For the second day running Asian boxing interests turn to the world stage more than anything else domestically.
In the highest profile bout anywhere in the world this weekend, WBA Middlweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (26-0, 23) defends his title against Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20). The talented and heavy handed Kazakhstani fighter will be fighting in the US for the 3rd time and is heavily favoured against the British challenger but Macklin is still a very credible contender. This bout, in full has been previewed here.
In Mexico Kimika Miyoshi (8-5-1, 3) attempts to claim the IBF female Bantamweight title as she takes on Yazmin Rivas (27-7, 9). Despite her record Miyoshi is on the best run of her career with 5 straight wins, including a victory over Riyo Togo (who recent went to Mexico herselt and stopped Mariana Juarez) for the OPBF title. Whilst some may write the challenger off, she could well spring a major upset here.
On the same card in Mexico Toyoto Shiraishi (23-7-1, 11) faces Jose Salgado (31-2-1, 26) for the NABF Super Flyweight title. Salgado is currently taking an unbeaten run of 5 bouts to the ring following a split decision loss to Liborio Solis (who recently defeated Kohei Kono). Shiraishi on the other hand comes in to the bout 2-2 in his last 4 bouts with losses to Ryo Akaho and Teiru Kinoshita, both coming in title fights.
In Germany, Ali Mammadov (10-2, 2) of Azerbaijan looks to get back to winning ways following a decision loss to Nico Salzmann in March. Mammadov will be up against the hard hitting Akmal Sadullaev (5-1, 5). Sadullaev has been out of the ring for a little over a year following his sole defeat, a decision loss to Harun Akcabelen so Mammadov has every reason to fancy his chances.