Japanese fans have two shows this coming Sunday, one in Gifu and one in Kanagawa.
The headline bout in Gifu sees local prospect Genki Hanai (5-0, 4) battle against Il Che (7-10-5, 1). This is a good test for Hanai, who is ranked by the JBC and OPBF, and should act as a warm up bout ahead of a title fighter later in the year for the youngster, who is highly regarded following a successful career in the amateur ranks. Che is better than his record suggests, but shouldn't derail Hanai's rise through the ranks.
In the supporting bout on this show fans will see former OPBF title challenger Futoshi Usami (12-2-1, 9) battle against Japanese based Peruvian Juan Castillo Inami (9-3, 4). Inami's record lacks big name wins but he has faced some notable fighters, such as Akinori Kanai and Koichi Aso, and is likely to put up a great bout with Usami, who was last seen being out pointed by Masayoshi Nakatani in OPBF Lightweight title fight.
On another Japanese card fans get the chance to see an OPBF female title fight as Chika Mizutani (14-5, 7) battles Kimika Miyoshi (11-8-1, 5). This will see Mizutani defending the OPBF title for the first time, following her winning the belt way back in 2010. Aged 34 the champion has seen better years though has been competing at the world level in recent years, suffering back-to-back losses in world title bouts. For Miyoshi this is a chance to become a 2-weight OPBF champion after having had a short reign as the OPBF female Bantamweight title.
In the co-feature bout fans will see former Japanese title challenger Gakuya Furuhashi (17-6-1, 7) battle against the “better than his record” Daisuke Watanabe (2-2, 2). Furuhashi is highly ranked and will be hoping to get another title fight in the near future, however he is without a win in over a year. For Watanabe this is a chance to get back into the mix, following back to back losses, including a competitive one last time out to the highly touted Sho Nakazawa.
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)