Although the names aren't big there are a number of Central Asian fighters competing in Russia.
In one bout we'll see unbeaten Russian based Armenian hopeful Radik Grigoryan (6-0, 1) take on Uzbek foe Mukhammadsalim Sotvoldiev (5-2-1, 2), in what will be a rematch of a contest the two men had in October. In their first bout Grigoryan won a clear 8 round decision and will be looking to repeat the act again here. Sotvoldiev is 2-2-1 in his last 5 and the Uzbek has had a super busy scheduled recently with this being his 6th bout since May last year.
In another bout we'll see another Uzbek in action, with Ali Turgunaliyev (0-1) going up against Mukhiddin Dadashev (0-2), who's originally from Kyrgyzstan, in a bout that will likely see someone score their first win. Interestingly neither man has heard the final bell, with all 3 combined losses coming inside the distance! Sadly not much else to say here, but it's interesting to note that this is scheduled for 6 rounds, despite neither man having a win to their name.
Another man from Kyrgyzstan on this show is Shokhrukh Zakirov (0-4), who has been stopped in the opening round of everyone of his fights so far. Sadly for Zakirov it seems likely he'll be stopped early again here as he takes on Armenian puncher Rafayel Simonyan (7-0, 6), who has stopped 3 of his 6 stoppage victims in the first round.
Staying with Central Asian fighters we'll also see US based Tajik Anvar Yunusov (8-1, 4) in action, as he takes on the unbeaten Martino Jules (9-0, 2) in a bout for a WBA regional title. This will be Yunusov's first bout since suffering a loss to Hector Luis Garcia last July whilst Jules is stepping up massively. The 33 year old Yunusov, a multi-time Olympian, needs a big year if he's to build on his amateur reputation but this is certainly not a gimme for him.
Stanmore Bay, New Zealand
In New Zealand, of all places, we'll see a number of Indian fighters in action. Sadly most of them are very obscure, but there is the notable inclusion of Neeraj Goyat (11-3-2, 2) on the show, with Goyat to face David Zauska (0-0-1). Goyat is best known for being the original opponent for Amir Khan last year, before Goyat was injured and replaced by Billy Dib. We suspect Goyat will have too much for his inexperienced foe, but this is still a weird bout against a Slovakian opponent who has been out of the ring for almost 4 years.
Other Indian fighters set for this card are Ranjeet Singh (3-0) and Harman Singh (0-0), both of whom will be regarded as under-dogs against local fighters.
Bang Phun, Thailand
Attention turns to the Work Point Studio in Bang Phun for the next WP Boxing event, which will be aired on Work Point in Thailand, as we're also expecting it to be aired on DAZN in the US.
One of the two main bouts on this card will see Thai based Dutch fighter Nick Frese (9-0, 7) take on Filipino foe Sonny Katiandagho (12-4, 7) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title. The unbeaten Frese is a real talent and and is likely to find himself in big fights by the end of next year, and this is a very good step up in class for him. Katiandagho has lost 3 of his last 4, but they include losses to Baishanbo Nasiyiwula and Downua Ruawaiking. The Filipino can fight, and if he's up for this he could test Frese, though we do question his confidence coming in to this.
The other main bout on this card will see the very highly touted Apichet Petchmanee (3-0, 2) take on his most notable test to date, as he battles former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-3, 41). Apichet is a former amateur standout and is now a very good prospect, who can fight at either Lightweight or Light Welterweight. He failed to shine last time out, taking a decision over Shota Suito, though was still a very clear winner. Chonlatarn is best known for losses to Chris John and Vasyl Lomachenko, down at Featherweight. At 34 years old Chonlatarn is a long way removed from his prime and his best weight.
Scotland, United Kingdom
In Scotland, of all places, we see the return of Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (8-1, 6), who fights for the first time since losing a razor thin decision to Moruti Mthalane in 2018. The talented Waseem, who was previously fighting out of Korea, signed with MTK global and this will be his first bout with the ever growing management group. His opponent for this bout will be Tanzania's John Chuwa (17-3, 9), who looks like a good test on paper, but is unlikely to give Waseem much of a test, given how good the Pakistani fighter is.
Unbeaten Tajik hopeful Anvar Yunusov (7-0, 3) looks to take his next step towards a big fight as he battles against Angel Luna (11-5-1, 6) at the 2300 Arena. The unbeaten man was a 3-time Olympian before turning professional just over 2 years ago and at the age of 32 he really needs to speed up his pursuit of a big fight. The 29 year old Luna has lost 5 of his last 6, including losses to Tevin Farmer and Christopher Diaz, and we suspect this will be another from the Dominican.
In terms of low level action in Asia there will also be a card in Shinghai, featuring novices. There's not too much to get excited about. One bout of some interest here will see Li Liu (1-0) take on Xiru Ma (0-0) at 140lbs whilst an all debutant bout at Super Featherweight will pit Zhaoxian Cai (0-0) against Xiaolong Han (0-0). Given that those are most interesting bouts on the card it's fair to say there's nothing too big on the show.
The most notable Asian show this coming Friday is from Indonesia, and feature a couple of notable domestic fighter.
One of the main bouts will see the once touted Defry Palulu (20-2-1, 13) take on Filipino visitor Ivor Lastrilla (11-5-1, 6). Palulu has won his last 5 bouts, since losing a split decision to compatriot Jason Butar Butar in 2016, and will be expected to continue that run here. Lastrilla was stopped last time out, by Yongchao Sheng in China, but is certainly no push over and should make for a decent foe for the Indonesian.
Another once touted Indonesian fighter on this card is Tibo Monabesa (18-1-2, 8) , at the time of writing his opponent hasn't been named. This will be Monabesa's first bout since losing his unbeaten record to Hiroto Kyoguchi in 2018.
In Thai fans will get a low key show from the Ram 100 Thai Boxing stadium, where there's not much to talk about, though Eric Pen (1-0, 1), a Thai based American, and Quang Duc Duy Vo (1-0, 1), from Vietnam, will risk their unbeaten records against local losers.
In Virginia we'll be able to see 3-time Tajik Olympian Anvar Yunusov (6-0, 3) continue his promising career. Turning 32 in February it's clear that time is ticking out on Yunusov's career, though hopefully that will be see him look to make 2019 his break out year. He's incredibly talented, and scored 5 wins in 2018 with some decent names on his ledger, but he needs to keep that momentum here. His opponent here will be Puerto Rican Carlos Colon (5-1, 3), a 28 year old who was beaten in January and has fought just 10 rounds since the start of 2018.
Japanese attention turns to Osaka this coming Friday where we get a domestic title fight and a couple of supporting bouts between Japanese and Korean fighters.
The Japanese title fight will see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) make his 5th defense as he takes on 2016 Rookie of the Year winner Akihiro Toya (8-4, 1). This looks like a stay busy defense for the 34 year old champion, who is on the verge of a world title fight, but any sort of slip up here could end those dreams. At 23 years old Toya is still maturing, but a loss earlier this year to Takumi Sakae doesn't bode well for him against someone as talented as Hisada. A full preview of this bout can be found here Hisada defends Japanese crown against youngster Toya!
One of the supporting bouts will see Japan's Yuki Takahashi (8-3, 4) battle against Korean rankled visitor Hwan Young Jo (5-5, 1). Takahashi has been stopped in his last 2 bouts and hasn't shown too much promise coming into this, but he will be favoured given he is the home fighter and has the better looking record. Jo on the other hand challenged for the Korean Super Featherweight title back in July, and will be looking to bounce back from a loss in that bout.
Another Japan Vs Korea bout will see the limited but hard hitting 23 year old Shota Asami (6-5, 4) battle against Hyun Joo Lee (2-0). Asami began his career 4-2 (4) but hasn't scored a stoppage in his last 5 bouts, whilst going 2-3. Lee is ranked by the KBF but his record doesn't seem to be complete on boxrec, with the KBF listing him as being 5-1-1 (4). If the KBF record is complete then we could be in for a fun fight between punchers, though how good he actually is, is unclear.
There's also a show in Thailand this coming Friday
The big talking point is that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (51-0, 18) will be on the card in a stay busy bout, taking on Indonesian foe Tyson Lahagu (2-9-1, 2). The contest is supposed to be a tune up for the Thai ahead of a potential world title defense at the end of the year, and will see him stretching his record 52-0 as he looks to further increase his unbeaten record.
Although Wanheng and his unbeaten record will get much of the attention it also seems like we'll see OPBF silver Minimumweight champion Panya Pradabsri (24-1, 13) defending his title against talented Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9), in a very good looking bout. This has the potential to be very exciting and very fun, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Alimento push the local all the way.
We'll see US based Tajik prospect Anvar Yunusov (5-0, 2) look to continue his rise through the ranks as he takes on Joshua Davis (11-3, 5). The unbeaten man debuted last year, in a match up against the experienced Justin Savi, and has been matched well so far, but this should be regarded as his best test to date. Davis has lost his last 2 bouts but at 27 he will have ambition to get his career back on track and should make for a compelling opponent for the Yusunov, who was a 3-time Olympian.
Johore Bahru, Malaysia
As well as the show in Japan there will also be a card in Malaysia.
One of the bouts on this card will see unbeaten local Adli Hafidz (3-0, 2) take on experienced Thai foe Yuttana Wongda (13-21, 9). The local fighter, aged 29, has been matched softly so far, and this should be considered as a step up in class, but a very manageable one. Yuttana has gone 2-10 in his last 12 bouts and we suspect he will come up short again here.