For the second time inside a week we see the Japanese boxing world turn it's attention to the A class tournament as we get "Dangan 87" an 8 fight show with 3 bouts from various tournaments.
As far as we are aware the sole A class tournament bout will see Yosuke Fujihara (14-1, 4) fighting against Yuta Nakagawa (10-4-1, 6) in the Bantamweight division. For Fujihara this is a chance to build on a victory over Kenji Kubo though for Nakagawa, who has won just 1 of his last 4, he'll know he needs a result to stay relevant. This is one of those oddly wonderful match ups where a loss for either man really will hurt their career, at least for the foreseeable future.
There was originally a second A class tournament bout as Katsunori Nagamine (9-0, 6) was set to fight Yota Hori (9-2-2, 6) in a Flyweight bout. Unfortunately this bout has since been cancelled.
As well as the remaining A class tournament bout we have two other bouts scheduled for 6. One of those will see Ryoichi Tamura (0-1) taking on Keigo Soma (5-8-1, 2) as Tamura searches for his first victory, whilst the the other will see Takuya Fujii (5-4, 1) fighting Kazuki Kobayashi (4-5) in a bout between two men with very similar records.
As well as the three bouts scheduled for 6 rounds we also have a quintet of bouts scheduled for just 4 rounds.
These bouts, and the show it's self, kicks off with an all debutant contest between Takehiro Kojima (0-0) and Nunotani Masashi (0-0). These two men are the only debutants on the card.
Following the all debutant contest we then get two more non-tournament bouts. These will see Kotaro Sasa (1-2) fighting Yuya Nagayoshi (2-5, 1) and Yudai Hata (1-1) fighting Ryota Harukawa (1-1). Neither of these bouts look great on paper but both should be competitive.
As well as the A class tournament there are also two bouts from a C class tournament. The first of these, to take place at Super Flyweight will see Kazuto Nakane (1-0, 1) fighting Kazuma Ishikura (1-1), this will be followed immediately by the second C class tournament bout which will be at Super Featherweight. In the Super Featherweight clash Tateo Saito (2-0) will fight Yutaka Ekawa (1-2-1) in what will be the final 4 round bout before we move on to the 6 round contests.
As well the show in Japan there is also a show in Yemen. It may come as no surprise at all that the headline fight here will be unbeaten KO machine Ali Raymi (18-0, 18) who seeks his 19th straight opening round stoppage. Raymi, seeking to tie a world record, will face the unbeaten Ali Salem (10-0, 2). If Raymi stops Salem inside a round he will tie the 19 opening round stoppages recorded by Tyrone Brunson between 2005 and 2008.
Alongside the Raymi/Salem bout will be a Cruiserweight contest between Faisal Fittini (3-0, 3) and Khaled Abdusalam (1-0). We expect this to last a bit longer than the Raymi fight, though maybe not get the headlines of the main event.
The week goes out on a high here with an excellent day of boxing through out the Asian boxing world with a card in Thailand and one in Japan as well as Asian fighters in action around the world.
The most notable single bout takes place in Thailand as PABA Bantamweight champion Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (48-2, 32) defends his belt against Alvin Bais (13-1, 3).
In Japan we get the latest in the "Dangan" shows, "Dangan 82".
This Japanese show is a triple header of action with a trio of Japanese ranked fighters in action. These will see Yuki Ogata (18-0-1, 3), #1 ranked Japanese Featherweight, taking on Atsushi Suzuki (8-8-6, 2) in what amounts to a stay busy. Unfortunately all 3 of the main fights do look that way with Tsuyoshi Tojo (11-12-3, 2), the #4 ranked Japan Super Feather fighting Kazuhiro Kitano (7-6, 4) and the Kentaro Masuda (16-6, 9) the #3 ranked Japan Bantamweight taking on Yohei Kudo (9-5-1, 4).
On the undercard there is 7 bouts. The show kicks off with a female contest between Marina Isami (1-1) and Kumi Oishi (1-1, 1) before we get a trio of all-debutant match ups. These will see Sasō Hitsuki (0-0) taking on Iwasaki Shunsuke (0-0), Arioka Kosuke (0-0) fighting Yusuke Noriyuki (0-0) and Ishikawa Tatsuo (0-0) battling Takaya Matsumaru (0-0).
After the trio of all-debutant contests we have another debutant in action as Ichimura Renji (0-0) fights Shinsuke Hoda (3-4-1, 1).
Following the bouts involving debutants we then get two more bouts at a low level seeing Yutaka Motoyoshi (2-6, 2) against Naoki Nakashima (2-5) and Atsushi Kudo (1-2-1, 1) fight Yutaka Ekawa(1-2) before we get the trio of main fights.
At the Southport Sharks AFL Club in Queensland, Japan's Shigetaka Yonezawa (7-7-2, 2) will be looking to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title. Sadly it's unlikely that Yonezawa will manage to claim the belt as he takes on Les Sherrington (32-6, 19), who comes in to the bout on a decent 5 fight winning streaking
Yonezawa isn't the only Asian in action in Australia with more action in Queensland as well as fights in Perth.
On a card in Brisbane, Queensland Tanyakorn Sor Thammajak (0-2) battles female world champion Shannon O'Connell (8-2, 5), whilst on the Perth card Nuengsiam Kiatsongsang (0-5) will be taking on the unbeaten Nathaniel May (1-0) and Singdet Nonpitayakom (11-14-1, 8) will fight Robbie Bryant (17-2-1, 8).
The international action continues in the US as unbeaten Filipino Joebert Alvarez (12-0-1, 5) fights for the first time away from home. We expect Alvarez's contest to be shown on Telemundo though unfortunately we haven't got a listed opponent as of yet.