This coming Sunday is a busy day in Japan with 3 shows in the country, with 2 of those taking place in Osaka.
The most significant of those is a multi-title show from Muto promotions, with the card being headlined by OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11), who faces off with veteran Yasuyuki Akiyama (11-7-1, 8). The bout will see Tyson defending his OPBF title and also look to add the WBO Asia Pacific title, which is currently vacant but on the line for this bout. It's hard to see past a win for Tyson, given he holds almost every advantage, but the bout is likely to be the final one of Akiyama's career, and he will almost certainly give everything he has here.
A second OPBF title fight will see Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (27-12, 13) seek his second defense, as he puts his title on the line against Japanese foe Seizo Kono (19-8-1, 12). The Japanese based Filipino champion will be making his second defense of the title, following his dramatic win over Kentaro Masuda, and knows that if he can continue on his current winning streak there is a chance he will be able to move towards a world title fight. For Kono the bout perhaps comes at the perfect time, with the Japanese man having won his last 4, and seemingly ended his blotchy form, which saw him going 2-5. Despite being on a bit of a run this is still a big ask for Kono.
In a rematch we'll see former multi-time world title challengers collide, as Hirofumi Mukai (14-5-3, 4) and Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-9-1, 19) battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, just as they did in November 2016. In their first meeting Mukai stopped the Thai in 3 rounds, but since then he has gone 1-1, beating a novice Thai and being stopped in a war with Rex Tso. As for Inthanon, he's fought once since losing to Mukai, also a win over a novice Thai. It's fair to say that Mukai will be favoured, given how easily he won the first contest between the two, but it'll be interesting to see what the Tso bout took out of him.
A second Japan Vs Thailand bout for a WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title will see the once beaten Masahiro Sakamoto (10-1, 6) take on veteran former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 27). Aged 26 Sakamoto is just coming into his prime and the Flyweight will be looking to claim the biggest win of his career here. His only loss came in a bout for this very same title last year, when he suffered a very close loss to current WBO world champion Sho Kimura, and he will know that a win against Kwanthai could push him into the world title mix. As for Kwanthai, he's a long way removed from the man who claimed the WBA Minimumweight title in 2010. He has gone 19-4 since that win, but suffered 2 stoppages and only beaten very limited opposition. This should be a win for Sakamoto, but the question is really “how impressive does he look here?”
A second show in Osaka will be promoted by Green Tsuda and although not a big card does have one of the day's most interesting contests on it, as well as the continued push of a man who has been matched hard through his career.
That hard matched man is Takayuki Okumoto (18-8-3, 8), who's record doesn't suggest anything special but he did recently challenge Japanese Super Flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai, and ran Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking close in 2016. The Japanese fighter will be up against a Thai foe here, and should, easily, pick up the win in the card's main event.
Arguably the most interesting match up of the day is a supporting contest between two once tipped amateur stars, both in need of a big win after recent set backs. In one corner will be Kazuki Tanaka (7-1, 5), a Green Tsuda man who was tipped as a star but was stopped last time out by Ryohei Takahashi. Like Tanaka we saw Hikaru Marugame (6-2-1, 4) turn professional with high expectations, having competed on the international stage in the amateurs, but with 2 losses and a draw in his last 4 bouts those expectations are quickly dying. A loss here for either man would likely spell the end of any hope of them becoming a notable name, and the bout really is a must win for both.
A third card from Japan this coming Sunday is from Aichi, and is certainly one with an international feel, given the three most notable bouts all feature a visitor.
The main event sees former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Ryosuke Maruki (14-4-1, 9) take on Indonesia's Filipus Rangga (10-17, 1). The Japanese fighter looked like one to watch when he lost to Yuki Nonaka, with some suggesting just a tiny bit of seasoning was needed, and since then he has picked up two stoppage wins and looks like a genuine domestic contender, with a second title fight perhaps only a few bouts away. Rangga began his career 5-1 but since then has gone 5-16 and really is a very limited fighter on the domestic scene, and has fought at much higher weights. Not only is Rangga smaller, older, and less talented but he is also making his international debut. In all honesty Maruki should be disappointed if this goes beyond 6 rounds.
In an interesting support bout fans will see the pretty solid Shogo Yamaguchi (10-3-2, 5) take on domestically ranked Indonesian Lightweight Sam Puadi (7-8, 5). Yamaguchi has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5, though has faced the likes of Akihiro Kondo and Andy Hiraoka during that run, and really needs a win to kick start his once fledgling career. The visitor is 0-2 outside of Indonesia, including a loss earlier this year in Japan to Yuki Harada, though it's fair to say that the visitor will feel he has half a chance here against a very out of form Yamaguchi.
Also on this card will be a Heavyweight bout, as top ranked Japanese Heavyweight Kotatsu Takehara (13-11-3, 7) takes on Korean visitor Hoo Won Lee (4-3). The 39 year old Takehara is a 2 time Japanese title challenger and although he came up short in both bouts, to Kyotaro Fujimoto, he is a game fighter. Interestingly Takehara will be fighting for the first time since May 2016, when Japanese rules actually forbid him from fighting, and will surely be wanting to prove age is just a number. The 24 year old Korean visitor has age on his side, but the former Korean Heavyweight champion is stepping up in a big way here, and was stopped in a round back in June. If Takehara is half the fighter he was he should win, if he loses however it's got to be the end for him.
Seoul, South Korea
Fans in Korea will get their own title bout, as the unbeaten In Duck Seo (8-0-1, 5) takes on the limited Joong Kyung Lee (3-2) in a bout for the KBF Light Middleweight title. Seo is unbeaten, but could only a manage a draw last time out, in a very good match up against Dong Hee Kim down at 140lbs. As for Lee, who will be having his 6th bout of the year, this bout follows an 8 round loss to Moon Sung Choi and he will certainly be coming into this one looking to score a big domestic win.
Asign boxing get their second stand out show of the month this coming Monday as we get Asign Bee Vol 2, and just like the first show on March 10th, the show is really good one.
The main event of the card sees the sensationally talented Naoko Fujioka (15-2, 6) hunt a 4th divisional title as she takes on Mexican Isabel Millan (18-2-1, 8) in a bout for the WBA female Flyweight title. Originally Fujioka had been down for facing Louisa Hawton for the WBO female Light Flyweight title, but that bout was scrapped about 5 weeks before the contest and as a result the promoter got Millan to travel to Japan for this equally as interesting Flyweight bout. A win for Fujioka would see her becoming the first Japanese fighter to become a 4-weight world champion, whilst a win for Millan would massively boost her career.
In a major supporting bout we'll see the world ranked Akihiro Kondo (27-6-1, 14) take on Thai visitor Patomsuk Pathompothong (33-6-1-1, 20) in a rematch of a contest the two men had back in 2015. On paper this should be a repeat win for Kondo, who looks to be having a solid run at the moment, but Patomsuk did look good last time out, losing a controversial decision to Kuok Kun Ng.
A second notable female bout here sees the unbeaten Jun Yabuki (6-0, 3) take on the in form Shione Ogata (7-5, 2). Although the bout looks like a mismatch on paper Ogata has won her last 6 in a row and has certainly turned her career around since a 1-5 start and she will be hungry to keep that run going here.
In another supporting bout we'll see Takafumi Nakajima (26-9-1, 11) take on Jump Ikeo (6-4-2, 4) in what looks like a straight forward win for experienced man. Nakajima will be looking to secure his second straight win since being blown out in 88 seconds last September, by a rampant Kosuke Saka and although a bit of a faded fighter now a days Nakajima is still solid. Ikeo has lost 3 of his last 5 and shouldn't prove much of a test here.
Another notable name on this card is the struggling Hikaru Marugame (6-2-1, 4). Marugame turned professional with high expectations and a strong amateur background but has gone 1-2-1 in his last 4 and cannot afford another slip up here. In the opposite corner to the Japanese fighter will be Filipino visitor John Ray Logatiman (5-4-2, 1), who looks to build on a career best win over Brian Lobetania here. This could be a real gut check for Marugame, who's career may be written off with another loss.
To kick off a new week we get the next Ichiriki show from the Korakuen Hall. The card features a number of notable Japanese fighters but sadly not much to be excited about in terms of competitive match ups.
The main event will see the world ranked Akihiro Kondo (26-6-1, 13) risking his IBF and WBO rankings against a poor imported Thai. Kondo, who is the current WBO Asia Pacific champion at 140lbs, won't be risking his title in this 8 rounder. Sadly we're unsure who the Thai is, and the same applied for the chief support bout, where an unknown Thai will be facing Japanese veteran Takafumi Nakajima (25-9-1, 10), with Nakajima looking to rebuild following an opening round loss to Kosuke Saka in September.
On the under-card we have a number of interesting fighters, including the now struggling Hikaru Marugame (5-2-1, 3). Once touted as a potential star Marugame has gone 0-2-1 in his last 3 and needs a win. His team know he needs a win and that appears to be the reason behind him facing Thai visitor Pepsi Sithluangporphun (1-0, 1), who last fought in July 2015 according to Boxrec. Another loss here for Marugame would likely be the end of his dreams.
Another hopeful on this card is Bantamweight Sonin Nihei (8-2-2, 1) who looks to bounce back from an August loss to Takayuki Okumoto. The once touted 23 year old is being thrown in against the heavy handed, but limited, Keita Kurihara (7-4, 6) in what looks likely to be a better bout than it initially seems. Although Kurihara doesn'ty have a great record he has won his last 4 and stopped his last 3 so will be full of confidence here.
One other bout worthy of noting is one between Japanese ranked Featherweight Junki Sasaki (16-3, 6) and the upset minded Yudai Tamagawa (9-7-1, 3), up is just a year removed from his career best win over Mark Gil Melligen. On paper this is Sasaki's to lose but it should be one where he needs to concentrate as he could be just a few fights from a potential title fight.
The next few weeks are busy in boxing with numerous notable bouts coming up. To kick off this coming week Hikari Yokohama put on their next show, which will be streamed on asign for those interested in watching it.
In the main event former Japanese Middleweight champion Tomohiro Ebisu (15-4, 15) goes up against former title challenger Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-6-1, 8) in a bout almost certain not to go the distance. Ebisu has never heard the final bell from 19 previous fights, with his frightening power seeing opponents off early but seriously fragile chin allowing anyone a chance against him. Whilst Akiyama has heard the bell a few times his chin isn't likely to survive 8 rounds with Ebisu, but his power may see him over-come the former champion.
In a great supporting bout the veteran Kinshiro Usui (25-4, 10) will be up against once beaten prospect Hikaru Marugame (5-1-1, 3). Marugame was tipped very highly when he turned professional but a draw and a loss in his last 2 leaves his career looking likely to be a burst, especially given the way he was beaten last time out. He'll need to look good here against the 36 year old Usui. As for the veteran he has gone 6-1 in the last 5 years and is unlikely to worry too much about Marugame and his potential.
Interestingly the man who beat Marugame last time out is is also on this card. That is Reiya Abe (11-2, 5) who takes on Shingo Kusano (11-4-1, 4) in a rematch between the two. Abe has won his last 3, following a very close loss loss to Kusano in March 2015. Since the loss Abe has taken two unbeaten records. As for Kusano he has scored back-to-back wins since beating Abe, but this is a significantly tougher bout than his last 2.
One other bout of note on this card will see Japanese ranked Lightweight Masashi Noguchi (10-5-1, 4) face Kazuya Soma (7-9-2, 6) in what should be a good, but manageable, test for Noguchi who is 6-0-1, in his last 7, dating back more than 5 years.
For a second day running the only Asian action is in Japan, though this time we do get a number of interesting looking match ups in what looks to be a solid domestic card from Ichiriki Promotions.
The main event will see former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo (23-6-1, 11) battle against the unbeaten Shogo Yamaguchi (9-0-1, 4) in what will be a step up for the unbeaten 22 year old. Aged 30 Kondo is best known for having a short reign as the Japanese national champion back in 2009-2010 though retired in 2013 before mounting a comeback in 2014, that has seen him go 4-3, with notable wins against Jimrex Jaca and Patomsuk Pathompothong. As for Yamaguchi he's on a 9 fight winning run following a draw on his debut, however this is a big step up with his best win to date coming against Shota Suito.
Another unbeaten fighter looking to extend his record is the touted Hikaru Marugame (5-0-1, 3) who looks to bounce back from a draw against Jonathan Baat. Marugame will be up against Reiya Abe (10-2, 5), a 2014 Rookie of the Year winner at Featherweight. Whilst Abe has suffered a couple of losses, with one of them coming a year ago to Shingo Kusano, he is still a very good fighter and should be regarded as a very live under-dog against Marugame, who has promises a lot but failed to really deliver on that promise so far.
Marugame's stable mate Naoto Uebayashi (8-1-1, 4) will also be in action, as he faces Naoaki Kumagai (7-3, 4), in another bout which looks to be well matched. Uebayashi was a former top amateur in Japan, and has fought internationally in the unpaid ranks, but has shown a somewhat shaky chin in the professional ranks, a chin that let him down last year against Giovanni Escaner. This will be Uebayashi's second bout since he was beaten by Escaner and he will be the favourite but Kumagai will come to fight and this could be another banana skin for Uebayashi.
In other bouts on this card Japanese ranked Yudai Arai (7-3-3, 3) will be battling Tatsuya Kaneko (7-11-3, 1) in what looks like a good match up whilst recent Japanese title challenger Taiki Minamoto (10-5, 9) takes on Yudai Tamagawa (8-6-1, 2) in what looks to be a must win for Minamoto given that he is 3-3 in his last 6.
Fans in Tokyo get another treat this month with a “Fighting Bee” show that features a trio of really interesting bouts.
The main event of the show sees former 2-weight world champion Naoko Fujioka (13-1, 6) go for a third divisional world title as she battles South Korean fighter Hee Jung Yuh (15-2, 6) in a bout for the WBO female Bantamweight title. This is a big ask for Fujioka, who claimed her first title at 105lbs, however the talented Japanese fighter will be favoured against Yuh, who has an impressive record on paper but is stepping up, massively, in class. For a main event this is a well matched fight on paper and really could be a fantastic fight between highly skilled women.
The chief support bout sees the unbeaten, and touted, Hikaru Marugame (5-0, 3) take on the experienced Japanese based Filipino Jonathan Baat (30-6-3, 14). Coming in to this one Baat is on a 3 fight winning streak including wins over Kenta Onjo and Takahiro Shigee however the unbeaten Marugame is tipped for the top and if he's as good as they say he should see off the 35 year old Baat.
The third bout of note sees the return to the ring of Naoto Uebayashi (7-1-1, 4), who was stopped last time out by Giovanni Escaner. The one beaten 28 year old will be up against Atsushi Hosogai (7-9) in what is a real must win for Uebayashi. It seems clear that Uebayashi's team have little belief in his toughness, and as a result have matched him with a clear non-puncher here.
This coming Monday isn't a busy day in Asian boxing but there is some interesting action in Japan.
Although this past weekend had less than inspiring action we are looking forward to the start of a new week with several good looking bouts all set to take place on a show at the Korakuen Hall.
The most notable of the bouts sees former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo (21-6-1, 10) battle against experienced Thai Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-3-1, 19) in a very attractive looking 8 rounder. The 30 year old Kondo took more than a year out of the ring back in 2013-2014 though will now be fighting for the 6th time in just 53 busy weeks. As for the 31 year old Thai he'll be seeking one of his biggest wins to date as he looks to put his 6th round TKO loss to Ik Yang well behind him. We're expecting this to be really exciting.
In a a really intriguing supporting bout we'll see the touted Hikaru Marugame (4-0, 2) battle against Thailand's Non Sithsaithong (12-8, 8). Marugame was forced to work hard to win his last bout, a decision win over Wataru Miyasaka, and will be looking to show improvements from that bout. As for Non, he's not the most talented but he may hit hard enough to trouble Marugame who is still ust a prospect.
The third bout of note sees former Japanese Super Bantamweight title challenger Takafumi Nakajima (22-7-1, 9) battle Thai novice Sinpalangchai Chaiyonggym (0-0). This is a must win for Nakajima, who will obviously be favoured going in to the bout however every so often one of these Thai's ends up being tougher than expected and we may see that here, especially considering that Nakajima has fought just 14 rounds in the last 24 months.
As well as the bouts which have been mentioned this show will feature 4 other bouts.
As well as the bouts in Japan there will also be action in Thailand.
Sadly we've not got a full bout list from this show however we do know that Kalae McShane (4-0, 2) will be facing Payak Twins Gym (1-1) in what should be the 5th straight win for the touted McShane, from Hawaii.
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One of the most exciting days so far this year for Japanese fans comes on April 22nd with two notable shows at very different levels. Although the cards are a million miles apart in terms of international attention they both promise a lot of very interesting action.
The most notable of the two shows comes from Osaka where we get a couple of world title bouts, a Japanese title fight, a former world champion and a number of promising prospects all in action on a show that is genuinely mouth watering.
The main event promises to be something a little bit special as the once beaten Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 10) battles WBA Flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1, 19) in a bout that has looked brilliant since it was first mentioned last year. Ioka, attempting to become the second Japanese born fighter to become a 3-weight champion, will be hoping to claim a Flyweight title at the second time of asking, following a loss to Amnat Ruenroeng last year in a bout for the IBF title, whilst Whilst Reveco will be hoping to secure his second title defense in Japan, following a victory over Masayuki Kuroda back in 2013.
In the other world title fight we will see the always fun to watch Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) take on Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (27-3-1, 15) in an IBF world title defense by the Japanese warrior. Takayama, who vacated the WBO belt earlier this year, will be looking for the first defense of his second reign as the IBF champion and is looking to move on to bouts with Kosei Tanaka and Hekkie Budler later in the year. As for Fahlan, he'll be looking to record his second big win in the Osaka Prefectural gym and try and replicate his shock win over Ryo Miyazaki from December 31st 2013.
It's not just the top two bouts that are exciting but also the chief support bout which will see the highly skilled and fast rising Sho Ishida (18-0, 10) defending his Japanese Super Flyweight title against Taiki Eto (14-3, 10). This will be Ishida's second defense of the belt and will see Eto getting his second shot at the title. Incidentally Eto lost his first shot to Yohei Tobe who went on to lost the belt in his first defense, to Ishida. This bout promises a lot and a win for Ishida would likely move him to a world title shot later in the year whilst a win for Eto would be a massive achievement for the youngster of the Eto brothers.
As well as the 3 title bouts we will also see the next bout in the career of the exciting Ryo Miyazaki (22-1-3, 13) who is fighting Thailand's Namphol Sithsaithong (7-9, 5) in a clear mismatch. This is viewed as a warm up bout for Miyazaki, a former WBA Minimumweight champion, and from what we understand he is targeting a Light Flyweight title and will almost certainly try to chuck his hat into the ring to fight the winner of the upcoming WBA title fight between Ryoichi Taguchi and Kwanthai Sithmorseng, who meet on May 6th.
As for the card's prospects there are several. Among them is the exciting Masayoshi Hashizume (7-0, 4), the 2014 Super Flyweight Rookie of the Year. Hashizume is set to fight a Thai foe Saenrachan Sor Theptanee (0-1)in what should be a mismatch as Hashizume looks to sepdn the rest of the year moving up the domestic rankings, possibly fighting for the national title after Ishida gives it up.
Another prospect on this card is Reiya Konishi (7-0, 4), who was the 2014 Rookie of the Year at Minimumweight. Konishi will be in a solid looking bout against Kenta Shimizu (8-4-1, 4), a much better fighter than his record indicates.
A third prospect is female fighter is Kei Takenaka (8-0, 3). Takenaka, the current OPBF female ligth Flyweight champion, will be facing a Thai opponent who we believe will be Kannittha Saknarong (0-2). On paper this should be an easy day's work for the talented Japanese fighter, though we are hoping to see her in a real test before she starts to be moved towards a world title bout.
At the Korakuen Hall we get a trio of notable bouts. One of which is a cross roads bout between two experienced fighters whilst the other two are both notable bouts involving touted Japanese prospects.
The main event is the bout between the experienced fighters and will see former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo (21-5-1, 10) battling against former Filipino champion Ricky Sismundo (27-8-1, 12). Coming into this bout both men are 2-1 with a notable win the last time and both are going to be heading into the bout with the hope of generating a bit of traction in their career. Last time out we saw Sismundo defeat Shuhei Tsuchiya with an 8 round decision win, back in December, whilst Kondo recently stopped Jimrex Jaca in 4 rounds, back on March 16th. Coming into this bout we're expecting a very competitive and tough bout.
In the chief support bout we get the chance to see the touted, the fragile looking, Naoto Uebayashi (7-0-1, 4) fighting against exciting Filipino Giovanni Escaner (12-3, 8). This is a brilliant match up between unheralded fighters who know a win puts them into serious contention for an OPBF title fight later in the year. Whilst Uebayashi is the more “hyped” of the two men Escaner has shown that he's a man who has a lot of promise, despite his record, and won't be turning up just to lose. Fantastic to see both men signing up for this bout.
The other notable bout sees the exceptionally promising Hikaru Marugame (3-0, 2) battle against Wataru Miyasaka (9-2-1, 2). Marugame, a stablemate or Uebayashi's, hasn't had the attention of some other Japanese youngsters but he's every bit as good as some of the others and has shown that ability against solid competition for such an inexperienced fighter. On paper this is a big step up for the unbeaten 25 year old and although Miyasak hasn't set the world he is in good form with 3 notable wins in his last 4 bouts. As with the previous two match ups, this is very interesting.
This card will also feature 4 other bouts though none of them really caught our attention like the trio we've mentioned.
In Mexico fans will have the chance to see Mexican based Japanese fighter Shoki Sakai (17-5, 11) battle against Fernando Torres (16-10-1, 13). This is a great opportunity for Sakai who narrowly lost his last 2 bouts. The Japanese fighter, who is based in Mexico city, has shown a surprising amount of potential and hopefully he'll manage to build on that potential down the line.
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A new week sees action in Japan and a Filipino in action on the road in South Africa.
In Japan we get a genuinely interesting card with several very notable fighters on it and a number of bouts we suspect could be very good.
One of those bouts we suspect will be a mismatch will see the very promising Hikaru Marugame (2-0, 1) fighting against the much more experienced Ryoji Okahata (9-9-5, 1). We genuinely think Marugame is one of Japanese boxing's best hidden secrets and unfortunately, he's been more hidden this year than we'd hoped with no fights in 2014, and the only footage we have of him is from his debut last year against Makoto Kato. Okahata is a tough enough fighter to take Marugame rounds but we only see one winner here as Marugame looks to move towards a domestic ranking. It's notable that Okahata ran both Yu Kawaguchi and Jason Egera very close in recent bouts and has only been stopped once, by Shingo Wake more than 4 years ago. On paper this is a mismatch though in reality it's a great test for the touted youngster.
Marugame's unbeaten stablemate Naoto Uebayashi (6-0-1, 4) is arguably in the best bout on the show as he puts his unbeaten record on the line against former world title challenger Oscar Blanquet (32-8-1, 23), who will be fighting for the first time since signing up with Japanese promoter Ichiriki boxing. This should be Uebayashi's biggest test since his draw with Yusaku Kuga back in August 2013 however Uebayashi should be able to over-come his Mexican foe here given the fact he is the naturally bigger fighter. Ranked by the JBC and OPBF Uebayashi appears to be on the fast track to a title fight but this could be a really serious test of his credentials.
In the card's chief support bout fans will see recent Japanese title challenger Gosuke Seki (15-1-2, 3) fighting for the first time since suffering a stoppage loss to Japanese Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono. Seki has been matched in a very interesting contest with veteran Yuta Nagai (28-10-4, 19) and both men will be looking to get their careers back on track with a win here.
The main event willfeature former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo (20-4-1, 9), who is fighting for the second time in less than a month. On November 17th Kondo made light work of Thailand's Kaewkla Chaiyonggym and will be hoping to do the same against domestic foe Tomoya Yamada (11-5, 3) in what looks to be another confidence building bout for the former champion.
East Cape, South Africa
In South Africa we'll see former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (22-5-1, 6) returning to action against the heavy handed Lusanda Komanisi (17-3, 16). Gasca is fighting in South Africa for the second time this year and will be attempting to put his recent loss to Thabo Sonjica behind him. Sadly against a big puncher like Komanisi this could be a really hard bout for the Filipino fighter.
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