The first Asian card of the new week appears to be in Japan with a low level 10 fight show at the Abeno Ward Community Center,
The show kicks off with a bout between Joe Ryota (2-3, 1) and Takuya Yamamoto (1-1), this will see Ryota trying to end a 2 fight losing run and score his first win in some 16 months.
If Ryota's 16 months seems a long time to be winless then the show's second bout, which sees Hayato Yamaguchi (1-1, 1) taking on Tatsuya Sato (1-1, 1), sees a man who must feel like he hasn't had a win in an an eternity. In fact not only has it been a long time since Yamaguchi has scored a victory but it's been 3.5 years since he's even been in the ring.
Of course not everyone is looking for their first win in a while and the shows third bout sees the winless Masashi Wakita (0-1) battling the a ebutant, who we believe is Osamu Kazuki Tamotsu (0-0), however as with many debutants we may have gotten the wrong name here. Tamotsu isn't the only debutant on the card as Muto Michitaka (0-0) also kicks off his career, taking on Go Mitaka (0-3-1), Kitagawa Takaaki (0-0) fights Taiki Shimakawa (0-1) and Higashida Masahiro (0-0) battles Yuki Ono (1-0).
Spiltting up some of the debutant bouts is a contest between Yuki Nagashima (2-0, 1) and Hiroshi Konoura (3-2). This bout, scheduled to be the fifth bout on the show will come between then Michitaka/Mitaka and the Takaaki/Shimakawa bout.
In the final of the 8 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds Kohei Iwai (0-1-1) seeks his first professional victory taking on Kazuki Koyanagi (1-6).
Following the bouts scheduled for 4 we get a very well matched 6 round bout as Shigeki Suda (6-4, 1) fights Ryuto Maruo (5-4, 2) in what could be a compelling and highly competitive contest, even if it lacks any real explosiveness.
Although the 6 round chief support bout lacks explosiveness the 8 round main event could well have some explosive shots thrown as Yuki Kobayashi (6-2, 4) returns to the ring for the first time since being stopped by Kiron Omura back in April. Kobayashi battles Satoshi Ozawa (7-4-1, 2) in what should be the show stealer.
The "East Rookie" of the year tournament continues on Tuesday with a stacked card.
Originally scheduled for 14 bouts there have been 12 pulls outs leaving us with a still staggering 12 contests, all scheduled for 4 rounds.
The show begins at Light Flyweight where, we think, Kiyoto Oshiro (3-1, 2) will face the debuting Tatsuto Maekawa (0-0). This bout is followed up by Takuo Watanabe (2-5-3) facing the unbeaten Ryuto Oho (2-0, 2) in a Flyweight.
At Super Flyweight the unbeaten Seiya Fujikita (3-0, 1) battles who we believe is Yuki Nagashima (1-0) who will be hoping to score his second professional victory.
There wil be two fights at Super Bantamweight. The first will see Seishiro Kumakiri (3-1, 1), looking for his 3rd straight win, taking on Tatsuya Mukai (4-1-2, 1) who also comes in to the bout with back-to-back victories. The other Super Bantamweight contest will see Shingo Koike (5-1, 2) in action. We're not certain of Koike's opponent though we think it's going to be Gaku Aikawa (1-0-1).
The show's sole Featherweight contest sees Shingo Kusano (4-2-1, 2) taking on Mikio Kage (3-1-1, 1). Although there is only one bout at 126 there is two bouts at Super Featherweight where Naoya Nishimura (3-4-1, 2) will look for a victory over unbeaten teenager Kazuma Sanpei (5-0, 1) and Ryosuke Suzuki (3-0) will be hoping to maintain his unbeaten run as he fights Rei Ichiyama (3-4, 1), a man looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat last October.
At Lightweight, where we have just the one bout, Reo Komiyama (4-1-2, 4) attempts to net his 3rd victory of the year as he takes on the unbeaten Ryosuke Koizumi (2-0), who although unbeaten has been a little bit fortunate in both of his professional contests.
At Light Welterweight southpaw Masaharu Hanaka (2-0, 1) will look for his third win against an opponent that we're struggling to hunt down.
There will also be bouts at Welterweight and Middleweight. In the Welterweight contest we think Kazumichi Ishizawa (2-2) will face Nobuaki Sakae (1-2-1, 1) whilst in the Middleweight contest Tatsuya Aizu (2-2, 2) will be in action. Sadly we're not sure who Aizu will be facing.
As well the Japanese card we're expecting a show in Thailand that will see Norasing Kokietgym (6-0-1, 4) defending his PABA Super Flyweight title against Indonesian Louis Loemoli (4-9-1, 2). We expect this card will be on Thai Channel 3, though haven't got this confirmed as of yet.
This coming Sunday looks like one of the busiest days of the year, at least in Japan with 3 cards. As well as the trio of shows in Japan there is also a solid looking show in the Phillippines and a card in Yemen.
First lets start with at the most notable card of the day. Which will be held at the IMP Hall in Osaka.
The shows main event sees Japanese Middleweight contender Nobuhiro Ishida (24-9-2, 9) returning to Japan for the first time since 2009. Ishida will be facing Indonesian novice Elly Pangaribuan (3-2, 1) in what appears to be little more than an easy fight after a ridiculously difficult run for Ishida at the world level. Having lost his last 3 contest few can begrudge Ishida an easy night.
As well as Ishida the card also features 5 other bouts. The show kicks off with Yuki Nagashima (1-0) taking on the 18 year old Kei Fujita (3-0, 1). Fujita, also known as Kaoru Fujita, will be hunting his 4th win in a little over 14 months whilst Nagashima will be hoping to build on his successful debut from 4 months ago.
In a Light Middleweight class Ryo Okayama (7-1, 4) looks for his first win of the year as he takes on Indonesian Rocky Irawan Sikumbang (1-0, 1). In all honesty it'd be a shock if Okayama lost here.
We think the 3rd bout on the show will see Takayuki Okumoto (9-5-2, 5) taking on Haruki Toyama (8-2-1, 3) at a catchweight just below 117lbs. This will, if we're right of course, see Okumoto jumping up almost 2 division from his last contest though he has campaigned at Super Flyweight in the past.
Also on the card will be an evenly matched bout between Takaya Kakutani (6-2, 5) against Kazuya Murata (6-4, 2) at the Lightweight limit. Whilst the chief support will see Yu Kawaguchi (19-5, 9) taking on the relatively limited Ryoji Okahata (8-8-5, 1). This should be little more than public sparring session for the #3 ranked Japanese Bantamweight.
Rather confusingly there are two cards on the same day at the IMP Hall. The one mentioned above is promoted by Gurintsuda. The card above is actually the second card of the day at the venue with Dapeng putting on their own show earlier in the day.
The Dapeng card is an 8 bout show that is headlined by the always fun to watch Masao Nakamura (15-1, 15). Nakamura will be facing Filipino Ryan Sermona (15-4, 8) in what could be a very explosive encounter for as long as it lasts.
The chief support bout sees the Japanese #11 ranked Flyweight Akiyoshi Kanazawa (9-2-3, 4) taking on Koji Itagaki (12-7-2, 5). Itagaki comes in to the bout with just 1 win in his last 7 and really shouldn't be able to defeat Kanazawa at this stage in his career.
The remaining 6 bouts on the card are all scheduled for 4 rounds. They open up with Takahiro Morishita (0-1-1) taking on Kaminoko Okamura Kentkid (0-0-1) in a rematch of both men's debut earlier this year. This will be followed by Takuya Fujioka (2-2, 1) facing Noboru Osato (1-0-1, 1).
We think the third bout on the card will see two debutants in action and the fourth bout will be Kazumasa Harunaga (1-1), returning from 2 year break, to take on Kotaro Shinya (2-5-1, 2).
The remaining bouts on the show will be Kyohei Okutani (2-0, 2) against Fumiya Imafuji (1-0-1) and Yosuke Goto (0-2) fighting Takuma Hayashi (1-0, 1).
The third card in Japan takes place at the Kariya Aioi Hall and is the "Rookie of the Year" final. The show is scheduled to have 9 contests taking place between Flyweight and Welterweight.
At Flyweight we will see Yukiya Hanabusa (2-0-1) taking on a fighter whom we believe will be Hiroshi Tanase (2-1). At Super Flyweight Kenta Hashimoto (4-4-1, 2) faces Atsushi Komatsu (3-7-1, 2).
In the Bantamweight division Masato Oike (2-0-1) will face Hikaru Ando (5-3, 3) in what looks to be a competitive match up. At Super Bantamweight Masami Moriizumi (4-0-1, 4), the man who held Masato Oike to a draw, will be in action against, who we assume will be Tokunori Hoshiyama (4-1-1).
At Featherweight Kosuke Mizuno (4-3-1, 2) will fight Keisuke Odorise (3-4-1) in what again looks like a competitive match up and up 4lbs at Super Featherweight Yusuke Nakagawa (4-2-1, 3) will face the hard hitting Shohei Fujimoto (5-2-3, 5) oddly enough in a rematch of a bout from last year.
The Lightweight bout sees Ryo Shirakawa (5-4-2, 2) in action though unfortunately we're struggling to hunt his opponent down.
At Light Weltwerweight we believe Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1-0, 1) will be facing Tatsuo Kurebayashi (3-0, 2) in a very promising match up. There will also be a contest at Welterweight though we're unsure on who will be competing in it.
The card in the Philippines kicks off with Minimumweight action as Miko Sacro (1-0) takes on the debuting Rolly Sumalpong (0-0) and Renerio Arizala (5-0-1, 3) faces Ranel Del Castillo (4-4-2, 2). Both of these bouts are scheduled for 4 rounds.
In a 6 round contest Menard Abila (3-0, 1) faces the unbeaten Felipe Cagubcob Jr. (0-0-3).
As well as the undercard the show has a staggering 5 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds.
These bouts see the promising Michael Dasmarinas (12-1, 8) taking on Pit Anacaya (8-20-2, 1) in Super Flyweight bout that is heavily in favour of Dasmarinas.
The unbeaten JR Magboo (11-0-2, 5) is also in action as he takes on Bryan Macamay (7-1-2, 5) in a very promising match up. The prospects on the card also include Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) who takes on Ruther del Castillo (9-19-8, 2), and Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) who faces Boy Dondee Pumar (9-4-3, 3).
The main even on the card sees Roberto Gonzalez (21-2, 12) taking on the experienced Roselito Campana (18-16-3, 5) in what we imagine will be nothing more than an easy victory for Gonzalez.
Yemen card in Yemen, taking place at the Yemen Boxing Federation Gym is expected to have 7 bouts on the show, all of which are scheduled for 10 rounds.
At Middleweight unbeaten's collide as Khaldun Salami (2-0, 1) takes on Yaser Ali (2-0, 2). This is one of two all-unbeaten contests witht eh other seeing Othman Qasim (3-0) meeting Ali Salem (3-0, 1), in what is probably the bout of the card.
The remaining 5 bouts feature one unbeaten fighter against a fighter with at least one loss.
At Minimumweight Asam Dolbhante (3-0) looks for his third victory inside a month as he takes on Omar Al Khatib (0-1). Interestingly this is one of 3 bouts at the 105lb division with Mustafa Humaidi (5-0, 2), looking for his fourth victory of the month, takes on Ali Al Ahdal (3-2, 2) and Wesam Maqrami (3-0, 2) battles Mawj Abdulrezak (2-3).
In the Super Flyweight division Luke Hasan (1-0) looks for his second victory inside a month as he faces Bahr Slyman (1-1). The reamining bout takes place at Light Welterweight with Abdu Sameer (2-0) taking on Mohammad Saleh (2-1).