Despite there being no massive action this coming Saturday we do have a scattering of fights featuring Asian fighters across the planet.
RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia
For us the most notable show this coming Saturday comes from Russia where we see a couple of Central Asian fighters in action.
The more notable of the two men is the once beaten Uzbek Ravshanbek Umurzakov (10-1, 7), who will be taking on the unbeaten Zoravor Petrosyan (8-0, 3). Last time out Umurzakov was upset by the unheralded Esneiker Correa, and he will be desperate to get back to winning ways here. Saying that however he's not in a gimme here and Petrosyan is a very talented young Ukrainian who has the ability to play the spoiler and pick up another win. This is not an easy bout for the Uzbek, especially coming in on the back of a confidence destroying TKO loss.
The other bout on this card featuring an Asian fighter will see Uzbek novice Ali Turgunaliyev (3-1, 2) take on Russian veteran Alexander Saltykov (12-60-3, 7). In his 2019 debut Turgunaliyev suffered a TKO loss, but since then he has managed to pick up 3 low quality wins and will be expected to pick up another here against the very limited Saltykov, who has lost 12 in a row.
Round 10 Boxing Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
In United Arab Emirates we have a really low quality show thanks to Round 10 Promotions, who have a case that is most novices. Although the show is a low key one there is a single bout worthy of attention on this card.
That bout will see 20 year old Hasibullah Ahmadi (9-0, 2), a Dubai based Afghan youngster, take on 30 year old Filipino Allan Piodena (9-2, 6), who returns to the ring more than 8 years after his last bout. The unbeaten Ahmadi is a well travelled, with fights as far afield as India, Ghana, Kenya and Kazakhstan, and is coming along well for a young prospect. Sadly however this is a total mismatch, it Piodena being an inactive, older, smaller man, who shouldn't be any sort of a test for the talented youngster.
Universum Gym, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
In Germany we'll see the WBC allow one of their regional Asian titles to be fought for.
The bout in question will see Indian fighter Vikas Singh (9-1-1, 4) take on German puncher Ali Kiydin (11-1, 10) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Heavyweight title. The 33 year old Singh went unbeaten in his first 10 bouts before losing a decision in Australia last year to Aaron Russell. Sadly his competition, for the most part, has been dreadful and it's really hard to know what he has to offer. Kiydin on the other hand is a 29 year old who won his first 8 before being taken out in a round on the under-card of Amir Khan's bout with Billy Dib in 2019, in a brutal knockout. Since that loss Kiiydin has gone 3-0 (3) and looks an exciting, if flawed, fighter. This could be a very short but exciting fight!
The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
We also see action in the bubble as Tajik fighter Aleem Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4) takes on American Jorge Ramos (7-2-1, 4) in a decent looking, lower level bout. The 27 year old Jumakhonov was beaten last time he was in the bubble, losing a majority decision to Martino Jules, and is 1-2-1 in his last 4 against very solid competition. Interestingly the 21 year old Ramos is also 1-2-1 in his last 4 and has also faced some decent competition. This isn't an amazing bout, but it is a solid one and looks competitive, which is always a good thing!