After a few days with out any action in Japan we get a return to the usual service as the Korakuen Hall hosts another card. Amazingly however not only do we get a Japanese card but we also have action in Thailand and a fantastic card in Australia. Brilliant way to kick off a very exciting weekend!
The Japanese card kicks off with the debut of Ida Koji (0-0) who fights Shunsuke Mori (0-1) in a 4 round contest at Super Bantamweight. This is one of two fights schediled for 4 rounds with the other being Motonobu Suzuki (2-3) against Mamoru Takeuchi (2-5-2). Although Suzuki has lost his last 2 he will be favoured against Takeuchi who has gone 0-5-1 in his last 6.
Following the 4 rounders we then expect two bouts over the 6 round distance. The first of these will see Atsushi Hosogai (5-7) fighting Yutaka Kamioka (6-2-2, 4) in a bout fought at a contracted 56KG's. That will then be followed by Koya Sato (6-0-1, 1) risking his unbeaten record against Taichi Yokote (6-1, 3) who has won his last 3.
The show then moves on the the 8 rounders, of which we surprisingly have 4. The first of which will see Kazuya Soma (5-4-2, 4) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately we've struggled to get the name of the Thai fighter, one of two on the card.
In the second of the 8 round bouts former Japanese title challenger
Yuta Nagai (27-8-4, 17) fights Yasuyuki Masuda (7-5, 1). Although Nagai had been on a bad run in 2010 and 2011 he now appears to be back on the right path as he looks to build his way back to a title fight.
Yutaka Sowano (7-5-1, 5) fights in the penultimate contest of the show as he takes on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately like the Soma bout we've struggled to work out who the Thai is, though Sowano, ranked by the JBC at Minimumweight, is likely to be in easy here.
The final bout on the show sees Tsukasa Saito (17-2, 12) a former WBC youth champion, up against the experienced Kosuke Iwashita (14-15-2, 8). We favour Saito here considering the fact Iwashita has lost 5 of his last 6, though Saito's stoppage loss to Joey Maxian back in March does leave us with some question marks over his durability.
In Thailand we believe Samson Tor Buamas (30-3, 14) will be defending her WIBA Minimumweight title. Unfortunately we're unsure who Samson will fight but we'd absolutely love it if it was a rematch with Alicia Ashley who was unfortunate to suffer a defeat when the women fought back in July.
In Australia we get an excellent card from Peter Maniatis. Dubbed the "UltraTune Cup" the headline bout here sees Filipino Randy Petalcorin (19-1-1, 14) defending his PABA Light Flyweight title against experienced Thai Samransak Singmanasak (35-20-1, 27). This should certainly be an explosive contest and is a big risk for Petalcorin who is ranked #2 by the WBA.
Petalcorin and Singmanasak aren't the only Asian's on the show, in fact they are just two of a rather large number.
In a Middleweight contest Manopnoi Singmanasak (10-16, 6) fights unbeaten Australian Michael Zerafa (11-0, 5) whilst at Light Middleweight Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-28, 4) fights Joel Camilleri (3-2, 2) in a potentially winnable contest.
In one other bout featuring a Thai Yokfah Nor Sripung (0-1) looks to record her first victory as she fights Filipino debutant Janiper Ortiz (0-0), a former amateur standout.
Following on from Monday's excellent card in the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo again hosts the biggest card of the day and one of two in Japan.
At the Tokyo Big Sight the WBA Bantamweight world champion Koki Kameda (30-1, 17) makes the 7th defense of his title as takes on Filipino challenger John Mark Apolinario (17-2-3, 4). As with every fight Koki is involved in, this will get attention and although we veiw it as a bit of a mismatch (read our preview here) it will almost certainly leave us with something to talk about
The co-feature sees Japanese female fighter Etsuko Tada (12-0-2, 2) defending her WBA female Minimumweight title against the very highly regarded Anabel Ortiz (11-3, 2). We like this bout a lot on paper though ufortunately we have question marks about Ortiz who is coming in after a lay off around 11 monhts. At her best Ortiz would have been a handful of Tada but after the lay off we're not too sure.
As far as we are aware the show will feature 4 other bouts though unfortunately we only have details on two of them as Kuninobu Shimamura (15-2, 10) takes on Filipino RJ Ano-os (7-4-1, 2) and Junta Sekimoto (12-11-3, 5) faces Daisuke Morita (7-4-1, 2).
With Shimamura taking an impressive 8 fight winning streak into this bout it'd be a shock to see him suffering a defeat to a man who has lost his last 2, including a decision loss to Takashi Miura.
The other bout, Sekimoto/Morita actually looks oddly compelling. Sekimoto has won just 1 from his last 12 contests whilst Morita has won 5 of his last 9, albeit 3 of those victories were highly controversial. It's unlikely either man will ever be a name to remember though we wouldn't be shocked if this turned out to be a memorable contest.
The other Japanese card also takes place in Tokyo and although that actually is at the Korakuen Hall it's fair to say it's certainly the "B" show.
The card, put on by Katsumata Promotions is dubbed "Oriental Boxing Night" and features fighters from around the Orient. In fact the show only has one all-Japanese fight as Takahisa Nayuki (9-9, 1) takes on Kengo Ito (9-10, 6). Lets be honest, it's not a highly attractive match up, especially when you consider neither fighter is actually from Tokyo.
Of the 6 remaining bouts that we have details of they all some international flavour with 4 Thai's and 4 Filipino's as well as 4 Japanese fighters.
In female action Filipino Honey Mae Bermoy (3-2, 3) takes on Thailand's Phokaew Tor Chalermchai (0-1). This is one of two bouts that feature a Filipino taking on a Thai with Ryan Bito (21-11-3, 7) facing Keattisak Tor Chalermchai (2-2). From these two bouts it's hard to see anything but wins for both Filipino's.
Unfortunately, despite the international feel of the card it's hard to see Thailand picking up any wins as their other two fighters won't be favoured. In posibly the biggest mismatch Anuntachai Sor Por Lor Krungthep (5-3, 3) takes on Yuta Nagai (26-8-4, 17). Nagai is 1-1-4 in his last 6 though will be expected to do a real number on Anuntachai.
The one chance that Thailand does have of getting a result is that Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (2-2) can upset Ryuta Wakamatsu (7-8, 5). This certainly isn't out of the question, especially when we consider that Wakamatsu has been stopped in 3 of his last 4 contests.
The remaining 2 contests both see Japanese fighters pitted against Filipino's and are arguably the most evenly matched bouts. At Bantamweight we get Yuki Nakai (6-3-2, 2) facing Jovylito Aligarbes (7-2, 2) and down at Flyweight Yuki Nasu (23-7, 16) takes on Rene Dacquel (9-1, 2).
Going in to the Dacquel/Nasu fight we do need to favour Nasu but Dacquel is unbeaten in 8 contests and Nasu has been stopped in 4 of his 7 losses. The Nakai/Aligarbes bout is very evenly matched on paper, though we de feal that Nakai might be the naturally bigger guy and will use this to his advantage.
If you're in Tokyo you can certainly get to see some fights today!