For a third successive day we have action in Japan and for a fourth successive day we also have title action involving an Asian fighter.
We'll start with that title bout which takes place in Busan as Myung-Koo Yuh (11-4-1, 6) takes on Thai visitor Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (10-6-1, 5) in a battle for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title. This will Yuh's fourth title bout and so far he is 1-2 in them having only won a South Korea Light Flyweight title bout. For Wisaruth it's surprisingly his first, though it will be his sixth contest outside of his home, he currently sports a record of 0-5 outside of Thailand.
Unfortunately aside from the title bout in South Korea we're unsure about the rest of the card.
As well as the action in South Korea the Japanese action is it's high profile with it being the Rookie of the year East final. This show will feature 12 bouts to decide the winners of the championships.
The first bout on show sees an excellent match up at Minimumweight as the unbeatenKenichi Miyazaki (5-0-1, 1) takes on Yoshinori Wakahara (5-3, 2). Although Wkahara does have 3 losses on his record he has won his last 2 bouts and so will feel confident going in to this bout. Confident but still the under-dog.
The Light Flyweight contest is the first of several bouts that sees unbeaten as Tomoyuki Kaneko (6-0-1, 3) battles Ryuto Maekawa (6-0, 4). Maekawa has the better record and slightly bigger punch but this is certainly a bout that could go either way. Certainly one of the highlights.
After the Light Flyweight contest we again get unbeaten fighters colliding as Yuji Okinori (6-0, 1) fights Ryuto Oho (4-0, 2). Whilst Okinori is the more experienced man Oho has the bigger punch and, like with the previous bout, this should be a cracker.
Amazingly we get a third successive all-unbeaten contest as Jo Tanooka (6-0-3) meets Seiya Fujikita (5-0, 1) in the Super Flyweight contest. This is just as exciting on paper as the previous two contests and again promises some genuinely competitive action.
The all unbeaten action comes to an end as we get to the Bantamweight division as Kazuki Yokoyama (5-1, 3) battles the twice beaten Yukichi Hara (5-2, 2). This contest, although not as "exciting" on paper as the previous three will again be a hotly contested fight with the winner knowing perfectly well what the victory will mean to their career,
At Super Bantamweight Naoto Fujimoto (5-2-1, 2) takes on the less experienced Gaku Aikawa (3-0-1) in what looks oddly like a fantastic match. Fujimoto has the experience though with 2 losses and a draw he doesn't bring the confidence of an unbeaten man like Aikawa who will be looking for his highest profile win to date.
In the Featherweight division we have two of the most experienced men on the show as Shingo Kusano (6-2-1, 3) fights Yudai Tamagawa (5-3-1, 2). With both guys looking to win their tenth professional contest this has a bit of an edge to it and should be a bit more "professional" than some of the other contests on the show.
We get another all-unbeaten contest as we go to Super Featherweight where Kazuma Sanpei (7-0, 2) faces Yoshimichi Matsumoto (4-0, 3). This is probably the stand out bout with the experience of Sanpei and the power of Matsumoto combining to give us something a bit special. Unfortunately after this bout things do gradually look like they are going to go down hill.
At Lightweight we get the hard hitting Reo Komiyama (6-1-2, 6)taking on the unbeaten Ryosuke Takami (3-0, 2). Komiyama can be out boxed if a fighter can take his power and whilst Takami hasn't faced someone like Komiyama before it is his chance to make a name for himself. This is another great fight though one that perhaps runs the risk of being over quickly if Komoiyama's power is to much for Takami to handle.
At Light Welterweight Takuya Matsusaka (5-1, 5) fights Shingo Yabu (3-2-1). This is the fist bout that appears to be a mismatch on paper though homefully Yabu can withstand Matsusaka's power for a bit and make a fight of this.
Unfortunately it's not just the Light Welterweight contest that looks like a mismatch but also the Welterweight contest which sees Ryoji Tanaka (4-2-1, 1) taking on the only man with a sub .500 record in the form of Nobuaki Sakae (2-2-1, 1). Although the 35 year old Sakae did win his last contest he is certainly beatable and you need to go back 2 years to find his only victory prior to his most recent one.
The final bout on this show is at Middleweight as the Albanian born Altin Pepa (2-0, 2) takes on Japan's Wataru Seino (3-1, 3). Between the two men all 6 of their contests have been stopped early one way or another so we'd be very shocked if this one goes the distance.
This week is a huge one for those following the "Rookie of the Year" competition in Japan. Thursday sees the first of two semi-final shows for "East Rookie of the Year" with Friday having the second of the semi-finals (with the winners meeting later in the year).
The opening bout, as with pretty much all of the "Rookie" shows, is at Minimumweight as we get a battle of unbeatens with Naoyuki Tsukada (3-0-1, 2) fighting Kenichi Miyazaki (4-0-1, 1) in a really promising match up. Although unlikely to be explosive this looks like an excellent match up and something the "Rookie" tournament should be applauded for giving us.
In the Light Flyweight division Tomoyuki Kaneko (5-1, 2) appears to have an easy route to the final taking on Yuta Sakai (2-4) who has never beaten a fighter with a winning record. Thankfully we get back to competitive looking action at Flyweight as Kenta Yamada (5-2) fights Yuji Okinori (5-0, 1) in what, like the opener, looks to be an excellent match up.
At Super Flyweight we expect to see Takahiro Kinoshita (3-2-1, 2) fighting the unbeaten Jo Tanooka (5-0-3) before the Bantamweight clash between Yuki Arai (3-1, 1) and Kazuki Yokoyama (4-1, 3). Interestingly Tanooka is the sole man to defeat Arai and a rematch between the two, somewhere down the line, would certainly be worthy of merit if both manage to claim the "Rookie" title at their respective weights.
Super Bantamweight action sees Ryuta Nakajima (5-1-1, 4) fighting Naoto Fujimoto (4-2-1, 2) before Featherweights collide in a bout between Yudai Tamagawa (5-3, 2) and Shinya Nemoto (3-3, 1). Incidentally the bout between Tamagawa and Nemoto is a rematch of a bout from last year that saw Tamagawa stopping Nemoto in the second round.
Up at Super Featherweight Takahiro Araki (3-1, 2) fights the unbeaten 18 year old Kazuma Sanpei (6-0, 2) before Lightweight action sees Yuzo Mitani (5-1, 2) fighting the hard hitting Reo Komiyama (5-1-2, 5).
The penultimate bout on the show sees Light Welterweights in action as Motoyoshi Honma (1-1-1) battles Shingo Yabu (2-2-1) in what looks to be the weakest bout on the show before we get the finale at Middleweight in a fight between Wataru Seino (2-1, 2) and Kenyu Ojima (5-1, 3).
Note-There was a Welterweight bout originally scheduled for the show, though this has since been cancelled.
As well as the Japanese show we also expect a Russian show in Ekaterinburg though at the moment details are scarce with only Ruslan Sirazhev (0-1) and Alexey Tukhtarov (3-1-1, 3) being listed as fighting on it.
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.