Clean Hit Boxing Gym, Songtan, South Korea
For a second day running we get title action from South Korea. Sadly however we only get a single title fight here, despite previous plans for the show to be a title double header.
Originally we had expected a KBM Light Welterweight title fight between Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) and Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4), in what looked like a mouth watering match up. Sadly however this bout was cancelled in October when Moon was forced to pull out of the bout around 3 weeks before it was set to take place.
Sadly with the Light Welterweight title bout being cancelled we only have one title bout on the show. That is a Bantamweight title bout, which will see Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) take on In Soo Jang (5-2-1) for the vacant title. The 21 year old Jo comes in to this unbeaten in his last 6, and has won his last 4, turning around a very weird 0-1-3 start to his professional career. Jang on the other hand has struggled in recent bouts, losing last time out and going 4-2 in his last 6, however at just 20 years old he's very much a developing youngster.
As well as the title bout between Jo and Jang the card will also feature a number of novice bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds.
Zhenhaibao Theatre, Yinchuan, China
As well as the action in Korea we're also set to get a title doubler header in China.
The main event here will be a WBA Asia Bantamweight title bout pitting champion Jun Zhao (13-2-1, 10) against under-rated Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (11-3-2, 4). Coming in to this the local will be the favourite, after all he's on a roll with 8 straight wins, has home advantage and will be seeking to extend his reign with the title. However Sumalpong shouldn't be written off and he is a handful, having given Kenshiro Teraji a good test in 2015 and being unlucky in a number of other bouts. This could end up being a bit of a hidden gem of a fight.
Also on this card is a WBO China National Flyweight title bout, pitting the unbeaten Longyi Hu (5-0, 2) against Sheng Peng (6-6-1, 2). It's hard to go against the unbeaten 21 year old here, he's younger, fresher and his unbeaten record will fill him with confidence, but Peng has the experience to be a thorn in his side and this could be a very good test for Hu.
This coming Tuesday we'll see a really good card from Tokyo as Japanese and Korean fighters clash, and we get a female title fight featuring a fighter who has been put on the fast track.
The female title fight will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) defending her title against touted novice Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1), who looks to win a Japanese title fight in just her second bout. Chimoto was a former amateur standout who looked sensational on her debut and is clearly being pushed hard by her team at the Watanabe Gym. Higano is a nightmare to fight with her aggression and style, but she will enter as the under-dog against the talented upstart in what should be a very interesting match up. A full preview of this bout is available here Chimoto goes up against Higano in Japanese title fight!
The title bout is actually in the middle of the card, with the main event being the Japan Vs Korea bout that looks most likely to have fireworks. The match up in question will see unbeaten Korean teenager Jeong Han Cha (5-0, 5) take on Japanese puncher Takahiko Kobayashi (8-3, 6) in a bout at 140lbs. This has the potential to be a very exciting bout between two heavy handed, but flawed, young fighters who will be in the ring attempting to stop the other, rather than win a decision.
Another Korean teenager on the show will be In Soo Jang (5-1-1) who will battle former Japanese amateur standout Suzumi Takayama (1-0, 1), in what could be a very interesting match up. Jang is only 19 but already has a 6 round bout under his belt. Takayama on the other hand made his debut in February and is taking a clear step up in class here, though was a very accomplished fighter on the amateur scene.
Another Japanese novice on this card will be Ai Tomomatsu (0-0), a former amateur stand out who will be up against unbeaten Korean puncher Sang Geun Lee (6-0, 4). This is a baptism of fire for Tomomatsu, but a win will give his career a huge boost straight away and we wouldn't be surprised by him showing his amateur skills to shine here. Lee is dangerous, but Tomomatsu will be favoured.
One other interesting bout between fighters from the two countries will see Do Jin Lee (6-1-3) take on Mirai Naito (7-1, 3), the brother of OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito. On paper this looks like a really competitive bout, and although we don't expect thrilling fireworks this should still be a very compelling match up.