Lanao Del Norte, Philippines
In the Philippines fans will get the chance to watch a WBF Asia Pacific Lightweight title bout as the once beaten Nelson Tinampay (9-1-1, 4) battles countryman Jonel Gadapan (10-8-2, 6). It's hard to see anything but a Tianmpay win but we're unsure how good he really is Gadapan however has mixed in good company, though has regularly come up short.
Gangwon, South Korea
Staying in Asia there will be a host of action coming from Korea where the KBC will be sanctioning a multi-title show.
The main event of the card will see WBA Asia Middleweight champion Eun Chang Lee (9-4, 5) defending his title against South Korean national champion Joon Yong Lee (5-3-3, 3), in what will be a unification bout. Both men will be looking to record their first defense of the title's whilst also unifying belts for the first time in their career.
The other title fights, according to the KBC website, will see the Korean 140lb and 147lb titles being fought for.
In the Netherlands fans will get the chance to see Azeri fighter Bakhtiyar Isgandarzada (10-7, 3) battle against unbeaten Dutchman Somay Bilal (5-0, 3). The 32 year old from Baku has struggled in the last 4 years, going 2-6, and it's likely he'll add another defeat here to a promising 23 year old.
Staying on the road, fans in the US will get the chance to see Azeri Middleweight Farid Aghayev (2-0-1, 2) battle against Hakeem Atkinson (1-1, 1).
This coming Saturday is a very busy day in Asian boxing circles with a lot of fighters in action, particularly in China.
The most notable the shows comes from Shanghai where fight fans will get the chance to see a number of big names in action.
The main event sees former world title challenger Zou Shiming (6-1, 1) fight for the first time since he lost to Amnat Ruenroeng last March. The Chinese fighter looks to be in tough against 21 year old Brazilian puncher Natan Santana Coutinho (12-0, 10) but the reality is that Coutinho is unlikely to pose many threats to the Chinese fighter, and as we know Brazilians have regularly had padded puncher's records with little in terms of real skill.
Shiming, a 2-time Olympic champion, isn't the only Olympic Gold medal winner on this card as Japan's Ryota Murata (8-0, 5) battles against Argentinian Gaston Alejandro Vega (24-10-1-1, 10). This should be a straight forward win for Murata but the Japanese Middleweight will need a good performance if he's to move closer to a world title fight later in the year. Unfortunately Murata failed to shine last year on his US debut, against Gunnar Jackson, and cannot afford another less than impressive performance here.
Other bouts on this card include a Super Middleweight bout between Zulpikar Maimaitiali (5-0-1, 3), one of the most exciting prospects in China, and Australian visitor Steve Moxon (5-2, 4) and a bout featuring former WBA "interim" Light Flyweight title challenger Ma Yi Ming (12-6, 7), who is fighting for the first time since he was blitzed by Randy Petalcorin.
Sadly however a bout at 140lbs between former world title challenger IK Yang (19-1-0-1, 14) and unbeaten Thai Chalermpol Singwancha (16-0, 12) has been cancelled following an injury in training suffered by Yang.
A second show in Shanghai, also promoted by Bob Arum, will see novices in action as part of the Fists of Fury cards, which are hoping to help develop more home grown talents.
One potential star in action is 21 year old puncher Alimu Wushouer (5-0, 5) who will be fighting against Jin Sheng Zhang (1-0-2). Wushouer, from Xinjiang, blew out 5 opponents last year in a combined 7 rounds and will be hoping to notch up another quick win as he faces an unbeaten 17 year old.
Another puncher putting his unbeaten record on the line is Abulimiti Tuersunniyazi (3-0, 3) who puts his perfect record on the line against Yangcheng Jin (0-1-2). This should be a 4th straight win for Tuersunniyazi who could be a real hidden gem.
Staying in China fight fans will get the chance to see Heavyweight puncher Zhang Junlong (11-0, 11) battle against Argentinian visitor Juan Pedro Guglielmetti (7-4, 5). Junlong may be the best of the Chinese Heavyweights, and wins over Jason Gavern and Shawn Cox, are pretty notable. Sadly though fighting solely in China and missing out on the Top Rank cards will be doing Junglong more harm than good and it's unlikely he'll get to have a genuinely big fight.
On the same card the once beaten Wang Kun (3-1, 1) will face experienced Filipino Cristian Abila (13-18-4, 4). Abila, who has been a professional for more than 6 years, has been racking up losses recently but can turn in solid performances, as he did last year against Nino Magboo, and is a threat to the rising Kun, who looks to build on a big win over Romeo Jakosalem last year.
A Korean show, sanctioned by the KBF, will feature a number of bouts, sadly though the specific details of the card are scarce with only confirmed bout being a 6 rounder featuring Mongolian youngster Joldasbyek Tagtyanal (0-0), a 20 year old from Ulaanbaatar. From what we under-stand he will be facing a local Korean fighter but sadly the specific details really are lacking here.
Outside of Asia, and in the US, fight fans get the chance to see the American debut of former OPBF Lightweight title challenger Ricky Sismundo (30-8-2, 13). The under-rated Japanese based Filipino is in a tough one as he takes on fringe contender Jose Felix Jr (32-1-1, 25). On paper the bout is a mismatch, with Felix being much hiugher regarded that Sismundo however the Filipino is far better than his record indicates and comes in on a 5 fight unbeaten run, including wins over Yoshitaka Kato, Akihiro Kondo and Shuhei Tsuchiya. This really could be a good one if Sismundo can handle the power of Felix early on.
Staying in North America fans will get the chance to see Filipino Leonardo Doronio (15-11-3, 10) battle against the charismatic Nery Saguilan (36-5-1, 13). The bout, for the WBC Latino Lightweight title, looks like a mismatch but the bout is a huge opportunity for Doronio who holds notable wins against the likes of Taiwo Ali, Al Rivera and Burning Ishii.
Fans in Kazakhstan also get some notable action.
Among the bouts in Almaty is the debut of former amateur stand out Ruslan Myrsatayev (0-0), who faces the win-less Valery Zamiralov (0-3). Myrsatayev made his name back in 2007 when he went to the World Amateur Championships, and continued to make a name for himself at the 2008 Olympics. Sadly, aged 30, this could be a case of waiting too long to go pro however he was impressive in WSB.
Thai fans get yet more action later this week with another small show.
Whilst the card is a low profile one the main event is brilliant and pits unbeaten fighters against each other as the exciting Chanachai CP Freshmart (5-0, 2) defends his WBC Youth Minimumweight crown against Filipino hopeful Dexter Alimento (9-0,6). On paper this is a big step up for Alimento however he has proven himself some what on the domestic scene winning a LuzProBA title and will be full of confidence here. Although Alimento is the more experienced we don't see him over-coming the stream-train like Chanachai who will be hoping to have a huge 2016.
For a second day running reason put on a 4 round “Dangan” card, with this one having the extra appeal of being a Rookies Tournament. The card will feature 11 bouts and although no one in action is a notable name there are a few fighters worth keeping an eye one.
One of those is the unbeaten 18 year old Junto Nakatani (3-0, 2), who risks his record against fellow unbeaten Tetsuya Tomioka (1-0, 1). This bout is probably the stand out and the winner could be one to watch.
Another interesting match up will see 18 year olds collide as the unbeaten Taichi Ueno (2-0, 2) takes on Satohiko Haga (3-1-1, 1) in a brilliant match up. The winner here may not immediately become a name or anything like that but could finish the year as another interesting addition to the relatively packed Japanese Bantamweight scene.
The action keeps building in Japan and on the 27th we get the first Dangan 4 round show of the year.
The card, like the other 4 round shows, features only bouts that features novices in 4 rounders and although it's a strange concept for those in the west the shows do tend to provide a lot of action at a cheap price. The card offers 11 bouts and should provide some real thrills and spills.
Sadly none of the fighters in action are notable names though we would perhaps keep an eye on 17 year old puncher Kudura Kaneko (2-0, 2), who will be up against Shota Irie (3-2, 2). The youngster turns 18 in February and given his age, and an interesting back story, he could be one of the few fighters on this card who we will end up talking about in the future.
Although a 4 round show some of the bouts on this card are part of a C class tournament, a low grade tournament for Rookies, that is viewed as being relatively insignificant but gives some fighters a chance to fight in some competitive tournament style bouts.
We get more action from Thailand this coming Tuesday as fans get the chance to see a real veteran in action.
That veteran is former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (87-2, 55) who is set to fight for the Asian Boxing Federation Middleweight title. Sadly we're unsure who he will be fighting however we do know that he will be fighting on a Channel 11 broadcast between 15:30 and 17:30 local time.
Sadly we're also unsure who else will be on this card, which will obviously feature at least 1 other televised bout.
Action continues to get going in Japan this coming Monday with an interesting show featuring 3 bouts of note.
In the main event we'll see former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (21-6-4, 16) battle against Tonko Nakagawa (13-7-2, 5), in what will almost certainly be an action packed encounter. Of the two men the most notable is the teak tough Takahashi, who came to our attention in a 2014 FOTY contender against Kentaro Masuda, who later dubbed him a "Zombie", however Nakagawa has never been stopped and will likely meet Takahashi in the middle of the ring for a firefight. Don't be surprised if this ends up being one of the best fights of the month.
A second bout of note, and the chief support bout, sees promising Welterweight Yuki Beppu (11-0, 11) look to continue his impressive run as he faces Lekker Bangkok 2007 (0-1). Beppu, who won the Rookie of the Year in 2014, is making his way to a title fight, which may come later this year, and this bout with against the Thai visitor is little more than a stay busy contest.
Another fighter of note is this highly regarded Yuki Konami (1-0, 1) who looked to score his second professional win as he battles Thai visitor Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-1). The Thai's only recorded bout came last August, when he was stopped in 134 seconds by the fearsome Toshio Arikawa, who is now in line for a shot at the Japanese Welterweight title, and it's fair to say that the 21 year old Konami will be looking to make quicker work of the Thai. Incidentally Konami's only professional bout lasted just 26 seconds, as he quickly blitzed Rian Cobra last October.
American fans will get the chance to see one of the few Korean fighters of note in action.
That fight will see exciting Korean Min Wook Kim (13-1, 10) battle in his most important bout since vacating the OPBF title more than 2 years ago. Kim, an exciting hopeful at 140lbs, will be up against Mexico's Erick Daniel Martinez (11-3-1, 5). On paper this is well matched with Kim really stepping up from his last two bouts, saying that however Martinez is 0-3 in recent bouts and is unlikely to be more than fodder for the “Snyper”, who has fought just 2 rounds in the last 2 years.
Metro Manila, Philippines
As well as Kim's bout in the US Asian fight fans may well be interesting in a small show in the Philippines.
The main event of the card will see the once beaten Junuel Lacar (7-1-3, 5) taking on Lito Dante (10-5-3, 5) in what looks like a really good test for Lacar, who has fought to back-to-back draws. The once beaten 23 year old is unbeaten in 6 bouts and will be looking to continue his rise. Dante on the other hand has lost 2 of his last 5, however he has mixed at a higher level than Lacar.
Whilst the main event is interesting we must confess we are more interested in an 8 rounder under-card bout between the unbeaten Jeronil Borres (6-0-1, 5) battles the once beaten Michael Bravo (8-1, 3). This is a really good match up and one where both men deserve real credit for taking, and the winner will certainly come out having proven something.
Baja California, Mexico
Going back over to the west, fight fans in Mexico will get the chance to see Filipino Jhon Gemino (12-5-1, 5) take on former world champion Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr (20-4-1, 9) in what looks like a very tough match up for the 23 year old Filipino.
There will be two cards in Thailand, one of which is a show from Nakornluang Promotions who will be show casing two of their best fighters.
The most notable of those fighters is Super Flyweight destroyer Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (37-4-1, 34) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] who is going to take part in a stay busy bout ahead of rematch with current WBC Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras. Although we're not sure who Srisaket will be fighting we have been informed that it will be an Indonesian opponent and the bout will only be a stay busy.
The other fighter is unbeaten Flyweight contender Nawaphon Por Chokchai (31-0, 24) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] who is the mandatory challenger to Roman Gonzalez. The unbeaten Nawaphon will not be facing a test here with Nakornluang not risking his big bout later in the year, they may however petition the WBC to strip Gonzalez if the Nicaraguan does make the move up to Super Flyweight later in the year.
We believe this card will be aired on Channel 7 in Thailand.
The other Thai show will be put on by Kiatkreerin and features several notable fighters again.
The main event of the card sees the experienced Mike Tawatchai (37-8-1, 21) defending his IBF Pan Pacific title against Japanese visitor Shingo Kawamura (11-2-1, 6). For Tawatchai this is his most notable fight since last June when he was widely beaten by IBF #1 ranked contender Shingo Wake whilst for Kawamura this is a big step up and sees him fighting in his first title bout.
Also in action here will be former Olympic star Manus Boonjumnong (3-0, 1) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์]. Sadly we're unsure who Manus will be up against but we do need to confess we have been impressed by him so far.
For fans interested in this one, it will be aired on Thairath
In Arizona there will be two Asian fighters in action.
In the most notable of the two bouts fans will see touted Filipino Harmonito Dela Torre (17-0, 12) risk his record against Rafael Guzman (16-1-1-1, 10). On paper this looks like a genuinely tasty match up though we do wonder how good Guzman is given his competition so far has been relatively poor. If Guzman is as good as the numbers suggest however, then we may be in for a genuine treat here with the Filipino being given a real test.
The other Asian in action is Kazak puncher Bakhtiyar Eyubov (9-0, 9), who takes a huge step up as he faces Jared Robinson (16-2-1, 7). The bout should pose real questions of both men and be a genuinely interesting fight. Eyubov, as mentioned, is stepping up massively whilst Robinson has faced some quality fighters like Amir Imam, who stopped him in 4, Michael Perez, who took a decision win against him, and Haskell Rhodes, who he fought to a draw. This really is a fantastic match up and credit to both men for taking it.
In Thailand fans will get the chance to see Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (32-0, 24) in the ring as he defends his PABA Welterweight crown once again. The unbeaten puncher, who holds a high ranking with the WBA, will be expected to continue his unbeaten record as he takes on Kazakh visitor Alexandr Zhuravskiy (10-1, 8) in what looks like a possible chin-check for the unbeaten youngster.
In the UK fans at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Glasgow will get the chance to see Pakistan born Bantamweight hopeful Ukashir Farooq (1-0) battle against a yet to be named opponent. The 20 year old, who debuted last October is a genuine youngster and whilst he may not have the amateur pedigree of compatriot Muhammad Waseem it is still great to see some Pakistani fighters looking to make a name for themselves.