Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Monday action returns to Korakuen Hall for a an interesting card featuring a former world champion, an unbeaten hopeful and a once touted youngster looking to bounce back from their first defeat.
The main event of the show will see former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (16-1, 16) take on the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-1, 4) in what is a really interesting Bantamweight bout. On paper Higa will be the clear betting favourite, despite the fact this is at Bantamweight, but Tsutsumi twice beat Higa in the amateurs, he's unbeaten and is very much an under-rated fighter. For Higa this will be his second bout since returning to the ring earlier this year, following a long suspension, and we suspect he has a point to prove. As for Tsutsumi this will be his first bout since a very controversial draw with Kazuki Nakajima, and we get the feeling he too will be in there with a point to prove. This could end up being an excellent fight, despite how easy it is to favour the more well known Higa.
In the chief supper bout we'll see Higa's "AMBITION Gym" stablemate Ryuto Owan (5-1, 3) take on Tomoya Kishine (6-3-1, 2) in an 8 rounder. Owan really impressed us in his first few bouts, and went 5-0 to begin his career before suffering a decision in Octoner 2018 to Tetsu Araki, in a bout for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title. Sadly after that loss he was inactive and now, more than 2 years, we see him back in the ring for his first bout since that loss. For Kishine this will be his Korakuen Hall debut and he'll be looking to shine, though he has had mixed form, going 3-2-1 in his last 6. Kishine is no push over, but will certainly be regarded as the under-dog against the once touted Owan.
TSSG Center, Qingdao, China
For a third day in a row we're expecting action in China, and like the previous 2 days it's mostly novice action.
The only bout scheduled for more than 4 rounds here will see 21 year old hopeful Lijun Wu (4-1-1, 1) taking on the win-less Feng Jiang (0-2), in a 6 round Lightweight bout. This is actually set to be a rematch of a contest the two men had in September, which saw Wu take a 4 round decision win over Jiang. Jiang will be wanting revenge but he failed to win a single round against Wu in their first bout and would need to have made some huge improvements to over-turn that loss here.
Unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Ablaikhan Khussainov (11-0, 8) will be in action as he takes part in a stay busy bout against limited Russian foe Ruslan Berchuk (13-12, 4). The talented Khussainov last fought in February, in a stay busy bout in Mexico, and his career certainly seems to have stalled recently following a promising run under the guidance of Eye of the Tiger Management. As for Berchuk he's limited but tough and he should take Khussainov a few rounds here, even if he's not particularly competitive.
This coming Saturday had looked like an interesting day a few weeks ago, but sadly visa issues and the world being the world has cost us a very good looking clash between Kudratillo Abdukakhorov and Sergey Lipinets. Despite that brilliant up falling through we do still have action taking place featuring Asian fighters.
TSSG Center, Qingdao, China
For a second day running we get a Chinese show from Qingdao, and like the one on Friday it's not a particularly big one or interesting one. Saying that however it does someone with some experience on it, to go along with all the rookies.
The only man on this card with any real experience is limited 28 year old veteran Yong Peng (8-11-2, 5), who will be up against 21 year old Zhouyang Zhao (2-3-1). Despite his experience Peng will likely be the under-dog here and he is 3-5 in his last 8, going back more than 2 years. Zhao on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from his 2019 loss to Xu Lin. This bout is scheduled to be the only 6 round bout on the show.
As well as the Peng Vs Zhao bout the show will have 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, all of which will feature at least 1 debutant.
As well as the Chinese show there is also a card set to take place in India. Like the Chinese card this is mostly a show of novices and features just one bout scheduled for more than 4 rounds.
The sole 6 round bout on this card will see 24 year old Dharmender Dharmender (1-0, 1) battle against Nazar Husaain (0-2), who is looking to bounce back from a March loss to Shiva. That was Husaain's second stoppage loss, and it's fair to say his durability is questionable. Dharmender made his debut in March, with a TKO win, and we'd expect him to pick up his second victory here.
We mentioned Shiva (10-3, 4) a moment ago and it's worth noting he's the most experienced man on this card, and will be seeking his 11th professional win as he takes on the win-less Rajendra Rajput (0-1) in a 4 round Welterweight bout. It's hard to see anything but a win for the 25 year old Shiva here.
Please note - All bouts are subject to change, cancellation etc. Especially during these current times.
TSSG Center, Qingdao, China
This coming Friday is a very quiet day for Asian boxing, but it's not a silent day, with a single card set to take place in Asia, over in Qingdao. Sadly, though as with many Chinese shows this year, it's a very low key show with novices making up the entire show.
In the supposed main event of the card we'll see the unbeaten pairing of Changhong Xu (1-0) and Yifan Wang (2-0-1, 2) face off. The 20 year old Xu debuted earlier this year, taking a 4 round decision win over Hai Ma in August and will be stepping up to compete in a 6 round bout here. Wang is more interesting than Xu, at least on paper, with Boxrec currently listing him as a 14 year old who debuted in September 2019, when he was just 13. It's hard to confirm his age, but if it's true he's one of the youngest pros in the sport now.
Wang isn't the only teenager on this card and another is 18 year old Jianhua Liu (1-0, 1), who looks to secure his second professional win, as he takes on the debuting Yilong Li (0-0). Another teenager on this card will be 19 year old Yuanchen Xu (3-1, 1), who is also up against a debutant as he battles Jiahao Wang (0-0).
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Thursday we get some low level action from Korakuen Hall thanks to a Dangan 4 round show. As with all of these shows the fighters involved aren't well known, but the action does tend to be pretty exciting and fun to watch. For this particular card there are several bouts worthy of attention, and those with Boxing Raise will be able to watch this show on demand.
In a female bout we'll see the win-less Riyuna Yoshikawa (0-1) take on JBC ranked Rena Takahashi (2-3, 1). Although Takahashi is ranked by the JBC she is very much a limited fighter and she has struggled even against domestic novices, leading to her being ranked pretty much by default. As for Yoshikawa she's 19 and lost on her debut last year, though will be expected to have learned from a competitive decision loss. We don't expect anything great here, but it is nice to see a female fight on the show.
In a pretty interesting bout we'll see Fuki Ishigaki (2-2, 1) take on Shu Nawai (3-2, 2). Aged 31 and coming in to the bout on the back of back to back losses Ishigaki is in the position where he now, desperately, needs a win. As for Nawai he looked good last year when he reached the East Japan Rookie of the Year final, though he was unlucky to run into the brilliant Katsuki Mori. Aged just 22 we wouldn't write off Nawai and it's great to see him in action here. If you've not seen him before he's fun, aggressive and exciting, the sort of fighter who is made for these 4 round shows.
A third bout worthy of some attention here is a match up between 35 year old Naoya Nishimura (4-9-1, 3) and 24 year old Jinu Lee (2-0, 1). Interestingly this will be Nishimura's first bout since 2016, ending a 4 and a half year break from the ring. He likely knows his days as a boxer are numbered, but it's going to be interesting to see how he looks here. As for Lee this will be the first time he has faced a domestic opponent, after scoring wins against Thai and Korean opponents. We suspect Lee will be too good, too young and too hungry for Nishimura, but it's still going to be interesting to see how good Lee is at this early stage in his career.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
We get more action at Korakuen Hall this coming Monday with a low key card from Kawashima Promotions. The card really is a low profile one, but it features one of the most over-looked and under-rated prospect in Japan in the main event.
That under-rated prospect is the unbeaten Ryusei Kawaura (7-0, 4), who will be looking to secure his 8th professional win as he takes on domestic foe Musashi Yoshino (9-5, 3). This will be Kawaura's second professional bout against a fellow Japanese fighter and the view is that in 2021 he will be moved towards a title fight of some kind. He had hoped to land a bout this year, but 2020 has not gone the way most expected and his year has certainly been a frustrating one.
Yoshino on the other hand is very much a lower level domestic fighter and will not be expected to be much of a test for Kawaura. In fact if anything his role here is to help Kawaura shake some ring rust as we close out 2020.
In the main support bout we'll see the once beaten Masaki Kobayashi (5-1, 3) face off with Hiroto Hoshi (3-2-2, 2). Although not a big name Kobayashi has plenty of potential and he reached the East Japan Rookie of the Year final last year, where he ran into the All Japan champion Kodai Honda, and at 21 years old he shouldn't be written off, as there is potential there. The 22 year old Hoshi tends to make for explosive low level bouts, and we expect he will serve that role here in what could be a very good 6 rounder.
Amakusa Park Gym, Asakuchi, Okayama, Japan
This coming Sunday we get a small card from Okayama, headlined by a Japanese title fight and featuring just a single interesting support bout. Despite there not being much depth here that card will be an interesting one, and will be shown, on delay, on Boxing Raise.
The main event will see Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (14-2-1, 10) defending his title against mandatory challenger Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6), who earned his mandatory position by essentially making weight last year.
Originally Fujikita was supposed to face Ryota Yamauchi in an eliminator last year, but Yamauchi was unable to fight due to an injury and Fujikita had to make weight to essentially get a title shot by default, as part of the Champion Carnival.
Whilst Fujitkita getting the bout is odd it is worth noting that this will be Akui's first defense of the title that he won last year, when he blew out Shun Kosaka. A win for Akui will move him towards bigger and better bouts. He's certainly the favourite, and is an incredibly quick starter, but Fujikita is tough, rugged and could make this a very, very interesting bout, if he can survive the first round blitz! Our full preview of this bout can be read here Akui clashes with Fujikita in Champion Carnival bout!
In the one supporting bout of note we'll see the once beaten Kenya Okada (5-1-1, 3) take on the more experienced Daisuke Sudo (6-6-3). Okada has rebuilt well since his 2018 loss to Yoshiki Minato, but is still lacking a win of note. In Sudo we see Okada in a step up of sorts, though Sudo is certainly no stand out. We're expecting a win for Okada here, but it is, legitimately his toughest bout since he lost to Minato more than 2 years ago.
This coming Saturday is a bizarrely quiet day for Asian boxing, though of course is a much, much bigger day for fighters outside of Asia. Despite being quiet for Asian fighters there is still plenty of action taking place around the globe, including one particularly big fight in the US.
As for Asian fighters in action lets take a look at what we have coming up.
Philips Halle, Duesseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
In Germany we'll see unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) look to build on his unbeaten record as he takes on American veteran Steve Vukosa (12-1, 4). The unbeaten Kossobutskiy will be looking to defend his IBO minor title and also claim a minor WBA title here, as he looks to give his career a massive boost, something needed as he's now on the wrong side of 30. Vukosa on the other hand is a 42 year old American, who got this fight on short notice and will be looking to build on a surprise upset win last year, against Joe Cusumano. We really don't see this as being anything other than a straight forward win for Kossobutskiy, who looks to move to 3-0 for 2020.
Manual Artime Community Center Theater, Miami, Florida, USA
In the US we see the biggest action of the weekend, up in Las Vegas, however there is also some Asian action over in Florida, with two Filipino fighters in action. Sadly though both of these bouts are total mismatches.
One of the Filipino fighters is Mark Bernaldez (20-4, 14), who looks to bounce back from a July loss to Albert Bell. Against Bell we saw Bernaldez being totally nullified by the reach, speed, and size of Bell. Thankfully Bernaldez will be expecting an easier bout here as he takes on limited Argentinian veteran Julian Evaristo Aristule (34-13, 17). Given that Aristule has lost his last 4, including 3 by stoppage, this should be regarded as little more than a confidence builder for the Filipino.
The other Filipino on this show will be Jameson Bacon (23-4, 15), who takes on Gonzalez Carlos Dallera (6-8, 4), who is also from Argentina. This should be am easy win for Bacon, especially given that Dallera has gone 1-8 in his last 9 and has been stopped 7 times in his 8 losses. As with Bernaldez's bout this should be regarded as a mismatch, but a chance get Bacon a win following a loss last November to Darragh Foley.
In Asia we get a small show from China, where the action really will be low profile stuff. Thankfully there are a couple of 6 rounders worthy of some attention.
One of those 6 rounders will see Jiangtao Cao (2-4) take on XiaoAn Liang (2-0, 1). Coming in to this Cao has lost his last 4, he's limited, he's low on confidence, but it's going to be interesting to see how Liang copes with him here. Liang began his career in January 2019, picked up a win in July 2020 and now looks for his third win, in what is his toughest bout, on paper, so far.
The other 6 rounder will see the unbeaten YuanHai Liu (2-0, 1) take on the debuting Ze Wang (0-0). Not much to say here, but we are always interested when a fighter debuts in a 6 rounder, so hopefully Wang will have something about him, and will show us something to be excited about.
White Sands Treatment Center, Plant City, Florida, USA
This coming Friday fight fans in Florida will get the chance to see Kazakh fighter Darkhan Zhumsakbayev (0-0) make his professional debut, as he takes on Osmel Mayorga (2-0, 1). Although not a massive name in the amateurs Zhumsakbayev has got international amateurs experience and will be looking for a successful debut here as he begins his professional campaign. Mayorga is a US based Nicaraguan fighter who made his debut last year, and has notched two low profile wins. Given his lengthy amateur pedigree it's hard to bet against the Kazakh, though it's unclear how far he'll go in the professional ranks, especially given he's already 28.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
For a second day running we get a show at Korakuen Hall, but this time it's a bit of a disappointing card as several bouts on the show were cancelled in the run up to the event due to injuries suffered in training.
The first of 3 bouts worthy of note will see veterans collide as Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) takes on Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8-1, 2). For the 35 year old Kogawa, who has been one of the very best servants to Japanese boxing, this will be his first bout since a brutal TKO loss last year against Jayr Raquinel. Sadly Kogawa has been on the slide for a few years now and retirement is beckoning him. As for Yamaguchi he's not been on Kogawa's level, however he's much fresher, less ring worn and could, very seriously, be a banana skin for Kogawa here.
In a potentially thrilling match up we'll see the crude but physically imposing Yoji Saito (1-1-2, 1) take on the Japanese ranked Masashi Wakita (10-9-2, 5). Saito turned professional in 2018 and has struggled to get going, but has been very fun to watch and his 2019 clash with Aso Ishiwaki was an absolute war. Following back to back draws Saito needs a win to give his career a shot in the arm. As for Wakita the 24 year old is a win some-lose some type who has just managed to squeeze into the JBC top 20. With 5 stoppage losses against his name Wakita's chin may not be able to survive the storm from Saito, but if it can, Wakita's experience ,may help him nick a decision. The big question mark over Saito is his stamina, and the question over Wakita is his chin. We expect this one to be a brilliant fight.
Talking about suspect chin's the main event will see Kazuki Saito (7-2, 5), who's chin has let him down before, take on veteran Tatsuya Yanagi (16-6-2, 6). The talented Saito looks the real deal when he's letting his shots go, but has been dropped several times during his career and appears to lack the size and durability to make the most of his wonderful skills. Yanagi on the other hand has an ugly looking record, but is always upset minded and has gone 5-1-1 in his last 7, including wins over Koichi Aso, Masashi Noguchi and Ryusei Nakajima. We expect this to be a very interesting match up, with both men and it's a hard one to call, especially with Saito having lot 2 of his last 4 and being low on confidence.
Interestingly this card will also feature a public exhibition between Teruya Iimura [飯村 樹輝弥] and Jun Ikegawa [池側 純], who will be hoping to make their professional debut's in the near debut. Both men passed B class tests in September and were solid amateurs on the Japanese scene, so hopefully we see them in live fights sooner rather than later.