Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Wednesday attention in Japan turns back to Korakuen Hall for a small, but note worthy, show promoted by former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima. The show is set to be a very small one, with just 5 bouts in total, but it does feature one of the most under-rated prospects in Japan.
That under-rated prospect is the highly skilled Ryusei Kawaura (8-0, 5), who enters this bout with his eyes on a future title fight of some kind. In the opposite corner to Kawaura will be the light punching, but popular, Joe Tanooka (15-7-5, 1). Coming in to this Kawaura is ranked highly in the ratings for JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific, and will know that another win will help him move him towards a Super Flyweight title, of some kind. Although under-rated there is no doubting Kawaura's talent, and he has long been dubbed "Untouchable II", adopting the "Untouchable" moniker from Kawashima himself. As for Tanooka he was touted early in his career, winning the East Japan Rookie of the Year crown in 2013 and going unbeaten in his first 10 bouts, going 7-0-3. Since then however he has gone 8-7-2 (1) and found that his style doesn't work against better fighters. Tanooka is a talented fighter, but sadly lacks the power needed to get respect from opponents. Sadly that's responsible for him going 1-4-1 in his last 6. Tanooka should ask questions of Kawaura but it's hard to imagine anything but a clear win for the unbeaten man.
The main event aside all the other bouts at 4 rounders, including a contest between Rush Miyake (1-8) and the debuting Kota Hasegawa (0-0). The 36 year old Miyake made his debut in 2012, scored his sole win in 2015 and has lost his last 6 in a row. As for Hasegawa, he's a 20 year old debutant who will be looking to kick start his career with a win, and he will be expected to win given Miyake's recent form.
Balai Sarbini Convention Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia
After a sting strong of delays we now get an interesting card from Indonesia, which was originally supposed to take place in the first few days of the month, before being pushed back to the 10th and now the 14th, due to incorrectly filed paper work from the promoter.
The main event here is a genuine treat for fans as the once beaten Tibo Monabesa (20-1-2, 8) clashes with Toto Landero (11-4-2, 2) in a WBC International Light Flyweight title fight. The talented Monabesa has notched two wins since his 2018 loss to Hiroto Kyoguchi and seemed to be getting his career back on track before the Covid19 Pandemic put boxing on ice in Indonesia. Landero on the other hand is a former world title challenger, who gave Knockout CP Freshmart a good test in 2018. Sadly he is 1-2 since that loss and he's not been able to generate much momentum in recent years. Saying that however Landero is not an easy out, for anyone, and he holds a very big win over Vic Saludar. If he's up for this, and if the bout takes place, Landero is a very live under-dog.
A second notable bout on this show will see unbeaten puncher Hebi Marapu (15-0, 11) take on Hero Tito (27-15-2, 11). Marapu was one of the Indonesia fighters that caught out eye years ago. He showed potential, power, an exciting style and like he had the tools to mix it on the regional scene. He could, and should, have out grown the Indonesian domestic scene. Sadly however he is now 32, and his career has really failed to kick on. Tito on the other hand is a true veteran of the Indonesian scene. He's nothing special, not by any stretch, but he's a veteran and he has been around the professional scene for more than 17 years now! Tito is limited but tough and should ask questions of Marapu, but it's still a shame that Marapu never moved above this level, and is still trudging along, wasting his potential.
In Japan we see a show in Hyogo which features the first of the upcoming Japanese title eliminator bouts.
That title eliminator will see world ranked Minimumweight Ryoki Hirai (9-4-1, 4) taking on Kenta Matsui (8-6, 1), with the winner to get a guaranteed Japanese title fight next year. Coming into this Matsui is riding an inconsistent run where he has gone 3-4 in his last 7, with losses to Seita Ogido, Riku Kano and Tetsuya Hisada among others, though he has scored wins over Rikito Hattori and Genki Hanai and has shown he has the ability to score upsets. As for Hirai he has won his last 4, with a notable upset against Takumi Sakae, and we've become fans of his during this short run, with the expectation that he will come out on top here, but it'll be a really tough fight between two hungry fighters.
The main supporting bout will see Giraffe Kirin Kanda (9-2, 5) take on Tsunehiko Aitoku (4-5-1), in a less than great supporting contest. Kanda has won his last three bouts, including an upset victory over Ukyo Yoshigai last time out. As for Aitoku he has won just one of his last 3 bouts, and been stopped in those two losses. It's hard to imagine anything but a win for Kanda here, in what looks like a mismatch.
In the Philippines we have another show where mismatches are expected, but in at least one of those it's a mismatch that we can't really complain about given the competition one fighter has been in recently.
That “defensible” mismatch sees Ricky Sismundo (31-10-3, 13) take on Boyce Sultan (9-8-1, 5). This will be Sismundo's first bout in the Philippines in over 3 years, during which time he has faced Masayoshi Nakatani, Shuhei Tsuchiya, Akihiro Kondo, Yoshitaka Kato, Jose Felix Jr, Dierry Jean, Ghislain Maduma and Yves Ulysse Jr. This should be a really straight forward win for a fighter as talented Sismundo, and a nice chance for the Filipino fans to see a road warrior return home.
On the under-card we'll see promising teenager Danrick Sumabong (2-0, 2) take on Jong Sabellina (5-16-1, 1) in what should be a straight forward win for the 18 year old puncher. Sumabong made his debut back in March, fighting in a 6 rounder, and will now be stepping up to 8 rounds for the first time. Coming into this Sabellina has failed to win in his last 11 bouts, and has been stopped in 6 of those, with this likely to be another stoppage against him.
A third show will come from Indonesia, where we'll see a couple of national title fights.
One of those will see the unbeaten Hebi Marapu (9-0, 6) battle with Master Suro (12-9-1, 2) for the Indonesian Lightweight title. Earlier this year Suro went the distance with heavy handed Filipino Jeo Santisima and will look to do the same here, however that will likely be the best he can hopefore against the fast rising Marapu, who does look to be one of the more notable prospects in Indonesia.
The other title bout on this show will feature John Basan (2-0, 1) taking on Jack Madison (2-15) for the Indonesian Super Bantamweight title. Basan made his debut in May, fighting in 8 rounders for his first two bouts, and will moving up to 12 rounders here against Madison. As for Madison he has lost his last 13 bouts, 7 of those by stoppage, and it's hard to imagine him being a real test for Basan here.
This coming Friday sees action in Indonesia where several names of note will be in action.
In the main event fight fans will get the chance to see the promising Hebi Marapu (3-0, 3) take on the much more experienced Arief Blader (20-19-1, 7) in a bout for the interim ATI/IBA Super Featherweight title. The bout is a big step up for Marapu but he has been impressive so far and has needed just 4 rounds to take out his first 3 opponents. For Blader this is a chance to end a 6 fight losing run, though the reality is that a win for the experienced man would be considered a notable upset.
Another unbeaten hopeful on this card is Tibo Monabesa (13-0-1, 6) who looks to extend his unbeaten run as he takes on the battle hardened Samuel Tehuayo (19-37-2, 4), aka Sammy Hagler. Hagler is will known for losing on the road, though did win the last time he fought in Indonesia. Interestingly this is the second bout between the two men, who also fought back in January 2015, and Monabesa will be expecting to pick up his second victory over the veteran.
Also on this card is former world title challenger Nouldy Manakane (29-21-2, 18), who faces off against fellow veteran James Mokoginta (30-17-3, 17). Manakane is several years removed from his most notable bouts and with Mokoginta being a bigger, and younger, fighter it's hard to see how Manakane avoids a 5th straight loss here.