show's penultimate match up see's the once beaten Yasunori Kishigami (7-1-1, 4) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately, and as is often the case, we've struggled to find out who the Thai opponent is, though looking at Kishigami's record we'd not expect to see him tested in this fight.
In the main event, and easily the most interesting bout on the card by a mile, we see the highly ranked Takahiro Yamamoto (10-3, 7), ranked #4 by the OPBF, attempting to defend his rating as he takes on domestic rival Ippei Aoki (10-2, 6). For Aoki this is a huge opportunity and with both men taking 4 fight winning runs in to the bout it makes for a very promising and well matched contest. Hopefully it lives up to expectations.
Just over a week after we had two world title fights in Asia, we have 2 more as Hiroki Ioka puts on an excellent looking 9 fight show show in Osaka, with a world title double header stealing the headlines.
The main fight on the show see's Hiroki's nephew, Kazuto Ioka (12-0, 8) defending his WBA Light Flyweight title as he takes on experienced Thai Kwanthai Sithmorseng (43-1-1, 22), a former WBA Minuimumweight champion. This will be Ioka's second successive defense against a Thai and much like previous challenger Wisanu Kokietgym, it's hard to see the Thai surviving the distance, never mind putting up a real challenge to the talented Japanese youngster.
In the co-main feature Kazuto Ioka's most notable stablemate, Ryo Miyazaki (19-0-3, 11), is in action defending his WBA Minimumweight title. Miyazaki faces current WBA "interim" champion Jesus Silvestre (27-3, 20) in a WBA unification bout, and arguable the most exciting bout on the card. Unlike Ioka/Kwanthai this bout really does look like it's competitive and could be very, very tough for the unbeaten Japanese fighter.
Splitting the two main events on the show is a bout for Filipino Malcolm Tunacao (32-3-3, 20). The experienced Filipino appears to be matched incredibly easily as he battles Thai novice Imron Lookkhlongtan (0-2), though this is likely a bout to see if Tunacao has much left after his loss earlier this year to Shinsuke Yamanaka.
In the fourth most notable bout the unbeaten Sho Ishida (13-0, 6) takes on former PABA champion Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (22-6-1, 9). Although Ishida will be a clear favourite we expect this to be a genuinely tough contest for the unbeaten man.
The card opens with Chocoboy Oizumi (0-2-1) in action against a debutant that we believe is Jo Masaru (0-0), though we may be wrong. The Oizumi bout will be followed by Hikaru Matsuoka (3-1-2,1) against Toshiya Yokogawa (4-4, 4) before Takahiro Yamamoto (9-3, 6) takes on a Thai opponent, who unfortunately we're struggling to name.
Also on the card are two reserve bouts, or rather we think they are more precisely "floaters". These will see Daiya Shimazu (2-0, 2) fighting Takumi Imasato (3-2) and the debut of Hashizume Masayoshi (0-0) against an opponent that we can't identify
For those interested the fight poster for this show can be found here.
As well as the show in Tokyo we are also expecting a show in the Philippines and one in Thailand.
In the Philippines we expect to see the always fun to watch Lorenzo Villanueva (24-1, 22) in action as he hard hitter takes on the durable journeyman Alvin Makiling (9-6-3, 2). Villanueva, dubbed "Thunderbolt", wil be lookign for his third straight victory since his stoppage loss to Daud Cino Yordan last year.
On the same card we're anticipating action from Rolando Magbanua (22-2, 15), who is thought to have been matched with Roland Teofilo (10-17-2, 3) and former world title challenger Rommel Asenjo (23-3, 18) who is expected to blast through Brobro Languido (4-10-1, 1).
The show's opener is arguably the most interesting bout however as the promising Roskie Cristobal (5-0, 5) fights Eric Mansira (1-10, 1). On paper this looks as much of a mismatch as the rest of the card though it's actually a step up of sorts for Cristobal who's opponents so far had just a combined 8 fights between them.
In Thailand, and we're assuming live on Thai Channel 7, Norasing Kokietgym (7-0-1, 5) is expected to defend his PABA title, though we're unsure if this bout will actually take place with the PABA not yet listing an opponent for Norasing.
Today we have two cards of note, one in Japan and one in South Korea with no less than 4 title bouts, including an amazing 3 world title bouts!
The best action, at least on paper appears to be the Japanese card as Kazuto Ioka (11-0, 7) defends his WBA Light Flyweight for title for the first time whilst taking on Thai veteran Wisanu Kokietgym (43-8-2, 13). This will be only be Ioka's second bout at 108lbs since winning his first world title 2 years ago, though the idea seems to be to match Ioka and WBA "super" champion Roman Gonzalez in the near future. A full preview of this title clash can be found here.
Ioka's stable mate Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10) also makes the first defense of his world title, the WBA Minimumweight belt, as he takes on the relatively unknown Mexican Carlos Velarde (23-2-1, 13). Miyazaki, who won the title by defeating the always fun to watch Kompayak Porpramook via split decision will be the favourite though plenty of questions do remain about the unbeaten Japanese youngster. Again we've got a full profile of this bout here.
As well as the two WBA title bouts on the Japanese card there will also be at least 3 other bouts. They include the hard hitting Masao Nakamura (14-1, 14) facing the thrice beaten Thai EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (7-3, 4). This will be Nakamura's 3rd pro bout since being upset by unheralded Filipino Ronald Pontillas back in 2011. Unbeaten prospect Sho Ishida (12-0, 6) will also be looking for a victory as he battles Tawanrung Eausampan (5-1, 2) and the 22 year old Takahiro Yamamoto (8-3, 6) will be wanting to score his 3rd straight win as he goes up against Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (10-9-1, 5).
In South Korea the headline bouts see Hyun-Mi Choi (6-0-1, 2) defending her WBA Female Featherweight title against Shannon O'Connell (7-1, 4) and Nam-Joon Lee (7-4-2, 3) defending his South Korean Featherweight title against Bong-Joon Suk (5-1-1, 1). The female world title bout looks excellent on paper with the unbeaten champion facing a determined Australian whilst the national title bout looks even better. Don't be surprised if at least 1 title doesn't change hands.
The undercard in this Korean show is a bit weaker than the Japanese undercard but still there is some intrigue there. First you have promising female fighter Dan-Bi Kim (7-2-1, 2) facing off against Hye-Soo Park (2-6-1). The expectation is a win for kim though you need to go back 2 years to see Park's last loss. A bout between novice Jae-Woo Lee (3-1, 3) and Jong-Won Won (7-11-1, 3) is a step up for Lee, who genuinely could be unbeaten at this point in his career.
The opening of the card is a showcase for 8 novice as Je-Ni Ma (3-1-2, 3) fights Sang-Joon Park (3-2-1), Ji-Hoon Kim (0-0) (no not that one!) faces Moon-Sun Jung (0-1), Da-Won Suh (0-1) battles Se-Joon Song (0-0) and debutants collide with Tae-Il Kim and Hyun-Shik Kim both making their pro debuts against each other.