The biggest bout featuring an Asian this coming Saturday comes from Mexico where WBC female Flyweight champion Ibeth Zamora Silva (29-6, 12) takes on Japanese challenger Chaoz Minowa (6-1, 5). For Silva this will be her first defense, though she had a long and successful reign at Light Flyweight before moving up in weight and winning this title. The Mexican is a veteran who has competed at world level for several years and is a proper veteran with numerous top fighters on her record. For Minowa however this will be her second world title fight, and is a big step up in class. Minowa lost her first world title fight, losing to Tenkai Tsunami, and this is is expected to be a big test to see how much she has developed since that loss. This could be a very entertaining contest, but Minowa will be travelling as the under-dog and will need a career best performance to even be competitive. A full preview of this bout can be read here Minowa looks to end WBC Zamora's run in Chaoz!
Hadong, South Korea
As well as the world title fight in Mexico there will also be a notable card in Korea, as the KPBF put on a pretty notable card.
The main event of the card will see WIBA Light Flyweight champion Eun Hye Lee (11-1, 4) make her third defense, as she takes on Chinese fighter Xiuli Liang (2-3). Lee is a real talent, and we hope to see her in with better competition in the near future. Sadly however Liang isn't a suitable opponent for Lee and we can't see her putting up any sort of a real challenger to the talented local, who really should be 12-0 with her sole loss being a very controversial one in Japan to Nana Yoshikawa.
In a major supporting bout we'll see the once touted Ye Joon Kim (15-1-2, 7) return to the ring after more than 2 years out of the ring. Kim, who is now 26, still has a long way to go and a lot of potential so we'll be looking forward to seeing his ring return. The one unfortunate thing here is that we aren't sure who Kim isn't fighting, though we have been told that they are targeting a Japanese fighter.
Also on this card is WBF Asia Pacific Light Middleweight champion, Do Hyuk Kim (4-0-2, 1). Kim will be making his first defense of the title as he takes on Chinese visitor Zhen Zhou (0-1). The Korean won the title in December but hasn't fought since. It's worth noting that Kim's competition so far has been dire, and it's the same here. The visitor here hasn't fought in over 2 years, and was stopped in 3 rounds back on his debut in 2016.
Bang Phun, Thailand
Staying in Asia we'll see 21 year old puncher Chainoi Worawut (3-0, 3) take a big step up in class as he takes on domestic rival Rakniran Muadransarakam (13-2, 8) in a very good looking match up. The unbeaten man has looked genuinely destructive since making his debut earlier this year, but this does look likely to be his first real test. Rakniran has never been stopped, but has fallen short in his two most notable bouts, against Shota Kawaguchi and Petchbarngborn Kokietgym. A win for Chainoi is likely expected but this is a very solid test at such an early stage in his career.
Also on this card will be a WBC Asia Bantamweight title bout, a Nawaphon Por Chokchai (42-1-1, 33) takes on Filipino puncher Richard Claveras (18-5-2, 15). This should be an exciting bout between two hard hitting, but flawed fighters. Sadly for the Filipino we suspect size will be a major issue, and he is likely to look tiny compared to Nawaphon, who has always looked huge compared to opponents.
New South Wales, Australia
In New South Wales fans will see local hopeful Nae Kisona (0-0) battle Filipino “loser” Jayson Mac Gura (1-21-3, 1). The Filipino scored a win on his debut, back in 2009, but has failed to win any of his last 24 bouts. He has also been stopped 15 times during his career and we wouldn't be surprised to see him fail to last the 4 round distance again here.
Staying in Australia we'll also see Dylan Conway (0-0) make his debut, as he takes on experienced Thai Plaisakda Boonmalert (33-28, 29), in what will be expected to be another win for the local debutant. The 46 year old Thai debuted way back in 1989 and has been stopped regularly in recent years, in fact with 23 stoppage losses and at the age of 46 we really do wonder why he continues to get in the ring. Conway will likely begin his career with a stoppage win here.
Daejeon, South Korea
In Korea this coming Sunday fans will get a show with 4 different titles bouts on it, in what should be a pretty interesting card, even if the fighters are the most established, talented or proven.
The main event from the card will see Eun Hye Lee (10-1, 4) take on Japan's Chie Higano (7-6, 2) in a bout for the WIBA Flyweight title, with Lee looking to make her second defense of the title. The Korean 34 year old was really unlucky in her sole defeat, a razor thin majority loss to Nana Yoshikawa in Japan in 2016, and since then she has scored two wins. The visitor, who's last bout was fought at Atomweight, will be moving up in weight significantly for this bout, her first outside of Japan, and will clearly be the under-dog. Interestingly Higano has previously fought for a major world title, though was stopped in 4 rounds by Momo Koseki in a bout for he WBA Atomweight title.
The main supporting bout will be a Korean Heavyweight title bout, and will pit In Sung Oh (2-0-1) against Kyung Hak Lee (3-4-1, 1) for the vacant title. Aged 20 Oh is the younger man, but he only has 14 career rounds and at 5'11” he is a very small Heavyweight. Lee on the other hand is 36 and 25 rounds under his belt, though hasn't fought since August 2014 and hasn't scored a win in almost 7 years!
A Korean Featherweight title bout will see the hard hitting Jae Woo Lee (5-2, 4) take on Hyun Je Shin (8-6, 2). Lee made his debut in 2012 but took a break of more than 4 years away from the ring, before returning last year and taking his first decision win. Aged 23 Shin is the more experienced man, and is a former Korean Featherweight champion, and a 2-time Korean Super Flyweight title challenger, but is the naturally smaller fighter.
The remaining title bout will be a Korea Light Middleweight title bout between 37 year old Doo Hyup Kim (9-6-1, 5) and 28 year old Boo Hyun Baek (4-6-1, 1). Kim debuted back in 2004, as a 23 year old, but has seen his career move incredibly slowly due to the politics of Korean boxing, only fighting 4 times between 2004 and 2014. In recent years Kim has been busier but has been stopped in his last two bouts. As for Baek he debuted in 2011, and has also had his career slowed by a lack of activity, as well as a string of 5 straight losses between 2012 and 2016, he has how ever avoided defeat in his last two bouts and should be favoured here.
This coming Saturday Shinsei gym put on a small but notable card in Hyogo.
The main event of the card will see Japanese and OPBF ranked Bantamweight contender Ryo Kosaka (14-3-1, 7) risk a potential title fight as he takes on Akira Ono (7-4-1, 6) in what could be a tough test for the fancied Kosaka. Coming in to the bout Kosaka is on a 7 fight winning streak, with a notable win over Morihisa Iju last time out but Ono is better than his record suggests and he could be a genuine banana skin here if Kosaka is looking past him already.
In the chief support bout Shun Kosaka (13-3, 3) will be facing off against Shogo Sumitomo (6-9-1, 5). Coming in to this bout Kosaka will be looking to bounce back form a loss to the under-rated Akinori Hoshino, who took a split decision over him in February. With 3 losses to his name Kosaka may not look like a notable fighter, but those losses have come to good fighters and the 22 year old has got potential. Sumitomo has been stopped 7 times, and we expect to see him struggle to last the distance here.
Seoul, South Korea
We also get a small show in Korea, headlined by a WIBA Flyweight title fight as Eun Hye Lee (9-1, 4) defends her title against Filipino foe Norj Guro (7-7-1, 4). The talented Lee, who's sole loss was a controversial one in Japan last year, should be far too good for the Filipino, who has lost her last 4 and really poses nothing to test the Korean 34 year old.
The biggest card of the weekend comes form Cebu and is a stacked ALA card.
The main event of the card will see former world title challengers Milan Melindo (34-2, 12) and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (31-4-1, 16) face off to crown a new IBF “interim” Light Flyweight champion, and decide the mandatory challenger for current world champion Akira Yaegashi. Melindo, fighting in his third world title fight, should be favoured here but Fahlan has put in his best performances as the under-dog, and the Thai is of course best known for upsetting Ryo Miyazaki. The bout should be a really intriguing one given the match up, and the fact that the winner moves into a world title bout this is an incredibly significant bout.
In a support bout will see the world ranked Jason Pagara (39-2, 24) battle former world champion Jose Alfaro (28-10-1-2, 24) in an interesting 10 rounder. Alfaro is a long way removed from his short reign as the WBA Lightweight world champion, but still has power and could still hurt Pagara who has shown himself to be a genuine world class fight. Sadly for Alfaro his only chance is a puncher's chance.
Staying with the Pagara family another bout will see the once beaten Albert Pagara (26-1, 18), who was last seen being stopped by Cesar Juaez, take on the tough but limited Raymond Commey (16-3, 9), who we saw lose to Qiu Xiao Jun not too long ago. The bout is a big question of Pagara's mental state, and whilst he should be favoured there is some worries that he will be damaged goods given the way he couldn't see Juarez and was stopped himself as Juarez rode the storm and came back strongly. Commey appears to be very durable and could be a real nightmare down the stretch for Pagara.
A really interesting looking all Filipino under-card bout will see former OPBF title challenger Jimmy Paypa (18-3-1, 6) battle the under-rated Jerry Nardo (21-9, 11) in what could potentially help decide a future OPBF title challenger. On paper Paypa should be favoured, especially given that Nardo has gone 2-5 in his last 7, but Nardo can spring upsets at domestic level and this bout could be a banana skin for Paypa.
Another good looking all-Filipino domestic bout will see Jeo Santisima (11-2, 10) face recent OPBF challenger Rex Wao (11-3, 9) in what look like a potentially explosive bout between very well matched fighters, at least on paper.
One of the most promising Filipino fighters is Kevin Jake Cataraja (4-0, 3) who looks for win #5 as he takes on the more experienced John Kenan Villaflor (6-1-2, 2) on a minor step up, and will hopefully be Cataraja's final bout before being stepped up. Another unbeaten hopeful in action here is the big punching Melvin Jerusalem (10-0, 7), who takes on Bonjun Loperez (10-5-1, 5) in a bit of a stay busy bout for the unbeaten youngster.
A second Filipino card of the day comes from Batangas.
In the headline bout on this card we'll see a rematched between the experienced Roberto Gonzales (27-2, 17) and Ryan Sermona (19-8, 12), who fight for the GAB Lightweight title. On paper it looks like a straight forward first defense for Gonzalez, who has won his last and 7 bouts, however he was stopped by Sermona when the two men first fought back in May 2012 and Sermona will be confident of scoring a second win over Gonzalez.
In an interesting match up we'll see the experienced Al Sabaupan (25-2-1, 20) battle Jheritz Chavez (5-1-2, 3) in a real cross roads. Sabaupan had once been tipped as a world title contender but losses in 2012 and 2013 ended those hopes. Sabaupan has won his last 5 but hasn't shown his early promise in recent years and has only fought twice in he last 25 months. Chavez was beaten last time out but is unbeaten at home and could prove to be a total handful for Sabuapan.
Another bout on the show will see Glenn Porras (29-4, 17) battle against the very limited Jayar Estremos (10-12, 4). Porras was beaten just 2 fights back, though that was back in December 2012 and he has did return to winning ways last time out. Estremos is a very limited fighter and it would be a huge surprise for him to test Porras, even with Porras' recent lack of activity.
Icheon City, South Korea
In South Korea fans will see former world champion Eun Hye Lee (8-1, 3) battle against Thailand's Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi (5-3-1) in a bout for the WIBA Flyweight title. Lee was unlucky to not become a 2-weight world champion this year, losing a controversial bout to Nana Yoshikawa. The Thai will be the huge under-dog and we can't see how she wins here.
In Mexico we'll see Japanese born, Mexican based, Shoki Sakai (21-6-1, 13) face off with Jose Lopez (26-6-2, 15) in a really well matched bout. Sakai has suffered back-to-back setbacks, albeit controversial ones, and will be looking to score his second win of the year. Whilst Sakai has been unfortunate this year Lopez had been in a bad run of form, going 1-3-1 in his last 5 bouts over the last 14 months.
This coming Sunday is a busy day with several shows through Asia.
The most significant bout of the day comes in Osaka where Japan's once beaten Nana Yoshikawa (6-1, 4) faces unbeaten Korean Eun Hye Lee (8-0, 3) for the WBO female Flyweight title. Hye, the former WBO female Light Flyweight champion, is moving up in weight for this bout after having had troubles with funding when she was the champion and will be fighting away from home for the first time. For Yoshikawa the bout will be her second world title fight, after coming up short against Anabel Ortiz last year. The winner will be a target for several notable names and could see a potential show down with 3-weight world champion Naoko Fujioka in 2017.
In a supporting bout Shingo Kawamura (12-3-1, 6) will battle Takuya Yamamoto (7-4, 4) in an interesting looking 8 rounder at 122lbs. Although Kawamura will be favoured he has struggled recently and is 3-2-1 in his last 6, dating back more than 2 years. Kawamura has been mixing at a higher level than Yamamoto, who is stepping up, but he has been losing when he's been fighting the better competition.
In another supporting bout the once beaten Terumi Nuki (7-1, 4) will face a Thai foe, in what looks like to be a title prelude bout for Nuki.
Another Japanese card, from Hiroshima, will be headlined by veteran Koji Itagaki (16-10-2, 7) as he takes on former OPBF Minimumweight champion Michael Landero (18-13-4, 7). Landero, a Filipino veteran, will be looking to continue his 2 fight winning run, and scored a 3rd win on Japanese soil. For Itagaki the bout will be his first since being stopped by another Filipino visitor, Rey Loreto back in April.
In the chief support bout the Japanese ranked Ryuji Ikeda (11-3-1, 7) will face very highly experienced Filipino journeyman Mark Sales (22-40-3, 8). On paper this is a total mismatch but Ikeda is looking to bounce back from a loss last time out and will be looking rebuild his confidence rather than score a statement win.
Daejeon, South Korea
In Korea fight fans get an intriguing show with international implications.
The main event will see Korean-Russian Je Ni Ma (9-1-3, 8) battle against Japan's Hironobu Matsunaga (10-1, 5) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. For both men this will be their biggest bout, though it's fair to say that Ma will be favoured given he's fighting at home and is currently riding a 12 fight unbeaten run. Despite Ma being the favourite Matsunaga will be confident and comes into this riding a 4 fight winning run.
On the under-card KBF 140lb champion Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1) will be facing former OPBF Super Featherweight title challenger Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6), with Sanchez being a late replacement for the aggressive Hyun Woo Yuh, who was originally stipulated to face Kim in a title fight.
One other bout of note on this under-card will see Japan's Chaoz Minowa (1-0, 1) battle Chan Mi Lim (2-1, 2). Minowa is tipped as the most promising Japanese female fighter since Naoko Fujioka and is returning to the ring just weeks after her debut. Although not well known Lim is exciting, heavy handed and aggressive and could well be the gut test Minowa needs before fighting for titles.
Jeongseon, South Korea
In the main event WBO female Light Flyweight champion Eun Hye Lee (8-0, 3) will defend her title against fearsome Australian challenger Louisa Hawton (6-0, 3). For Lee this will be her first defense however it comes against a real threat in the unbeaten Hawton who is tipped as a future star in female boxing. Lee will have “home field” advantage but will need more than just that to over-come Hawton.
The main event is one of 3 title fights on the show with bouts also taking place for the Korean Welterweight and Lightweight titles as well as a Korean Super Bantamweight title eliminator.
September 29th-Dangan B class tournament, a female world title bout in Korea and action in the Philippines!
This coming Tuesday looks to be an intriguing day for Asian fight fans with cards across the Orient.
The Korakuen Hall plays host to a tournament final show courtesy of reason promotions.
We won't go through the full card, which includes 9 tournament final bouts, but we have spotted a few that caught out eye.
One of those bouts is at 154lbs where the very promising Kazuto Takesako (1-0, 1) takes on Colombian born Japanese based Elfelos Vega (5-1, 3) in a B class final. Takesako debuted earlier this year, stopping Tomoyuki Yokota in 2 rounds to announce himself in the pro ranks, and seems likely to be fast tracked if he can get past Vega here. Vega on the other hand is looking for a 5th straight win.
Another unbeaten fighter in a B class final is at 140lbs and sees Daishi Nagata (3-0-1, 2) facing the “stop or be stopped” Minoru Iizuka (5-3, 5), who has never been the distance in his 8 fight career. Nagata has been matched very hard and although he's not got a perfect record he should be more than good enough to over-come the hard-hitting but fragile Iizuka.
Whilst those are the two best B class final bouts, the other 3 are also really well matched and the fans could end up with 5 brilliant 5 round bouts.
In a C class bout that caught our eye Daichi Kawabuchi (1-0, 1) will be fighting 20 year old Kazuki Naya (1-0). We won't pretend this Featherweight bout will have world class action but we do like to see match ups like this and wouldn't be surprised by this one being competitive.
Gwanyang, South Korea
Arguably the most significant Asian show of the day comes from South Korea where fans get a female world title bout as well a Korean title bout and an international Lightweight bout.
The female title bout, which has been re-scheduled numerous times over the last 6 months, will see unbeaten Korean Eun Hye Lee (7-0, 2) take on 21 year old Thai Ploynapa Sakrungrueng (21-5-1, 1) in a contest for the WBO female Light Flyweight title. The title, vacated by Argentinian icon Yesica Yolanda Bopp, is expected to end up in the hands of the Korean though Ploynapa will try to upset the local fighter and could give Lee some questions.
In the Korean title bout we'll see Joon Yong Lee (4-3-3, 2) battle Bo Hyun Baek (3-4, 1) in a contest for the KBC Middleweight title. It's hard to say much at all about this one, other than both fighters are coming in to this bout with no form at all. Lee has lost his last 2 bouts, including one at Welterweight last time out, whilst Baek has lost his last 3, and is win-less since July 2011! We do wonder if the KBC are really just desperate to get their titles around the waists of anyone.
The other bout of note on this card sees Korean Super Featherweight champion Jae Ho Kim (6-1, 2) go up against experienced Filipino Rey Laspinas (20-11-5, 12). Although this isn't a bout that would catch the eye of many it is, genuinely, a great test for Kim and we could see the Korean answer some real questions as to his potential. A much better match up than it looks on paper.
This card can be seen on KBSN Sports, and will be aired from 7PM local time.
Metro Manila, Philippines
Filipino fans get the chance to see a small domestic card, headlined with a mismatch involving a world ranked contender.
That main event sees WBC ranked Flyweight Renz Rosia (12-3, 6) taking on limited journeyman Wilber Andogan (10-20-4, 4). Rosia, who claimed a big win last time out stopping Renan Trongco, perhaps deserves an easy one following two tough bouts but this is a bit too easy for a fighter who should really be moving onwards and upwards. Sadly for Andogan we expect this this to be his 14th loss in 16 bouts.
The other bout sees youngsters collide was 20 year old Philip Luis Cuerdo (7-2-1, 4) takes on 21 year old Jeven Villacite (3-3-4, 1) in what is an all southpaw bout. Interestingly both men are 1-1-1 in their last 3 bouts and this is more competitive than the records suggest, in fact Villacite could well have began 10-0 with all of his draws and losses being razor thin decisions.
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The lull in action comes to a notable end this Saturday with major fights across Asia.
The most significant bout for us comes form Thailand where we get a mouth watering IBF Flyweight title bout between one of the most explosive lighter weight fighters and one of the trickiest. The bout will see unbeaten champion Amnat Ruenroeng (15-0, 5) defending his title for the 4th time as he takes on exciting Filipino Johnriel Casimero (21-2, 13). This is one of the best match ups this year though the big question is whether or not Casimero can solve the puzzle set by the tricky Thai. If Casimero is to win he will likely need a KO, though he does have the power to score one. If Amnat can control the pace of the bout and the range he'll like continue his run of notching impressive victory, despite not managing to really set the world alight with his style.
Whilst the main event is great there are other interesting bouts of note on the under-card. One of which is debut of 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Manus Boonjumnong (0-0) who debuts in a Middleweight bout against Indonesian journeyman Jamed Jalarante (23-18-1, 11). Aged 34 we don't expect Manus to become the star that her perhaps could have been, but this should still prove to be an interesting match up.
A big name on this under-card is exciting Filipino Denver Cuello (35-5-6, 23), who battles Boy Tanto (9-16, 1). This is a stay busy fight for Cuello who is expected to to get a world title eliminator in the fall and a possible world title bout in December, against Thailand's very own Wanheng Menayothin.
Also on the card are two Kiatkreerin prospects, Atchariya Virotesunobon (3-0, 1) and Denchana Chanadejgym (1-0). Atchariya will be up against will be up against Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (16-8-1, 8) in what is a good step up for the young unbeaten fighter
Jeollanam-do, South Korea
On a KBC sanctioned show, fans will see some international action.
In the main event fans will see Eun Hye Lee (7-0, 2) battling against Thai visitor Ploynapa Sakrungrueng (12-5-1, 1) in a contest for the WBO female Light Flyweight title. The bout is as low key of a “world” title bout that we've seen this year yet a win for Lee will further strengthen the standing of female boxing in South Korea. Interestingly this will be Ploynapa's 4th bout in Korea, where she currently has a 0-3 record with all 3 losses coming in title bouts.
This show was originally scheduled for a date back in May though Lee suffered an injury which forced it to be pushed back a month.
Also on this show will be a Korean Middleweight title bout and some form of regional title bout, though unfortunately we're unsure which title.
A second south Korean show will also be headlined by a female title bout as Ji Hyun Park (21-2, 6) defends her IFBA and WIBA titles at 102lbs against Filipino fighter Gretchen Abaniel (15-7, 6). This show, sanctioned by the KBA, is listed on boxrec as being unsanctioned and is likely to be the only bout that the records website will list though we have been assured other contests will take place on the card.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In Manila fans will see Japanese puncher Tosho Makoto Aoki (19-12-2, 16) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title against Indonesian fighter Eddy Comaro (32-12-5, 13). It's hard to see Aoki losing here, though at 36 another loss will be the end for him.
In Australia Asian fighters “make up the numbers” in a number of bouts.
One of those bouts will see Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (33-18-5, 18) in action against Indonesian journeyman Hero Tito (9-6-1, 3). Tito, best known for his loss to Ik Yang in Macau, really shouldn't have anything to trouble Asis who has been in inspired form over the last 4 years with a 12-0-1 run. A run that we expect will continue here.
Another of the bouts will see China's Xu Chan (5-2) take on the unbeaten Kris George (7-0, 5) in a bout for the WBA Oceania Light Welterweight title. Unfortunate for Chan we really cannot give him much of a chance here.
Another Chinese fighter here is southpaw Wang Xinghua (11-11-1) who battles against Will Young (4-4, 2) in an interestingly matched 8 round affair. Young will be the favourite but neither guy is great and as a result we could get a very competitive match up here.
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