This coming Friday is an interesting day with bouts across Asia ranging from prospect bouts to national title contests.
In South Korea cans will get a KBF title double televised on MBC Sports +. The bouts may not be the biggest bouts of the day though they do show just how committed the KBF are to continue the sport in Korea.
One of the bouts will see KBF Featherweight champion Bong Joon Suk (8-1-2, 1) defending his title against Sa Myung Noh (6-2, 1). Noh appears to be going up in weight for this bout having first made a name for himself at Super Bantamweight, however he did manage to score a win over Suk back in 2012 in their first meeting. For Suk this is a chance to defend his title and gain revenge over the only man to have beaten him so far.
The other title bout will see Woo Shin Kim (5-1-2, 2) battle against Sung Tae Kim (5-10-1, 2) for the vacant Korean Light Welterweight title. For Sung Tae Kim it'll be a chance to become a 2-weight Korean champion however he will need to score his first win since September 2009 if he's to become the champion. Woo Shin Kim however will be in his first title bout and is seeking a break out win here.
There is also a show in Laos with a notable main event.
In the main event we'll see the unbeaten Norasing Kokietgym (14-0-1, 10) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Super Flyweight title against Indonesian fighter Juventus Baga (2-1, 2) in what looks like a huge mismatch. We like Norasing but at 28 years old he really needs to make the step up now if he's to do anything with his career other than tread water with meaningless bouts, like this one.
In the Philippines 3 Jewels Promotions will be putting on a small card with a couples of interesting bouts.
The most interesting bout here is the main event which will see the unbeaten Dexter Alimento (8-0, 6) battle against Lester John Pronco (9-9-1, 6) for the LuzProBA Minimumweight title. The 19 year old Alimento is a promising prospect but has yet to be given a real test. Although Pronco isn't an amazing fighter he is better than his record suggests and although he is 0-6-1 in his last 7 we really wouldn't be shocked to see him run Alimento close.
A second notable bout will see the unbeaten Jeronil Borres (5-0-1, 5) take on Gerald Paclar (2-1, 1) . Last time out Paclar “exposed” the then 3-0 record of Rene Mark Cuarto and he'll be hoping to do the same here against Borres. Saying that however Borres does appear to have genuine power and has already been in a gut-check, drawing with fellow unbeaten hopeful Salatiel Amit back in January.
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