After a busy Friday of Asian action it's great that we have an even busier Saturday. Whilst much of the Friday action was focused in Asia it's fair to say that Saturday's is much more global with action involving Asian's happening on at least 3 different continents.
In Japan we have a staggering 13 bout card with 12 of the contests being part of the Rookie of the West military tournament.
The first of these 13 contests sees unbeaten Minimumweight Takumi Sakae (5-0, 3) fighting against Kenta Shimizu (6-3-1, 3). Interestingly both of these men enter with 3 stoppages victories in their last 4 contests. This bout will be immediately followed by a Light Flyweight bout. Unfortunately we've struggled to track down the people involved in the Light Flyweigth contest.
At Flyweight Daisuke Uchiyama (2-3-1) will fight Yukiya Hanabusa (4-1-1), this will be followed by a Super Flyweight contest between Kenta Sugimoto (6-4-1) and Tomohiro Nagakari (3-1). We'll admit that we favour Hanabusa and Sugimoto in these two contests, though upsets in either fight wouldn't be a major shock.
In the Bantamweight division the unbeaten Masamichi Yoshida (5-0, 4) takes on fellow unbeaten Tatsuya Ikemizu (6-0, 2) in what is, on paper, one of the the genuine stand out contests. Following the Bantamweight contest we move up to the Super Bantamweight division where another unbeaten fighter, Bunta Mitaka (4-0-2), takes on Yosuke Higuchi (4-4, 2) (we believe).
We believe that at Featherweight Shinichi Taniguchi (3-2, 1) will be fighting the once beaten Shingo Kawamura (6-1, 2) whilst at Super Featherweight the hard hitting Shohei Fujimoto (7-2-3, 7) will be in action against an opponent that we can't currently identify.
At Lightweight Ryuji Ikeda (4-1-1, 1) will be fighting Japanese based Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (7-2-1, 4) in what appears to be a genuinely excellent match up. The Lightweight contest will be followed by a Light Welterweight contest between the unbeaten Mitsuyoshi Fujita (2-0) and the hard hitting Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (6-1, 5).
In the Welterweight division Shota Aikawa (4-2-1, 1) will be fighting the unbeaten Dai Taoka (6-0, 3) in an interesting contest before we get a Middleweight contest, unfortunately we can't recognise either of the Middleweight fighters.
The Japanese show finishes with a Lightweight between a Japanese fighter and a Thai opponent. Unfortunately we've struggled again to identify either man.
As well as the bumper Japanese card there is also some great internation action featuring Asian fighters.
In the US, as part of an excellent Top Rank card dubbed the "Triple Header", Filipino Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20) finally rematches Armenian puncher Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28). This bout, which comes some 6 years after Donaire stopped Darchinyan in the Ring Magazine 2007 Upset of the year, may not have a title on the line but promises to be something very special, especially when you consider that both men have a point to prove. Donaire wants to prove that his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux was just a bad night at the office whilst Darchinyan wants to prove his loss to Donaire was a fluke. We'll admit this is, for us, the highlight of the night.
Donaire isn't the only Asian in action in the US with Urmat Ryskeldiev (6-3, 5) of Kyrgyzstan fighting the unbeaten Patrick Day (5-0, 2) and former Japanese Light Middleweight champion Charlie Ota (23-1-1, 16) facing Mike Ruiz (17-7, 9). For Ota, who is originally from the US, this will just be his second contest stateside.
As well as the US action the international theme continues in the Ukraine as Uzbekistan's Ravshan Djabbarov (11-4-1, 5) fights Russian Umar Salamov (7-0, 6) in a contest for the vacant IBO Youth Light Heavyweight title.
There are "busy days" in boxing and then there are "BUSY DAYS" in boxing and this Sunday is one of the busier ones with over 20 bouts taking place in Japan across 3 shows.
The first of those shows, as listed on the JBC website, is promoted by Himeji Kinoshita and features 9 bouts, so we'll start with that one.
This show opens up with a bout between the debuting Ikeda Shinya (0-0) and "professional loser" Tetsuya Kawabata (1-7, 1). Shinya is one of two debutants on the card with the shows second bout pitting the show's second debutant, Yuta Tabuchi (0-0), in a tougher assignment against Wataru Sako (2-1).
Following the two bouts with debutants we then get a female bout as the unbeaten teenager Tomoko Hayashi (1-0, 1) takes on Misaki Hirooka (1-2). This is the only female bout of the day as far as we are aware and action swiftly returns to the men as Yasuyuki Otagaki (1-1) battles Kento Kobayashi (0-2) and Tenmei Serizawa (1-1, 1) fights Yu Konomura (0-0-1) in two of the less interesting undercard bouts.
The most interesing of the undercard stuff sees Ryuya Yamanaka (5-1, 2) fighting Junya Nishikawa (6-3-2, 2) in what could be an excellent match up and the unbeaten Daisuke Hasui (5-0, 2) taking on Iwasaki Takeshi Sora (4-5-1) in what should prove to be a good test for Hasui.
In the co-main feature Kota Fukuoka (13-3-2, 10) the #8 ranked OPBF Featherweight competes against a Thai, who's name sadly we haven't been able to trace down, before Yuki Murai (21-17-4, 7) the #8 ranked Japanese Bantamweight takes on Kota Fukuoka (13-3-2, 10) in what looks like the shows stand out bout.
Running at the same time as the above show is a promotion from "True Promotion" which features 10 bouts, 9 of which are part of the "Rookie of the West".
The "Rookie of West" action kicks off in the Minimumweight division as Kenta Shimizu (5-3-1, 2) fights Kenta Yokoe (2-5-1, 1), this will be immediately followed by an intriguing contest between Yukiya Hanabusa (3-1-1) and Junpei Omori (3-2, 3). Whilst the Hanabusa/Omori bout looks good things just get better of the following bouts which see Tatsuya Ikemizu (5-0, 2) clashing with Hikaru Ando (5-3-1, 3) and unbeatens colliding in a fight between Masami Moriizumi (5-0-1, 4) v Bunta Mitaka (3-0-2).
Following the unbeaten clash theres an excellent bout between Shingo Kawamura (5-1, 2), who is on a 5-fight winning streak, and Kosuke Mizuno (5-3-1, 2). Possiby the pick of the match ups sees the hard hitting Len Osato (4-0, 3), all 3 KO's coming in the opening rounds, fighting Shohei Fujimoto (6-2-3, 6) what should be a very explosive contest with both men having very solid digs.
Brazilian born-Japanese based Cristiano Aoqui (6-2-1, 3) looks to enhnace his reputation as he takes on Takafumi Yamada (4-2, 1) before the unbeaten Tatsuo Kurebayashi (4-0, 2) fights the amazingly named Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (5-1, 4) and then, in the final rookie bout Hideo Mikan (5-4-1, 1), who is on an excellent 3 fight winning streak, takes on the unbeaten Dai Taoka (5-0, 3).
In the only "non-Rookie" contest on the show Seizo Kono (13-5-1, 8) fights Yasufumi Asaoka (8-6, 6) in a bout that we don't actually think is as good as several of the "Rookie" bouts.
The final card of the day, courtesy of "Green" is a 6 fight show including a very notable main event.
This show opens with unbeaten fighters colliding as Masaru Urata (2-0, 1) fights Masato Oike (2-0-2) before Masahiro Hayakawa (0-2-1) is in action. Unfortunately we've not been able to work out who Hayakawa is up again though we'd hope it'll be a competitive match up like the opener promises to be.
Sadly the show's third bout seems like the weakest on the card as Naonori Fukaya (0-2) looks for his first win facing fellow win-less fighter Tetsuya Morisada (0-1). This will be followed by Shun Kosaka (3-0) fighting Hiroshi Tanase (2-2).
In the card's penultimate match up Yuichi Kubota (4-7, 3) fights Naoki Minami (5-5). Mimami, returning from more than 2 years out, has suffered 4success lossses and the bout appears to be a chance for Kubota to claim an "easy" victory.
The main even sees a highly promising Heavyweight clash between Korean Cruiserweight champion Jong-Suk Lee (6-3) and Japan's #1 ranked Heavyweight Kotatsu Takehara (8-8-3, 3) in a rematch of a bout they had last year. With Takehara having a Japanese Heavyweight title lined up for November he'llbe hoping to come through this unscathed, though in all honesty it'd be a shock if he didn't.
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).