A new week in the world of boxing kicks off on Monday with shows in both Japan and Russia.
For once it's the Russian action that has really caught our eye with two seperate cards, both of which draw an interestin in some way.
Of the two Russian shows it's the one in Krasnodar, thanks to Pushka Promotions, that draws a morbid interest from ourselves. That's due to a main event between former WBC Heavyweight title holder Oleg Maskaev (38-7, 28) and former world title challenger Danny Williams (44-18-0-1, 33). With both men being well beyond their prime we can only say that this is a morbid interest but still in could spell the end for one, if not both, fighters.
The only other fight that we have confirmed from that card is one between David Avanesyan (15-1-1, 8) and Carlos Leonardo Herrera (24-5, 10). This bout will be for the WBC Baltic Welterweight title though we've got to admit that we're not certain how Herrera, an Argentinian, qualifies as Baltic.
The rest of this card will see 6 more contests though so far we've only got the names of one man from each fight. These are Aik Shakhnazaryan (8-0, 2), a promising and unbeaten Light Welterweight; Fedor Papazov (13-0, 9), another unbeaten fighter who has shown some genuine promises; Sherzod Husanov (17-0-1, 8), a third unbeaten fighter who campaigns in the Light Middleweight division; Ruslan Faifer (1-0), a novice Cruiserweight looking for his second win; Felix Amoev (6-1, 4), a Middleweight who will be looking for his fourth victory of the year and once beaten Super Middleweight Maxim Vlasov (26-1, 12) a very promising fighter who is creating a bit of a buzz internationally.
The second card in Russia is a 6 fight to be held in Saint Petersburg. The main event here may not hold a morbid interest though does still posses some genuine intruige as Andrey Meryasev (14-0, 11) looks to continue his rise through the ranks. Meryasev will be fighting Argentinian Sergio Jose Sanders (21-9-2, 12) a man who is much more experienced than the Russian and could well give him a serious test.
In the chief support bout the unbeaten Vladimir Tikhonov (9-0, 4) faces Danny Flores (14-4-1, 8) a man with almost as many stoppages on his record as Tikhonov has total bouts. This is a good test for the unbeaten man, despite the fact Flores has won just one of his last five contests.
Unfortunately, as with the other Russian card, it's looking like a card that is still being pieced together. It appears that Ruslan Berchuk (6-3, 3) will be on the card, as will the debuting trio of Nikolay Kuzmitski (0-0), Maxim Sirota (0-0) and Kiril Viktorchik (0-0) though none of those men have their opponents set as of yet.
In Japan we get an 8 fight card, albeit it a very low level.
We expect this show to start with a battle of unbeaten men as Kazuaki Okada (2-0, 2) fights Shogo Yamaguchi (1-0-1). . Unfortunately this bout, at Super Featherweight, is one of only two that we have complete details on. The other of those is a bout between Koichi Nagatsuka (2-1, 1) and the debuting Yoko Sato (0-0).
We do know that Hajime Ikeda (3-3), Shinichi Hoshino (0-1) and Ryunosuke Yamashita (0-2) will all be on the card facing domestic opponents in the beef of the card, though unfortunately we were unable to identify their opponents.
In a trio of main bouts Makoto Kato (7-7, 2), Yuya Miyagi (17-4-3, 6) and Yuki Fujimoto (6-2-1, 1) all fight Thai opponents. Again we're been struggling to identifiy the opponents unfortunately, though we doubt they will be anything too testing.
Kazuaki Okada (2-0, 2) v Shogo Yamaguchi (1-0-1) [130/4]
Hajime Ikeda (3-3) v ???
Shinichi Hoshino (0-1) v ???
Koichi Nagatsuka (2-1, 1) v Yoko Sato (0-0)* [debut]
Ryunosuke Yamashita (0-2) v ???
Makoto Kato (7-7, 2) v Thai
Yuya Miyagi (17-4-3, 6)-returns after 5 years out v Thai
Yuki Fujimoto (6-2-1, 1) v Thai
Two Russian cards