This coming Saturday is a hectic day of action, despite the fact the bout most of us wanted to see was cancelled when Sergey Kobalev failed a drug test ahead of his scheduled bout with fast rising Uzbek Bektemir Melikuziev. Even with that bout off, there is a lot taking place.
Oxigeno Human playground, Heredia, Costa Rica
The most notable bout for us is an IBF female Minimumweight title bout in Costa Rica, where Yokasta Valle (20-2, 9) will be defending her title against Japanese challenger Sana Hazuki (8-4-1, 2). This bout was only announced earlier this month, though it appears both fighters are hungry and both are out to make a statement. For Valle the stakes are high, and she will likely get a shot at vengeance, with a rematch against WBC champion Tina Rupprecht, if she wins here. As for Hazuki she enters as the clear under-dog, but will get a chance to etch her name in to the history books if she can somehow over-come the talented champion. Our preview of this bout can be read here Hazuki takes on IBF champion Valle in Costa Rica!
Manual Artime Community Center Theater, Miami, Florida, USA
We also have Asian in action in Florida on the latest show from M&R Boxing Promotions.
Arguably the most notable of the Asian fighters on this show is Filipino slugger James Bacon (25-4, 17) who takes on Argentinian journeyman Ramon De La Cruz Sena (23-27-3, 13). This should be little more than a showcase for the 30 year old Bacon who scored two wins last year, including a KO of the year contender against Roque Agustin Junco in November. The 34 year old Argentinian is a veteran but has been racking up losses in recent years. Despite picking up a lot of losses Sena has only been stopped 5 times and should provide some resistance to the power of Bacon.
As well as Bacon there will be 3 Central Asian prospects on the card. One of those is Tajik fighter Mekhrubon Sanginov (8-0-1, 6), who risks his unbeaten record against 27 year old American Quincy LaVallais (10-0-1, 5). Coming into this both men are riding high with Sanginov taking a big TKO win in November against Cleotis Pendarvis, in his best win to date, whilst LaVallais is looking to build on a December 2020 win over Clay Collard. This 10 round match really is a very interesting match up and should tell us where both men are going with their careers.
Another of the prospects here is Uzbek Kozimbek Mardonov (0-0), who looks to build on a successful amateur campaign with a bout against experienced Argentinian Marcelo Ruben Molina (23-18-1-1, 19). The talented Mardonov has turned professional with high expectations on his shoulders, and he really was a very, very solid amateur and it's going to be great to follow his journey as a professional. As for Molina the 27 year old last scored a win back in 2016 and since then has been knocked out 4 times, leaving him with 15 stoppage losses from 18 defeats.
Daejeon, South Korea
There's a trio of shows in Asia, the most notable which will be a KBA show in Daejeon. The card is set to feature 6 bouts in total, though it's really only the main event that needs any sort of real attention.
That main event will be a Korean Heavyweight title bout, as 37 year old Sang Ho Kim (7-3-1, 1) takes on 42 year old Sung Jin Kwak (6-1, 5). We love Korean boxing, and even bouts like this, that don't look the best on paper, manage to deliver thrilling action and interesting back and forth. With that in mind we expect to see a real fun one here, even if it is at a very, very low level.
Macao Boxing House, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China
In Macao we're set for a card featuring novices. The show, for the most part, will be 4 rounders only, though the main event will be over 6 rounds, at Super Featherweight.
That Super Featherweight bout will see Yi You (2-1-1, 1) take on Jiaming Li (4-2, 2), in a second bout between the two men. These two clashed in a very competitive bout in 2019, with Li taking a majority decision, and we expect another close and competitive one here. Saying that however this is a very, very low level bout, on a very low level show.
Infiniti Mall, Malad West, Mumbai, India
We get another novice card in India, though this one does feature a number of 6 round bouts.
The most interesting match up here will see the unbeaten Lalrinsanga Tlau (3-0, 1) take on the wonderfully named Prince Mojesh Shrivastava (0-0), in a battle of 21 year olds. If we're being honest it's clear that Tlau should be the favourite, given his edge in experience. Saying that however this is still an interesting match up, and it'll be interesting to see who comes out on top here, as the Indian scene continues to try and develop and build out of almost nothing.
Fightclub, Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
We'll also have a bout of interest in Germany as 26 year old German based Uzbek born Cruiserweight Muhammadjon Hayotov (1-0, 1) looks for his second professional win, as he takes on Cornel Paul Cristea (0-1), from Romania. Hard to say too much about this one, but Hayatov was successful in his 2019 debut whilst Cristea was stopped in his debut, a few weeks later.
This coming Saturday is a bizarrely quiet day for Asian boxing, though of course is a much, much bigger day for fighters outside of Asia. Despite being quiet for Asian fighters there is still plenty of action taking place around the globe, including one particularly big fight in the US.
As for Asian fighters in action lets take a look at what we have coming up.
Philips Halle, Duesseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
In Germany we'll see unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) look to build on his unbeaten record as he takes on American veteran Steve Vukosa (12-1, 4). The unbeaten Kossobutskiy will be looking to defend his IBO minor title and also claim a minor WBA title here, as he looks to give his career a massive boost, something needed as he's now on the wrong side of 30. Vukosa on the other hand is a 42 year old American, who got this fight on short notice and will be looking to build on a surprise upset win last year, against Joe Cusumano. We really don't see this as being anything other than a straight forward win for Kossobutskiy, who looks to move to 3-0 for 2020.
Manual Artime Community Center Theater, Miami, Florida, USA
In the US we see the biggest action of the weekend, up in Las Vegas, however there is also some Asian action over in Florida, with two Filipino fighters in action. Sadly though both of these bouts are total mismatches.
One of the Filipino fighters is Mark Bernaldez (20-4, 14), who looks to bounce back from a July loss to Albert Bell. Against Bell we saw Bernaldez being totally nullified by the reach, speed, and size of Bell. Thankfully Bernaldez will be expecting an easier bout here as he takes on limited Argentinian veteran Julian Evaristo Aristule (34-13, 17). Given that Aristule has lost his last 4, including 3 by stoppage, this should be regarded as little more than a confidence builder for the Filipino.
The other Filipino on this show will be Jameson Bacon (23-4, 15), who takes on Gonzalez Carlos Dallera (6-8, 4), who is also from Argentina. This should be am easy win for Bacon, especially given that Dallera has gone 1-8 in his last 9 and has been stopped 7 times in his 8 losses. As with Bernaldez's bout this should be regarded as a mismatch, but a chance get Bacon a win following a loss last November to Darragh Foley.
In Asia we get a small show from China, where the action really will be low profile stuff. Thankfully there are a couple of 6 rounders worthy of some attention.
One of those 6 rounders will see Jiangtao Cao (2-4) take on XiaoAn Liang (2-0, 1). Coming in to this Cao has lost his last 4, he's limited, he's low on confidence, but it's going to be interesting to see how Liang copes with him here. Liang began his career in January 2019, picked up a win in July 2020 and now looks for his third win, in what is his toughest bout, on paper, so far.
The other 6 rounder will see the unbeaten YuanHai Liu (2-0, 1) take on the debuting Ze Wang (0-0). Not much to say here, but we are always interested when a fighter debuts in a 6 rounder, so hopefully Wang will have something about him, and will show us something to be excited about.