The first action of a new months takes place in Thailand where fans get an interesting looking card with a genuinely exciting main event.
The aforementioned main event will see WBA “interim” champion Knockout CP Freshmart (10-0, 5) defending his belt against unbeaten Venezuelan Alexis Diaz (16-0, 10). This bout is among the most mouth watering “interim” title fights we've seen and although Diaz has been in good form it's hard to see him getting a decision in Thailand so he may well throw caution to the wind and try to stop Knockout. If that's his tactics then we are in for a special kind of fight.
In the main under-card bout Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (45-2, 27) will be defending his PABA Bantamweight crown against very limited Indonesian foe Arega Yunian (3-3), who was stopped in 2 rounds by Ryo Matsumoto back in 2013. This should be a very easy win for the Thai who has got eyes on WBA champion Jamie McDonnell.
Another under-card bout will see the experienced Ratchasak KKP (28-3-1, 13) battle against novice professional Saengthong Chor Pakdee (0-1), who suffered a KO of the year type loss on his debut to Kongfah CP Freshmart last year. Ratchasak will be looking for his 6th win since losing in Macau to Rex Tso, in a bout that saw him twice drop the Hong Kong “Wonder Boy”.
Another under-card bout will see novice pro Petchtae Petchyindee (1-0) take on “loser” Fahpikard Twins Gym (2-8), who has lost his last 7 straight bout. This should be a straight forward win for Petchtae though it's unlikely to tell us anything really notable about the unbeaten man.
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The final Asian show of June is another Dangan card where we get several B class tournament bouts as well as a East Japan Rookie of the Year contest. The card, which doesn't feature big names, has a hos of promising novices involved in 5 round bouts in what promises to be a thoroughly exciting show of fights.
In total there are set to be 11 bouts on the card, though for us a few bouts stand out.
One of those stand out bouts is the B-Class Light Welterweight bout between Daishi Nagata (2-0-1, 1) and the heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (5-3, 5). Nagata is the better boxer and should be favoured here, though may well face a genuine chin check in a well matched bout. Matsusaka has been stopped in his 8 bouts though goes into this bout confident in his own power.
Another interesting unbeaten on this card is Tomoki Narumi (1-0, 1) who faces a really stiff test against Elfelos Vega (4-1, 3) in another B-Class match up. Vega, a Japanese based Colombian, is he more experienced man on paper though he hasn't fought since May 2014 and and had fought, generally, at a very low level. Narumi is a novice but, on paper, holds the best among the two men. Really interesting match up in a bout made at 154lbs.
A third B-Class bout takes place at Flyweight where the once beaten Shoji Ebisawa (5-1-1) battles Hidetoshi Ueki (4-9-2). We suspect this one will go the distance given that neither man has scored a stoppage between them however it will almost certainly be more competitive than the records would suggest.
A really well matched bout will see Takahiro Kinoshita (5-4-2, 2) battle against Isao Aoyama (5-3-1, 1) in what is, on paper, the most interesting match up on the card, even if neither fighter is likely to go too far in the sport.
In the US we'll see American based Korean Gang Yong Kim (4-1) in action against Tyrone Luckey (5-4-2, 5). This will be Kim's second fight this year and the 26 year old will be hoping to record his 5th straight win however he may face some problems from the heavy handed Luckey.
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The lull in action comes to a notable end this Saturday with major fights across Asia.
The most significant bout for us comes form Thailand where we get a mouth watering IBF Flyweight title bout between one of the most explosive lighter weight fighters and one of the trickiest. The bout will see unbeaten champion Amnat Ruenroeng (15-0, 5) defending his title for the 4th time as he takes on exciting Filipino Johnriel Casimero (21-2, 13). This is one of the best match ups this year though the big question is whether or not Casimero can solve the puzzle set by the tricky Thai. If Casimero is to win he will likely need a KO, though he does have the power to score one. If Amnat can control the pace of the bout and the range he'll like continue his run of notching impressive victory, despite not managing to really set the world alight with his style.
Whilst the main event is great there are other interesting bouts of note on the under-card. One of which is debut of 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Manus Boonjumnong (0-0) who debuts in a Middleweight bout against Indonesian journeyman Jamed Jalarante (23-18-1, 11). Aged 34 we don't expect Manus to become the star that her perhaps could have been, but this should still prove to be an interesting match up.
A big name on this under-card is exciting Filipino Denver Cuello (35-5-6, 23), who battles Boy Tanto (9-16, 1). This is a stay busy fight for Cuello who is expected to to get a world title eliminator in the fall and a possible world title bout in December, against Thailand's very own Wanheng Menayothin.
Also on the card are two Kiatkreerin prospects, Atchariya Virotesunobon (3-0, 1) and Denchana Chanadejgym (1-0). Atchariya will be up against will be up against Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (16-8-1, 8) in what is a good step up for the young unbeaten fighter
Jeollanam-do, South Korea
On a KBC sanctioned show, fans will see some international action.
In the main event fans will see Eun Hye Lee (7-0, 2) battling against Thai visitor Ploynapa Sakrungrueng (12-5-1, 1) in a contest for the WBO female Light Flyweight title. The bout is as low key of a “world” title bout that we've seen this year yet a win for Lee will further strengthen the standing of female boxing in South Korea. Interestingly this will be Ploynapa's 4th bout in Korea, where she currently has a 0-3 record with all 3 losses coming in title bouts.
This show was originally scheduled for a date back in May though Lee suffered an injury which forced it to be pushed back a month.
Also on this show will be a Korean Middleweight title bout and some form of regional title bout, though unfortunately we're unsure which title.
A second south Korean show will also be headlined by a female title bout as Ji Hyun Park (21-2, 6) defends her IFBA and WIBA titles at 102lbs against Filipino fighter Gretchen Abaniel (15-7, 6). This show, sanctioned by the KBA, is listed on boxrec as being unsanctioned and is likely to be the only bout that the records website will list though we have been assured other contests will take place on the card.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In Manila fans will see Japanese puncher Tosho Makoto Aoki (19-12-2, 16) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title against Indonesian fighter Eddy Comaro (32-12-5, 13). It's hard to see Aoki losing here, though at 36 another loss will be the end for him.
In Australia Asian fighters “make up the numbers” in a number of bouts.
One of those bouts will see Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (33-18-5, 18) in action against Indonesian journeyman Hero Tito (9-6-1, 3). Tito, best known for his loss to Ik Yang in Macau, really shouldn't have anything to trouble Asis who has been in inspired form over the last 4 years with a 12-0-1 run. A run that we expect will continue here.
Another of the bouts will see China's Xu Chan (5-2) take on the unbeaten Kris George (7-0, 5) in a bout for the WBA Oceania Light Welterweight title. Unfortunate for Chan we really cannot give him much of a chance here.
Another Chinese fighter here is southpaw Wang Xinghua (11-11-1) who battles against Will Young (4-4, 2) in an interestingly matched 8 round affair. Young will be the favourite but neither guy is great and as a result we could get a very competitive match up here.
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We've had a real lull in action recently but these next few days sees that lull ending in style with fights across the Orient.
The most well matched show of the day is in Tokyo as we get the next Dangan card. The show isn't the most meaningful or significant but it certainly does have some good looking and interesting contests on it.
One of those bouts is the main event which pits ranked fighters against each other in a potentially significant cross roads bout on the Japanese domestic scene. The bout will pit the experienced Toyoto Shiraishi (25-8-2, 12), who is ranked by both the JBC and the OPBF, against the heavy handed Kenta Nakagawa (9-2, 7). Although in experienced Nakagawa made his debut in 2004 and appears to be looking to make up for lost time with this bout. Shiraishi however may have too much know how for his hard hitting foe.
Another showdown between ranked fighters comes in the chief support bout as Lightweight contenders face off in what could be something a little bit special. In one corner here we will have Kazuhiro Nishitani (14-2-1, 7) whilst in the other corner we have the the inform Yusuke Tsukada (7-4, 3). These two are ranked #8 and #9 by the JBC and although their rankings are very similar it's hard to see what Tsukada really brings to the table here, despite solid back-to-back wins coming in to this bout.
Another bout to feature a ranked fighter comes at Welterweight where Moon Hyun Yun (15-4-2, 2) takes on Shiro Saito (7-4-2, 2). Yun is looking for a second title fight and may well see a win here as his door to rematch with Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama, he does however enter 1-2-1 in his last 4. For Saito this is a great opportunity but it would require a career best performance for him to to claim a win.
In another 8 round we'll see a bout between experienced but flawed fighters as Ryuichi Funai (23-6, 16) takes on Japanese based Filipino Ryan Bito (22-14-3, 8). Funai is in great form with 6 wins, 5 inside the distance, since his last loss, to Rolly Lunas in an OPBF Bantamweight title clash and is on the verge of a shot at either the OPBF or the Japanese title. As for Bito the experienced Pinoy is looking to score just his second win since the start of 2012. It's fair to say Funai is the big favourite but we're hoping to see a good performance from Bito who really is indeed of a good one considering his recent form.
The final bout of note will see the 2014 All Japan Rookie of the Year at Featherweight, Yuichiro Kasuya (6-0, 1) fight for the first time this year as he takes on the limited, and fellow light hitting, Takashi Sakamoto (6-4, 1) in what appears to be a good step in the right direction for Kasuya who does look very promising. Aged just 18 we suspect we'll see a lot of Kasuya over the coming years.
Davao del Sur, Philippines
In the Philippines fans will get the chance to see a Sonshine card which features several notable names all in action, including one of the most interesting Filipino prospects.
The top of the card features 4 bouts all scheduled for 10 rounds. Sadly these all appear to be a mismatches including a bout between fringe contender Edrin Dapudong (30-6, 18) and domestic journeyman Richard Garcia (25-21-1, 7). This should be an easy win for “The Sting” who is better than his record indicates, and has sadly suffered a number of very close losses in recent times.
Another mismatch at the top of the card will see the heavy handed Lorenzo Villanueva (28-1-0-1, 24) battle against the tough but limited Rey Laspinas (19-11-5, 11). Villanueva, who did look amazingly exciting early in his career, comes into this bout looking for his 7th straight win since losing a 2012 FOTY contender to Daud Yordan in Singapore. Laspinas has proven his toughness, with just 3 stoppage losses, but all 3 stoppages have come in his last 8 bouts and this is likely to be another stoppage loss.
Former world title challenger Rommel Asenjo (26-4, 20) will be fighting for the first time since his disappointing performance against Juan Francisco Estrada. Asenjo has been matched very easily here as he takes on Allan Doronilla (9-14-1, 3) in what should prove to be little more thean a confidence rebuilding win for the hard hitting “Little Assassin”.
The remaining 10 rounder will see Rolando Magbanua (25-2, 17) take on Jimmy Aducal (8-5-2, 6). Coming in to this bout Aducala has been stopped in back-to-back fights and is 2-4 in his last 6. Magbanua on the other hand has won his last 6 and is in good form whilst also, clearly, the big favourite for this one.
As for the interesting prospect, that's the unbeaten Roskie Cristobal (10-0, 8). The 5'10” fighter, dubbed “The Gentle Giant” will be seeking his 11th straight win when he takes on the tough JR Mendoza (10-18, 4). Mendoza is a potential banana skin for domestic foes but shouldn't cause Cristobal to slip up, the interest here is whether or not Cristobal will be able to give Mendoza his 4th stoppage loss.
New York, USA
In the US fans will get the chance to see rising Kazakh puncher Bakhtiyar Eyubov (5-0, 5) continue his career as he takes on the limited Jason Thompson (5-10-4, 4), who is winless in the last 72 months. The heavy handed Kazakh, 28, has now been a pro for more than 3 years and it seems like it's now time that he was moved up in terns of his match making, sadly however it doesn't seem like his handlers are willing to really back him.
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On Channel 3 Thai fans will get a title double header.
The more notable of the two title bouts will see Inthanon Sithchamuang (26-7, 16) battle struggling Filipino Mateo Handig (13-9, 7). At one point Handig was on the verge of a IBF Minimumweight world title fight, after claiming a very narrow win against Katsunari Takayama, since then however the Filipino has gone 0-4 and we expect that'll become 0-5. Up for grabs here is the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title, which we believe Inthanon won last time out.
The other title bout will see Thai based Nigerian Taiwo Ali (16-3, 11) battle against Thai local Pankorn Mor Poowana (6-2-1, 5). We have been impressed by Ali in the past and our great Thai friend Pal has tipped Ali to come out on top here in what looks like a solid match up for the WBA Asia Lightweight title.
There isn't much action this coming Monday however there is something that we need to note as Filipino fighter Ronald Pontillas (17-7-3, 8) continues his career. The former OPBF Super Featherweight champion will be resurfacing in Russia where he is set to take on the daunting task of facing fringe world level Light Welterweight Eduard Troyanovsky (21-0, 18). Pontillas was, once, a banana skin opponent for fighters at 130lbs, as he showed against Masao Nakamura back in 2011, recently however he's gone 4-4 and certainly appears to be a fighter who gives a good effort but isn't good enough to be decent guys. Despite Troyanovsky's flaws he should be too big and too strong for the Filipino here.
In the Philippines this coming Sunday fans will get a small but notable show from Tarlac. We can't pretend the show is a big one, but it does feature an interesting prospect.
The sole 8 rounder of the card will see the limited Vincent Bautista (2-2-3) take on journeyman Ricky Oyan (4-24-2, 2). This is a low level main event but could well be an interesting bout considering that neither is likely to be pushing for title fights in coming years and they have been matched relatively well with each other.
For us the man of the card is Pedro Taduran (1-0, 1), an 18 year old prospect dubbed “Hori”. Taduran will be up against the win-less Ronnie Gaton (0-6) in what should be little more than a straight forward win for the unbeaten youngster
In the US two promising Chinese fighters will be in action with both expected to achieve some form of notable success before their careers are over.
One of those fighters is the much touted Wang Zhimin (2-0) who fights in his second 6 round contest as he takes on the more experienced American Jose L Guzman (6-10-1). Guzman has been matched hard, and has shared the ring with Chris Algieri among others, so is a decent test for Zhimin given he's still a novice, but is should be a test the Chinese fighter passes with out too many problems.
The other is Meng Fanlong (1-0) who battles the win-less Albert Avina (0-3) in a 4 round bout. The 27 year old Chinese fighter has been described as promising through opposition like this will do very little to help develop his skills and ability.
Staying in the US we're also expecting to see the debut of Uzbek fighter Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (0-0) who competed in the 2013 World Amateur Championships, where he lost to eventual bronze medal winner Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene. At the moment his opponent hasn't yet been named but we're not expecting him to be in with any kind of a test.
There will be more Chinese action in China where Zovi are putting on a show involving a lot of novices in bouts scheduled for either 4 or 6 rounds.
None of the bouts here have much in terms of nail value but there are a few bouts we're going to make a quick mention of.
One of those bouts is a rounder between unbeaten fighters as Zhang Yong Ming (3-0) takes on Bai Shan Bo (1-0-1) in a bout at 140lbs. Coming into the card Ming has the longest unbeaten record of anyone on the card but hasn't fought this year whilst Bo has fought both of his bouts this year, including a draw with Lin Li Quan back on May 8th.
Another unbeaten fighter who may be worth making a note of is Zhu Yuan Cai (2-0) who battles the once beaten Zhang Hong Peng (2-1, 1) in another 6 rounder.
Thai fans get yet more action this month with another Channel 7 televised card.
The main event, and so far the only bout we have details about, will see the very talented Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (13-2, 9)* battle against Filipino fighter Lionel Legada (13-8-1, 6). The winner here will claim the IBF Asia Flyweight title and move towards a world ranking and possible IBF world title fight. Incidentally this will be Eaktawan's first bout since signing with Kiatkreerin, the promoter of current IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng.
In Mexico we get the rescheduled bout between former world champion Cristian Mijares (51-8-2, 25) and Filipino journeyman Vergel Nebran (13-8-1, 8). Coming into this bout Nebran is 0-5 on his travels and we'd be shocked to see that change against someone with the ability of Mijares, who was once regarded as a pound-for-pound top 10 fighter.
New York, USA
Another Filipino in action is the heavy handed Ranee Ganoy (36-12-2, 32) who faces the unbeaten Cletus Seldin (16-0-0-1, 13) in a bout for the WBC International silver Light Welterweight title. On paper this looks like a mismatch however Ganoy is much better than his record indicates and could well give Seldin a genuine test here.
*Eaktawan's boxrec record has been changed a lot in recent weeks. Previously he was listed as 8-0 (7) though there is still some questioning whether his updated record is actually correct. From what we understand Eaktawan had previously fought under the moniker Tawanrung Eausampan.
The Korakuen Hall is again the venue for the day's action though unfortunately it's not a show with many, if any, recognisable faces. It is however an East Japan Rookie of the Year card with an impressive 12 bouts set to take place.
Rather than going through the 12 bouts we'll just mentioned that they take place from Minimumweight, where there will be 3 bouts, to Welterweight, where there will be a single contest.