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.
There are "busy days" in boxing and then there are "BUSY DAYS" in boxing and this Sunday is one of the busier ones with over 20 bouts taking place in Japan across 3 shows.
The first of those shows, as listed on the JBC website, is promoted by Himeji Kinoshita and features 9 bouts, so we'll start with that one.
This show opens up with a bout between the debuting Ikeda Shinya (0-0) and "professional loser" Tetsuya Kawabata (1-7, 1). Shinya is one of two debutants on the card with the shows second bout pitting the show's second debutant, Yuta Tabuchi (0-0), in a tougher assignment against Wataru Sako (2-1).
Following the two bouts with debutants we then get a female bout as the unbeaten teenager Tomoko Hayashi (1-0, 1) takes on Misaki Hirooka (1-2). This is the only female bout of the day as far as we are aware and action swiftly returns to the men as Yasuyuki Otagaki (1-1) battles Kento Kobayashi (0-2) and Tenmei Serizawa (1-1, 1) fights Yu Konomura (0-0-1) in two of the less interesting undercard bouts.
The most interesing of the undercard stuff sees Ryuya Yamanaka (5-1, 2) fighting Junya Nishikawa (6-3-2, 2) in what could be an excellent match up and the unbeaten Daisuke Hasui (5-0, 2) taking on Iwasaki Takeshi Sora (4-5-1) in what should prove to be a good test for Hasui.
In the co-main feature Kota Fukuoka (13-3-2, 10) the #8 ranked OPBF Featherweight competes against a Thai, who's name sadly we haven't been able to trace down, before Yuki Murai (21-17-4, 7) the #8 ranked Japanese Bantamweight takes on Kota Fukuoka (13-3-2, 10) in what looks like the shows stand out bout.
Running at the same time as the above show is a promotion from "True Promotion" which features 10 bouts, 9 of which are part of the "Rookie of the West".
The "Rookie of West" action kicks off in the Minimumweight division as Kenta Shimizu (5-3-1, 2) fights Kenta Yokoe (2-5-1, 1), this will be immediately followed by an intriguing contest between Yukiya Hanabusa (3-1-1) and Junpei Omori (3-2, 3). Whilst the Hanabusa/Omori bout looks good things just get better of the following bouts which see Tatsuya Ikemizu (5-0, 2) clashing with Hikaru Ando (5-3-1, 3) and unbeatens colliding in a fight between Masami Moriizumi (5-0-1, 4) v Bunta Mitaka (3-0-2).
Following the unbeaten clash theres an excellent bout between Shingo Kawamura (5-1, 2), who is on a 5-fight winning streak, and Kosuke Mizuno (5-3-1, 2). Possiby the pick of the match ups sees the hard hitting Len Osato (4-0, 3), all 3 KO's coming in the opening rounds, fighting Shohei Fujimoto (6-2-3, 6) what should be a very explosive contest with both men having very solid digs.
Brazilian born-Japanese based Cristiano Aoqui (6-2-1, 3) looks to enhnace his reputation as he takes on Takafumi Yamada (4-2, 1) before the unbeaten Tatsuo Kurebayashi (4-0, 2) fights the amazingly named Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (5-1, 4) and then, in the final rookie bout Hideo Mikan (5-4-1, 1), who is on an excellent 3 fight winning streak, takes on the unbeaten Dai Taoka (5-0, 3).
In the only "non-Rookie" contest on the show Seizo Kono (13-5-1, 8) fights Yasufumi Asaoka (8-6, 6) in a bout that we don't actually think is as good as several of the "Rookie" bouts.
The final card of the day, courtesy of "Green" is a 6 fight show including a very notable main event.
This show opens with unbeaten fighters colliding as Masaru Urata (2-0, 1) fights Masato Oike (2-0-2) before Masahiro Hayakawa (0-2-1) is in action. Unfortunately we've not been able to work out who Hayakawa is up again though we'd hope it'll be a competitive match up like the opener promises to be.
Sadly the show's third bout seems like the weakest on the card as Naonori Fukaya (0-2) looks for his first win facing fellow win-less fighter Tetsuya Morisada (0-1). This will be followed by Shun Kosaka (3-0) fighting Hiroshi Tanase (2-2).
In the card's penultimate match up Yuichi Kubota (4-7, 3) fights Naoki Minami (5-5). Mimami, returning from more than 2 years out, has suffered 4success lossses and the bout appears to be a chance for Kubota to claim an "easy" victory.
The main even sees a highly promising Heavyweight clash between Korean Cruiserweight champion Jong-Suk Lee (6-3) and Japan's #1 ranked Heavyweight Kotatsu Takehara (8-8-3, 3) in a rematch of a bout they had last year. With Takehara having a Japanese Heavyweight title lined up for November he'llbe hoping to come through this unscathed, though in all honesty it'd be a shock if he didn't.