After the busy action on Friday it's perhaps only fair that Saturday is somewhat less busy, in terms of both major fights and fights in total. That's not to say there are not fights of interest, just fewer of them then Friday's ridiculously busy scheduled.
The most noteworthy of the cards, at least in regards to Asian action, is at the Korakuen Hall where Teiken put on “The 520th Dynamic Glove” 6 fight show. The reason this show is so notable is because it sees the return of former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-1-1, 19). Kamegai, who suffered the sole loss of his career last time out against Johan Perez, the current WBA interim Light Welterweight champion, will be hoping to claim the OPBF Welterweight title as he battles Australian Tim Hunt (16-3, 6) in what looks like a fantastic match up.
As well as the OPBF title fight there are 5 other bouts on the card. Unfortunately these are all somewhat lacking with the chief support contest being one between Hayato Hokazono (16-4-1, 9) and Yuya Okazaki (8-6-1, 2). When you consider this is the best of the other contests on offer you can see the clear drop off.
Although the quality of the bouts drops off, one of the other support bouts does feature the very interesting Hiroyuki Otsuka (6-1, 5) who will be looking to show off his power as he fights the much lighter punching Hayato Yamaguchi (10-4-1, 1). Otsuka looks like a wrecking ball at 108lbs and he could well become a domestic star just due to his power. If he can develop skills to match his power there is no doubt he could end up competing on the world stage somewhere down the line.
This show begins with the debut of Ryo Matsubara (0-0) who takes on Shinichi Hoshino (1-1). Aged 22 there seems to be some hope that Matsubara will become a notable name though with a 17-7 amateur record we'll reserve our expectation of him.
The two remaining contests will see Tsubasa Matsuo (7-2, 3) fighting against Masajiro Honda (4-3, 3) and the unbeaten Masaya Tamayama (1-0, 1) taking on Kensuke Sakamoto (3-4, 1) in what appear to be typical undercard bouts.
As well as the Tokyo card this is a second Japanese card, with this one taking place in Hyogo.
This show, put on by Shinsei promotions will see several Japanese fighters taking on Thai opponents.
The main event sees Yuhei Suzuki (13-3, 10) taking one such Thai foe. We're unsure, as we are with the 4 Thai's on this show, who he actually is but Suzuki should be favoured we'd expect, in fact we're expecting Suzuki to be matched very easily. The same also applied to the promising Takahiro Shigee (9-0-1, 7) and Yuki Yonaha (2-0, 2) who also face Thai opponents that we're expecting will be stopped.
The one bout where a Thai opponent may give the Japanese fighter some problems is the fight involving Tokiya Nishioka (6-3-2, 2). Nishioka looks to be a much lesser fighter fighter than Suzuki, Shigee and Yonaha.
As well as the 4 bouts pitting Japanese fighters against Thai's there are also two all-Japanese bouts. In these we expect to see Eita Kikuchi (14-3-4, 6) fighting against Taiki Minamoto (7-3, 6) and the debut of Makihito Fuji (0-0) who will be facing Makoto Mizoshita (0-1).
Outside of Asia we expect 4 bouts featuring an Asian interest. Of those 4 bouts the most interesting, by far, is that of Olympic gold medal winner Egor Mekhontsev (0-0) of Russia. Mekhontsev, a very, very talented amateur begins his professional by fighting against PJ Cajagas (0-2-1) in the USA. We expect this fight to be streamed live on Top Rank TV alongside another bout featuring a Russian.
This second bout in the US will see the unbeaten Matt Korobov (21-0, 12) fighting against Derek Edwards (26-2-1, 13). Korobov is a fighter who really needs an impressive performance, unfortunately we can't see him having it here. If he continues to merely “go through the motions” then his career will never reach the heady heights he was expected to reach, in fact Korobov will never even come close to them. We're hoping that Korobov's failure to develop on his potential will not be followed by Mekhontsev.
As well as the bouts in the USA there will also be two contests in Australia. One of these will see Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee (12-6, 8) taking on Luke Jackson (2-0, 1) whilst the other will see Amnart Pakdee Gym (1-1, 1) fighting against Nathaniel May (3-0, 2). It'd be a shock if either of the Thai's win here despite only taking on novices themselves.
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.