For a third successive day we have action in Japan and for a fourth successive day we also have title action involving an Asian fighter.
We'll start with that title bout which takes place in Busan as Myung-Koo Yuh (11-4-1, 6) takes on Thai visitor Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (10-6-1, 5) in a battle for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title. This will Yuh's fourth title bout and so far he is 1-2 in them having only won a South Korea Light Flyweight title bout. For Wisaruth it's surprisingly his first, though it will be his sixth contest outside of his home, he currently sports a record of 0-5 outside of Thailand.
Unfortunately aside from the title bout in South Korea we're unsure about the rest of the card.
As well as the action in South Korea the Japanese action is it's high profile with it being the Rookie of the year East final. This show will feature 12 bouts to decide the winners of the championships.
The first bout on show sees an excellent match up at Minimumweight as the unbeatenKenichi Miyazaki (5-0-1, 1) takes on Yoshinori Wakahara (5-3, 2). Although Wkahara does have 3 losses on his record he has won his last 2 bouts and so will feel confident going in to this bout. Confident but still the under-dog.
The Light Flyweight contest is the first of several bouts that sees unbeaten as Tomoyuki Kaneko (6-0-1, 3) battles Ryuto Maekawa (6-0, 4). Maekawa has the better record and slightly bigger punch but this is certainly a bout that could go either way. Certainly one of the highlights.
After the Light Flyweight contest we again get unbeaten fighters colliding as Yuji Okinori (6-0, 1) fights Ryuto Oho (4-0, 2). Whilst Okinori is the more experienced man Oho has the bigger punch and, like with the previous bout, this should be a cracker.
Amazingly we get a third successive all-unbeaten contest as Jo Tanooka (6-0-3) meets Seiya Fujikita (5-0, 1) in the Super Flyweight contest. This is just as exciting on paper as the previous two contests and again promises some genuinely competitive action.
The all unbeaten action comes to an end as we get to the Bantamweight division as Kazuki Yokoyama (5-1, 3) battles the twice beaten Yukichi Hara (5-2, 2). This contest, although not as "exciting" on paper as the previous three will again be a hotly contested fight with the winner knowing perfectly well what the victory will mean to their career,
At Super Bantamweight Naoto Fujimoto (5-2-1, 2) takes on the less experienced Gaku Aikawa (3-0-1) in what looks oddly like a fantastic match. Fujimoto has the experience though with 2 losses and a draw he doesn't bring the confidence of an unbeaten man like Aikawa who will be looking for his highest profile win to date.
In the Featherweight division we have two of the most experienced men on the show as Shingo Kusano (6-2-1, 3) fights Yudai Tamagawa (5-3-1, 2). With both guys looking to win their tenth professional contest this has a bit of an edge to it and should be a bit more "professional" than some of the other contests on the show.
We get another all-unbeaten contest as we go to Super Featherweight where Kazuma Sanpei (7-0, 2) faces Yoshimichi Matsumoto (4-0, 3). This is probably the stand out bout with the experience of Sanpei and the power of Matsumoto combining to give us something a bit special. Unfortunately after this bout things do gradually look like they are going to go down hill.
At Lightweight we get the hard hitting Reo Komiyama (6-1-2, 6)taking on the unbeaten Ryosuke Takami (3-0, 2). Komiyama can be out boxed if a fighter can take his power and whilst Takami hasn't faced someone like Komiyama before it is his chance to make a name for himself. This is another great fight though one that perhaps runs the risk of being over quickly if Komoiyama's power is to much for Takami to handle.
At Light Welterweight Takuya Matsusaka (5-1, 5) fights Shingo Yabu (3-2-1). This is the fist bout that appears to be a mismatch on paper though homefully Yabu can withstand Matsusaka's power for a bit and make a fight of this.
Unfortunately it's not just the Light Welterweight contest that looks like a mismatch but also the Welterweight contest which sees Ryoji Tanaka (4-2-1, 1) taking on the only man with a sub .500 record in the form of Nobuaki Sakae (2-2-1, 1). Although the 35 year old Sakae did win his last contest he is certainly beatable and you need to go back 2 years to find his only victory prior to his most recent one.
The final bout on this show is at Middleweight as the Albanian born Altin Pepa (2-0, 2) takes on Japan's Wataru Seino (3-1, 3). Between the two men all 6 of their contests have been stopped early one way or another so we'd be very shocked if this one goes the distance.
The Asian actions this week continues with a very interesting day of fights on Friday. We have action in Japan, with the second day of "Rookie of the East" semi-finals, a show in Thailand with title action, a genuinely interesting card in Kazakhstan, a show in Russia and of course Asian's fighting outside of Asia.
We'll start our look at the fights by beginning in Japan with the 12 bout card to find the finalists for the "Rookie of the East" competition.
The show opens with a bout at Minimumweight as Naoki Akagi (2-2-2, 1) battles Yoshinori Wakahara (4-3, 1). Compared with "the first semi final" in the division this is admittedly a let down, though of course the opening semi was, on paper, an outstanding match up.
The Light Flyweight division gives us a much more interesting contest as hard hitting 17 year old Ryuto Maekawa (5-0, 4) looks for just his second win in Japan, taking on the difficult to defeat Rei Ochiai (1-1-3). With 4 majority decisions on his record in his 5 bouts Ochiai keeps things competitive win, lose or draw and could give Maekawa a very hard time here.
In the Flyweight division Ryuto Oho (3-0, 2) tackles Katsunori Shimooki (3-2-1) before a Super Flyweight bout between the unbeaten Seiya Fujikita (4-0, 1) and Hiroto Kurosawa (5-1, 3).
The Bantamweight division sees Yuto Sasamori (5-3, 3) fighting Yukichi Hara (4-2, 1) in what looks like a decent bout on paper with Super Bantamweight action following on as Tatsuya Mukai (5-1-2, 1) fights Gaku Aikawa (2-0-1) in a potentially fantastic match up.
The Featherweight division gives us Naoto Moriya (4-0, 1) against Shingo Kusano (5-2-1, 3). Although Kusano's record is blotchy he has won his last 4 and could well prove to be a match for the unbeaten Moriya. Following the Featherweight contest fans will get to see unbeaten Super Featherweights collide as Ryosuke Suzuki (4-0) fights Yoshimichi Matsumoto (3-0, 2) in what genuinely looks like the fight of the card.
At Lightweight Akio Tomiyama (5-3, 4) looks to extend his 3 fight T/KO run as he battles fellow puncher Ryosuke Takami (2-0, 2) in what promises to be an explosive contest before Yuki Nagano (2-1, 2) battles Takuya Matsusaka (4-1, 4) at Light Welterweight in another potential shoot out.
The second to last bout on the show takes place at Welterweight as Nobuaki Sakae (2-2-1, 1) fights Kota Kakiuchi (2-4, 2) in a less than inspiring looking contest before a Middleweight bout between the Albanian born Altin Pepa (2-0, 2) and Agoura Masaru (3-1, 2).
In Thailand we expect a more notable name in action with Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (31-2, 19) expected to defend his WBC Youth World Light Flyweight title. Unfortunately we haven't got any further details on the card as of yet.
At the city of Astana in Kazakhstan we get a really interesting loking card. The highlight bout, for us, sees the very talented teenager Roman Zhailauov (9-0, 7) taking on compatriot Kanat Kartenbayev (10-5-2, 4) in what is a step up for Zhailauov. The bout sees Zhailauov defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title as well as attempting to claim the PABA "interim" Welterweight belt and the Kazakhstani Welterweight title. Although it's still very early days in the career of Zhailauov some are already talking about him being the next star of Kazakhstani boxing.
Whilst we're looking forward to the Zhailauov/Kartenbayev fight it's actually just one of a quadtrain of title bouts on the show with others including Farhad Ospanov (4-2, 2) fighting Zhandos Zhetpisbayev (6-6, 2) in a battle over the Kazakhstani Super Bantamweight title and Behzod Nabiev (21-5-1, 15) fighting Meirbek Sabirov (2-4, 1) for the WBC Asia Council Continental Light Welterweight title.
The remaining title bout is a genuinely exciting looking bout as Russian Maxim Maslov (11-1-1, 8) battles Uzbekistan's Elyor Gulomov (8-1-1, 7) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Cruiserweight title. Whilst neither man will ever go on to major world honours this should be very fun to watch as long as it lasts.
On the under-card we appear have a rescheduling of an earlier card and the bouts will feature Bakhtiyar Eyubov (3-0, 3), Murat Nurkasymov (0-0) and Kanat Abdrakhmanov (0-0) though none of these men currently have opponents listed.
In Russia there is a car in Podolsk. This show is expected to feature 4 bouts with Alexander Ivanov (3-0) fighting Ravil Mukhamadiyarov (10-50-2, 8), Gegam Mkrtchyan (1-0) battling Arkadiy Arutiunian (1-0) and action from both Mikhail Smirnov (5-0, 3) and Mikhail Sukiasyan (2-2), though these two men don't appear to have opponents as of yet.
Finally onto the international action which sees Australia again welcoming Asian fighters in to their rings. In New South Wales we expect to see Arnel Tinampay (21-15-1, 7), of the Philippines, fight the unbeaten Sam Ah-See (7-0-1, 6) and Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-42-3, 7) in action against Joel Camilleri (3-2, 2).
After originally getting this written we have since heard that Yemeni's Ali Raymi (12-0, 12), the man with 12 straight opening round victories, will be returning to action for the first time since July 14th. Raymi is expected to fight his 13th unbeaten opponent as he takes on Asam Dolbhante (4-0, 1)
The card, rumoured to feature a staggering 20 bouts, is thought to be have a bout between Yasin Abdulkhalik (7-0, 3) and Abdu Rafik (2-0) as the chief support.