The most notable Asian card of the day is Dangan134 which is being held at the Korakuen Hall and features 4 bouts of real note, including a Japanese title fight and an intriguing bout between relative novices.
The event of the card is the title bout which will see Takuya Kogawa (23-4, 13) battle against Hiroki Saito (9-4, 5) in a bout for the vacant Japanese Flyweight title. On paper it looks like a mismatch but the truth of the matter is that this is expected to be a very hard fought, exciting and competitive match up, possibly even the fight of the month. Stylistically Kogawa is always involved in fun fights and Saito has proven he's not a fan of taking a backwards step.
The chief support bout will see former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (16-3-1, 9) battle against experienced Filipino Edgar Gabejan (27-31-6, 9). Again this looks like a mismatch on paper but Gabejan is much better than his record suggests and holds a very notable win over current OPBF champion Vinvin Rufino. This could turn out to be a very interesting and tough contest.
Another supporting bout will see the under-rated Hideo Sakamoto (16-1-2, 5) attempt to notch his 7th straight win as he takes on Hiroaki Teshigawara (9-1-1, 4), who has won his last 4. On paper this looks like an interesting match up but it's hard to imagine anything but a Sakamoto win as he moves towards a Japanese of OPBF title fight.
Former Sakamoto foe Ryoichi Tamura (3-2-1, 1) is also on this card in a fantastic match up against Yusuke Suzuki (6-1, 4). This bout won't appeal to many outside of the hardcore Japanese domestic fans but it has the potential to be a genuine barn burner between two talented and over-looked fighters who could well both go on to advance to title level over the coming years. This really is a mouth watering bout for those who look beyond the “records” of fighters.
As well as the show in Tokyo there is also one in Osaka. This card is much weaker but does have an interesting main event as recent Japanese title challenger Atsushi Aburada (10-7, 6) takes on Tetsuya Hisada (22-9-2, 12). On paper Hisada has the better record however he has struggled in recent times, with just 2 wins in his last in his last 7, Aburada on the other hand is coming in on an exceptional win win over Takeru Kamikubo.
Pathhum Thani, Thailand
We also get a relatively interesting bout from Thailand as Nawaphon Por Chokchai (28-0, 21) defends his WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight against Filipino foe Wiljan Ugbaniel (13-3-1, 4). Nawaphon hasn't impressed us in the way his record would suggest however he should over-come Ugbaniel, who was stopped last time out by Melvin Gumban.
In Yemen fans will get the chance to see the charismatic Hani Ansi (22-0-1, 20) take on an as yet un-named opponent for the UBO Super Flyweight title. From what we understand this was supposed to be the much anticipated Ansi Vs Ali Raymi bout, though Raymi's untimely passing left Ansi's team struggling to find a replacement foe.
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After a little pause in the action it now seems everything has come alive and this weekend ends with a number of interesting bouts, including a major showdown in Yemen and a really good bout in Japan.
For us the best of the Japanese bouts comes from the Fukuoka show which is scheduled to feature a number of interesting bouts with one in particular standing out as being something a little bit special.
The main event on this card will see Aiki Koto (8-1-1, 4) battle against Yamato Uchinono (5-3-5, 3) in an interesting looking 8 rounder, but not the best on the show. Koto brings an 8 bout unbeaten run into the contest, including a streak of 6 successive wins, and will enter as the clear favourite. Uchinono however is a potential banana skin and this could be more interesting than records suggest.
For us the stand out bout isn't the main event but instead the main support bout which will see once beaten Japanese ranked Hideo Sakamoto (15-1-2, 5) battles against the highly capable Ryoichi Tamura (3-1-1, 1). Sakamoto comes into this bout on the back of a huge win last year over Hiroki Shiino and is on a 5 fight winning streak dating back to 2011. On paper Sakamoto is clearly going to be favoured given his experience. Tamura however is no push over and his competition for a novice has been insane, including his 8th round TKO win last time out against Kenji Kubo. This could end up being something very special.
On paper another competitive bout on this card will see Yuki Miyoshi (11-4-3, 9) battle against Koichi Ito (10-3-2, 9) in what looks likely to be an explosive encounter at Lightweight. Both of these guys can whack but neither has the best of chins and this could be over very early and in very exciting fashion.
One other 8 round on this card will see OPBF and Japanese ranked 154lb fighter Yosuke Kirima (19-4-2, 13) in action against tough journeyman Hideo Mikan (7-8-1, 2). Mikan has lost 3 of his last 4 but has only been stopped once in his 16 fight career. As for Kirima he'll be hoping to keep his current winning run alive and avoid a major upset, like the one he suffered against Arnel Tinampay, in another bout he was supposed to win.
The other Japanese card comes from Aichi and looks like the lesser of the two shows with only one bout that really looks even slightly interesting.
The standout bout here is again the chief support bout which will see light hitting Flyweight hopeful Yuji Shimizu (17-8-1, 1) battle against the less experienced Tomohiro Sawada (8-4-2, 4) in a good domestic clash that sees the two men meeting for the second time. In their first meeting way back in April 2011 Shimizu won a close decision and will be favoured to do the same again but this could be very competitive with Sawada looking to avenge one of his losses and Shimizu attempting to extend his current 3 fight winning run.
Although we like the chief support bout we do need to note the main event which will also be a rematch as the heavy handed Daisuke Hayakawa (8-3, 7) battles against tough Filipino journeyman Roque Lauro (12-16-4, 2) for a second time. In their first meeting, last December, Lauro sprung the upset with an 8 round decision and will be hoping to repeat the feat again here in a bout that could see Hayakawa's once promising career being left in tatters.
Another potentially interesting bout comes at Welterweight where Marcos Sogabe (6-9-1, 5) attempts to avenge a 2011 loss to Shinich Tsukahara (8-7-3, 3). We don't expect this bout to a domestic fight of the year contender but we do suspect that both men will give it their all in what could turn out to be a very competitive bout.
In Yemen we appear to have a brilliant and key match up that has been rescheduled several times. This bout will see world ranked puncher Ali Raymi (24-0, 24) battle against fellow unbeaten puncher Hani Ansi (18-0-1, 16) in a bout to decide who really the best in Yemen. Raymi will be risking his world rankings as he attempts to capture the UBO Super Flyweight title whilst Ansi will be looking to record the biggest win of his career, by far.
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District of Columbia, USA
For a second successive week we get world title action in a mid-week bout as Filipino puncher Mavin Mabait (19-2-2, 13) gets a huge, and unexpected, opportunity against WBC Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (30-0-1, 24). Going into this bout Cuadras will be defending his belt for the second time since defeating Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the title back in May with a technical decision. Sadly for Mabait however nothing has quite gone his way this year having been stopped by Alejandro Hernandez earlier in the year and, having only got this fight on 2-weeks notice, the Filipino is being given little chance against the Mexican champion. It's worth noting that until last week we all suspect that it would Sonny Boy Jaro battling against Cuadras and not Mabait and it's going to a bit question as to whether or not Mabait is ready for a fighter as good as Cuadras
On a second US show fans will get the chance to see Chinese Heavyweight giant Taishan Dong (1-0, 1) return to action as he battles against the win-less Michael Lane (0-3). Dong, who looked a very imposing figure on his debut earlier this year, will be hoping to add Lane's name to that of Alex Rozman who he stopped in 2 rounds. Lane has never been stopped but has also been inactive in recent years with just one fight in the last 36 months. This should be easy for Dong in all honesty though we do wonder how far he really can go, even with his formidable size he will need to develop his skills to become any sort of a contender.
In Japan we get the next Dangan show, Dangan 115. The card will feature a total of 12 bouts, all of which will be 4 rounders and feature novices with 4 all debutant contests. The names, as with many of these 4 round shows, isn't really important as the key is the action which comes thick and fast with one fight start almost as soon as the previous bout ended. These are great for fans even if the fighters don't seem to get much attention
In Sanaa we see our favourite Yemeni fighter in action as the charismatic Hani Ansi (7-0-1, 6) battles against the once beaten Muhamad Fikri (3-1, 1). If you've not seen Ansi in action you've missed out on someone who seems to channel the spirit of Emmanuel Augustus and fights in a very peculiar yet interesting manner. We've got to admit however we don't know much about Fikri who may end up being a good test for Ansi here.
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