Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
For a second day running we get action at Korakuen Hall, though this time it's a lot less notable with the action coming in the form of a Dangan All 4 Rounders show. With that in mind these bouts aren't anything big, notable or feature anyone of note. However they do tend to give us fun, evenly matched, action and well fought bouts, rather than the typical and predictable one sided contests we're all too used to.
In total this show will have 8 bouts, and they will all be made available, on demand, on Boxing Raise.
Coming in to this show we're probably most intrigued by the match up between Yuya Sakakibara (0-2) and Hideaki Kobayashi (0-1-1), with both men desperately searching for their first win. This Super Featherweight clash should see both men fighting with real hunger to get a "1" in the W column.
Another potential one to watch here will be the bout between Kaisei Nakayasu (2-2, 2) and Daiki Takeuchi (3-1, 1). The 24 year old Nakayasu won his first two bouts before losing decisions in his most recent two bouts. Takeuchi on the other hand lost on debut and has since reeled off 3 wins. We suspect this one could be hotly contested, and potentially an explosive encounter is Nakayasu gets his way.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Wednesday action returns to Korakuen Hall with a small card from Misako. The card isn't a big one, but it does feature a number of noteworthy names on it, including 4 Japanese ranked fighters, one of which is a former world title challenger!
The first of the 4 ranked fighters in action will be JBC ranked Lightweight Shinnosuke Saito (7-3, 2), who battles Hokuto Matsumoto (6-3, 1) in an 8 rounder. The 25 year old Saito won the All Japan Rookie of the Year in 29019 and is looking to build on that with his second win of 2020. Matsumoto on the other hand will go in to the bout with an upset minded mentality, just as he did in July when he Ryosei Niguma and when he ran Masahiro Suzuki close a year ago. It's easy to favour Saito here, but make no mistake Matsumoto will see this as a great chance to score a win over a domestically ranked foe.
In a bout between Japanese ranked fighters JBC ranked Featherweight Yuki Kumazoe (14-6, 5) will move up to face JBC ranked Lightweight Tomoki Takada (7-5-2, 4), in another 8 rounder. The 28 year old Kumazoe is seeking a third straight win since his 2017 loss to Ryota Ishida and is looking for a 5th win in 6 following a nightmare stretch in 2012-2015, which saw him lose 5 in a row. As for Takada he's looking to build on a big win last December over George Tachibana, and the 27 year old will be looking at this as a great chance to make moves towards a Japanese title fight in the next year or two.
The most noteworthy name on this show is former world title challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-8, 10), who looks to bounce back from a loss in March to Knockout CP Freshmart. The 35 year old Tanaka will be looking to show age is just a number as he battles 22 year old Yuni Takada (8-5-2, 3). On paper we would expected Tanaka to win, but given his age and ring years we do wonder what he has left to offer. By that same token Takada is now push over and he fought to a draw in august against upcoming Japanese title challenger Yuni Takada. This could be much, much more competitive than it looks.
This coming Monday is a great day for those wanting to follow Japanese boxing, with free live streams available and shows in both Hyogo and Tokyo. The day might not be the biggest, but there is plenty to be excited about, and plenty of potentially thrilling match ups and action
Bunka Center, Sanda, Hyogo, Japan
The first of the cards will be from Hyogo on a Taisei promoted card in Sanda. This event will have 4 bouts on it, and may well have the bout of the week on it.
That potential bout of the week will see former multi-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) take on former 2-time world title challenger Reiya Konishi (17-2, 7) in a bout that has the ingredients to be something truly special. For Takayama, who's now 37, the bout is a return to the professional ranks after a short lived flirtation with the amateur game, and he has eyes on getting another world title before hanging them up for good. For Konishi the bout is a must win following recent losses to Carlos Canizales and Felix Alvarado, another loss will be the end of his world title dreams. Given the styles of the two men expect this to be all action, bloody, thrilling and a bit of a war. The only real shame here is that this is scheduled for just 6 rounds.
Also on this show we'll see an 8 round bout we'll see Japanese ranked Flyweight Arata Matsuoka (9-6, 4) take on Hideyuki Watanabe (8-12-3, 6). On paper it's hard to see this being anything but a win for the 25 year old Matsuoka, who is a former Japanese Youth Flyweight champion. Although no world beater Matsuoka is much better than his record suggests and is 6-1 in his last 7. As for Watanabe he's actually 1-6 in his last 7, though has been competitive in a number of those losses, and could well be a banana skin for Matsuoka here. This is a much, much better bout than it looks on paper.
Bunka Center, Sanda, Hyogo, Japan
After the first card in Sanda we get another, at the same venue by the same promoter, who has essentially split the show in to two to deal with the on going guidelines on boxing in Japan. This only features 3 bouts but two of those are well worthy of attention.
The first of those two notable bouts will see former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-2, 15) take on Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-0, 2), in what could be a genuinely intriguing and explosive encounter. The twice beaten Ishida is likely best known for his WBA world title bout with Kal Yafai in the UK, though was once touted as an outstanding prospect form the Ioka Gym, and the next star from the gym, following Kazuto Ioka. That promise has never been delivered on but he'll be aware that a loss almost certainly ends any dream of a second world title fight. Ishii on the other hand has been thrown in deep from the off, with his second bout coming against the then 8-0 Fumiya Fuse and his third but being a war with Haruki Ishikawa. A win for Ishii puts him straight into the domestic title picture. A brilliant, risky, and wonderful match up that we are really looking forward to.
The other bout on this second part of the event will see another former world title challenger in action as Riku Kano (16-4-1, 8), who has previously fought the aforementioned Katsunari Takayama, takes on Ryoki Hirai (13-6-1, 4) for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title. Kano was once regarded as a prodigy but with a 6-3 record in his last 9 he's fallen a long way short of expectations. Thankfully he is only 23, but it really does seem like he has got a lot of work to do to even come close to what was predicted for him. In Hirai we have an under-rated fighter who hasn't had much fanfare or success, but is in his prime and will see this as a great chance to make a mark on the sport around 8 years after his debut! A very interesting bout that will put the winner in the world title mix, and leave the loser with some serious questions to answer. Our full preview of this bout can be read here Kano and Hirai clash for WBO regional title
For fans wanting to watch the action from Hyogo it'll be streamed on TV Osaka's YouTube channel, who will be showing both parts of the event!
Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
The other show is the latest in the A-Sign series of shows and will come from the Sinjuku FACE in Tokyo. On paper this is the less interesting of the 3 events from Japan, and sadly is another small show, with just 3 bouts on it.
In the main event we'll see emerging Welterweight star Jin Sasaki (8-0, 7) taking on Tatsuya Miyazaki (9-13-1, 9) in a 6 rounder. When we talk about prospects we usually consider their skills as the key factor, but with Sasaki we are looking at the full package, with the 19 year old having skills, power, charisma and the X-Factor. He looks like a genuinely bankable future star for Japanese boxing, and just needs to work on his defense and carry his destructive power up through levels. Sadly the 36 year old Miyazaki is unlikely to ask many questions of Sasaki, but if he lands clean he could end up giving Sasaki's chin a test.
In the chief support bout the exciting Ryugo Ushijima (4-1-2, 2) will be up against the light punching Hyuma Fujioka (10-10-1, 1). Although we don't see future world champion potential in Ushuijima he does make for fun fights and his 2019 bout with Shota Ogasawara was a real highlight and his 2020 bout with Ryukyu Oho was a fun one a few months ago. In Fujioka we have a tough but limited fighter, who should ask questions of Ushijima, but come up short in what should be a solid bout.
Sadly a bout between Hyoga Taniguchi (4-2-2, 1) and Hiro Ichimichi (4-0-1, 3), which looked excellent on paper, has had to be cancelled after Taniguchi was involved in a traffic accident. As a result the only other bout on this show will see Ken Koibuchi (6-4, 5) take on Tetsuya Kondo (4-2, 3), in what should be a very explosive, but lower level, bout.
For fans wanting to watch this show it will be shown on the A-Sign YouTube channel.
Dayao Walnut Culture Square, Chuxiong, China
We also have action in China, albeit at a much lower level, with 5 of the 6 bouts on the card being 4 rounders.
The one bout scheduled for longer than 4 rounds is an 8 rounder between Chunhua Yang (4-1-1, 2) and Jun Qi (2-1-1), who clash at Super Flyweight. Coming in to this Yang was beaten in September, in his only other bout this year, and his 4 wins have come against poor opposition and novices, with Qi will be facing his most experienced opponent to date.
This coming Sunday is a weird day, as there's shows in 3 different countries and yet there is a real lack of quality across those shows. In fact, if we're being honest, there's only one bout that really stand outs as being worthy of attention. A real shame of a day.
Aqua Bunka Hall, Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
For us the one bout of note comes from Japan and pits a rising prospect against a former world title challenger. This could be a coming out party for the prospect, or a case of biting off more than he can chew.
The prospect looking to shine here is Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1), who takes on former WBO Bantamweight title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) in a really intriguing bout. Nishida turned professional following a solid, though not spectacular, amateur career and is spoke about highly by those in Osaka. He's one of the few exciting prospects at the Mutoh Gym, and we can't help but feel he might be getting this fight a little bit too early in his career. He's clearly talented, and understands how to box, but this is a massive step up. As for Omori he's a former Japanese Bantamweight champion and a very dangerous southpaw with power and speed. Sadly though Omori's once promising career has hurt a number of hurdles in recent bouts, and two losses to Marlon Tapales have left him looking like he'll never reach the top. A win for Nsihida puts him on the map here, but this is not a foregone conclusion and Omori is very much a dangerous fighter at this level. By far and away the most interesting bout of the day.
Dayao Walnut Culture Square, Chuxiong, China
We also get a card in China. Sadly though this is a mega small card, sadly most of the fighters on this card are debutants and very few are expected to go on to achieve anything any time soon.
The one notable exception is 21 year old LeQuan Wang (5-0, 3), who has more bouts to his name than the rest of the card combined. The unbeaten Wang, who debuted in May 2019, has a decent looking record, but 4 of his 5 wins have come against debutants. He'll be looking to beat another debutant here as he takes on Jiabao Yu (0-0). It's hard to know if Wang is decent, though his record being as padded as it is it's fair to say his team are going for the slow build tactic of developing someone. As for Yu, well this is his debut and he seems to lack any amateur experience to read into. On paper this looks like a mismatch, but may end up being more interesting than it first looks.
Jai Balaji Sports Academy, Sonipat, India
We also have a relatively small card in India. The show here really isn't one worthy of much attention, though there is a somewhat notable fighter on the card.
That somewhat notable fighter is Shiva (11-3, 5), who takes on Shivam Shivam (0-0)*. It's fair to suggest that Shiva is expected to pick up a win here, and record a 6th successive win as he continues to move his career forward. Despite Shiva being a somewhat notable fighter it's a shame the 25 year old isn't being matched a little bit tougher than this.
*Shivam was scheduled to debut earlier this month though it's unclear if that bout ever took place.
This Saturday promises to be a great day with a brilliant Japanese card being shown live on Boxing Raise, and a live show being streamed from the Philippines!
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
That Japanese card comes from Tokyo and features 4 bouts of note, none are world title bouts, but there are two less title bouts on the show, and a mouth watering domestic show down, as well as a bout featuring a former Japanese national champion.
In the main event OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (22-2, 7) will battle against fellow Japanese fighter Yusuke Konno (16-4, 9), with both Naito's OPBF title on the line. Coming in Naito will be the clear favourite, he's the more proven man, the Oriental champion and the quicker more skilled fighter. We shouldn't write off Konno however, and he's a big, strong, powerful fighter, with good stamina and he'll be desperate to force his will on Naito. This is very much a match up of skill Vs will and knowing that Konno will be pressing and pressuring through out we can't help feel that Konno is a very live under-dog here. Our full preview of this bout is available here Naito and Konno clash for OPBF title
The chief support bout is a mouth watering match up between youngsters as Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-2, 7) and Shuma Nakazato (10-1-2, 7) clash, in a truly brilliant match up. Kimura is coming in on the back of a split decision loss to OPBF 130lb champion Hironori Mishiro, which was a great clash last year, and he'll have given his standing and confidence a huge boost despite the lost. Incidentally Nakazato's sole loss also came to Mishiro, but since then he has gone 4-0-1 and will know a win here moves him to within touch distance of a title bout. We expect this to be highly technical but also really exciting with Kimura being the aggressor, applying calculated pressure and Nakazato looking to play the role of a puncher. We wouldn't be surprised if this was the bout of the week.
The other title bout promises to be just as good as the main event, with Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Suzumi Takayama (3-0, 3) defending his title against Hiroto Yashiro (2-0, 2), in what will be Takayama's first defense. Unlike most countries Japan matches their young up and comers against each other often and the Youth title has seen that happen more and more often in recent years. Prior to turning professional both of these youngsters had made their marks on the amateur scene and seeing them face off at this ultra-early point in their professional careers is really exciting. This is a hard one to call and we are expecting a brilliant, tactical, hard hitting battle here. A fantastic match up and credit to both men for accepting the bout. This should be something special. Our full preview of this bout can be read here Novices clash in Japanese Youth title clash!
Also on this card will be former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Ryoichi Tamura (15-5-1, 7), who is always worth watching. The all action Tamura will be expected to pick up a relatively easy win here, as he takes on Ryu Oba (5-4, 3), though in fairness Tamura makes even mismatches fun and exciting with his action style and aggression. Although Oba is the under-dog he'll have some confidence having won his last 2 and will be here to win. This should be fun, even if it does have a very predictable winner.
The restart in Filipino boxing has been a slow one, though we do get another show in the country today as Sanman puts on a card with several notable names on it.
The main event will see former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-3, 16) battle against Eden Sonsona (36-11-2, 13) in a bout at a contracted 132lbs, well above Tapales' best weight. This will be Tapales's first bout since losing to Ryosuke Iwasa in an IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight title bout, and to see him going up the scales this much is a worry, though he should still have enough to beat Sonsona.
Another notable fighter on this card is 2-time world title challenger Aston Palicte (26-4-1, 22), who will be in action at Bantamweight, where he takes on Reymark Taday (10-12-1, 5), in what looks very much like a confidence builder for Palicte following 2 losses last year, including one to Kazuto Ioka.
Other notables involved on the show are Joey Canoy (15-4-1, 8) and the talented Dave Apolinario (13-0, 8), who are both facing domestic foes that they shouldn't struggle with.
This event is set to be streamed on the Sanman Facebook page for those wanting to enjoy some Filipino action.
Xi An, China
As well as the action in Japan there will also be a show in China. This is another low key Chinese card, as we still see the sport re-finding it's feet in the Middle Kingdom.
One of the few interesting bouts on this show will see Jin Ping Yang (2-0-1) take on Xiaokang Song (4-0) in a battle of unbeaten men, over 10 rounds. The 23 year old Yang made his debut in October 2018, with a 4 round decision, and stepped up to 6 rounders earlier this year. He's now leaping up to a 10 rounder in what is very, very clearly a step up in class. Song on the other hand is a 21 year old and has been a fighting in 4 rounders. This isn't an easy one to call, but is an interesting one on paper, and a somewhat compelling match up, given that the promoter is trusting the two men to headline the card.
In a second bout on this card Shichao Gao (5-1-1, 2) will take on JiZhong He (2-1, 1) over 8 rounds. We have been impressed by Gao in the past, and he seemed to be on the fast track to the top when he beat Koji Igarashi and Anurak Thisa last year, but a loss in June has slowed his rise. As for He it's hard to say anything at all about him given the very low level of competition he has faced so far, and this is a very, very big step up in class for him.
This coming Friday is a relatively quiet day in the world of Asian boxing, with the most notable Asian fighters being unbeaten Central Asian fighters fighting in the US, and the only noteworthy Asian card appears to be a low profile one in China.
Manual Artime Community Center Theater, Miami, Florida, USA
One of the US cards of note is set to be held in Miami where two Central Asian fighters are in action.
One of the prospects on this show is diminutive Cruiserweight puncher Serik Musadilov (7-0, 7), who looks to secure his 8th stoppage. The "Panda", as Musadilov is known, will be up against 29 year old Mexican Daniel Najera (9-5-1, 4). On paper this doesn't look great, but sadly it gets worth when you consider that Najera has been stopped in 4 of his 5 losses including a blow out loss last time out, almost a year ago, to Amron Sands. It's hard to see anything but a quick win here for Musadilov.
Also on this card is US based Tajik Mekhrubon Sanginov (7-0-1, 5), who is set for a big step up in class as he takes on Cleotis Pendarvis (21-6-2, 9). The unbeaten Sanginov was held to a draw last time out, and although he's unbeaten this is a big step up in class for him. Although no world beater Pendarvis has a clear edge in experience and should be regarded as a clear favourite, despite back to back losses coming in to this. Sadly for Sanginov this is a big step up in class, and we dare say too much too soon for him.
Ding An, China
As well as the show in Florida there is also a show in China. Sadly many of the bouts on this card look like they are set to be all-novice bouts, but there is one bout of some note on the card.
That one bout will see Jian Wang (8-2-1, 2) take on Hongpeng Zhang (5-7-1, 2). Although no world beater Wang isn't a bad fighter, and he is 6-1-1 in his last 8 including a brilliant 10 round draw against Seong Yeong Yang last year. Zhang on the other hand is a 33 year old who has failed to win any of his last 3 bouts. Hard to see anything other than a Wang here if we're being honest.
Coliseo Sugar Baby Rojas, Barranquilla, Colombia
There isn't much Asian action this coming Thursdays, but that's not to say there's none at all. In fact there's an Asian in action in Colombia of all places, with Barranquilla hosing an American based Azeri prospect looking for his next win.
The prospect in question here is 28 year old Elvin Gambarov (7-0, 6), who was born in Azerbaijan but has fought his entire career, so far, in the US. Here he's set to make his international debut as he takes on limited Venezuelan Wilman Contreras (9-17-4-1, 6). The talented Gambarov is in need of a step up, and on paper this isn't really it. However Contreras has been in with some decent competition, and has proven to be a banana skin in the past, suggesting he could actually be a test here
Clean Hit Boxing Gym, Songtan, South Korea
For a second day running we get title action from South Korea. Sadly however we only get a single title fight here, despite previous plans for the show to be a title double header.
Originally we had expected a KBM Light Welterweight title fight between Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) and Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4), in what looked like a mouth watering match up. Sadly however this bout was cancelled in October when Moon was forced to pull out of the bout around 3 weeks before it was set to take place.
Sadly with the Light Welterweight title bout being cancelled we only have one title bout on the show. That is a Bantamweight title bout, which will see Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) take on In Soo Jang (5-2-1) for the vacant title. The 21 year old Jo comes in to this unbeaten in his last 6, and has won his last 4, turning around a very weird 0-1-3 start to his professional career. Jang on the other hand has struggled in recent bouts, losing last time out and going 4-2 in his last 6, however at just 20 years old he's very much a developing youngster.
As well as the title bout between Jo and Jang the card will also feature a number of novice bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds.
Zhenhaibao Theatre, Yinchuan, China
As well as the action in Korea we're also set to get a title doubler header in China.
The main event here will be a WBA Asia Bantamweight title bout pitting champion Jun Zhao (13-2-1, 10) against under-rated Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (11-3-2, 4). Coming in to this the local will be the favourite, after all he's on a roll with 8 straight wins, has home advantage and will be seeking to extend his reign with the title. However Sumalpong shouldn't be written off and he is a handful, having given Kenshiro Teraji a good test in 2015 and being unlucky in a number of other bouts. This could end up being a bit of a hidden gem of a fight.
Also on this card is a WBO China National Flyweight title bout, pitting the unbeaten Longyi Hu (5-0, 2) against Sheng Peng (6-6-1, 2). It's hard to go against the unbeaten 21 year old here, he's younger, fresher and his unbeaten record will fill him with confidence, but Peng has the experience to be a thorn in his side and this could be a very good test for Hu.
For the first Saturday in quite a while we have no action involving Japanese fighters however we do still have action in Asia with a title double header in South Korea.
One of those title bouts will see the KBM Heavyweight champion Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) defending his title against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-1, 4), in what looks like a really decent and well matched bout. Lee has had a frustrating year. He was originally expected to fight in Japan earlier in the year, before his plans were changed and now he'll be making his first defense of the Korean title here. As for Bae he won the KBM Cruiserweight title and is moving up in weight for the bout.
The other title bout here will be for the KBM Lightweight title and will see Moo Hyun Kim (5-1, 1) take on Dong Hyun Won (3-3) for the vacant title. Coming in to this one the 27 year old Kim will be the big favourite, though he was beaten just a few fights ago by Gyu Beom Jeon. At 36 years old Won can't afford a loss here if he's ever going to win a title., but sadly has lost his last 2 and will be entering the bout as a very clear under-dog.
Restaurant Lyubimyi, Krasnodar, Russia
Our focus is also on Russia where a number of Central Asian fighters are in action in some rather low level fights.
One of the bouts on this show is set to see 22 year old Mirzamukhammad Khikmatullaev (5-3, 3) take on Egor Popov (0-1) in a 6 rounder. Coming in to this Khikmatullaev is looking for a third straight win following an upset loss to the then debuting Pavel Vasiutovic in July. Russian fighter Popov was blasted out in just over 2 minutes in his debut this past July and we suspect he'll struggle to survive to do much better than that here.
Arguably the most interesting hopeful on this show is 19 year old Ulugbek Qayumboev (2-0, 2), who is looking to score his 3rd win in just 5 months. The youngster has been can crushing so far but was a decent amateur on the Uzbek scene and we suspect he'll be moved up in the next year or two. Here we will see him against the more experienced but limited Murodzhon Toshev (1-8, 1), from Tajikistan, Toshev has been stopped in all 8 losses and we are expecting another early defeat for him here.
Another young Uzbek on this card is Russian based Middleweight Eldor Abdukodirov (2-1, 1) who looks to bounce back from a loss last time out as he takes on the win-less novice Mobin Goodarzi (0-1), from Iran. We suspect Abdukodirov will pick up his third win here, though we do wonder if a loss in December 2019 may affect how he fights here, and he was very fortunate in his debut, in April 2019.
This coming Friday is a really disappointing day in many ways as it's the first time this year, and the first time in a very long time, where we've been able to say there's a PPV in Japan. Thankfully however we suspect the promoter knows there won't be much demand for and that the numbers will be embarrassing. With that in mind lets look at the action.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
So the PPV comes from Korakuen Hall where Kawasaki Nitta put on a show featuring 5 bouts, headlined by a Japanese female title fight, with one of the other bouts of note being the debut of a promising former amateur.
The main event of this card will see Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) battle against Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2), with Miyoshi looking to defend the JBC female Featherweight title for the second time. The 36 year old veteran has been a servant of Japanese female boxing and it's nice to see her having a run at the top of the domestic scene, but with the rise of global female boxing it's hard to see her getting another world title fight, win or lose here. As for Wakasa she began her career 6-0 and has struggled when she's fought at title level. This will be the challenger's third title fight, and we suspect it will also be her third loss at title level. Regardless we do expect this to be a pretty fun bout for those in the venue. Our in depth preview of this fight is available here Japanese champion Miyoshi clashes with Wakasa
In a supporting bout we'll see Mao Kawanishi (6-4, 2) clash with Katsunori Imai (6-12-3, 1) in an 8 rounder. Coming in to this Kawanishi will be the favourite, though he is 3-3 in his last 6 and has struggled for form in recent years. As for Imai he is 1-7-2 in his last 10 and it's hard to imagine him picking up a victory here. Despite that he is better than his record suggests and we do expect him to at least give Kawanishi something to think about.
Arguably the most interesting bout on this show will be the debut of Junki Shirasaki (0-0), who kicks his career off with a 6 rounder against Yuma Omine (0-2). As an amateur Shirasaki went 33-25 (3) and came 5th in a national Athletic meet, suggesting there is talent there, but probably not enough to make a mark above domestic level. Interestingly Omine was a pretty decent amateur domestically himself, going 32-16, and may well see this as his chance to pick up his first victory. One of those rare cases of paying much attention to the records, and just enjoying what should a very solid and competitive bout.
BT Sport Studio, Stratford, London, United Kingdom
Over in the UK British based Afghan born fighter Quaise Khademi (8-0, 2) will be looking to extend his perfect record as he takes on Ijaz Ahmed (7-2). The unbeaten Khademi will not just be looking to keep his perfect start going but will also be hoping to record his first defense of the WBO European Super Flyweight title and claim an IBF European title. Despite being unbeaten he is somewhat untested and, on paper, this looks like one of his toughest bouts to date. Ahmed on the other hand is a former British Midlands champion who gave the touted Harvey Horn all he could handle last year. This could end up being a genuine banana skin for Khademi if he's not careful.