Unlike many weekend's this Saturday isn't a massively busy day in the world of Asian boxing, though it is a massively important one thanks to a major card in Russia and a notable card in Japan as well as two interesting bouts in the US.
We'll start by looking at the Japanese card, a card entitled the "518th Dynamic Glove".
This Japanese show opens with a bout between the debuting Wataru Takeda (0-0) and the 1 fight novice Ryuhei Takahashi (0-1), We can't really say much about this bout, or the subsequent contest between novices Masayuki Ichikawa (1-0, 1) and Takashi Yamaguchi (1-1).
After the opening two bouts we get the cards first genuinely good looking contest as Takenori Ohashi (10-3, 7) battles Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3) in an evenly matched bout on paper. Although looking at the two men Ohashi would start as a favourite it's worth noting that Takahashi has been unfortunate in his most recent loss, a bout with the unbeaten Gosuke Seki.
In the show's fourth contest former OPBF champion Yukinori Oguni (10-1, 2) begins the process. Oguni was shocked earlier this year by the under-rated Shingo Wake and will be hoping that he's not beaten in a second successive bout as he takes on Yuki Iwasaki (11-3, 6) who is highly ranked by both the OPBF and the JBC.
The show's fifth bout is the first of two title bouts on the show as Suyon Takayama (18-1, 7) defends his Japanese Welterweight title for the second time. It's difficult to imagine Takayama being upset by the #12 ranked Japanese title challenger Cobra Suwa (12-10, 5), who himself is best known for losing a OPBF title effort earlier this year to Akinori Watanabe.
The main event of this show sees OPBF Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (25-4-1, 7) defending his title over 12 rounds against Filipino Rey Labao (24-4, 16) in what should be an excellent bout. We favour Kato but Labao has got the power to neutralise Kato's edge in skill.
If the Japanese card is a notable one then it's fair to say that the big action is in Russia. The main event in Moscow sees Russian Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18) attempting to claim the WBA "super", WBC, IBF, Ring Magazine and IBO titles as he battles Ukraining Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51) in what promises to be the most notable Heavyweight fight of the year.
The Povetkin/Klitschko bout isn't the only Heavyweight clash on the show, despite the fact it takes up the whole poster, with Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev (21-2-1, 20) battling Jovo Pudar (30-3, 17) in the second Heavyweight bout on the show. We believe this bout will be for the PABA Heavyweight title, giving the winner a real chance at fighting for the vacant WBA "regular belt" next time out.
As well as the two Heavyweight clashes we also have two very interesting looking Cruiserweight bouts. The most interesting of the two sees unbeaten Pole Mateusz Masternak (30-0, 22) battling Russian Grigory Drozd (36-1, 25) in a fight for the European title whilst in the second bout recent world title challenger Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-1, 12) fights Giulian Ilie (20-6-2, 6). This will be Chakhkiev's first bout since losing to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk back in June.
The only other bout on the Russian card that we're aware of is a Middleweight bout that features Fedor Chudinov (7-0, 6) taking on Kenyan Daniel Wanyonyi (18-5-2, 15) in what promises to be explosive one way or another.
In the US Russian Lightweight Andrey Klimov (16-0, 8) looks to become the spoiler as he takes on fast rising American Terence Crawford (21-0, 16) whilst on the came card Vietnam's Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6) takes on unbeaten Puerto Rican Jayson Velez (20-0, 15). It's hard to see anything but wins for the two unbeaten men here though if they get upset then it really would be worth noting.
The final bout of interest in regards to ourselves takes place in Germany as Bakhtiyar Iskenderzade (8-3, 1) of Azerbaijan, battles Josef Holub (2-58-1) in what looks likely to be Iskenderzade fight victory following back to back defeats.
What a great day today looks like being. We not only have Asian fighters competing around the globe but we also have a chance to crown an Asian world champion and the continuation a modern day Asian great.
In Hyogo, Japan we see the return to the ring of Hozumi Hasegawa (31-4, 13) who is fighting for just the 3rd time since being stopped by Jhonny Gonzalez back in April 2011. Hasegawa has, on paper anyway, a very easy nights work as he takes on Thai Veerapol Sor Chantasith (3-3). With Chantasith having not fought at all in 3 years it's almost certain that Hasegawa is looking to just shake off some rust.
Also in Japan though in Tokyo is action for Kuninobu Shimamura (14-2, 9) who will face Yusuke Kikuchi (11-4, 4) in what should be a pretty even match up. This card also features Rokuhei Suzuki (7-4-2, 3) who fights Takenori Ohashi (9-3, 6) in what should again be an excellently matched bout.
In Thailand we have a chance to see Kompayak Porpramook (49-4, 34) attempt to claim the "interim" WBA Flyweight title as he faces Jean Piero Perez (20-5-1, 14). This bout has been fully previewed here.
In the Philippines the "Southville 3 Multi-purpose Gymnasium" hosts arguably the biggest card of the day. The main event of the card sees unbeaten youngster Cris Paulino (10-0, 3) attempt to claim the Filipino (GAB) Flyweight title from Ardin Diale (19-7-3, 6). This is a bout we're looking forward to and have heard really things about Paulino who some view as one of the more over-looked Filipino youngsters.
The same Filipino card sees Jaymart Toyco (11-3, 7) looking for his 7th straight victory as he takes on Jovel Romasasa (10-9, 4) over 10 rounds, in fact the card features 3 bouts scheduled for 10. The other 2 longer bouts see Dan Nazareno Jr (17-10, 13) taking on Alejandro Anas (4-11-1, 2) and Virgil Puton (8-3, 3) fighting Rex Olisa (9-18-1, 7).
With 4 bouts schedules for 8 it's the Donaire name that stands out as Richard Donaire (5-7-1, 2), the cousin of Nonito Donaire, faces Pit Anacaya (8-19-2, 1). The other 8 round bouts feature the promising Robert Udtuhan (18-1-2, 12) who fights Edison Berwela (11-25-6, 2), Mike Espanosa (10-6, 6) who is pitted against Jeson Berwela (4-13, 2) and Angelito Merin (5-2-2, 1) who's matched with Jonathan Ligas (4-4-1).
Over the 6 round distance Richard Claveras (2-0-2, 2) will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record as he goes up against Richie Bagaan (1-1-1). The card's only 4 rounder sees the unbeaten Joel Taduran (1-0) taking on debutant Jean Luis Araneta (0-0).
In international action Chinese born Kazakh Kanat Islam (10-0, 9) looks for his biggest win in the pro ranks as he faces the experienced Colombian Emilio Julio Julio (26-10-2, 19). The 2008 Olympic bronze medal winner, has been incredibly active and this will be his 11th fight in just 7 months yet with his amateur pedigree and genuine power. We're excited about this guys potential and think he's really one to keep an eye out for.
There is also international action for Filipino Ronald Pontillas (15-5-3, 7) who travels all the way to Ghana to face Emmanuel Tagoe (20-1, 8) for the
vacant WBA International Super Featherweight title and the WBO Africa Super Featherweight title. We've got to admit, we have no idea how Pontillas qualifies for the WBO Africa title but good luck to "Unpredictable" .