The early highlight of the week is with out a doubt in Japan on Wednesday as the Kameda Bros. put on an excellent show featuring 3 world title bouts in Osaka.
The show's trio of headline bouts begins with Katsunari Takayama (25-6-0-1, 10) defending his IBF Minimumweight title for the first time. The champion, fighting in Japan for the first time in over 4 years, will be taking on Filipino challenger Vergilio Silvano (17-2-1, 10) who will be putting up a 17 fight unbeaten streak. We've got to admit that this has "war" written all over it.
Interestingly a story coming from several sources is that if Takayama retains he will be travelling to China in April to unify with WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong, who retained his title on Saturday. A Takayama/Zhong fight would be a certified war and something we'd certainly love to see. We're not sure if Silvano, if he wins, will also be considering this possibility but we're fans of unification so we'd hope so.
The second of the main fights here will see Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18), the first ever Japanese fighter to win a WBO world title, defending his WBO Bantamweight title for the first time. Tomoki will be facing fellow unbeaten fighter Immanuel Naidjala (17-0-1, 11) of Namibia. Although Naidjala is unbeaten he was tested in a big way by Botswana's Lesley Sekotswe and we can't help but think that Tomoki will make this look very easy.
There are calls for Tomoki, if he wins, to face fellow Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka. Although it's unlikely that Tomoki will want that fight it's certainly a fight that fans are calling for and one that needs making if Tomoki is to be accepted as a genuine world champion by many.
The final of the three major bouts sees Daiki Kameda (29-3, 18) attempting to unify his IBF Super Flyweight title with the WBA title as he fights Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7) in what looks like a fantastic match up. Unfortunately however Solis was unable to make weight has been stripped has been stripped of the WBA belt, thankfully however Daiki can still unify the titles.
Interestingly this past weekend saw Zolani Tete stopping Juan Carlos Sanchez in 10 rounds. This has seen Tete instilled as the mandatory for the IBF title held by Daiki.
This same card will feature 4 other contests. The first of these will see Hiroshi Takagi (1-2) fighting against Hiroya Kojima (2-0, 2) in a Super Flyweight bout. This will be joined by a female bout which involves Honey Mae Bermoy (5-2, 5) fighting a Thai opponent.
This show also features two other bouts which are listed as preliminary contests, unfortunately we're not sure who will be in them.
As well as the Kameda show there is a second Japanese show. On this show,which is promoted by Hanagata Gym, the main event will see Saemi Hanagata (8-4-1, 3) fighting Yuko Kuroki (9-4, 5) for the OPBF Minimumweight title.
As well as the main event this show will feature 7 other contests. Of those 7 bouts 5 are scheduled for 4 rounds.
The other two bouts are both scheduled for 6 rounds. These will see Ryo Shirakawa (5-5-2, 2) fighting against Kazuki Matsuyama (6-5, 3), who has lost his last 3 bouts, and Tetsuya Koyama (5-4, 2) fighting against Takahiro Shibata (4-2-1, 1), who will be hoping to not suffer a third successive opening round KO loss.
Another weekend begins in the boxing world and again we get a busy one with Asian fighters fighting both at home and around the world.
The most notable card in the Asian boxing world this weekend is a Teiken promotions card from Tokyo which features 7 bouts including 2 very notable ones.
In the main even of the Teiken card former linear and WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (17-2-1, 10) takes on Mexican veteran, and former world title challenger himself, Omar Soto (23-10-2, 15). The bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, will be Igarashi's first since losing his titles to Akira Yaegashi back in April and although he's stepping up to Super Flyweight it'd be a shock to see anything but a clear win for the former champion.
The co-feature of the card sees former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda (27-3-2, 12) face Alejandro Hernandez (25-9-2, 14) as Shimoda loosk to put an unexpected draw to Roli Gasca earlier this year behidn him. Hernandez is a very capable fighter, despite his patchy record, and his most notable losses have come against excellent fighters such as Leo Santa Cruz, Omar Andres Narvaez and Carlos Tamara whilst he also has a draw to Marvin Sonsona.
In the final of arguably a triple header Yasutaka Ishimoto (22-6, 5) takes on the experienced Ignacio "Charly" Valenzuela (20-17-4, 9). Although Ishimoto isn't as much of a name as Shimoda and Igarashi he did send shockwaves through the boxing world earlier this year when he upset Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, he may well only be two or three wins away from a possible world title fight.
From the rest of the card the only really notable bout is one between Masanobu Nakazawa (12-1-1, 4) and Kazutaka Takakuwa (9-6, 2). Although on paper this looks like a clear victory for Nakazawa it does need to be noted that he's been fortunate in several of his recent contests.
The rest of the card sees Yuichi Yokoyama (11-2, 10) fighting Yasumasa Eguchi (6-8-2, 3), Heisuke Ono (2-2-2, 2) battling Hikaru Takaki (3-3, 3) and Yoshinobu Kakinaga (1-0) facing Katsuaki Kinoshita (0-2) in the show's opening bout.
As well as the Japanese card there is two shows in the Philippines, both of which feature some genuinely interesting match ups.
In Cebu, where there's a 7 fight show, we will see a main event between Vergilio Silvano (16-2-1, 10) and Jetly Purisima (17-12-4, 5) with the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title up for grabs. With the records of the two men it's easy to favour Silvano for the victory but Purisima has mixed at a much higher level and will be looking for his biggest win here, a victory that isn't totally out of his grasp.
In the chief support bout we expect to see a return to the ring for former WBO Super Flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (16-1-1, 13). "Marvelous" Marvin has only fought twice in the last 3 years but at just 23 years old he can certainly get back to the top, well as long as he can sort out his issues out of the ring.
Although Sonsona's opponent is yet to be named we wouldn't expect anyone too tough for him here though hopefuly he'll show commitment to the sport, something that has clearly been lacking recently.
The rest of the card sadly lacks anything too interesting with the unbeaten Jhaleel Payao (5-0, 3) looking to extend his unbeaten record against Roel Garcia (5-10-2, 1). The only other bout worth noting from the undercard sees Jimboy Haya (2-0-1, 2) facing fellow unbeaten novice Jhon Kenan Villaflor (2-0-1, 1).
The remaining bouts on show are Jordan Catubay (4-1-1, 2) battling Junny Salogaol (4-4-4, 4), Jessie Suacasa (2-0, 1) facing Salatiel Amit (1-0, 1) and the debut of Cristian Amante (0-0) who fights Gary Rojo (1-5).
The second Filipino card, taking place in Metro Manila, is headlined by a WBC International Flyweight bout as Renan Trongco (13-4, 8) battles China's Wang Xin Hua (10-8-1). Hua, like many Chinese fighters, is tough and much better than his record indicates so don't expect to see him blown away by Trongco here.
Unfortunately the rest of the card here is weak. We expect the opening fight to be between debutant Ariel Benedict Escayo (0-0) and Arnold Garcia (0-1), before winless pair Jay-Ar Campana (0-1) and Kenjie Watanabe (0-1) meet in a "somebody's 0 has got to go" bout.
The first of the cards 6 round bouts is expected to be a rather mismatched bout between Just Bornilla (4-1, 1) and Edsil Jungco (0-4-4) before the second 6 round bout which pitches Warren Mambuanag (6-2-2, 3) and Roldan Aldea (3-1-1, 2) together.
The 8 round bouts on the show see Vergel Rivera (3-0-1) in action, albeit against an opponent that we aren't certain about, Lloyd Jardeliza (3-0-3, 2) facing Arjet Caballes (6-27-5, 3) and Cirilo Espino (18-12-3, 11) up against Jomar Borbon (3-14-2, 1).
In the chief support bout the hard hitting Gabriel Royo (8-7-2, 7) takes on the limited Samuel Apuya (7-15-1, 4).
The final Asian card takes place Kazakhstan. We expect Bakhtiyar Eyubov (3-0, 3) to headline the card which also features debutants Kanat Abdrakhmanov (0-0) and Murat Nurkasymov (0-0). Sadly all 3 men are down to face as yet named opponents.
On the international stage we expect Asian's to be in action in Australia, Denamrk and Germany.
The Australian card, in Bunbury, sees a trio of Asian with Filipino Allan Tanada (12-2-3, 5) fighting in the main event against Matt Garlett (11-1, 6). This bout will be for the WBC International Super Featherweight title and likely help move the winner to within a few fights of a possible world title bout.
The other other bouts in Australia see Thai's in action with Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit (14-5, 6) battling former world title challenger Naoufel Ben Rabeh (36-3, 19) and Thongthai Rajanondh (16-14, 4) fighting the debuting Nathaniel May (0-0).
In Denmark the Lebanese born "Baby face" Ahmad Kaddour (26-2-1, 10) faces Aleksei Tsatiasvili (4-4, 2) and Uzbek born Artem Solomko (11-23-1, 4) faces the dangerous Oscar Ahlin (7-0, 7).
The final bout of note sees Rola El Halabi (12-1, 6), also originally from Lebanon, in action against the unbeaten Sopo Putkaradze (6-0-2, 1). This will be El Halabi's first defense of the WBF female Light Welterweight bout and we expect her to get a real hero's welcome to celebrate the turn around of her career after being shot 2 years ago by her step father