It's not often that we get Asian boxing around the world but that's exactly what we have this weekend with fights around both Asia and the globe featuring an Asian fighter.
In the Philippines we are expecting ALA Promotions to promote a low level 6 fight show.
The main event on this ALA show is Michael Dasmarinas (13-1, 8) taking on Renren Pasignahin (5-1-1, 1). This sees Dasmarinas looking for his eleventh straight victory though Pasignahin will be out to bounce back from his sole defeat.
Unfortunately with that being the main event you may get a feeling about the level of this card which features just one other interesting contest as the unbeaten Renerio Arizala (7-0-1, 3) battles Rissan Muelas (6-6, 4) in what could be a test for Arizala's chin. We expect Arizala/Muelas to be one of two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds alongside a bout between the big punching Argie Toquero (5-3-1, 4) and the infamous Menard Zaragosa (6-14-1, 4).
The rest of the card will see Richie Bagaan (2-2-1) fighting Raymond Empic (3-2, 1), Pablito Canada (1-2) battling Mark Postrano (1-1, 1) and the debuting Mark Macabales (0-0) taking on Philip Luis Cuerdo (1-0, 1).
As well as the action in the Philippines we will also have a show in Hangzhou, China thanks to Zovi Boxing Promotions. Rather oddly this show is probably more notable than the Filipino card.
The main event here sees China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (9-2, 3) taking on Mexican Lizandro de Los Santos (22-10, 9) in a battle for the interim WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title and the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title.
As well as the title fight main event we get a notable female contest as Japanese veteran Noriko Tsunoda (6-3, 4) battles Luo Yu Jie (1-6) in an 8 rounder. The female contest is one of three bouts scheduled for 8 with Xiang Jing (5-3, 1) fighting Indonesian Sammy Hagler (17-17-2, 3) in one of them and Japanese based Filipino Jonathan Baat (24-4-3, 11) taking on Thailand's Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (3-3, 1) in the other.
In the shows opening contests Tang Qiao Qi (0-0) will face fellow debutant Gino Dilibero (0-0) and Xu Chan (0-0) will also kick off his career.
Arguably the most interesting card of Asian action takes place in Russia where we have a 7 fight card courtesy of promoter Dmitry Bogomolov.
The headline contest here is for the PABA Lightweight title as the unbeaten Roman Andreev (14-0, 11) fights Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (16-3-1, 9). Andreev brings a 4 fight run of stoppages to the ring with him here and he's looking in fantastic form so it'd be a shock for Sahuri to take a victory.
Andreev is one of several unbeaten Russian's on the show including Arif Magomedov (7-0, 5), who fights Thomas Mashali (9-1-1, 5), and Nikolay Potapov (10-0, 6) who faces Nasibu Ramadhani (12-3, 5). Like in the main event the Russian men will be up against Tanzanian opponents here. In fact we have a fourth Tanzanian on the show courtesy of Alphonce Mchumiatumbo (10-1-1, 9) who fights Ruslan Semenov (4-25-1, 2).
Alongside the Semenov/Mchumiatumbo is one other bout scheduled for 8 rounds as Konstantin Piternov (13-4, 4) fights Varazdat Chernikov (5-1, 1).
The show is expected to start with a female double as Ekaterina Izotova (1-0-1) fights the debuting Anna Poskrebysheva (0-0) and Nadezhda Khaenok (1-0) fights Yulia Berezikova (0-0).
Former world title challenger Rolly Lunas (34-8-1, 20), AKA Rolly Matsushita, makes his US debut as he takes on the once promise Chris Avalos (22-2, 16). Lunas, who had previously been based in Japan and the OPBF champion, is now based in the USA and appears to be wanting to have a second world title fight. A victory over Avalos here will be needed though Avalos did beat Lunas's countryman Drian Francisco last time out.
On the same card as Lunas/Avalos there will also a be a bout featuring Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0, 3). The American based Russian will be facing Yosmani Abreu (4-7-1) as he looks for his second victory outside of his native Russia.
In Australia the unbeaten Thai Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana (2-0) will be fighting Olympian Damien Hooper (4-0, 4) in a contest for the WBC Youth Silver Light Heavyweight title. On the same show Joel Dela Cruz (17-18-2, 9) takes on Hooper's Olympic team-mate Cameron Hammond (4-0, 3) who shouldn't really struggle with Cruz. Poowana's fight has been scheduled for 10 whilst Cruz's has been scheduled for 8 though it'd be a huge shock if either went even half of that.
Also in the Oceanic region, albeit in New Zealand, there is a Heavyweight bout as man mountain Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21) takes on the still popular David Tua (52-4-2, 43). Just shy of his 41st birthday Tua is a man who has certainly seen better days though the 36 year old Ustinov is certainly far from world champion material himself. Despite the relative merits of both men there, rather staggeringly, the WBA Pan African Heavyweight title up for grabs. Don't ask, we don't know.
The start of a new weekend and we get action across Asia with cards in Japan Thailand and China.
Of all the shows it's the one in Thailand that has the most noteworthy contest as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (47-2, 31) defends his PABA Bantamweight title against Filipino Nathan Bolcio (11-5-2, 4). Bolcio returns to Thailand for his third fight in the country, though he is 0-2 there with both losses coming by T/KO and it'd be a major shock if he defeated Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat.
In China we have what appears to be a 6 bout show.
The main event in China sees Australian Heavyweight Alex Leapai (28-4-3, 23) attempt to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title against American based Mexican Felipe Romero (16-6-1, 11). We're not too sure how Romero qualifies for an "Asia Pacific" title fight though it's fair to say that Leapai will be strongly favoured anyway.
The Leapai/Romero bout isn't the only title fight on the show with China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (7-2, 3) battling Filipino Jilo Merlin (13-16-2, 2) for the currently vacant vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. A victory for the 23 year old Jun would be by far the best on his record though really does seem likely considering how well Jun fought against Jonathan Baat in Japan in both of his losses.
Although the top 2 contests are genuinely notable the remaining 4 contests on the show are hard to card too much about. The most interesting of them sees Zhang Yong Ming (0-0) in a battle of debutants with Thailand's Denkapton Pakdee Gym (0-0). The 6 round contest hopefully speaks about Ming's potential more than anything else.
The remaining bouts on the show see Xiang Jing (4-3) taking on the debuting Aekarthit Kanyaprom (0-0), Lu Erhaci (0-0) fighting Kenyan fighter Leonard (0-0) in an all debutant clash and in a female bout Hu Die (1-0) will face Indian debutant Saroj (0-0).
The card in Japan currently has 5 bouts listed on boxrec.com though we believe that there will actually be 7 contests on the card.
The most notable contest on the Japanese card is a bout between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (20-1-3, 9) and Yukinori Hisanaga (15-4-2, 9). Hisagana, ranked #9 in Japan at 122lbs, will be hoping to score his 5th successive victory as he attempts to claim the Japanese title against the talented Otake.
The chief support bout on the Japanese card sees Kazuaki Moriya (11-3, 1) facing Masashi Tada (10-3-1, 7) over 8 rounds. Tada, the #5 ranked Japanese Minimimumweight, moves up to Flyweight to face the #11 ranked Japanese Light Flyweight. Although on paper it may not look like a great contest we dare say that it could be a show stealer.
Also in 8 round action are Takaaki Ishikawa (9-4, 5) and Ganbare Shota (10-3-1, 2) who face each other in what looks like a potentially competitive contests even if it's not got any major names involved.
The show is expected to open with Yamato Kikuchi (2-3-2) in action against the ubeaten Yuji Okinori (4-0, 1). This bout, a 4 round contest at Flyweight would be a good opener in all honesty with Kikuchi always proving to be a competitive fighter whether he wins or loses. Unfortunately despite knowing there is another Flyweight bout to open the show we're unaware of who is going to be in the bout sadly.
In the 3rd fight of the show Ippei Azuma (1-0, 1) will fight fellow unbeaten Kota Okui (1-0) in a Bantamweight contest before we go into the only 6 round bout of the contest between Atsushi Hosogai (4-7) and Tomoya Murata (5-3, 2).
Currently Boxrec also lists a contest between Toshinobu Kondo (6-2, 6) and Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3). We are under the belief that this bout has now been called off, though unfortunately we're not totally certain as to why.
Despite the success of several Chinese fighters the country has still been slow to accept the sport of professional boxing. We're hoping that the acceptance will speed up as the country starts to host more cards, like the one that's being shown on Saturday.
Live at the EXPO Garden Hotel, Kunming there is a 6 bout card courtesy of Zovi Boxing Promotions. Whilst the card lacks names (and even quality to be honest) it's still good to see action in China.
The card appears likely to open with a female fight as China's own Li Yun Ting (0-4) fights at home for the first time and takes on Indian youngster Naina Rani (0-0) in a 4 round bout. Ting has been stopped in all 4 of her bouts so far, though she now has 18 rounds of experience under her belt including 5 rounds with WIBA Minimumweight champion Samson Tor Buamas.
The card also features the debut of Super Featherweight Li Xiang (0-0) who takes on Naina Rani's compatriot Neeraj Goyat (0-1-1) who actually returns to the site of his professional debut from way back in November 2011.
The other 4 bouts all look a bit more promising as Chinese fighters face more established visitors.
Novice Xian Wei Qian (2-1) takes on Filipino veteran Jonel Alibio (16-15-4, 8) in a very tough test test. Yang Xing Xin (4-1-2, 3) fights the very experienced Thai Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (29-12-, 19) who has lost his last 2 bouts (and 3 of his last 6) whilst Sakorat's compatriot Petchwanchai Sor Visetkit (8-4, 4) goes in against Xiang Jing (3-3).
On paper however the best match up sees 22 year old Qiu Xiao Jun (6-2, 3) taking on Indonesian journeyman Falazona Fidal (20-35-1, 7). Jun looks to be the most promising fighter on the card and has experience in fighter in Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Although both of Jun's losses have come to Jonathan Baat they've both been competitive and the youngster is improving, but Fidal may have a little bit too much for him at the present moment. Certainly a very interesting bout.
In Japan former 2-weight world champion Daiki Kameda (27-3, 17) continues his search for a 3rd divisional title. The former WBA Flyweight and Super Flyweight world champion, now campaigning between Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight, takes on Mexican Aaron Bobadilla (9-2, 7). We're sure their will be more bouts on the card but at the moment this is the only one that we know of.
In international action Japanese fighters are competiting in both Mexico and the US.
In Mexico Hiroshi Nakamori (33-5-1, 20), a 2-time Japanese title challenger, faces former multi-weight world champion Humberto Soto (60-8-2-1, 34). Soto enters this bout as a big favourite though the 33 year old is an aging fighter and has already been in 71 fights and 499 rounds as a professional. With the WBC International Silver Light Welterweight title on the line Nakamori will know that a victory will be by far the biggest of his career and we expect him to put up a good effort even if he can't defeat Soto.
In the US the unbeaten Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-0-1, 19) fights for the 3rd time stateside as he takes on former "interim" world champion Johan Perez (16-1-1-1, 12). This bout, for the vacant WBA International welterweight title, is one of those rare "B level" match ups that look amazing and is a genuine 50-50. We do favour Kamegai, though wouldn't be shocked if Perez defeated him.
Both the Kamagai and the Nakamori fights will be televised in the west and hopefully it won't be that hard to get to watch them live.