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.
This coming Friday features some interesting action from across Asia.
Metro Manila, Philippines
The best Asian show of the day appears to come from the Philippines where fans get a trio of title bouts as well as a trio of other interesting match ups.
The main event of the show will see former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion (33-6-2, 19) take on Tanzanian visitor Juma Fundi (27-12-3, 11) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title. It's hard to see anything but an easy win for Concepcion who has only come up short against very good fighters over the last decade. We must admit we're unsure how Fundi has qualified for an “Oriental” title considering he's from Africa but that's the magic of the WBO we guess!
A GAB Light Flyweight title bout will see Renren Tesorio (14-6-3, 4) defending his belt against the little known Bonjun Loperez (9-3-1, 5). This will be Tesorio's first defense of the title following his majority decision win over Benezer Alolod back in March. Despite the scratchy record Tesorio is a solid fighter and we can't see him coming up short here against a man who has been stopped in 2 of his last 3.
The other title fight will see the once beaten Recky Dulay (8-1-0-1, 5) taking on Warren Mambuanag (7-5-2, 3) in a bout for the PBF Featherweight title. On paper it's hard to see Dulay losing here, however he has been matched light and this may not as straight forward as it looks on paper. Mambuanag has certainly been in tougher than Dulay and could be a banana skin in this one.
In none title action we have got to admit we like the look several bouts on this card. Arguably the best of those is a contest between Renerio Arizala (12-2-1, 5) and Romnick Magos (11-4, 7), in what looks like a genuinely well matched bout between two men wanting a really good domestic level win.
A similarly well matched bout will see the once touted Rogelio Jun Doliguez (19-3-2, 14) taking on Jerry Nardo (21-6, 11) in what really could be a show stealing bout. Doliguez comes in to the bout on 3 losses in his last 4 though is a man who did show a lot of promise early in his career. Nardo on the other hand is a fighter who has won some-lost some in recent times, though has rarely been stopped and could well stand up to Nardo's power and give it back.
The remaining bout of interest is an 8 rounder between a promising pair of fighters. In one corner is the once beaten Philip Luis Cuerdo (7-1-1, 4) whilst in the other is the unbeaten Toto Landero (5-0-1, 2). Both of these guys at 19 and both will be putting it on the line. Interestingly these two fought in May, fighting to an 8 round draw, and we'd not be shocked to see them in another very competitive contest here.
In Japan we have the next round of the East Rookie of the Year tournament. In total this card will feature 12 bouts, all 4 rounders, between Minimumweight and Light Middleweight.
On paper the pick of the bouts is a Super Bantamweight contest between Yasuaki Miura (3-0, 1) and Ryuya Kaji (3-1, 2). The 19 year old Kaji appears to be a solid puncher, though was beaten by the more experienced Yuki Matsudo in his most recent bout, back in July 2014. The 21 year old Miura has been more active, with all 3 of his bouts coming in the last 12 months, though this is, by far, the toughest test he'll have faced.
A very even looking bout is set to take place at Featherweight as Shogo Sakai (4-2-1, 3) takes on Kei Iwahara (4-2, 2). We won't pretend this is a mouth watering match up but it is well matched and could prove to be the show stealing contest on the card