After two days of major female action we get back to manly action with a number of top Asian men in action across several major cards.
The biggest sole fight of the day takes place in Thailand where WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (22-3-1, 20) looks to make the first defence of his world title as he takes on Japan's Hirofumi Mukai (9-2-1, 1). Mukai, competing in his second world title fight is widely viewed as the under-dog though will know the pressure isn't on his shoulders in the slightest.
In Japan we have two shows.
Arguably the “lesser” of the two is at the Body manufacturer Colosseum where Harada put on a 9 fight show. This show kicks off with Reiya Konishi (1-0) fighting Tatsuya Sakamoto (3-3, 1) in one of five bouts scheduled for 4 rounds which also include the debut of Junya Shuchiku (0-0) and a contest featuring Kaito Hoshino (3-3), unfortunately we're unsure who either of those two men are fighting. In the remaining 4 rounders on this show Kyohei Tonomoto (1-1, 1) will fight Akira Takasuka (3-5) and the unbeaten teenager Yuki Takahashi (1-0) will fight Tetsuya Morisada (1-1, 1).
Following the 4 round bouts we will have a 6 rounder, though unfortunately we've failed to identify either of the men involved in this contest.
This show then finishes with a trio of 8 round bouts. The first of which will see Yuki Takemoto (13-18-2, 6) fight Yoshihiro Kinjo (7-17-2, 2) in what looks like two journeymen colliding. Unfortunately with neither man looking like they go on to much in their career it's actually hard to care too much about this contest.
The second of the 8 rounders, which sees Tetsuya Hisada (20-8, 10) up against Shunji Nagata (7-10-2, 3) is unfortunately the best looking contest on the bout. Hisada should win though we hope he'll be pushed hard. In the final contest Kota Tokunaga (10-2, 7) will look to score his third win in a row as he fights Takashi Fujiki (6-7-2, 6) who has lost his last 4.
The other Japanese show takes place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. This show has 7 contests and starts with a fight between the debuting Ryusuke Arai (0-0) and the win-less Toshiki Maruyama (0-4). Arai is one of two debutants on the show with Shinya Ito (0-0) also fighting a win-less opponent as he fights Akihito Mitsumura (0-1).
It's not just the debutants in 4 round contests as Shunsuke Fukushima (1-1-1, 1) also fights in a bout scheduled for 4, unfortunately however we're unsure who he will be fighting.
Following the three short bouts there are four bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. The first of these 4 bouts will see Ryo Nakamura (7-2, 3) fighting Ryuta Wakamatsu (8-8, 5) in what should be a victory for Nakamura unless Wakamatsu can connect with his heavier artillery. This bout will be followed by a contest between Japanese based Filipino Johnreil Maligro (8-0, 6) AKA-Jun Sakura, and Thailand's Kosol Sor Vorapin (17-17-1, 11). This will be a huge shock if Kosol wins, despite his clear edge in experience.
Kosol isn't the only Thai that we expect to see beaten on this show as Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthepthonburi (0-2) battles Kuninobu Shimamura (15-3, 10). It is worth noting however that Shimamura was unexpectedly beaten last time out by RJ Ano-os.
The final bout on this show Kazuhiko Hidaka (31-7, 22) fighting in what looks like a total mismatch against Shiro Saito (6-3-1, 2). The experience edge for Hidaka is huge here and he was a former OPBF Light Middleweight champion, however at 35 years old he is significantly older than Saito who has just turned 26.
Staying in Asia we expect to see the fast rising “Prince” Albert Pagara (17-0, 12) in action in the Philippines. Pagara is listed to fight against Indonesian Ruben Manakane (12-11, 8) though there is a few question marks surrounding this contest due to the issues currently in the Philippines.
We also have action in Russia where we get an eight fight card including two title fights.
This show kicks off with debutant action as Yury Kashinsky (0-0) battles Yerbol Zholdybayev (0-0) in an all debutant contest and then Alexander Gomon (0-0) takes on Denis Kenzhegaliev (0-2). These two contests are the only 4 rounders on the show and will hopefully make a solid start to the night of action.
In the sole 6 round contest of the show the unbeaten Artem Merzlikin (2-0-1, 2) fights Ruslan Sirazhev (1-1) in an interesting looking Middleweight contest.
The bulk of this card is made up by 10 round contests of which we have 4 of. The least interesting of these is Karen Avetisyan (7-6-1, 3) against Bekzod Yunusov (6-2, 3). This contest looks like it's got “distance” written all over it with neither man being a big puncher and also neither man is really highly skilled or going to go particularly far in their career.
In other male 10 round bouts Eduard Troyanovsky (15-0, 12) will fight Michael Odhiambo (11-4, 9) in what looks like a very explosive contest, though one that Troyanovsky should win with out too many issues, and the promising Fedor Chudinov (7-0, 6) taking on Jimmy Colas (32-9, 13) in what looks like a good test for Chudinov.
We expect the first title fight will be a female bout as blonde bombshell Svetlana Kulakova (8-0, 1) attempts to defend her interim WBA Light Welterweight title. Kulakova will be facing the teak tough Kenyan Florence Muthoni (8-2-1, 3) who was unfortunate not to claim the IBO Welterweight title in her last fight. Whilst we strongly favour the talented Kulakova she could be forced to work for all 10 rounds to retain her belt.
In the biggest fight of the show the once beaten Pavel Mamontov (7-1-1, 1) will face Kanat Kartenbayev (10-6-1, 4) in a bout for the interim PABA Light Middleweight title. For a few days the winner of this contest will be the sole PABA Light Middleweight champion as we await the result from the up coming bout between Akinori Watanabe and Kyung-Suk Kwak to decide the true title holder.
As well as the bouts in Asia we also get a bout in Australia as Indonesian fighter Rasmanudin (17-4-2, 9) fights Filipino Roberto Lerio (16-17-1, 6) in what is a pretty easy looking fight for Rasmanudin on paper though should be genuinely tough in reality.
The Orient today has 2 notable cards. In Japan, at the Korakuen Hall there is a very interesting card with several promising youngsters, but before we talk about that we'll have a look at the slightly more exciting show in Davao City in the Philippines.
The main fight in Davao City sees Jether Oliva (18-1-1, 10) fighting Lester John Pronco (9-4, 6) apparently for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Light Flyweight title. Oliva is fighting for just the second time since losing to Ulises Solis in IBF Light Flyweight title bout back in August 2011, but he is still widely regarded as a very promising fighter with world title potential and should take care of Pronco.
Up at Lightweight the very promising, and very young, Harmonito Dela Torre (8-0, 5) takes on Bonnie Makiling (4-3, 2) in what will be Dela Torre's first scheduled 10 round bout. Interestingly Makiling did go in to the 10th round in his most recent bout, a stoppage loss to Mark Andrew Acub back in March. This will be a great chance to see how Dela Torre stacks up against Acub.
The cards remaining two bouts are both around the Super Flyweight division with the experienced Fernando Lumacad (28-6-3, 12) taking on Renante Suacasa (5-7, 1) and the unbeaten Daryl Basadre (9-0-1, 6) fighting Ronerex Dalut (8-11-1, 2). The clever money says that Lumacad and Basadre both come out with victories.
Now on the to Korakuen Hall show which features 7 bouts with every man on the card ranked inside the Japanese top 10. (all rankings mentioned below are from the Japanese Boxing Commission)
The most noteworthy fighter on the show is the highly promising Rikki Naito (6-0, 4) (#7 ranked Super Featherweight) who some are talking up as a nailed on future world champion. The 21 year old southpaw takes on the much more experienced Tomohisa Tagawa (10-9-3, 3) who has won his last 3 and is currently ranked #3.
As well as Naito there is another fast rising prospect on the card in the form of Light Flyweight Hiroyuki Otsuka (6-0, 5) who will be looking for his biggest win as he takes on former national title contender Toshimasa Ouchi (15-6-3, 4). This is a huge match up domestically pitching the #3 (Ouchi) ranked fight in Japan against the #7 (Otsuka).
Amazingly the Otsuka/Ouchi bout might only be the second best fight in the division as Tetsuya Hisada (20-7, 10) takes on Kenichi Horikawa (23-12-1, 4). Hisada is ranked #4 in the division whilst Horikawa is ranked #8 though oddly Horikawa does hold a win over Okada from back in November 2011. A lot is riding on this bout and don't be shocked if the winner here faces the winner of the Otsuka/Ouchi bout.
In the Super Flyweight division Masamichi Nozaki (16-3-1, 6), ranked #4 by the JCB takes on the #10 ranked Yoshihito Ishizaki (7-5-1, 4). Although on paper Nozaki looks a clear favourite Ishizaki has faced more recognisable names in Yota Sato and Ryo Akaho and he pushed both of them very close. This could be one of those very tough fights for both men.
It's not just the Naito/Tagawa bout at Super Featherweight but also a bout between Keiichi Izumi (12-5, 4) and Ryota Kajiki (21-7, 14). Izumi is impressively ranked #2 thanks to a run of 3 victories whilst Kajiki,a former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger, is ranked #4.
The final division that is being fought at is the Super Bantamweight division which features 2 bouts. The most notable of those sees the #2 ranked veteran Mikihito Seto (33-10-2, 17) facing the #9 Koji Aoki (14-6-2, 5). It's hard not to go with Seto here who has only been beaten in national titles bouts in the last 4 years. The other bout pits the #7 ranked Takafumi Nakajima (20-6-1, 8) against the #10 Hirofumi Maenosono (16-4-2, 6). With Nakajima having pushed Hidenori Otake incedibly close in a national title bout last year he will go with a lot of confidence against a man who has lost 2 of his last 3 and is 2 years removed from his most noteworthy victory (which came over Yuta Nagai).