This Saturday may be one of the quietest weekends for boxing fans based in Europe and the US though if you're a fan of Asian boxing you will almost certainly be able to find something that has your interest throughout the day.
The highest profile bout with an Asian interest is in Mexico as Japanese fighter fighter Atsushi Kakutani (13-3-1, 6) attempts to bring back the WBC Light Flyweight title as he battles Adrian Hernandez (27-2-1, 16). Kakutani goes in to the bout as a sizable under-dog and is expected to fair as badly as Hiroyuki Hisataka did last weekend in Argentina, where he was stopped by the excellent Omar Andres Narvaez, though with Takashi Miura having had recent success in Mexico Kakutani may feel he has half a chance himself.
As well as the international action in Mexico there is also a reason to turn towards South Africa as Filipino Benezer Alolod (12-4-4, 2) attempts to defend his WBC International Light Flyweight title for the second time. Alolod, despite being the champion, will be the under-dog as he takes on former IBF Minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi (23-2-0-1, 16), a man who has notable victories over Florante Condes and Katsunari Takayama.
The only other international action sees Thailand's Pathomphol Kokietgym (4-7, 2) fighting Josh King (14-3, 7) in Australia. Unfortunately it's hard to imagine anything but a King victory.
More locally there are cards in both Japan and the Philippines.
The Japanese card, held at the Kanakubo Gymnasium Arena, is expected to have 8 bouts with the first of those being between debuting pair Yuki tsuma kawa (0-0) and Kenta Yamada (0-0). This is one of 4 bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance with Satoshi Kawami (4-8, 2) fighting Hitoshi Ando (3-5-1, 2) in the the second.
In fact from the 4 round bouts the Kawami/Ando bout actually looks like the most interesting with the other two being Yusuke Matsuda (0-1) against Kazuyoshi Toguri (1-4) and Kenichi Tokano (1-4, 1) in action against an opponent we can't track down. These aren't great fights but they will allow fans plenty of time to get to the venue before the more interesting fights themselves start.
The pair of 6 round bouts on the show see Satoru Uchida (3-10-3, 1) taking on a Thai opponent and Tatsuya Kaneko (6-8-1) battling Hideyuki Watanabe (5-5-2, 5).
The sole 8 round bout of the sees Kosuke Iwashita (13-15-2, 7) facing a Thai opponent that we can't recognise before the main event which sees Tosho Makoto Aoki (14-12-2, 11) in action. Like Iwashita, Aoki is facing an opponent that we can't actually recognise unfortunately.
Although the card in Japan isn't great it is better than the 5 fight show in Makati City, Metro Manila.
The Filipino show begins with a pair of 4 round bouts. These see Philip Cuerdo (0-0) making his debut against the winless Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) and the unbeaten Junar Adante (0-0-1) fighting Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1).
It's expected that after those two bouts there will be a trio of bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. These are likely to see Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1), Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) battling Edsil Jungco (0-4-4) and finally Ruben Traza (3-4-2) taking on Lester Abutan (2-1-1, 1).
Unfortunately we'll admit we're unsure if this Filipino card will actually happen with it having been on our schedule twice already (August 18 and August 22).
There is also at least 1 bout in Russia as former WBA interim Cruiserweight champion Valery Brudov (40-4, 28) battles the durable Jevgenijs Andrejevs (7-53, 1) over 6 rounds. This will be Brudov's second fight this and it's likely to be his second successive bout to go the distance following an 8 round decision over novice Sergey Gorokhov back in May.
All the notable action today for Asian fans will be focused on the Philippines which hosts 3 cards with one of those really standing out as well as Filipino born fighters taking part in international cards.
The best of the 3 local cards takes place in the "University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium" in Davao City. This cards double main event are amongst the best fights anywhere on the planet this weekend.
The more notable of the 2 top fights sees former world title challenger Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (34-2, 25) taking on Mexican Jose Ramirez (24-3, 15). Although Bautista is rightfully the favourite it does need to be noted that Ramirez can bang and 2 of his losses have come controversially by split decision. The bout, a defense of Bautista's WBO International Featherweight title could end up having an explosive finish.
For us the better bout is actually the all-Filipino co-feature that sees OPBF Super Flyweight champion Arthur Villanueva (20-0, 11) defending his belt against fellow unbeaten fighter Marco Demecillo (18-0-1, 14). This could honestly be the stand out fight of the day. Both men are evenly matched, both are unbeaten and both will be wanting to prove a point.
Through the rest of the features 2 genuinely notable bouts as Rocky Fuentes (34-6-2, 20) takes on Juan Kantun (20-3-3, 15) and the explosive Lorenzo Villanueva (23-1, 21) who faces Indonesian Arief Blader (18-9-1, 7). The card also features 3 youngsters as Engelbert Moralde (3-1, 3), John Vincent Moralde (4-0, 2) and the debuting Glenn Ramos all feature against as yet unnown opponents.
The other cards are genuinely hard to split apart in terms of quality. The one in "La Trinidad Trading Post" is headlined by Japanese visitor Tosho Makoto Aoki (13-12-2, 10) taking on Ruel Suya (6-7-1, 3) in a bout for the WBC Asia Council Continental Lightweight title. Technically that's the 12 rounder though the more appealing bout is prospect Rex Wao (6-0, 5) against Dandy Toei (9-4-3, 3) in what could well be the next stepping stone for Wao on his way to title fights.
The rest of the card in La Trinidad is somewhat passable as an undercard with Remuel Obidos (7-3-1, 2) facing Arjet Caballes (6-24-5, 3); Stephen Gelawa (4-0-1, 2) facing Jestoni Pepito (7-10-2, 2) and bouts for Jonel Espineli (0-0-1) and Renato Palay (0-0-1) bot against as yet un-named opponents.
The final card, in "Lipa City Youth Cultural Center" is headlined by Cirilo Espino (18-11-3, 11) defending his Filipino (GAB) Featherweight title against the experienced Vinvin Rufino (32-15-3, 15) on paper we've got to favour the challenger.
The Lipa City card also has a battle of unbeatens as Jeffrey Galero (8-0, 4) faces Ian Ligutan (4-0-1, 2) in a promising bout. The only other completely listed bout is hard hitting James Delos Reyes (4-1-1, 4) against Baby Marfil Jr. (2-5-2) who has yet to be stopped. We're also expecting Jecker Buhawe (14-7-1, 9) to be in action and the professional debut of Mike Kinaadman, though both are fighting to be named opponents.
As well as the local stuff however it's also good to see that Roberto Lerio (14-17-1, 5) the Australian based Filipino will be able to defend the Australian Bantamweight title that he won a year ago as he takes on Brad Hore (2-0). And in New South Wales Jayson Mac Gura (1-13-2, 1) faces Joey Williams (9-1-1, 4).