Another Friday and another extremely busy day in the Asian boxing world with a major domestic card in Japan, two very notable shows in Thailand and two Asian's in title fights in Australia.
We'll start with the Thai action is split between Nakhon Sawan and Nakhon Ratchasima with two notable fights expected to take place in each venue with one of those shows (we think the Nakhon Ratchasima) to be televised on Thai Channel 3.
In the Nakhon Ratchasima card we expect to see former world title holder Tepparith Kokietgym (23-3, 13) in action, albeit against a yet to be named opponent, as he attempts to claim the WBC Asia Council Continental Bantamweight title.
As well as Tepparith we also expect to see a bout with Thai based Jqpanese fighter Tomoyuki Nishikawa (2-0, 1) taking on Russian Alexandr Masalov (0-0-1) in a battle for the interim WBC Asia Council Continental Light Middleweight title.
On the other Thai card we expect to see recent Bantamweight world title holder Pungluang Sor Singyu (44-2, 29) defending his WBO "international" Bantamweight title against Indonesian Zun Rindam (9-2-1, 4). On the same card, Pungluang's Thai compatriot Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (47-1, 30) attempts to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title as he also fights an Indonesian named Yon Armed (10-3-1, 6),
In Japan we get the a show dubbed "Dangan 83", a show that features 12 bouts, all of which are scheduled for 4 rounds. These bouts are split in to two, with the first 4 all being normal novice bouts, whilst the final 8 bouts are semi-finals for a Class C Tournament.
The opening bout on the Japanese show features two debutants who we believe are Tomofumi Hongo (0-0) and Tamaki Tetsuya (0-0), their bout will be swiftly followed by a battle between the unbeaten paring of Hiroyasu Shiga (1-0, 1) and Yoshiki Abe (2-0-1, 1) in what looks like a promising match up on paper.
In the third bout, which we expect will be an explosive encounter, the unbeaten Masayasu Nakamura (2-0, 2) fights Kota Shibayama (2-1-1, 2) before the final, none Class C tournament bout which will see Tomokazu Ueda (2-0) fighting Makoto Kawasaki (2-1-1, 1).
We've got to admit that none of those bouts are highly interesting to us in total honesty, though hopefully they will be better in the ring than they look on paper.
In the first of the tournament bouts the unbeaten Takamasa Kawahara (1-0) will battle Tatsuji Kakumoto (1-3) this is one of two Light Flyweight bouts in the tournament with the other seeing Shoji Ebisawa (2-1) battling Yuki Shiina (1-3). We expect that Kawahara and Ebisawa will be successful here and move on to the next round.
In a Flyweight bout we get a meeting of unbeaten fighters as Sonin Nihei (1-0) battles Shuhei Takahashi (2-0, 1) in what is the only bout at the weight. Incidentally we also only have a single Bantamweight bout as Yoshihiko Hashimoto (0-1) battles the debuting Ishii Ryu Makoto (0-0) (least we believe that to be his name).
At Featherweight we have two bouts with the first of those being Yuta Itagaki (1-1, 1) against the unbeaten Yuta Onishi (2-0, 2) in a bout that we favour Onishi in, whilst the second will see Kazuo Shimada (2-6, 1) fighting Tsuyoshi Naito (2-3-2, 1). We've got to be honest this second bout doesn't really do anything for us and it's very hard to be too excited about, no matter who comes out on on top.
The penultimate bout sees Super Featherweight action as Naoki Oura (2-1, 2) takes on Ryo Sugimoto (1-5) in a bout that we'd expect Oura to come out on top in. The final bout, at Light weight, thankfully allows the show to end on a high with unbeaten men colliding as Yoshihito Takahashi (2-0, 2) fights Shoma Koga (2-0, 2) in a bout we do not expect will let us down.
The final bouts involving Asian fighters both take place in Australia. The most notable of these bouts will see Filipino born Australian Jack Asis (29-18-4, 15) battling Japan's Hirohito Fukuhara (16-8-8, 8) in a battle for the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Featherweight title. Although neither man has an outstanding record it's worth noting that Asis is on an 8 fight unbeaten run whilst Fukuhara hasn't been stopped since going 9 rounds with the hard hitting Shuhei Tsuchiya and also holds a notable stoppage over Filipino Roberto Gonzales. The winner of this bout will claim the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Featherweight title.
The second bout in Australia sees Filipino Gabriel Altarejos (12-2-1, 4) being thrown to the wolves once again. Following back to back losses to Masaaki Serie and Hugo Fidel Cazares the 21 year old "Wonderboy" now faces the hard hitting Brayd Smith (6-0, 5) in a bout for the WBC Youth Silver Featherweight title. On paper this looks fine but Altarejos has never fought at Featherweight and probably should be at Bantamweight in all honesty.
With recent victories for both Kompayak Porpramook and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai boxing in Thailand seems to be on the mend after a nightmare like 2012. Today will see two more men who will be looking to recapture titles after being deposed of their championship status in recent bouts.
The most recent Thai to lose a world title is former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (43-2, 28). Sor Singyu, who lost the title Paulus Ambunda back in March, returns to the ring for the first time as he takes on Fredirex Rodriguez (11-2-1, 8) in a bout for the WBO International Bantamweight title. It's hard to see Sor Singyu losing this one and we'd expect him to work his way back to a world title bout sooner rather than later.
On a different card we see former WBA Super Flyweight champion Tepparith Kokietgym (22-3, 13) looking to score his second successive victory since losing to Kohei Kono at the end of 2012. Tepparith will be facing Jecker Buhawe (14-7-1, 9) in a bout for the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title.
On the same show as Tepparith's bout there are also fights for stablemates Petch Kokietgym (17-1, 3) and Ratchasak Kokietgym (15-2-1, 7). Petch will be looking for his 11th successive victory as he takes on the experienced Elmar Francisco (16-18-2, 4), it's fair to say that Petch will be expected to come out on top here.
For Ratchasak things are even more simple as he takes on Pisanuthep Sithsaithong (0-0) a fighter who is making his professional debut and will not be expected to be too much of a problem.
At the moment there is only 1 other bout confirmed for the card as Padjai Yongyuthgym (15-1-2, 10) takes on Randy Megrino (12-14-2, 7).
In Australia Thai hopes lie with Superjames Singmanasak (3-11, 2) who will need to score the biggest victory of his career if he's to upset the unbeaten Australian Mark Schleibs (2-0, 2). Whilst Schleibs is inexperienced Singmanasak has yet to record any wins of note and we can't see him scoring the upset here.