A busy weekend in Asian boxing continues through out Saturday as well as Sunday.
Whilst Friday gave us "Dangan 66" in Japan, Saturday will give us the "#519 Dynamic Glove" show. A show that features 8 contests. As well as the Japan show we are expecting action in Russia and a trio of international bouts in the US.
We'll of course start with the domestic action in the Korakuen Hall. The holy land of Japanese boxing.
The Japanese show kicks off with the debuting Flyweight Naoki Mochizuki (0-0) facing off against the winless Ryohei Takahashi (0-1-1). Muchizuki is one of three debutants on this card and, on paper, has the easiest assignment, though Takahashi will be out to score his first professional victory.
Following Mochizuki's debut we then get to see the second debutant on the show as Kainuma Teppei (0-0) takes on Nobuya Sugimoto (1-2-1). This bout, contracted at a 58KG limited, is hard to say much about, though it serves as the second of 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. The remaining 4 round contests see Yu Kinjo (3-2, 3) fight Takaki Sakurai (3-4-1, 1) in a Lightweight contests and Tatsuya Matsumoto (2-2) taking on Kenta Taguchi (1-5-1) in a Super Flyweight bout.
The third, and final, debutant on the show is the former amateur stand out Kensuke Sasaki (0-0), a man who won 43 of 52 amateur contests. Sasaki's potential seems to be really exciting and Teiken have him going in hard here as he takes on the once beaten Kenta Okumura (10-1-1, 2) in a 6 round contest. Aged just 21 we're very excited about the debut of Sasaki and the brave matchmaking here shows that we're not the only ones excited about him.
The Sasaki/Okumura bout is the only contest on the show scheduled for 6 rounds. Immediately following it will be an 8 rounder featuring two hard hitting fighters as Kenichi Ogawa (9-1, 7) battles Yuki Miyoshi (11-3-2, 9). We doubt the Ogawa/Miyoshi bout will go the distance and with the power of the two men we're hoping for an explosive shoot out.
Whilst we certainly don't expect Ogawa/Miyoshi to go the distance we'd be shocked if the second 8 round bout didn't go the scheduled as Shuji Hamada (12-5-3, 2) fights Tetsuma Hayashi (22-2-1, 7). With just 9 stoppages between them from 45 fights it'd be a real shock to see either fighter stopping the other here.
In the show's main event recent world title challenger Ryo Akaho (20-1-2, 13) takes in Filipino visitor Jecker Buhawe (14-9-1, 9). Interestingly Buhawe is 1-1 in Japan and he could possibly be a banana skin for Akaho who we think is going up to Bantamweight for this bout. Akaho should certainly be expected to win, but this is far from a gimme.
We're expecting a 6 bout card in Russia. The main event is expected to see Gennady Martirosyan (22-3, 11) in action, unfortunately however he has yet to have his opponent named.
The rest of the Russian card sees all debutant action through out. We expect to see Vasily Tyan (0-0) taking on Vitaly Aleshin (0-0), Evgeny Tsukanov (0-0) fighting Vagif Mekhraliev (0-0), Sergey Arbuzov (0-0) battling Sergey Goryainov (0-0), Sergey Martirosyan (0-0) up against Nikolay Efimov (0-0) and Suleyman Yaraliev (0-0) in action against Nikita Sergeev (0-0). Unfortunately we've no real details about any of the fighters involved in theses bouts.
Whilst the show in Japan is certainly notable we're more excited about "Monsters Collide", a world title show in the US.
Headlining "Monsters Collide" is Kazakhstan's Middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 14). Golovkin, the WBA Middleweight champion, will be defending his crown against American hopeful Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18) in what could potentially be a shoot out between two big hitters. In terms skills Golovkin is the more complete fighter but Stevens will know this is his big shot and he'll believe he has the power to hurt the champion. This really could be the fight of the weekend and have the potential for the round of the year.
It's not just the Middleweight title bout that promises big excitement but also one of the major support bouts. In a very exciting Heavyweight class Russian destroyer Magomed Abdusalamov (18-0, 18) will face Cuban Mike Perez (19-0, 12). With the record's of the two men it would be a shock if this one even went 6 rounds though both will be wanting to reamin unbeaten and pick up the WBC United States (USNBC) Heavyweight title meaning we may see both play it safe for a round or two.
In the final bout of interest in the US Isa Akberbayev (10-0-0-1, 7) will takes on Brian Clookey (4-0-2, 2). This will be Akberbayev's first bout since being knocked out cold by Anthony Ferrante in Janiuary, a bout later over-turned to a No Contest following Ferrante failing a drugs test. The big question here is how will Akberbayev return from that contest
We did think that Friday (yesterday) was somewhat quiet but looking at today we understand why with action featuring top fighters from Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
Firstly lets start in Tokyo, Japan where we get to see one of the top Bantamweights on the planet in action aswell as several highly ranked Japanese domestic fighters.
In the most high profile bout, the once beaten Bantamweight Ryosuke Iwasa (14-1, 9) takes on Filipino Jecker Buhawe (14-8-1, 9) in what is likely to be little more than a stay busy fight for Iwasa. Ranked #2 by the WBC, #3 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF it's only a matter of time before Iwasa gets a world title fight though it could be that he's trying to avoid facing WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, the only man to currently hold a victory over Iwasa.
On the same card as the Iwasa bout are 4 other contests. They notably include the #2 ranked Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Yu Kimura (11-2-1, 2) taking on Tatsuya Fukuhara (12-2-3, 3) the #9 ranked Minumumweight in what is certain to be a highly compelling 8 round contest.
Their will also be action for the #1 ranked Flyweight Tetsuma Hayashi (21-2-1, 7) who will continue his pursuit of the second Japanese title fight as he faces Marzon Cabilla (9-8-1, 4) of the Philippines.
Also in action will be #7 ranked Japanese Flyweight Kohei Kubo (15-3-1, 10) who also faces a Filipino. Kubo's opponent will be Romnick Magos (8-2, 4) best known for his stunning upset of the then 10-0 Aston Palicte in December 2012. This should be a victory for Kubo but Magos will be looking for his second big upset in successive bouts.
The remaning fight on the card sees Jun Hamana (7-1, 2) taking on Spice Matsushita (12-7, 2) who is 2-2 in his last 4 contests dating back over 2 years.
Down in Australia we get a big of an Asian invasion with 3 seperate Oriental fighters on the card.
The first of those in action is Arnel Tinampay (20-15-1, 6) of the Philippines who takes on the unbeaten prospect Rocky Jerkic (5-0, 3). Although Tinampay is the under-dog he is on a 2-fight winning streak away from home and Jerkic is entering after more than a year out of the ring.
Things look slightly easier for Indonesian Rasmanudin (17-3-2, 9) who takes on Jason Cooper (6-1-1, 3) in a bout for the IBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title. Whilst Cooper is at home in Australia it's fair to say that Rasmanudin is experienced on the road having fought in Japan and the Philippines, albeit losing all 3 including a bout to Ryosuke Iwasa.
Former world title challenger Daud Cino Yordan (30-3, 23) completes the attempted Asian take over of Australia as he attempts to claim the IBO Lightweight title. Yordan, stopped last time out by South African Simpiwe Vetyeka has skipped Super Featherweight for this bout but appears to have taken a notable step down in terms of his opponent as he takes on Argentinian Daniel Eduardo Brizuela (25-1-2-11, 8). The relatively unknown Brizuela has an attractive paper record but it's come at a very low level compared to the opponents that Yordan has faced and it's this gulf in class that make us heavily favour the popular Indonesian.
In South Africa the former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (20-5-2, 15) also looks to add an IBO title to his collection. Lopez, who lost in a world title tilt last year to Yota Sato, will be facing Thabo Sonjica (17-2, 12) for the Super Bantamweight IBO belt. Sonjica is genuinely a top fighter at 122lbs and will likely be the bigger man in the ring and the favourite heading in though "Stallone" has the power needed to score the upset. This could very easily be the fight of the weekend.