Seoul, South Korea
In Seoul we'll get a small BoxingM.
The headline bout from the show will see former world champion Yong Soo Choi (30-4-1, 20) fight in his second bout since making his comeback to the sport. The Korean veteran will be up against Filipino Nelson Tinampay (11-3-1, 5) in a bout for the WBC EPBC silver Lightweight title. For Tinampay, the much younger fighter, the bout is a chance to make a name for himself whilst Choi will be looking to leave another mark on the sport more than 20 years after claiming the WBA Super Featherweight title.
This card will also feature a couple of Korean Welterweight bouts, as a Korean tournament moves into it's semi final stages. One of those will see the 6'2" Ji Soo Jung (2-0, 1) battle against the 5'9" Kwang Min Choi (2-0, 1), in what could look like a rather peculiar bout between men with a 5” height difference between the two men.
One other bout of note on this card will see promising puncher Hyun Min Yang (3-0, 3) take on Jae Hyuk Shin (2-0, 1) in a clash of unbeatens.
In the Philippines fans see a small card in Quezon.
The card is headlined by a bout between former OPBF title challenger Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-3-5, 2) and Ryan Rey Ponteras (18-11-1, 9). On paper this doesn't look that attractive but the reality is that both of these men are interesting fighters. Although Cagucob was stopped by Daigo Higa he did show some ability and Ponteras has won his last 5, and proven to be a handful in the past with a controversial DQ loss to Go Onaga and a stoppage win over Rusalee Samor being genuinely notable results.
Another man of note on this card is former world title challenger Rommel Asenjo (31-5, 23) who takes a stay busy bout against compatriot JC Francisco (6-13-6, 2). This should be a mismatch in favour of Asenjo but the 2-time world title challenger has been in tough before and it's worth wondering just how long his career will go on. Asenjo might be 28 years old but in boxing he's an old 28.
The biggest card of the weekend comes from Nevada where fight fans will get 4 world title bouts, all involving Asian fighters, in fact from the 4 bouts there are 5 Asian's in action.
The highest profile of the bouts sees multi-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38) battle against WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10) in what will be Pacquiao's ring return after a short lived retirement. The Filipino sensation is the clear betting favourite but is close to 38 years old and will be the much smaller man in the ring. For Vargas the bout sees him facing his first legend and a win for the once beaten American will open huge doors, and legitimise his world title reign.
At Featherweight we see little known Japanese fighter Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19) take on WBO champion Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18), in what is Valdez's first defense. The Japanese fighter is a former OPBF champion but this is a massive step up in class for him and he hasn't really fought anyone of much renown in a while, with perhaps his best recent win being over prospect Kosuke Saka. Valdez is earmarked as a potential Mexican super star and with his style, power and skills he has the potential be one of the biggest things in boxing, and we think that will be shown here.
At Super Bantamweight we'll see Filipino champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24) defending his WBO title against the unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17), in what is likely to be the best bout on the card. Donaire will be making the second defense of his title and although there are question marks over what he has left in the tank this is a massive step up for the challenger. The bout should tell us how good Magdaleno is and just how much Donaire has left.
In an all Asian bout we'll see Chinese star Zou Shiming (8-1, 2) battle Thailand's Kwanpichit OnesongChaigym (39-1-2, 24) in a second bout between the two men, with them now fighting for the WBO Flyweight title. These two have fought before, fighting in Macau where Shiming dominated Kwanpichit on route to a very wide decision, and we suspect we'll see the same again here, though he has has been relatively inactive whilst Kwanpichit has been stringing together low level stoppage wins in his homeland.
In Japan we get another live televised card courtesy of G+, who are showing a Gushiken card featuring several notable names.
In the main event of the show we'll see OPBF Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) defending his title for the first time as he takes on Filipino challenger Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2). The exciting Higa is one of the fastest rising prospects in world boxing today and is looking to build on quick victories over Romel Oliveros and Ardin Diale earlier this year. Cagubcob is looking to build on a career best win over Donny Mabao back in July and avenge Higa's wins over several Filipino fighters in recent years.
Originally one of the key support bout was supposed to see former OPBF and JBC title challenger Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) take on the fast rising Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2). Sadly Eto has been injured in the build up to the show and has been replaced by Thailand's Tienchai Yoongkaogym (2-6, 1), in what is a much less interesting bout. We are looking forward to seeing Masaki back in action but it's hard to deny that what we've been left with is a long way from what was originally announced.
There is still one Eto brother fighting on this card with former WBA “interim” Flyweight champion Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) taking on Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5) in the chief support bout. The bout will be Eto's second since his 2015 loss to Carlos Cuadras in a WBC Super Flyweight world title bout, and he'll be hoping for a much more fluent performance than he had in May against Michael Escobia, in a bout that was surprisingly competitive. Blazo is limited but has won his last 3 by stoppage and is the type of fighter we've see Eto over-look before.
Mox Power Promotions put on their next Chinese card with a low profile card in Zhengzhou. The show is low profile but features 5 bouts, all scheduled for 6 rounds, and all featuring at least one debutant.
On another lower profile show, this time in Australia, we'll see the win-less Maks Chylewski (0-2) take on tough Thai loser Pramool Boonpok (1-26-1),in what could potentially be an interesting bout, despite the obvious limitations of both fighters.