This coming Monday is certainly not a big day for boxing in Asia, but it's a day with a small show in Tokyo, as we get the first Dangan 4 round show of 2020. As with all of these shows none of the fighters in action are big names, bit the bouts are usually entertaining and with 9 bouts on the show fans will have plenty to watch.
One of the bouts on the card will see the win-less Andy Atsushi (0-3) return to the ring after several years of inactivity. The win-less Atsushi will be looking to claim his first win as he takes on the debuting Yuta Hasegawa (0-0). Interestingly this will be Atsuhis first bout since late 2017, and sees him taking on a 4th successive debutant!
In a more interesting looking bout we see Kosuke Fukuda (1-2, 1) and Naoki Ishii (2-1) clash in a Flyweight bout. Again this is low level action and sees Fukuda trying to avoid a third straight loss. Ishii on the other hand is looking to bounce back from a loss in the 2019 Rookie of the Year to Kodai Honda.
The final bout on the show will see Featherweights collide as 20 year old Yuji Nagata (1-1) takes on Yuya Hirose (1-0, 1), who looks to build on his debut win from October. It's hard to say much about either man, but a win here will kick off their year and give them some momentum ahead of a potentially busy year ahead.
This coming Saturday is an exciting and busy day with multiple shows featuring Asian fighters, in bouts of varying significance.
For us the main card of the day will be in Japan as Teiken put on a Dynamic Glove at Korakuen Hall. This G+ televised card will feature two title bouts and a number of interesting hopefuls.
The main event of the show will see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) defending his title against mandatory challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) in the first of the 2020 Champion Carnival bouts. This should be a really explosive bout and both men can hurt, and be hurt. Coming in Nagano will be seeking his second defense of the title and has scored 7 stoppages in his last 8 bouts. For Obara the bout is a chance to claim a second Japanese title, and a chance to give his career a shot in the arm after some recent set backs. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Champion Nagano faces Obara in Japanese title defense
The second title fight on this card will be a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9), who face off for the vacant title. Of the two Ishii is the more experienced man, and has faced the better competition, but Hata is a rising puncher, and will enter this bout with momentum on his side, with 6 straight TKO wins. Ishii on the other hand has struggled with just 1 win in his last 4. Our preview of this bout can be read here Hard hitting Hata takes on Ishii for Japanese Youth title
In an interesting match up between Japanese ranked fighter's we'll see JBC ranked Welterweight Junpei Tsujimoto (6-1-3, 4) move up to 154lbs to face ranked Middleweight Nath Nwachukwu (5-0-2, 2), who drops down 6 lbs. This is interesting to see both men changing weight for the bout, which will be scheduled for 6 rounds. Interestingly both of these men won the Rookie of the Year in 2018, and each have picked up 2 wins since then. Maybe not a big bout but an interesting one.
At 14olbs we see another Japanese ranked fighter, with the hard hitting Kenta Endo (5-0-1, 4), who also won the 2018 Rookie of the Year, taking on Shun Akaiwa (4-1-1, 2). Aged 35 Endo's potentially to is limited by his age, but he's a fun, exciting and hard hitting fighter. Someone who can make very TV friendly bouts. Akaiwa on the other hand is not someone we can recall watching but he's yet to be stopped and should make for an interesting opponent for Endo.
Further down the card we see two notable Japanese prospects taking on Indonesian novices. One of those prospects is Kenshi Noda (1-0, 1), who is expected to pick up a quick win against Thomas Tope Hurek (2-4-1, 1) in a Light Flyweight bout, whilst the other is Super Flyweight Hiroto Yahsiro (1-0, 1), who takes takes on Abdul Rauf (1-2). Expect these to be little more than showcase wins for the local prospects.
Nuevo León, Mexico
Whilst the biggest show is the one in Japan the biggest single bout is actually in Mexico where IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2, 11) defends his belt against talented Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares (22-1, 13). Taduran won his title in a brilliant little war with Samuel Salva last September and at 23 is still just getting stronger. It is however always a big ask to pick up a win on the road in Mexico. Valladares on the other hand had an under-rated 2019 where he scored 4 wins including stoppages over Filipino fighters Melito Sabillo and Christian Araneta. This could be a very, very exciting match up! Our preview of this bout is available here Taduran defends IBF title against Valladares in Mexico!
Metro Manila, Philippines
Back in Asia we get an interesting double header in Metro Manbila, where we see two Filipino title fights.
One of those will see Roldan Aldea (14-8-1, 8) defending his title as he takes on veteran Monico Laurente (30-16, 7) in a Lightweight clash. Although not a star Aldea has proven to be a rugged and durable fighter who is better than his record suggests, and his upset KO win last year over Mikhail Alexeev shows he can bang, when he lands clean. At 34 years old Laurente is certainly coming to the end of his career, and he will be the under-dog here, but will be a live under-dog. We expect this to be an interesting match up, even if it's the less intriguing of the two title bouts on the show.
The other title bout on this card will be a Flyweight bout as the under-rated Alphoe Dagayloan (14-3-5, 5) takes on Carlo Caesar Penalosa (14-2, 7). Although not well known outside of Asia Dagayloan has built a reputation for himself as a horror to face off with, he's aggressive, tough, strong and not an easy man to look good against. Penalosa on the other hand is a third generation fighter from the Penalosa family and is looking to bounce back from a loss last time out to Maximino Flores. This could be the hidden gem of the weekend.
There is also a card in India, where we get some low key action on a card in Mumbai.
One of the more notable bouts here will see Rahul Kumar (6-3-1, 4) take on novice Rakesh Bawa (0-1), in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds. It's hard to see Bawa winning, but the reality is that Kumar is no world beater himself and has lost 3 of his last 6 coming into this.
An even bugger mismatch will see the once beaten Sagar Narwat (9-1-1, 3) take on Harish Harish (0-0) in a 4 round bout. Narwat was beaten back in October, by Troy O'Meley, but this should be an easy comeback win for the 25 year old from Faridabad
In Uzbekistan we'll see a number of promising novices in action, in what will be a card where fighters will get a chance to show case their skills. At the moment none of the promising fighters on the card have had their opponents name, but we're expecting to see Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 3), Abdulazizbek Najmiddinov (4-0, 4), Jasurbek Latipov (0-0) and Obidjon Tokhirov (0-0) all in action. From those involved it's Latipov, who was a brilliant amateur, that stands out as the most interesting of those on the card and the one with the biggest upside.
There are more Uzbeks in action in Russia where a trio of Uzbeks will be looking to make their mark.
Thge most notable bout here will see Rustam Tulaganov (2-0, 1) take on the much more experienced Norbert Dabrowski (23-8-2, 10). The talented Tulaganov is expected to have a huge 2020 after having had a stop-start career so far, and a win here would be a massive statement for him. The 31 year old Dabrowski, from Poland, is talented, experienced and a big step up for Tulaganov, however the Uzbek will be regarded as the favourite here.
Another of the Uzbek's on this show is Odiljon Aslonov (1-0, 1) who will be up against South African foe Snamiso Ntuli (4-3, 2) in a 6 round bout whilst the third is the debuting Ulugbek Mubinov (0-0), who takes on the 30 year old Srdan Govedarica (7-8, 6). These bouts are less interesting than Tulaganov's but we're expecting dominant and impressive wins for the Uzbek pair.
To end the month of January we see bouts in Tanzania and the US.
The most significant of the two bouts comes from Tanzania where former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-6, 41) takes on local fighter Salimu Jengo (13-3, 8) in a bout for the lightly regarded UBO Lightweight title. At 35 years old the Thai veteran hasn't got long left and has lost his last 3, including a last second TKO loss last time time out in Spain to Moussa Gholam. Although he's more than 12 months removed from a win he certainly has got the big edge in experience. The 24 year old Jengo has lost 3 of his last 5, including a loss to Xolisani Ndongeni, though if we're being honest he's a bit of an unknown to us. A win for Jengo would be his biggest to date, and we wouldn't be surprised by him getting the W here.
As well as the bout in Tanzania we will also be interested in a small card in Pennsylvania, where Uzbek novice Shahkzod Atoev (0-0) makes his professional debut, and takes on Juan Ibarra (0-2). The 22 year old Atoev is based in the US and will be looking to kick his career off with a win as he takes on an opponent who has been stopped in both of his previous bouts.
Our attention turns to the US this coming Thursday as we get two bouts in the US featuring Asian fighters.
The most notable of those two bouts comes from Florida as unified Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) risks his IBF and WBA "super" titles against unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6), who enters as the WBA mandatory challenger. This bout was originally scheduled for last September, before Akhmadaliev suffered an injury in training that forced it to be rescheduled. Roman will be making his 5th defense of the WBA crown and his first defense of the IBF title, which has mandatory challenger Ryosuke Iwasa looming large. For Akhmadaliev this will be his first world title bout, but the former standout amateur will be confident of picking up the win here. For those interested in this one it will be aired live on DAZN. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Akhmadaliev takes on Roman for unified throne!
Also in the US fans will be able to see the American debut of former Filipino amateur standout Jade Bornea (14-0, 10), who goes up against fellow unbeaten fighter Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2, 2) in a bout for the vacant NABF Super Flyweight. The unbeaten Bornea was a genuine standout amateur and beat both the aforementioned Akhmadaliev and Kosei Tanaka in the 2013 Asian Youth Champions, but hasn't yet shined in the pros. The 25 year old Delgadillo is unbeaten but hasn't fought since August 2018. On paper this is a step up for both men and should see the winner enhancing their reputation in what looks to be a very good fight aired on UFC Fightpass.
For the second time this month we head to the Korakuen Hall for a tournament final, and this time around we also have a lot of title action on the show, with the "God's Left" Bantamweight final coming on a show that also features 3 title fights, including a female world title fight!
The tournament final will see unbeaten Ohashi gym hopeful Kazuki Nakajima (8-0, 7) take on Kadoebi gym hopeful Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) in a very, very, explosive looking God's Left Bantamweight tournament final. Tsutsumi, who was the only seed in the tournament, has gotten through to the final with out fighting in a single bout, getting a bye in the quarter final stage then a walk over in his semi-final. Nakajima on the other hand has blitzed Kenichi Watanabe and Jin Minamide to reach the final, beating both men inside a round. Both of these fighters can bang, and we expect this to be fireworks almost from the off.
The female world title bout will see Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) take on Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) for the vacant WBO female Minimumweight title. For Miyao this bout will see her moving up in weight, abandoning the Atomweight division that she has been such a major force in over the years, whilst Tada will be looking to become a 4-time world champion. Given the styles of the two women involved in this one we expect fireworks, as both like to let their hands go. Tada is certainly the bigger, stronger fighter but she's also the older slower fighter, whilst Miyao is faster and more energetic. A very, very interesting match up. Our preview of this can be read here Veterans Tada and Miyao face off for WBO title!
Another title fight on this show will see second generation fighter Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) take on Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) for the vacant JBC Youth Lightweight title. For the unbeaten Yuba this is a second shot at the title, following a technical draw when he fought Izuki Tomioka for the belt almost 2 years ago, whilst Takenaka will be looking to build on his win over Kazuaki Miyamoto from last April. This bout has an in depth preview here Yuba and Takenaka clash for Japanese youth title!
The other title bout on this card is actually a rematch, as Kanako Taniyama (2-0-1, 1) and Tomoko Okuda (5-2-2, 1) battle for the vacant JBC female Bantamweight title. These two women fought to a draw last September, in what was a genuinely entertaining bout, though it felt like Taniyama deserved the win but didn't get it in Okuda's home city. We can't help but think Taniyama will take the win here, in another entertaining battle. Our preview of this bout is here Taniyama and Okuda face off again for Japanese female title!
Over in Canada unbeaten Uzbek Hurshidbek Normatov (9-0, 3) is scheduled to be in action in a 6 round bout, though his opponent has yet to be named. This will be the unbeaten Uzbek's first professional bout outside of the US, and will see him look to build on what has been a pretty slow build career thus far.
Action heads back to Japan this coming Monday for a small, yet notable, show from Korakuen Hall. The main event features one of the most over-looked fighters in the country whilst another bout should see a new female national champion being crowned. Certainly not a big show, but one worthy of some attention.
The hidden gem on this card is Ikuro Sadatsune (10-4-3, 4), who's record is incredibly misleading. The 22 year old southpaw lost in the 2016 East Japan Rookie of the Year, and since then has suffered loss to Kai Chiba, Kenshin Oshima and Sho Ishida, with the Oshima and Ishida results both being very debatable. He looks to kick off his year with success as he takes on domestic veteran Naoto Fujimoto (12-10-1, 6). Fujimoto is also better than his record suggests but we suspect this will be a rather straight forward win for Sadatsune, who is likely to find himself in the title mix in the coming years. Don't be fooled by his record.
The title bout on this card will see Yumiko Shimooka (4-7, 1) and Yumi Narita (3-4-3, 1) battle for the vacant Japanese female Minimumweight title. For Shimooka this is her first bout in over 14 months, and she'll be looking to score just her second win in well over 3 years. Narita has been more active, fighting twice last year, but her last win came in July 2018, against Shimooka. Sadly this is the state of female domestic boxing in some weight classes in Japan, and although we're expecting a competitive bout we don't expect either of these two to be battling for major world honours any time soon. Our preview of this bout can be read here Shimooka and Narita to face off for Japanese female title
New Delhi, India
It's India that takes our attention this coming Sunday as we get two cards from the country. The most notable of those takes place in New Dehli.
One of the more notable fighters on this card is the unbeaten Sachin Dekwal (6-0, 4), who will risk his unbeaten record against Jaskaran Singh (1-0-1). The 24 year old Sachin debuted just over 2 years ago and has already fought in the Philippines, Thailand and India. On paper this should be an easy win against a man who has never fought beyond 4 rounds, and has struggle against limited novices so far.
Another notable fighter on this card is 30 year old Kuldeep Dhanda (7-2, 1) who looks to rebuilding following a huge KO loss last year against Romero Duno, in what was a legitimate KO of the year contender. Singh, who has been out of the ring since February, will be taking on professional novice Rohan Rohan (1-0, 1) who debuted last November with an opening round win.
The other card takes place in Bangalore, and is much more a novice card, with very few fighters having more than 3 fights to their name, and of those that do have some experience their opponents haven't been named at the time of writing.
The most notable and experienced fighters here are female Flyweight Ramandeep Kaur (6-0) and Lightweight puncher Karthik Sathish Kumar (4-0, 3), who fought on an MTK card last September in Dubai. As mentioned though neither of these two have had opponents confirmed at the time of writing, and we wouldn't expect them to face anyone decent on short notice. Expect them both to pick up straight forward wins here.
This coming Saturday our focus turns to Canada, for the first time this year, as unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Batyrzhan Jukembayev (17-0-0-1,13) kicks off his 2020. The unbeaten Kazakh hasn't yet had his opponent for the bout confirmed, though was originally scheduled to face Argentina's Maximiliano Ricardo Veron (12-3-1, 4).
Sadly Veron failed to secure a visa and will be replaced, though at the time of writing the replacement hasn't been announced. Despite the late change we still expect to see Jukembayev defending his WBA Continental Americas and IBF Inter-Continental titles for the first time, as he looks to move one step closer to a world title fighter. This is another frustrating step in the career of the unbeaten Kazakh, and it's the second time one of his opponents has had to be replaced late due to visa issues.
This coming Friday our attention turns to Russia where two unbeaten Central Asian hopefuls are in action, with both men taking on decent looking opponents.
One of the two is Russian based Kazakh Super Featherweight Stanislav Kalitskiy (9-0, 3), who looks to kick off his 2020, and score his 10 professional win, as he takes on Argentina's Alan Isaias Luques Castillo (27-8, 10). Last year the unbeaten Kalitskiy scored 3 wins, and despite keeping his unbeaten record intact it was clear he lacked power. Castillo on the other hand went 1-1 in 2019, with his loss coming to talented British fighter Anthony Cacace before he bounced back and claimed the South American Featherweight title. This could be a genuine test for Kalitskiy.
The other Asian is Russian based Uzbek Ravshanbek Umurzakov (10-0, 7), who went 4-0 (2) last year. The talented Umurzakov will be up against Venezuelan puncher Esneiker Correa (13-2-1, 11), who enters this bout on the back of 5 straight stoppage wins. We have been impressed by Umurzakov so far, and a win here needs to be followed up by a clear step up in class. As for Correa his record is pretty padded, and he lost in his only bout outside of Venezuela. Despite that he can punch, and it'll be interesting to see if he can chin check the Uzbek here.
As well as the Russian card there will also be a Thai card on Channel 7HD.
The main event of this card will see once beaten Thai Kongfah CP Freshmart (30-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, defending a regional WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-43-8, 6). On paper this is an horrific mismatch, but Berwela is much better than his record suggests and he should prove a decent test for the Thai local. Interestingly Kongfah's only loss came to Daigo Higa, way back in 2015 and since then he has racked up 16 straight wins.
This coming Sunday there's two cards in Korea, one from Busan and one from Seoul.
Seoul, South Korea
The Seoul card, from the KBA, is the more interesting of the two shows. It's not a huge one but it does have the more notable names on it.
On paper the most significant bout is an 8 rounder between local Nam Jun Lee (10-6-3, 4) and Chinese foe Yong Peng (8-9-2, 5). The 36 year old Lee was last seen in the ring back in May, when he lost to Shuya Masaki. That Lee's only fight in the last 2 years, following solid wins over Sa Myung Noh and Jelbirt Gomera. The 27 year old Peng has been inconsistent since turning professional and he'll need a career best performance to pick up the win here, on his international debut.
In a solid supporting bout the once beaten Uzbek fighter Abdurasul Ismoilov (6-1, 3) will be up against unbeaten Chinese fighter Nuomin (4-0, 1). The 23 year old Ismoilov will be fighting for the first time since losing in a WBA Asia Lightweight title bout last September, to Hwang Kil Kim, but will be strongly favoured to get back to winning ways here. Aged 20 Nuomin is a young fighter who will be making his international debut and also stepping up, massively here.
In a female bout the unbeaten Bo Mi Re Shin (8-0-3, 3) will face off with Indian foe Suman Kumari (4-2-1, 1). The 25 year old Shin started her career 3-0-3 and since then has reeled off 5 straight wins and got her career up and running. Although Shin lacks a really big win, she did stop Chika Mizutani in 2018 and is building some real momentum. Kumari is 1-1 outside of India but would need a massive performance here to notch her second win on the road. Kumari will be giving away a lot of natural size here and will really struggle to keep the local fighter at bay. This could end up being an ugly mismatch.
Busan, South Korea
The other Korean show is a Boxing M card featuring very low level action.
The biggest bout here is a 6 rounder between Kook Min Moon (4-1-1, 2) and Dae Young Lee (2-12-2). On paper this isn't a particularly competitive bout, but we have seen Moon being dropped in the past and he is certainly not unbeatable. for fans who follow the Korean scene Moon is best known for his 75 second win over Yo Sub Lee, in a bout that saw both men being dropped. Lee on the other hand is 40 and has gone 0-6-2 since his last win, almost 2 years ago. This should be an easy win for Moon.