August 3rd-Filipino's down under!
In Australia on Wednesday fight fans will see a trio of Filipino fighters in action.
One of those Filipino's is the once beaten Jeffrey Francisco (14-1-1, 1) take on the heavy handed Jason Moloney (8-0, 8), a former amateur stand out. Francisco may not have a glitzy record but hs isn't a bad fighter and his only loss has come to the criminally under-rated Jestoni Autida, whilst his other mark was a draw on debut. Moloney is tipped to be a star but this could prove to be a good test.
Another Filipino on this show is Markquil Salvana (11-1, 5) who faces another of the Moloney brothers, Andrew Moloney (8-0, 4). The Filipino coming in to this one has lost once, a 5th round TKO defeat to Andrew's brother Jason last year. Salvana will be hoping to avoid a second loss to a Moloney, but Andrew is a very talented fighter much like his brother.
Although both Salvana and Francisco will be the under-dogs in their bouts one Filipino will be favoured going in to his. That's Czar Amonsot (31-3-3, 19) who takes on big punching Dominican Julio De Jesus (24-1, 23). Although De Jesus has an impressive record he was stopped by the only notable name that he's fought, Victor Manuel Cayo. De Jesus will be dangerous but we suspect Amonsot's experience at a higher level will be the difference here.
In the most significant bout of the day fight fans will see WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (42-0, 17) defending his title against mandatory challenger Saul Juarez (23-4-1, 12) in what looks like a wonderfully competitive match up. The champion is one of the most under-rated fighters on the planet, with many slating him for his competition so far, but yet is one of the fighters who passes the eye test every time we see him. The talented Thai will be up against a genuinely talented Mexican who can fight, like most Mexican's, but can also box brilliantly and should prove to be the toughest test for Menayothin so far.
As well as the action in Thailand there will also be a show in Japan with the proceeds of the show going towards the victims of the Kumamoto earthquake.
In the main event of the show fans will see Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (14-1, 7) face off against Australian Adam Lovelock (11-5, 2) in what is supposed to be an easy win go Kyotaro before he begins to look for an OPBF title fight, possibly for the end of 2016. Lovelock may not have the worse of records but he has been inactive recently and we don't expect him to prove much of a test for the Japanese fighter.
In a supporting bout former world title challenger Motoki Sasaki (40-10-1, 25) will be up against Yuya Okazaki (11-8-2, 4). For Sasaki the bout sees him fighting for the time this year after he ended his first retirement, that last for close to 3 years, and the 40 year old veteran will know that a win here could put him in the mix for a potential Japanese title fight. For Okazaki, who challenged for the OPBF title last year against Keita Obara, the bout is a great chance to end a run of successive set backs.
In another of the supporting bouts fans will see former Japanese and OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (17-1-1, 6) battle against JP Macadumpis (11-6-1, 5) in what looks like a stay busy for the talented Oguni. It's thought that after this bout Oguni will begin the chase for a world title bout, and his team may try to lure Jonathan Guzman back over to Japan later in the year.
This coming Sunday sees Japanese attention turn to Osaka with the Sumiyoshi Ward Center playing host to two different shows, one after the other. The first is a Morioka card whilst the second is a Mutoh card.
To us the most interesting bout from the first show will see fast rising Japanese teenager Hinata Maruta (2-0, 1) go for his first professional title, as he faces unbeaten Filipino Wilbert Berondo (10-0, 4) for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title. The bout is, on paper, a huge step up for Berondo but the pressure will be on Maruta, who is tipped by many to be one of the next stars of Japanese boxing. Unfortunately very little is known about Berondo with even our Filipino friends admitting they know very little about him and the footage available shows a raw slugger.
Another interesting bout on this card will see Japanese based Korean fighter Teiru Atsumi (10-1, 4) battle Filipino visitor Dennis Tubieron (19-7-2, 8). Tubieron has been picking up losses recently, including a loss earlier this year to Ryosuke Iwasa. Atsumi is relatively unknown but impressed last time out when he stopped the touted Sho Nakazawa and some are suggesting he is one of the top two Korean prospects still in Asia, along with Ye Joon Kim. If he can add Tubieron to his record Atsumi really will be riding a high into the end of the year, and may well see his team try secure him a title fight in the near future.
On the second card we have another title bout, but one that perhaps doesn't quite have the same excitement as the Maruta/Berondo bout.
This time it's the case of OPBF Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-4, 9) facing off against multi-time title challenger Koshinmaru Saito (23-8-1, 13). For Hosokawa this will be his first defense, following his career defining victory late last year against Dennis Laurente to claim the Oriental title. For Hosokawa a good performance here may help open the door to a world title fight, with the Japanese fighter very highly ranked by the IBF, however Saito enters this bout knowing this will be his last chance at winning a world title.
In a supporting bout fans will see former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-2, 2) battle against Ryotaro Kawabata (11-2-1, 5) in what is a really good, well matched contest. The bout sees two well matched men facing off in a bout that neither can really afford to lose. For Mukai the bout is his second since losing to Shohei Omori in a Japanese title fight whilst Kawabata looks to extend a 4 fight unbeaten run.
In a small step up the unbeaten Masahiro Sakamoto (7-0, 4) will be up against Il Che (7-11-5, 1). Che has lost his last 3, and only, has a single win in his last 8 but has proven to be a good test for prospects and gave Genki Hania Hanai a good run out back in March, we suspect the same will be the case here.
One fight we're not expecting to go the distance will see Japanese Middleweight puncher Koki Tyson (10-2-1, 10) face Korean Joon Yong Lee (5-4-3, 3). This will be Lee's second bout in Japan, following a loss in May to Ryosuke Maruki and although he went the distance, in a competitive bout with Maruki, we don't see him being able to take Tyson's power here.
New York, USA
The biggest card of the day comes from New York and on that card we will get the chance to Korea's biggest hope, Min Wook Kim (15-1-1, 11) return to the ring for his most significant bout in years. The “Sniper” will be up against once beaten American Louis Cruz (11-1, 5), and the hop is that a win here will help Kim move towards some bigger, more notable bouts in the near future, with the eventual hope being a world title fight in 2017. Kim's career has lacked momentum in recent times but it's clear that an impressive outing here could help him rebuild some of the momentum he had before relocating from Korea.
The best of the Asian shows comes from Cebu where we see several fights of note.
One of those notable bouts will see Kenny Demecillo (10-3-2, 7) battle against Rambo Lagos (8-1-2, 5) for the WBF Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. This is a well matched bout and should prove to be one of the more even contests from the card, though we suspect Demecillo will be the favourite.
In another title fight, this time for the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Bantamweight title, fans will see the unbeaten and touted Jack Tepora (17-0, 12) taking on Bryan Capangpangan (10-2-1, 7). Tepora was tipped major things when he debuted but this, in many ways, is one of his first real step ups in class after having generally faced fighters who haven't come to win. For Capangpangan this is a great chance to make a name for himself.
Also on this card is 2012 Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga (0-0) who makes his professional debut, at last, as he takes on Melvin Manangquil (1-1-2, 1) in a 4 round bout at Light Flyweight.
We also have a notable Top Rank card from China which is a long card to say the least.
The card has two really good looking bouts. One of those comes at Lightweight as the unbeaten, and heavy handed, Alimu Wushouer (7-0, 6) takes on Xiao Long Yang (5-1-1, 4) in a bout that we expect to go the 8 round schedule. These two men met in April 2015, when both were debuting, and Yang was stopped in 88 seconds, his only loss to date and Yang will be looking to avenge that defeat here. A win for Wushouer is likely to see him progress into some notable international bouts in the next 12 months.
In the Light Middleweight division we have unbeaten fighters faxing off as the hard hitting Qiang Luo (6-0, 4) faces the light hitting Alimu Tuersun (6-0-1) in an intriguing match up between two men who look well matched on paper. It's easy to go with the puncher in a bout like this but Tuersun has the youth advantage, is taller, rangier and has more experience, with 10 more rounds, than his rival.
Kulon Progo, Indonesia
In Indonesia the experienced Eddy Comaro (32-27-5, 13) will be up against novice Benny Tamaela (3-3, 1). On paper it's easy to favour Comaro, he has fought at a higher level, has more experience and has more KO's than Tamaela has total bouts. Saying that however bot men are very flawed and this should prove to be a competitive match up.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
In Brazil fans will see Indian fighter Neeraj Goyat (7-2-2, 2) battle against local fighter Guilherme Castagnazzi Ribeiro (3-1, 3) in an 8 rounder. Despite starting his career 0-2-2 Goyat has rebuilt well and won 8 straight, with wins in China, Korea and India, he's now looking to add a win in Brazil. This is however a relative step up in class.
On the same card in Brazil fans will see Indian fighter Vicky (0-0) make their debut.
New South Wales, Australia
In new Australia Chinese Middleweight Yong Zhang (5-4-1, 1) will take on the highly experienced Joe Rea (10-29-5, 4) ion a 4 rounder
Gaunteng, South Africa
The most notable bout featuring an Asian interest sees Australian based Filipino “Cinderella Man” Jack Asis (35-18-1, 18) take on former world champion Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2, 17) in South Africa. Coming into this Asis is the IBO Super Featherweight champion and will be looking to defend that title, and continue his remarkable career turn around, however Klassen is a big step up from the fighters that Asis has been beating on the Australian scene in recent years.
In Japan there is Rookie card, a part of the larger Rookie of the Year event. In total there is 9 bouts scheduled for the card with the most interesting being a Featherweight bout between the once beaten Daiki Wakamatsu (4-1, 3) and Toru Kiyota (4-0, 3). This is the sort of match up the the Rookie of the Year events gives us and is the sort of fight that fans have to admire with the two fighters each looking to secure a notable win, and each knowing that their opponent will come in believing they can win
In the US fans will see Uzbek prospect Botirali Mamajonov (3-0, 2) take on the win-less Eric Evans (0-1). This will be Mamajonov's first 6 rounder, but the reality is that it shouldn't go the distance.
The only show this Thursday is an interesting one from the Korakuen Hall.
In the main event fight fans will see OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (18-1-1, 8) defending his title against Filipino foe Ernie Sanchez (15-7-1, 6). The talented, yet criminally under-rated Ito, will be making the second defense of his title and looking to make a successful ring return following a hand injury, that already scuppered and arranged bout with Sanchez. For Sanchez the bout is an undeserved opportunity given he has gone 1-4-1 over the last 3 years but he has mixed with some very good fighters like Oscar Valdez, Sergey Lipinets and Rey Vargas.
In a supporting bout we see the wonderfully fun to watch Katsunori Nagamine (11-1, 7) take on the very credible Yuki Yonaha (7-2, 5), who enters the bout with an OPBF rating and the hunger to move forward with his own career. For fans this is the sort of match up that makes Japanese boxing so brilliant, there is no waiting for either Nagamine, who comes in following two tough bouts, or Yanaha to get on with securing themselves a big fight and the winner of this could well move in to the mix for a title bout.
Another man looking to move to a title fight is the unbeaten 21 year old Tsubasa Koura (7-0, 4), who claimed the Rookie of the Year crown last year. The unbeaten youngster will be taking on his most experienced foe to date, Bimbo Nacionales (14-11-1, 3). The experienced Filipino is nothing special but should be a good test for the hotly tipped Japanese youngster.
Talking about fighters looking for titles there is also a former Japanese national champion on this card, that's former Japanese Super Flyweight, and current WBA International, champion Yohei Tobe (10-2-1, 6), who takes on the limited Masaya Kohama (6-4-1, 3). For Tobe this bout will be his first since his excellent win over Luzuko Siyo and should see him scoring a third successive win. For Kohama it's hard to see him winning but he'll get a chance to face a notable opponent.
The most notable action this coming Wednesday comes from Thailand where we will see a very intriguing world title bout.
That world title bout it the most significant bout of the day and sees WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (52-3, 35) defending his title against mandatory challenger Marlon Tapales (28-2, 11). The champion, who won the title last year against Ryo Akaho, will be making the second defense of his title and will be favoured given the bout is in Thailand. However Tapales has been an upset minded fighter in the past, as we saw last year when he blitzed the touted Shohei Omori in 2 rounds and when he was very narrowly beaten by David Sanchez in Mexico back in 2013.
As well as the show in Thailand fight fans in Japan will also get a card, albeit a low level one with only one notable name on it.
In the most notable bout on this card recent Japanese Super Flyweight title challenger Ryuichi Funai (24-7, 16) will be fighting in a stay busy bout against a Thai opponent, who's name we don't currently have. This is one of 3 bouts scheduled for 5 rounds on this card and Funai will know that a win could potentially help him get a second shot at the national title.
Another 5 rounder on this show will see the unbeaten OPBF ranked Erika Hanawa (5-0, 1) battle Thailand's win-less Sirisopha Sirisak (0-4). For Hanawa the bout could we be an OPBF title eliminator, and if she wins she may well move on to an OPBF Atomweight title fight in the coming months. For Sirisak the bout will be her first outside of Thailand and her first in more than 2 years.
One other bout from this card that caught our eye will see 19 year old Yoshimitsu Kimura (4-0, 2) face 25 year old Masaaki Shiraishi (3-0-2, 2) in what looks like a really intriguing 4 rounder.
July 26th-Sato Vs Ito!
July 25th-Title double in Japan!
Just 10 days after the first live Boxingraise show we get the second live card to be streamed on the service, and in fairness it looks like an intriguing one with two title bouts, several notable names on the under-card and an interesting debutant.
One of those title bouts will see unbeaten Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (12-0, 10) defending his title for the third time this year, and the 5th time overall, as he takes on Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (11-4-2, 7) in what looks likely to be a really interesting match up. Okada is a wonderfully promising and heavy handed counter-puncher who has really impressed in recent bouts with his spiteful shots. Aoqui on the other hand is an aggressively minded fighter who comes to fight and will put Okada under pressure from the off. Don't be surprised if this exciting before a sudden finish.
The other title bout sees Australian fighter Jack Brubaker (10-1-1, 5) defending the OPBF Welterweight title against interim champion Suyon Takayama (24-1, 8). On paper this one is a really intriguing fight. Brubaker won the title last year and has defended it once, though his competition so far has been someone limited and there's little to suggest he's going to become a great fighter, however wins over Xing Xin Yang and Paddy Murphy have both come following numerous knock downs and he seems to be hitting harder than his record suggests. As for Takayama the long term Japanese national champion has been chasing the OPBF title for a while and will see this as his big chance at claim the belt and moving towards a potential world title fight.
In a Middleweight bout the heavy handed Shoma Fukumoto (8-1, 6) will be up against Naoki Wada (10-9-2, 2) in what looks like like a stay busy for Fukumoto, who was once being tipped as a potential Japanese Middleweight title contender. Fukumoto has notched up 6 straight wins since being shocked by Arnel Tinampay back in August 2013 but hasn't looked great in recent bouts. Wada should test Fukumoto but shouldn't push him too close.
One other fighter of note here is debutant Kazuki Saito (0-0), who takes on Kamol Jatuten (0-2). Saito begins his career in a 6 rounder as a B license fighter and there is some genuine excitement about the 23 year old from Tokyo. The Thai, also known as Lekker Bangkok 2007, was last seen in the ring in January when he was in Japan and stopped in the second round by Yuki Beppu.
The only card this Saturday in Asia appears to be a small one from Aichi headline by two rematches.
In the main event of the card fight tans will see the limited Kazuki Fukakura (9-10-2, 3) face off with Japanese ranked Bantamweight Satoshi Ozawa (12-6-1, 2). Ozawa comes in to this on a 3 fight winning run, with two of those wins coming against Yoshihiko Matsuo, and will be looking for a second straight victory over Fukakura. As for Fukakura he's looking for revenge following a very competitive technical decision loss in March.
In the co-feature bout we get the chance to see the return to the ring of the exciting Jun Takigawa (7-2-1, 4), who'll be fighting for the first time since his memorable war with Kenji Ono. The exciting Takigawa will be facing former foe Naoya Haruguchi (9-7, 3) for the second time. These two met in September 2014, with Takigawa winning a decision, and he'll be hoping to do the same here.
As well as the two bouts mentioned this card will feature a further 6 bouts,