The only card today appears to be a small one with several big name fighters in action though little to really be excited about.
The main event, and with out a doubt the most relevant bout, comes at Super Middleweight where we get two unbeaten men colliding for the WBA interim world title. The bout pits local favourite Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9) against unbeaten Australian Ben McCulloch (14-0, 11) in what looks likely to be an explosive encounter between two men looking for their biggest win to date. The problem we have with this bout is that there is no need to have a dubious title up for grabs and it would have made more sense for this to have been a WBA eliminator, if anything.
Another bout we suspect will have fans interested is a Heavyweight contest between the gigantic Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21) and the well traveled Chauncy Welliver (55-9-5, 22). Ustinov is a genuine man mountain and although no the most skilled his sole loss came to Kubrat Pulev and he has enough about him to give decent Heavyweights a hard time. On the other hand Welliver has been in with almost everyone and is tough despite limitations. This could be very interesting in the ring, or very slow and disappointing contest. Notably the PABA Heavyweight title will be on the line here.
Originally we believe that both Middleweight hopeful Arif Magomedov (13-0, 8) and former world title holder Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9) were supposed to be on this show however it now seems neither of them will be in action. Sadly that has taken this show from really good to just somewhat lacking, a real shame considering how good the card once looked. Sadly the remaining bouts on it, other than the two main events, are pretty poor in all honesty.
Having had some very good days so far this week it's fair to say that we aren't going to be let down on Saturday with yet more interesting looking fights spread across the globe.
The most interesting of those bouts takes place in Nebraska as the very highly regarded Russian Matt Korobov (23-0, 14) takes on fellow unbeaten fighter Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18) in what could potentially be the fight of the night. The two, who are 45-0 (32) between them, will be fighting for the WBO Inter-Continental title and, in all likeliness, the winner will become the WBO mandatory challenger for reigning champion Peter Quillin.
On the same card fans will also get to see the very promising Konstantin Ponomarev (23-0, 11), also from Russia, who will be fighting against Hector Munoz (23-13-1, 15). Munoz is probably best known to some as the man Yoshihiro Kamegai made his US debut against way back in October 2011, on that occasion Kamegai stopped Munoz in 6 rounds in what is still his only win on US soil. Ponomarez won't be expected to by quite as impressive against Munoz but will be expected to score a win here and live up to his nickname of "Talant".
Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
Staying on the Russian theme for a moment longer fans in the Dominican Republic will get the chance to see the very promising Fedor Chudinov (10-0, 8) in action. Fedor is the younger brother of current WBA interim Middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov and will be seeking his 11th straight win as he takes on Emiliano Cayetano (22-7, 13). On paper this is a step up for Chudinov but we view him as a better fighter than his brother and expect him to easily see off his more experienced foe.
Davao del Sur, Philippines
Whilst the three Russian's fighting will likely grab the attention of many fans there is also a lot of action in the Philippines with 3 separate shows. For us the most interesting of those is in Davao del Sur where Aljoe O Jaro will be putting on a show that, just a few weeks ago, seemed on the verge of falling apart.
The main event isn't great as former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (36-13-5, 26) battles against Ichal Tobida (10-11, 8) in a bout that looks, for all intents and purposes, like a mismatch. Jaro, best known for his shock win over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, has lost 3 of his last 5 including a major upset loss to Gerpaul Valero. With those recent results Tobida may find himself having a chance, albeit only a slim one.
In the co-main event the unbeaten Adones Cabalquinto (15-0, 8) will be defending his GAB Light Welterweight title against the limited Giovani Rota (7-6, 4). When you consider Cabalquinto was lined up to fight Keita Obara earlier this year in an OPBF this bout does look like a waste of time though hopefully it will be the final bout at this level for Cabalquinto before he does move beyond domestic level and throw his name out there to fight Obara, Min Wook Kim or Shinya Iwabuchi. We'd be shocked if Rota makes it to the second half of this fight.
Whilst the two main events look like forgone conclusions in relatively uninteresting bouts we've got to admit we're exciting about the contest between Lorenzo Villanueva (25-1-0-1, 22) and Hendrik Barongsay (26-16-3, 15). We expect the obvious winner here and will be hoping that Villanueva gets the win though he's always been a favourite of ours since we saw his fight with Daud Cino Yordan in 2012. That bout was one of the most insanely entertaining bouts in recent years and we'd recommend you all watch the video of the fight here. Barongsay has only been stopped 5 times in his 45 fight career and the most recent of those was way back in 2009 so there is every chance he could give Villanueva some resistance here.
One other man pencilled in for this show is Roksie Cristobal (7-0, 7), the freakishly tall Lightweight prospect that some in the Philippines have become very excited about. Although he's still young we do want to see Cristobal step up a little bit in coming fights, sadly he's down to face a "TBA" at the time of writing.
As well as those bouts mentioned we expect to see several other bouts, albeit at a lower level.
Lanao del Norte, Philippines
Although we do like the the previously mentioned Filipino show we need to admit that the best single Filipino fight is in Lanao del Norte as Marlon Tapales (25-2, 9) attempts to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title for the first time. Tapales ,a very talented young fighter, will be battling against Tanzania's 20 year old Fadhili Majiha (15-3-4, 7) in a bout that looks very interesting on paper. Tapales will start as the clear favourite but Majiha is 1-0 in Asia having beaten Heri Amol in Amol's native Indonesia. Interestingly Majiha's only stoppage loss came when he was a 16 year old to Vusi Malinga suggesting he may well be a very tough cookie to Tapales to crack.
Also on this card will be the debut of Brian Capampangan (0-0) who kicks off his career with a 6 rounder against Michael Acevido (2-5-1, 1). We'll admit we don't know much about Capampangan but the fact he's beginning his career with a 6 rounder intrigues us.
As with the other show there will be other bouts on this show.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In Metro Manilla we get another very interesting looking headline bout as Renan Trongco (14-4, 8) defends his WBC International Flyweight title against fellow Filipino Weljan Ugbaniel (12-2-1, 3). Ranked #11 by the WBC at Flyweight Trongco has a lot to lose but we do favour him as he has more proven experience and has been in there with both Sammy Gutierrez and Hekkie Budler, saying that however Ugbaniel will see this as his big chance and we expect to see him fighting better than he has before.
Sadly the chief support bout is a total mismatch as former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (21-7-2, 15) takes on Arjet Caballes (6-30-5, 3). In a normal situation we'd describe this as a disgusting mismatch but in fairness to Lopez there is serious question marks about how much he has left after suffering 3 losses, including 2 stoppages, in his last 4 bouts. Evenif Lopez has something left he genuinely does need a confidence builder and that's exactly what this bout should be for him.
On paper the most competitive bout on this show will see Junjie Lauza (4-10-1, 1) facing against Zoren Pama (5-10-3, 2) which is a bit of a shame. We'd expect this bout to be very competitive. Sadly the same cannot be said about the bout between Dennis Tubieron (17-3-1, 8) and Rey Ramos (6-5-2, 3) or the Cris Paulino (13-1, 3) bout, which will see him facing Lowell Saguisa (7-15, 3) both of which are very bad mismatches we're afraid.
Again there are more than just the bouts we've mentioned.
(Image, courtesy of boxrec.com, is of Adones Cabalquinto)
Although we tend to get a fair bit of action on Sundays it seems that this Sunday has more than usual with 4 separate cards of note for us to take a look at spread across various and with bouts of varying significance.
The most show of the day is in Russia with 2 bouts of genuine note and significance even if they aren't likely to lead us directly to a new world title holder or anything like that.
The biggest of those two bouts will feature the fast rising Fedor Chudinov (9-0, 7) who will be hoping to move to double figures when he fights the vastly experienced Stjepan Bozic (28-7, 19).
Although just 26 some have earmarked Chudinov as a world champion at either 160 or 168lbs and here he's taking on a man who has faced a relative who's who. The opponents that Bozic has been in with have included current world champion Arthur Abraham, the highly ranked James DeGale and
Dimitri Sartison, who won a world title when he beat Bozic. Chudinov should be expected to win but this is a great test for someone so early in their career.
The other bout of note features another unbeaten man in the form of 21 year Arif Magomedov (9-0, 6) who will also be looking to score his 10th win. Magomedov will be facing his biggest test so far as he goes into battle with Slavisa Simeunovic (12-6, 10) who has a big punch though lacks the durability to match it. Although Magomedov is relatively untested it's hard to see him even coming close to feat here.
This card has several other bouts but these are easily the stand out contests.
Gun San City, South Korea
Whilst the best bouts seem to be in Russian it appears that the most notable female bout of the day is in South Korea where we get an excellent match up between Korea's very own Ji-Hye Woo (13-2, 1) and American-Korean Jennifer Han (10-2-1, 1). This bout, for the IFBA World Super Featherweight title, may not be for a major belt but it should be genuinely great and features two fighters who match up extremely well on paper.
We're unaware of the details for the rest of this card though imagine that their will be more than just the single contest.
One of two Japanese shows is in Hyogo. This show is headlined by OPBF and Japanese ranked fighter Toshimasa Ouchi (16-7-3, 4) who will be fighting against little known compatriot Atsushi Aburada (7-6, 4) in what appears to be a genuine mismatch.
Although Ouchi isn't a world beater he is much better than his record indicates and was unfortunate not to get wins in a number of bouts, including those against Masayuki Kuroda, Kenichi Horikawa and Shin Ono, all good fighters in their own right. With that in mind it'd very hard to see Aburada getting anywhere close to a victory here.
As well as the main even this card features 6 other contests, though all of them are at a very low level.
The other Japanese show is in Okinawa at the Navel Cadena This card, promoted by Ryukyu Promotions appears to have a better main event than the other Japanese show as the OPBF ranked Masatoshi Kotani (13-2, 10) puts his ranking on the line against unbeaten Indonesian Rengga Rengga (7-0, 1). Rengga will be fighting easily his biggest test so far though will know that a win will put him on the map so to speak. For Kotani a loss would be a huge hit to his career even though Rengga is unbeaten.
The other bout of note on this card will see Japanese based Filipino Dado Cabintoy (12-4-2, 6) fighting against the tough but limited Indonesian journeyman Rian Apriles Djabar (3-4-1, 3). Djabar has lost 4 of his last 5, according to boxrec, including losses to Petch Sor Chitpattana, Rasmanudin and the brilliantly named Erick Deztroyer. Unfortunately we doubt the completeness of his boxrec record because this will be his first fight in well over a year.
As well as the two bouts we've mentioned this card is expected to feature a further 6 contests, though again they are at a low level.
It's this final show that we've used the poster from, courtesy of http://boxmob.jp/