This coming Saturday isn't a huge one for Asian boxing, but we so have plenty of hopefuls in action.
The biggest name in action is the hotly tipped Uzbek standout Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4), who takes on former world title challenger Charlie Navarro (29-9, 22). This bout, a world title eliminator with the WBA, is a good step forward for Madrimov on paper, but should be little more than another showcase when the two men actually get into the ring. As we all already know Madrimov is a very special talent and a win here should set him up for a world title fight later in the year. Navarro, despite being 40 years old, is no push over and could ask some questions of Madrimov by relying on his experience and power.
Over in Asia we'll have a show in Cambodia of all places, where we'll see several fighters of note in action.
In the main event Uzbek fighter Olimjon Nazarov (21-5, 12) will take on Filipino fighter Orlie Silvestre (15-5-2, 8) in a bout for a WBO regional title. Although Nazarov has 5 losses to his name he has won his last 8 and appears to be "coming good" as experience and time has allowed him to develop, and score wins over the likes of Ivan Soriano and Kongfah Nakornluang. Silvestre is a decent fighter, but is very much the smaller man and we suspect he'll struggle here, given he's a small Light Flyweight, and Nazarov is a big Flyweight.
In another title bout we'll see Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (3-0, 1) battle against Thai foe Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (7-4, 4) for the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title. The unbeaten 23 year old Nguyen is stepping up massively here, but a win would put her in the mix for a world title bout. Aged 21 Kanyarat has previously fought at world level, where she was stopped by Etsuko Tada in a world title eliminator, and has lost 2 of her last 3. We see the unbeaten Vietnamese fighter picking up the win here.
Another Uzbek Vs Philippines bout on this show will see Abdurasul Ismoilov (7-1, 4) take on veteran Adones Aguelo (33-20-2, 23). On paper this looks like another step forward for Ismoilov, who looks to continue to rebuild following a surprise 2019 loss to Hwang Kil Kim, but Aguelo, on his day, can be a banana skin. Aguelo is tough, rugged, his hard and can pick up upsets, as he did last year against Eden Sonsona and did a few years ago against Jerry Nardo. Aguelo will be the under-dog, but he has got the ability to ask real questions of Ismoilov.
Another fighter of note on this card is Vietnamese fighter Van Thao Tran (12-1 8), who looks to rebuild from a loss to Billy Dib. The talented Tran will be strongly favoured here as he takes on Filipino journeyman Aries Buenavidez (13-4, 7), who was stopped in November by Petch Sor Chitpattana. Tran may have disappointed against Dib, but we suspect he will be too big and too good for Buenavidez here.
Samar (Western Samar), Philippines
Attention turns to the Philippines this coming Wednesday for a title double header. The card isn't set to be a big one, but is a noteworthy one.
One of the title fights will see veterans Adones Aguelo (32-20-2, 22) and Eden Sonsona (36-10-2,13) battling for the PBF Lightweight title. Although neither of these guys are going to reach the heady heights of a world title, it's hard to not be intrigued by this one. The men are both very well matched, both are in their early 30's and both will be coming into this to pick up a win. Of the two Aguelo is more experienced and the older man, but he's also the man in better form. Coming in to this Aguelo is 4-3 in his last 7 whilst Sonsona has lost his last 4 and looks to be a man very much coming to the end of his career. Another loss for Sonsona surely spells the end for him.
A second title bout will see 21 year old hopeful Justine Darap (7-1, 4) face off with domestic journeyman Robert Awitin (11-27-2, 9) in a bout for the vacant WBF Asia Pacific Super Flyweight. Darap is a promising youngster, and on paper he should be too good, but Awitin, when he's up for it, can spring the upset, and this might be a lot more competitive than it looks on paper.
The most notable show for us this coming Friday takes place in China, and although it's not a huge show it does have some interesting local fighters on it.
One of the local hopefuls is unbeaten teenager Ju Wu (6-0-2), who takes a massive step up in class to take on Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (31-19-2, 21) in a very tough looking 8 rounder. This is a legitimately tough bout for the unbeaten man, but a win here really would leave it's mark on the regional scene.
A local we're next expecting to be tested too much is Yu Che Li (5-1-2, 3), who should easily over-come Indonesian veteran Waldo Sabu (13-14, 3). Sabu can be a banana skin, as seen when he stopped Ernesto Saulong, but in reality those performances where he actually turns up to win are few and far between.
Baja California, Mexico
Once beaten US based Kazakh Sagadat Rakhmankul (4-1, 2) makes his Mexican debut as he takes on highly experienced Daniel Armando Valenzuela (36-36-2, 21), who is fighting for the 75th time. The 25 year old Rakhmankul bounced back from a November loss to Nicklaus Flaz by beating Brandon Adams in March and will be looking to notch another win here, a win that is expected for him. Despite having 74 bouts to his name Valanezuela is only 29. Sadly 31 of his 36 losses have been inside the distance and whilst he is at home, in Mexico, he will be expected to be stopped against.
Unbeaten Azeri born American based Elvin Gambarov (4-0, 4) takes a huge step up to face off with veteran Larry Smith (10-40-1, 7). On paper this should be an easy win for the 27 year old Gambarov, as Smith is 40 and is 1-38-1 in his last 40, but it is still a step up for the Azeri who has really only faced total novices so far.
We get the first of December's many Japanese televised cards on December 2nd and it's a genuine interesting card with a number of notable names involved and several potentially thrilling bouts.
The main event of the card will see the teak tough Nihito Arakawa (30-6-1, 18) defending his WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title against Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (28-16-2, 19). On paper this might look a bit of a mismatch, with Arguelo having so many defeats against his name, but the Filipino is a technically solid fighter who has been unlucky in a number of defeats, including a robbery against Will Tomlinson, and he's had very competitive losses to Sergio Thompson and Nery Saguilan. Arakawa will always be remembered for his brave, gutsy and insane bout with Omar Figueroa. His form following that bout struggled but he comes into this bout on a 5 fight winning run, and will be favoured to make his second defense of the regional title.
In a key supporting bout we see punchers collide as Japan's hotly tipped Hayate Kaji (8-0, 7) takes on Filipino banger Jun Blazo (7-3-3, 6). Of the two men it's Kaji who has really impressed us, and the 2015 Rookie of the Year winner looks like the next face of the Teiken gym, with frightening power, speed and skill. This bout should however see him being given a chin check. Blazo, fighting in Japan for the third time, famously dropped Koki Eto last December and will be hoping to make it third time lucky in the Land of the Rising Sun. Blazo can be out boxed, but slugging with him is a mistake an this could be a very tense bout that could end in the blink of an eye.
In another supporting bout we'll see former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Yuto Shimizu (11-3-2, 4) return to the ring for the first since since April 2016, when he lost to Yuki Nonaka. The loss to Nonaka ended an 8 fight winning streak for Shimizu, who will be looking to get his career back on track against Indonesian foe Maxi Yeninar (1-0, 1), of which very little is known.
A third under-card bout worthy of note sees Japanese ranked Featherweight Junki Sasaki (18-3, 7) take on the potential banana skin of Ronnie Campos (7-2-2, 4). Sasaki comes into this bout on a run of 5 straight wins, but they have been against relatively poor competition, with the best of the wins coming against Yuki Ozawa. Campos won't be backed by many here, but he will be looking to leave a mark on the Japanese scene in what will be his first bout outside of the Philippines.
For fans interested in watching this show it will be televised live on G+.
This Saturday is set to be a hectic day for Asian fight fans.
The biggest show of the day sees action return to China for a Max Power card of international note with a world title fight, an international title fight and several bouts involving notable Chinese fighters.
The main event of the card sees WBA Super Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (25-5-1-1, 15) fight in China for a third time this year as he rematches Qiu Xiao Jun (21-3, 10), the man he beat earlier this year for the title. Cermeno has had a bizarre late career revival in China winning the title by stopping Jun and then defending it against the then unbeaten Nop Kratingdaenggym, after having been all but inactive previously. Although very talented Cermeno is 37 and it's likely that father time will get to him sooner rather than later. Saying that he did dominate Jun back in June and it's hard to see him having aged much since that win.
Another title bout from this card will see the light punching Can Xu (10-2) defending his WBA International Super Featherweight title against Japan's Spice Matsushita (16-8-1, 2). The champion will be looking for his third defense and although lacking power he has impressed at times, and looks to be developing into a talented fighter, who simply hasn't yet matured into a powerful young man. Matsushita is a true veteran having debuted more than a decade ago but at 33 he's not a spring chicken and has never fought outside of Japan before.
Another interesting international bout will see the promising Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (10-0-1, 5) battle against unbeaten New Zealander Leki Maka (9-0, 3). Baishanbo has impressed through his career, and has caught our eye in the past, but this looks like a very different assignment to his previous ones. Although the favourite the Chinese fighter will be aware that Maka holds a notable recent win over Farzan Ali Jr on the road in Fiji.
Another interesting international bout will see Chinese based Ruissian Andrey Kalyuzhnyy (13-2, 11) face off with struggling Thai Chaloemporn Singwancha (17-2, 13). On paper this looks like a really good bout but the Thai has lost his last 2 by stoppage and has struggled throughout his career when facing someone who comes to fight, like the Russian does. This could be a third straight set back for the Thai.
One other international bout will see Filipino Sonny Katiandagho (10-1, 6) face Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (24-12-1, 12), in a bout that has been re-arranged after being been set earlier in the month. The once beaten Filipino is a guy who has had good results, including wins over Allan Tanada, Hyun Woo Yuh and Rafik Harutjunjan and this should be another.
A second, less notable, Chinese card will come from Shanghai and will a few interesting bouts of it's own, albeit at a lower level.
The main even of the card will see Indonesian fighter Geisler AP (9-8, 6) battle unbeaten local hopeful Alimu Wushouer (8-0, 6), with Wushouer looking to record his first win over an international opponent. Wushouer has impressed on the Chinese scene, as part of the League of Fists, but this could be a more interesting assignment for the unbeaten 22 year old. Geisler has never won outside of Indonesia but this could be a chance to change that.
In an all Chinese bout we'll see the heavy handed WuZhati Nuerlang (5-1, 5) take on the limited but heavy handed Chengbo Zheng (6-5-0-1, 4) in what could be an explosive contest. It's likely that we'll see Nuerlang come out on top here, given he as has stopped his last 5 opponents and that Zheng has been stopped several times before, however its good to see him face someon who has a punchers reputation themselves.
Another all-Chinese bout will see the unbeaten Naiwuzhati Nuermaimaiti (4-0-1, 2) take on the once beaten Chao Peng (5-1-2, 1) in a very interesting looking match up.
New Delhi, India
More title action will be held in India where Indian boxing megastar Vijender Singh (7-0, 6) battles against the experienced Francis Cheka (32-9-2, 17). The bout will be Singh's first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, a title he won back in July with a decision victory over Kerry Hope. Cheka was once a good test for an emerging fighter but is well past his best and shouldn't trouble Singh too much here.
In Cebu fight fans will get a relatively uninteresting card, though the main event is worth making a note of. That main event will see the once beaten Jess Rhey Waminal (9-1-1, 5) take on Margarito Moya (9-2, 3) in what looks like a very even and competitive bout.
In Russia we'll see unbeaten Russian Pavel Malikov (9-0, 3) take on Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (27-14-2, 19). Aguelo, one of the more under-rated Filipino fighters, will be hoping to pick up a win here to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title and score a 4th straight win. Malikov has shown promise but this is a step up for him and should be a real test for the unbeaten man.
In the US we'll see big punching Filipino Aston Palicte (21-2, 18) face off against the talented, but feather fisted, Oscar Cantu (14-0, 1) in a bout for a trio of regional titles. The bout is a “puncher Vs slickster” type of bout but should be some very fun and very exciting with Palicte almost certain to hunt a stoppage after his robbery defeat last time he fought away from the Philippines.
This coming Friday is a relatively quiet day, unless you;re a Filipino fight fan with Filipino's fighting across the globe.
Southern Leyte, Philippines
The headline bout of a card in the Philippines will see upset minded Adones Aguelo (26-14-2, 18) battle against the very limited Rodel Wenceslao (11-12-1, 4) in a bout for the Asian Boxing Federation Lightweight title. Although Aguelo's record is a less than flattering one he has proven his ability numerous times and was very unlucky last year against Will Tomlinson, and has been unfortunate in other bouts. With what we know of both men it's hard to see Aguelo not picking up the win here.
London, United Kingdom
In the UK we see another Filipino in action as the once beaten Jake Bornea (11-1, 5) takes on touted Welshman Andrew Selby (6-0, 4). For Bornea the bout serves as a chance to make a name for himself internationally however he will be a serious under-dog against the brilliantly talented Selby, who is a former amateur standout and a man tipped for major success in the years to come. For both men this looks to be a step up and it's a great match up for the IBF Inter-Continental Flyweight title, which should potentially open the doors for the winner to face Johnriel Casimero for the world title next year.
There even more Filipino action with a trio of Pinoy's fighting in Russia.
The most notable of those bouts involving a Filipino will see unbeaten Russian puncher Magomed Kurbanov (8-0, 7) face veteran Dennis Laurente (50-7-5, 30) in a bout for theWBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Welterweight title. Laurente, fighting for the first time since losing the OPBF Light Middleweight title to Takayuki Hosokawa, has lost his last two and will know that he cannot afford another set back here.
At Lightweight we'll see Pavel Malikov (8-0, 2) take on the visiting Carlo Magali (20-8-3, 10) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Lightweight title. A loss for Magali would be a second successive defeat for the Filipino, who was stopped by Emmanuel Tagoe earlier this year. Russian fighter Malikov is looking for his first defense of the title, after winning the belt earlier this year when he stopped Filipino Leonardo Doronio.
In the third bout we'll see Russian based Tajik Shavkat Rakhimov (6-0, 4) take on Pinoy Jerry Castroverde (9-3, 5) in a bout for the vacant WBO Youth Super Featherweight title. The bout looks like a tough one for the Filipino but Rakhimov has shown flaws and certainly isn't unbeatable, which should fill the Filipino with some hope here.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines fans get a small but notable show with two title bouts, one of which features a former world title challenger and another features an unbeaten prospect.
The former world title challenger is Bernabe Concepcion (34-6-2, 20) who faces former OPBF title challenger Jimmy Paypa (17-3-1, 6) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title. Last year we saw Paypa being stopped in a round by Shingo Wake and this will be his second bout since that loss. As for Concepcion he is unbeaten since a 7th round TKO loss to Mikey Garcia, however he has only gone 4-0-1 in the 4 years since that loss.
The other title fight will see Roberto Gonzales (26-2, 16) battle the unbeaten Arjan Canillas (13-0-2, 10) for the GAB Lightweight title in what looks like a really well matched bout. On paper Gonzalez will be favoured however the unbeaten Canillas is genuinely promising and has been scoring notable wins recently, including a victory last year against Rey Labao. If the 22 year old Canillas scores a win here then he really could be on his way to an OPBF title fight in the near future.
Staying with Filipinos it's worth noting that the criminally under-rated Adones Aguelo (24-13-2, 16) will be in action in the US against former world title challenger Miguel Marriaga (22-1, 19). Marriaga came to the attention of the wider boxing public last year when he gave Nicholas Walters a very tough bout and if he puts up another performance like that here there is a good chance he'll over-come Aguelo, however the Filipino can never be written off and is very much an upset minded fighter who will travel to win.
Merseyside, United Kingdom
In the UK fight fans will be able to see Indian fighter Vijender Singh (3-0, 3) continue his professional career as he takes on Alexander Horvath (5-1-1, 1). Singh does appear to have some promise but at 30 years old it's now time he began to face stiffer tests than Horvath, who was stopped inside a round last November.
Davao del Sur, Philippines
The most interesting of the action comes on a Filipino card that us littered with promising fighters, sadly however they are typically being matched very lightly.
One of the mismatches sees the really promising, and naturally heavy handed, Aston Palicte (18-1, 16) taking on Fernando Ocon (13-9-1, 5), in what horrible mismatch. We like Palicte, a lot, and realise that he has the potential to be a genuine star however bouts like this will just pad his record. What he needs is a test and sadly this won't be one.
Another man who needs a test but won't be getting one is Adones Cabalquinto (20-0, 13) who has been matched ridiculously easily as he takes on RJ Ano-os (8-6-1, 2). This really isn't worth talking about if we're being honest and it's becoming clear that Cabalquinto isn't going to step up a level any time soon. It's shame that unbeaten man hasn't fought the likes of Keita Obara, Shinya Iwabuchi or even Min Wook Kim, and now it seems that his handlers aren't even going to pursue those types of bouts.
Another mismatch will see Richie Mepranum (29-4-1, 7) take on Juan Purisima (11-8-1, 4). Purisima has been matched hard, losing to the likes of Roman Gonzalez and Jerwin Ancajas, but with out a win in more than 2 years he shouldn't be in with Mepranum. Mepranum, himself a former world title challenger, is looking for a 3rd win since being stopped by Juan Francisco Estrada last year, but shouldn't wasting too much time against low level domestic foes.
Possibly the best bout on the card will be a contest for the interim WBO Oriental Lightweight title. The bout will see the unbeaten Jayar Inson (8-0, 5) take on Victor Mausul (9-3-2, 5). The 24 year old Inson is looking promising but this appears to be a tougher test that the opponents he has been up against in the past.
One other unbeaten fighter worth noting is Romero Duno (6-0, 5), a 19 year old puncher who may be given a genuine test as he takes on Jo-as Apericio (12-15-1, 9) in a 10 rounder. Apericio seems to be a gatekeeper on the Filipino scene and has faced top prospects, such as Jack Tepora and Neil Tabanao so this bout could tell us something new about Duno.
Our favourite bout of the day comes from Australia where the under-rated Adones Aguelo (24-11-2, 16) takes on local favourite Will Tomlinson (23-2-1, 13). On paper we know this is a mismatch, in reality however the paper lies and this has the potential to be an upset. Aguelo is tough, heavy handed, well travelled and has given fighters Sergio Thompson and Nery Saguilan really tough tests. This really is a tougher bout than it looks for “Wild Will”.
Eastern Cape, South Africa
In South Africa we see another Filipino hunting an upset as Lito Dante (9-4-3, 5) takes on local favourite Siyabonga Siyo (8-0, 4) for the WBA International Minimumweight title. This it a really tough ask for Dante but neither man is particularly proven and the Filipino won't be scared by Siyo's record which hasn't got a big win on it as of yet.
For Asian boxing fans this weekend isn't a huge weekend, but there is a lot of action going on involving fighters from Asia.
In Seoul Korean fans will get the chance to see world title action under the auspices of the controversial KBA. Although the organisation may not be regarded as highly as the KBC, or even the KBF, this show is on par, if not better, than any that the other Korean outfits have sanctioned this year.
The main event will see unbeaten Hyun Mi Choi (9-0-1, 3) defending her WBA female Super Featherweight title against Japanese veteran Chika Mizutani (14-4, 7). This will be Choi's second defense of the title and will see her returning to the ring after more than a year of inactivity. If Choi's inactivity is bad it's made to look good by Mizutani who hasn't been in the ring for more than 18 months. Despite neither fighter fighting recently this should still be an excellent contest between two very talented fighters.
In the co-feature fans will see Dan Bi Kim (10-3-2, 2)* battle against unbeaten Thai Petchngam Sor Prasobchoke (7-0, 1) in a bout for a WIBF title, we suspect at 108lbs. This should be a fascinating contest, though we're expecting it to be very ugly, as most Kim bouts are.
As well as the action in South Korea there will also be a show in the Philippines. As with many domestic Filipino shows it's not the most mouth watering of cards but there are a few fighters of note on the card.
The main event on this card will see the very under-rated Adones Aguelo (23-11-2, 15) battle against Richard Betos (20-10-1, 7) in a contest that looks really well matched on paper. In reality we suspect this will end up being a mismatch, with Aguelo being too strong and too tough, though the bout should still be interesting all the same.
In one of the chief support bouts Joey Canoy (8-1-1, 3) will battle against journeyman Michael Borja (6-12-1). Canoy is a promising youngster and will be fighting for the first time since losing a close decision to future world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan. Canoy should be too good for Borja but the bout will be about rebuilding his confidence.
Another supporting bout will see Renoel Pael (17-1-1, 8) up against Dingdong Quinones (4-13-1, 2). Quinones has been stopped in 11 of his 13 bouts and we suspect that Pael will manage to add another one. Although not an elite fighter Pael is really worth making a note of and his sole loss was a very controversial one in Thailand last year to Noknoi Sitthiprasert.
As well as the 3 bouts mentioned this card is set to have 3 other under-card bouts.
In China there will be a small show with novices. For us the most notable bout will see Bai A Fu (2-0) take on the debuting Liu Yu (0-0) in one of 2 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds.
New South Wales, Australia
In New South Wales fans will have the chance to see a number of Asian under-dogs attempt to upset local fighters.
In one of two title bouts we'll see Thailand's Denkamon Pakdee Gym (22-4, 13) battle against the once beaten David Browne Jnr (20-1-1, 6) in a contest for the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Super Featherweight title. Denkamon is a clear under-dog though could be a potential banana skin.
The other title bout on this show will see Eakkhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (10-6, 5) take on Rocky Jerkic (9-0, 7) for the IBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. This bout looks like an incredibly tall order for the Thai though hopefully he'll prove to be better than his record suggests.
Thailand's tough but limited Paitoon Jaikom (3-12, 2) will be hunting his third successive win as he takes on the unbeaten Mohamed Yari (1-0) in a bout that we suspect will be more competitive than the records suggest.
The remaining bout will see the win-less Arnon Yuchaereon (0-8-1) take on once beaten Aussie Valentine Borg (9-1, 6) in what looks like a clear mismatch.
New South Wales, Australia
Another show in New South Wales will be headlined by a PABA Super Featherweight title bout between Thailand's Mongkolchai Lookmuangkanch (12-2, 7) and the once beaten Corey McConnell (14-1-1, 1). On paper this looks competitive but we really can't see anything but a win for McConnell, who is talented despite lacking power.
On a third Australian show fans will see a couple of Indonesian fighters in action.
One of those fights will be Jamed Jalarante (23-17-1, 11), who was stopped last year by former world title challenger Makoto Fuchigami. Jalarante will be in action against light hitting Welshman Kerry Hope (20-4, 1) in a bout made at Welterweight. This is certainly a peculiar match up considering an Indonesian and a Welshman are facing off in Australia though it is one of the eclectic line ups put on by Ricky Hatton and Hatton Promotions who have often put on peculiar shows that are often well worth tuning in for.
The other Indonesian on this card is the unbeaten Afrizal Tamboresi (3-0, 1) who faces once beaten Australian Brad Hore (4-1) for the WBF Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title
*-The record of Kim is incomplete on boxrec.com
(Image courtesy of Hyun Mi Choi's facebook)