A busy week in Asian boxing kicks off on Tuesday at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo thanks to a 7 fight show.
The card's opening bout sees Kazuhiro Koike (3-3-1, 3) returning to the ring for the first time in more than a year. Koike, who has been in active since July 2012 faces the faltering Tatsushi Kagawa (4-6-1, 1), a man who has won just one of his last 7 contests. The bout, although not great, serves as a solid enough opening for the card.
The second bout on the show is expected to see the promising Shuhei Ito (5-1, 3) in action against the more experienced Yasuyuki Akiyama (6-4-1, 6). Whilst Akiyama has been inactive since summer 2012 he has got the power to hurt really opponents and Ito needs to be wary about that, or this bout could be a potential banana skin.
After the two All-Japanese openers we then get two bouts where a Japanese based Filipino takes on a Thai. The first of these sees the unbeaten Johnreil Maligro (7-0, 5), AKA Sakura Atsushi, whilst the second will see Ricky Sismundo (23-7-1, 9), AKA Harada Monko, in action. Unfortunately we've been unable to indentify either of the Thai opponents.
Following the bouts with the Filipino's we then see the hard hitting youngster Tsuyoshi Tameda (7-1-1, 6) in with another Thai visitor. We're not expecting Tameda to be matched too hard though he'll face a slightly better opponent than the last Thai he fought, Sangphet Sor Meephet, who lasted just 92 seconds.
We go back to all-Japanese action for the co-feature as Shogo Ojima (10-2, 2) takes on Yoshihiro Utsumi (10-4-2, 5) . On paper it would seem Ojima would be favoured though he was stopped last time out by Jerope Mercado, AKA Zerofit Jerope, and may have lingering effects of that loss.
The main even on the show sees Nobuhisa Coronita Doi (26-14-8, 9) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately, like with the other 3 Thai's on the card, we've been unable to track just who it is though with Doi going 3-3 in his last 6 we wouldn't be shocked to see him being given an easy one.
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Tuesday's action is shared across Hong Kong and Japan with two noteworthy cards that are sure to grab the attention of boxing fans.
In the Korakuen Hall there is a 6 bout card that features several promising young Japanese fighters. Arguably the biggest name on the card is Kenji Kubo (1-1) who is looking to bounce back from his stunning loss to Rey Megrino back in January. Kubo will be matched a little softer than he has been so far as he takes on Galih Susanto (6-2, 1) from Indonesia. Although this is supposedly an easier bout Susanto did give Denkaosan Kaovichit a tough bout earflier this year and is better than his record indicates.
If Kubo is the biggest name (due to his experience in other fields) then Hiroki Okada (5-0, 5) is the most promising. The unbeaten Okada is to take on the experienced Indonesian Heri Andriyanto (19-15-2, 10). Whilst on paper this is a mismatch Andriyanto did end the stoppage streak of Shuhei Tsuchiya just over a year ago. Aged 23 Okada is one of Japan's most exciting prospects but will need to pass this tough test before we can say too much more.
Other than Okada there is only 1 other unbeaten fighter on the card, Gosuke Seki (12-0-2, 2) who faces Kenta Takahashi (10-5-2, 3). This is a rematch of a bout from last year which saw next to nothing seperating the two men and the judges ruling it a draw.
The other 3 bouts on the card include Ryota Itoyama (9-4, 5) taking on Yuichi Ideta (13-7-1, 7) with Ideta trying to end a 5 fight winless streak, the very evenly matched Tonko Nakagawa (11-5, 4) and Yoshihiro Utsumi (10-4-1, 5) fighting in a Super Bantamweight bout and Masahito Igawa (10-7-1, 3) looking to return after over 2 years out as he takes on Masatoshi Nakamura (6-6, 3).
In Hong Kong local star Rex Tso (8-0, 5) fights his toughest bout to date as he takes on former world champion Wandee Singwancha (67-16-1, 18). Tso will be hoping to make the second defense of his WBC Asia Council Continental Super Flyweight title. Despite the huge gulf in experience he should have enough size advantage and youth to defeat his Thai opponent.
The Tso bout is just 1 of 3 titles bouts on the Hong Kong card with Thai Ekapol Yothinpanawet (13-1, 9) looking to claim the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title as he takes on Filipino Mike Tumbaga (12-18-2, 6) in the only bout for a vacant title.
Arguably the most significant title bout on the card is the WBC Atomweight title fight between the Japanese champion Momo Koseki (15-2-1, 3) and Eun-Young Huh (6-1-1). Kosecki is on a 13 fight unbeaten streak including 10 defenses of her title and will be looking to once again back up her claim of being the best Atomweight on the planet.
The card's only 6 round bout sees Japanese based Ugandan Festus Omondi (8-4, 6) taking on the experienced Edgar Gabejan (23-29-6, 7). This is a bit of a toss up though we would favour Gabejan due to his experience.
The remaining 3 bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds sees 6 novices in action with just a solitary bout between them. The one man with a fight to his name is Chan Sin Man (1-0) who will be facing Alvin Cooney (0-0), the other two, all debutant bouts are Nibesh Ghale v Kuok Kun Ng and Oliver Prevost v Keng Fai Lam. The second of those bouts is the most interesting pitting the Hong Kong based Frenchman Prevost against Macao's Keng Fai Lam in a Heavyweight bout in a bout that has plenty of intrigue though can it deliver?