Things really take off over the weekend with some really notable fighters and some intriguing match ups.
Hong Kong, SAR China
The biggest card of the day comes from Hong Kong and promises a lot of exciting, despite not being littered with the biggest or best names in the sport. There should be a lot of action and should be a lot of fun for fight fans at the venue.
The main event of the card will see unbeaten fighters Rex Tso (19-0, 12) and Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1, 7) face off in a bout that looks great on paper. Of the two Tso is by far the better known fighter, and has carved out a following thanks to Bob Arum and Top Rank who show cased him in various Macau shows. The bouts that helped Tso build a following were exciting fights and although he showed flaws he was fun. Maekawa on the other hand has really looked poor, despite being unbeaten, and seems to either blow opponents away or struggle over the finishing line.
In an interesting supporting bout Jay Solmiano (18-3-1, 14) will be up against the once beaten Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (17-1, 13). For Chaleomporn this bout will be his first since he was stopped, in a round, by Azizbek Abdugofurov he is however dropping down from Middleweight where that bout took place. Solmiano, a former OPBF title challenger, will be looking to record a second straight win since his 2014 loss to Keita Obara.
Another supporting bout will see unbeaten Australian Paul Fleming (22-0, 14) face off with Filipino Jerope Mercado (27-8-3, 9). The 36 year old Mercado was a very solid fighter at Bantamweight a few years ago, now however he is a man looking like he's at the end of his career and has gone 3-7 in his last 10. The unbeaten Fleming is a promising fighter and a win here should be expected, though it's where he goes next that could be really interesting.
Another supporting bout will see the criminally over-looked Filipino Rey Megrino (22-20-4, 19) face off with Indonesian Jason Butar Butar (20-18-1, 14). On paper this is a really, really, well matched bout between two fighters who look like heavy handed journeymen. In reality however this should be a mismatch, despite Megrino fighting well above his usual weight. Megrino is fringe world class and shouldn't struggle here, despite moving up in weight.
The biggest bout of the day with an Asian fighter comes from Mexico and sees former WBO-WBA “super” Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24) take on Filipino journeyman Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1, 8). The bout will be Estrada's first in over a year and although Tabugon will be the under-dog it may be the best time for him to face a guy like Estrada, who is moving up in weight, has been injured and inactive.
New South Wales, Australia
There will also be some Asian interest in Australia where two Asian fighters will be in action.
One of those Asian's is Indonesian Rusmin Kie Raha (14-10-2, 3) who faces Valentine Borg (12-2, 8) in what looks likely to be Kie Raha's 11th loss. The Indonesian has gone 3-8 in his last 11 bouts and he has been several times recently, including an opening round blow out to Hyun Woo Yuh. Whilst Borg is flawed he should be far too good for the visitor here.
Another bout on this card sees debutant Satali Tevi Fuamoano (0-0) face Thai foe Pramool Boonpok (1-24-1). Given Boonpok's record it's fair to say that this is a safe debut for Fuamoano.
Their will also be an obscure Korean show in Gapyeong, which will be the first from a new Korean boxing body. The details on this are scarce but it's clear this will feature two "Korean" title bouts.
The brilliant weekend that we've just had could very well have survived as a stand alone day in the boxing world. Thankfully however the action continues through to Monday when fight fans in Tokyo get the chance to see a title double header with both OPBF and Japanese title action in what appears to be the perfect send off to a long boxing weekend.
The card, Dangan 99, is Asia's only notable card and features 6 bouts.
The action kicks off with an all debutant fight in the Bantamweight division with the men competing in the first round of the C class tournament though it's the two headline bouts that of real interest.
The first of those is a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout as the once beaten Yohei Tobe (7-1-1, 4) battles the big hitting Taiki Eto (12-2, 9) battle for the vacant belt. On paper this is a bout we love the look of and we're genuinely licking our lips in anticipation of what is potentially a humdinger between defensively naive fighters. Unfortunately for Tobe we feel his relative lack of power will be an issue here though expect the bout to be great fun for as long as it lasts.
Following on from the Japanese title fight we then step up a level and move on to a bout for the OPBF Light Welterweight title. Whilst we're really really excited about the Japanese title fight we've got to admit we're even more excited about this bout as the big punching Keita Obara (10-1, 9) goes to war with Filipino banger Jay Solmiano (17-2-1, 3). This bout could finish at any moment and with both having power it really is an exciting and mouth watering match up that should genuinely excite the fans
As well as the two title bouts we'd also advise keeping a close eye on the contest between Shingo Eto (12-2-1, 8) and Filipino Ryan Sermona (16-4, 9) in what should be a thrilling under card bout.
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