The main action this coming Thursday comes from Shanghai in card that is essentially a China Vs Japan card. It's not a huge show, but it's certainly one worthy of some attention with a world ranked contender and a highly touted prospect involved.
The world ranked contender is China's awkward and tough Wulan Tuolehazi (12-3-1, 5), who will be defending his WBA International Flyweight title against Japanese challenger Satoshi Tanaka (7-5, 1). On paper this doesn't look like it'll be competitive, but the idea seems on be for Tuolehazi to just tick over whilst awaiting for a major title fight, following recent wins over Filipino Jayr Raquinel and Japan's Ryota Yamauchi. From what we can see the 28 year old Tanaka is simply there to make up the numbers.
In an excellent match up we'll see the WBO Youth Light Flyweight Xiang Li (7-2-1, 2) take on the very promising Ryu Horikawa (2-0, 1) from Japan. Li won the title on the road, beating the popular Raymond Poon Kaiching for the belt in Hong Kong, when he put up a great and energetic performance to over-come Poon and the crowd. Horikawa is a professional novice, but the 19 year old is regarded very highly in Japan and his win over Yuki Nakajima last time out showed just how skilled he was. For us this is the best fight on the card, and one that deserves the attention of fight fans.
Another bout worthy of note will see local fighter Ayati Sailike (7-8-2-1, 2) take on Japan's unbeaten Hiroki Hanabusa (6-0-2, 2). The 23 year old local isn't anyone special, but is experience, has taken on a number of unbeaten opponents and comes to win, though is technically quite limited. Hanabusa, who just 20, is looking to build on a good 2018, and a win here, in first 8 rounder, will likely see his team push him for a Youth title in 2020. Hanabusa is talented, but this is set to be a genuine test, even if Sailike's record suggests something else.
As well as the Chinese action there is also going to be a small card in the Philippines, featuring a former world title challenger up against a domestic journeyman.
The former world title challenger is Jerry Tomogdan (28-10-4, 15), who in a WBC Minimumweight title bout in 2015 to Wanheng Menayothin. Since that loss Tomogdan has had mixed success, going 12-4-1 (6) including a win over Riku Kano in Japan. His opponent will be Mike Kinaadman (7-11-2, 5), who really shouldn't give Tomogdan any issues here.
This coming Friday fight fans in Japan will get two different shows in major areas, on in Osaka and one in Tokyo, there's also two shows in the Philippines and one in Dubai!
Of the two cards it's the Osaka one which will get most of the attention, featuring a major name in Japanese boxing along with a couple of bouts featuring interesting hopefuls.
The major name is that of Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7), the son of former world champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, who despite not being anywhere near to the fighter his father was, is still a noteworthy prospect. Tatsuyoshi will be up against Daichi Matsuura (6-3-2, 2), who doesn't look likely to be much of a test for Tatsuyoshi, even if Tatsuyoshi is a long way from being a world beater himself.
The chief support bout on this card will see the heavy handed Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-1, 8) take on Japanese based Korean fighter Tae Il Atusmi (15-2, 7) in a very interesting contest that could prove to be the highlight of the show. The 23 year old Tsutsumimoto enters this bout on the back of 5 stoppage wins, but this is a step up for him. Atsumi on the other hand will be looking to score his third straight win following a 2017 loss to Shingo Kawamura. This should be a very exciting and competitive contest between two guys who can hit hard.
Also on this show is former Rookie of the Year finalist Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4), who looks to rebuild from a 2018 loss to Yoshihiro Utsumi. From what we under-stand the talented Jogo will be up against experienced Filipino foe Marzon Cabilla (17-17-1, 6), in what should be a straight forward win for the local hopeful.
In Tokyo we'll see the next Golden Child card. This is a smaller card, but should be a pretty entertaining one, with several good looking bouts.
The main event of the card will the always fun to watch Shusaku Fujinaka (16-10-2, 11) take on Toshiro Tarumi (11-3-3, 6) in a Welterweight bout between Japanese ranked fighters. Coming in to this Fujinaka has lost 4 of his last 5, but they have included defeats in a WBO Asia Pacific title bout, to Keita Obara, and a Japanese title bout, to Ryota Yada. Tarumi on the other hand is ranked #2 by the JBC, and has won his last 6 to be on the verge of his first title bout.
The chief support bout is a fantastic match up, which will see young Japanese Middleweight prospect Riku Kunimoto (3-0, 1) take on the heavy handed, but flawed, Shoma Fukumoto (12-3, 10) in a really intriguing contest. Kunimoto is taking a massive step up in class, but a win here will help him race towards a Japanese national title fight. On the other hand a loss for Fukumoto, who has been stopped in 2 of his last 3, could be the end of his dreams. A must win for Fukumoto, but one that comes against a former national amateur standout. A full preview of this bout can be read here Kunimoto steps up to take on Fukumoto
Also on this card is a rare Japanese Heavyweight clash, as Yamato Fujinaka (7-5, 3) and Ryu Ueda (7-1-1, 4) face off for the second time. These two fought in November 2015, with Ueda taking the win by decision, and since then neither has really done too much of note.
As well as the Japanese cards, there is also a show in Cebu, featuring some pretty interesting local hopefuls.
One of the main bouts on this show will be a WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Featherweight title bout, as the unbeaten Tomjune Mangubat (10-0-1, 9) takes on Arnel Baconaje (10-3, 8). This genuinely looks like it could be something really, really fun. We're not a fan of just how many regional minor titles there are out there, but if they are responsible for bouts like this, we can't complain too much!
A second title fight will see the unbeaten Mark Vicelles (9-0-1, 5) take on the under-rated Robert Onggocan (11-4, 7) , for a low key title on the domestic, or rather local, scene. The reality is that they could have used this bout as a major regional title eliminator, it's a fantastic match up, and should be some really special for the fans in attendance. It's a bout that clearly doesn't need a very low level title to be on the line, and the fight clearly overshadows the belt that they will be fighting for.
A second Filipino show will take place in Bukidnon.
The main event of this show will see Jerry Tomogdan (26-10-4, 14) battle against Dexter Alimento (13-5, 9) in what should be a pretty interesting match up between two under-rated Filipino's. Both have suffered recent losses and both need a win to remain relevant, but this not an easy one for either guy.
Also on this card is Robert Paradero (17-0, 11), who will be fighting for the first time in a year following visa issues with arranged bouts outside of his homeland. He will be expecting to pick up an easy win as he takes on 19 year old Jonathan Almacen (5-2-2, 1).
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
As well as the bouts in the power houses of Asian boxing there will also be Asian action in Dubai, as MTK Global take their show on the road and show case a number of prospects.
One of those Asian fighters is Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev (2-0, 1), who will be battling against Teimuraz- Abuladze (9-6, 7) of Georgia. Another in action is Sultan Zaurbek (5-0, 3), who takes on Chinese foe Chenghong Tao (7-5-1, 5).
The biggest hopeful on the card however is 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Shakhobidin Zoirov (0-0), who will be making his professional debut against Indonesian foe Anthony Holt (5-4-1, 3), who was stopped inside a round last June by the then debuting Jin Minamide. This should be little more than a cameo for Zoirov.
Another central Asian fighter in action this Friday is Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (11-1-1, 5), who looks to score his second win following a 2018 loss to Marquis Taylor. The Uzbek will be up against unbeaten puncher Keith Hunter (9-0, 7) in what looks like a fantastic bout, at least on paper.
The only action this coming Saturday comes from Cebu and although not being a massive card it does have several interesting match ups on it, including a very notable main event in one of the sports best division.
That main event will see unbeaten Light Flyweight prospect Christian Araneta (15-0, 13) take on former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (25-9-4, 13) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver title. The very hard hitting and promising Araneta is one of many Filipino prospects at Light Flyweight, and has scored several notable wins including a 22015 victory over Jesse Espinas. Coming in to this Araneta has stopped his last 4 opponents in a combined 11 rounds and will be hoping that sort of destruction continues here. As for Tomogdan he is best known for coming up short in a world title fight against Wanheng Menayothin, though has faced other notable foes with losses to Jobert Alvarez, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Richard Claveras and Pedro Guevara as well as a notable 2017 win against Riku Kano. We suspect that the power and size of Araneta will be too much, but Tomogdan's experience could keep him competitive here.
A second title bout will see unbeaten Frenchman Jaber Zayani (14-0, 8) battle against former Satoshi Shimizu foe Eduardo Mancito (16-8-2, 9) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Super Featherweight title. We're not sure how Zayani, qualifies for an Oriental title but his last two bouts have been in Thailand and he'll be hoping to continue his success in Asia here, and extend his unbeaten record. As for Mancito he has lost 3 of his last 4, but that losing run did come to an end last time out when he defeated limited veteran Danilo Pena. Sadly a win over Pena is unlikely to help Mancito here against Zayani, who should come out on top without too many problems.
A third bout of not will see the once touted Jobert Alvarez (17-2-2, 7) take on Gerpaul Valero (22-21-4, 16). Valero was once 1-13-3 and has turned his record around since then, but in the last few years he has he has began to struggle again, going 1-4-1 in his last 6 bouts. Alvarez on the other hand was expected to be a star following a very competitive loss to Juan Francisco Estrada. Since then he has failed to live up to expectation, but is still young enough to bounce back. Sadly for Alvarez he was very unlucky not to claim an OPBF title last October, when he was held to a draw by Keisuke Nakayama, but should come out on top here with very few problems.
After a small break in Japanese action we see things return this coming Friday with an interesting show in Hyogo.
The main event of the card will see two former world title challengers face off in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title. The match up will see Japanese teenager Riku Kano (11-2-1, 6) battle against Filipino Jerry Tomogdan (22-8-4, 10). For the 19 year old Kano the bout will be his second since suffering a technical decision loss to Katsunari Takayama last August whilst Tomogdan will be looking to get his career back on track following following a 4-3-2 in his last 9 bouts. On paper Kano will be favoured, but this is certainly no foregone conclusion.
The chief support bout will also be a Japan Vs Philippines bout as the unbeaten, and heavy handed, Futa Akizuki (8-0, 7) takes a step up in class and takes on Vincent Bautista (5-6-4, 1). On paper this looks like a real mismatch but the 19 year old Akizuki hasn't yet faced a foe with much of a pulse and this is his stiffest test on paper. Although his record isn't great Bautista has been matched hard and has gone in with Petch Sor Chitpattana, Palangpol CP Freshmart and Masataka Taniguchi showing his level of competition. This really could be a great test for the unbeaten man.
In another supporting bout we'll see the once beaten Rikito Hattori (7-1, 2) take on Takayuki Teraji (7-12-1, 4) in what should be another bout that will be better than the records of the two men suggest. Teraji is very beatable but always puts up a good effort and could well be a potential banana skin for Hattori.
We also have Asian action in Russia with two Filipinos fighting in interesting bouts.
One of those bouts will see Russian based Tajik Shavkat Rakhimov (9-0, 7) battle with Filipino Jimmy Paypa (19-3-1, 7) in a 10 round contest. Rakhimov has picked up wins over other Filipinos, stopping both Jerry Castroverde and Rogelio Jun Doliguez, and should be favoured again here, especially given that Paypa was stopped inside a round by Shingo Wake in his most notable bout to date. Although Rakhimov should be favoured it's worth noting that Paypa has won his last 3, including wins over Bernabe Concepcion and Jerry Nardo.
The other bout with a Filipino will see the unbeaten Evgeny Chuprakov (17-0, 9) take on experienced Filipino Eden Sonsona (36-6-2, 13) in a bout for the WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title. The talented Sonsona hasn't lost in over 5 years, going 10-0-2 during that run, and has the experience against very good opponents to be a real banana skin for Chuprakov. Saying that however the Russian will be favoured given he is the naturally bigger fighter and has home advantage. Despite being the away fighter Sonsona won't be turning up to lose, and will instead be looking to replicate his huge 2015 upset over Adrian Estrella.
This Saturday isn't the most packed of days but does feature several fights of note.
In Sinaloa fight fans will see former world champion Pedro Guevara (28-2-1, 17) face off against Filipino former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (21-7-3, 9). Tomogdan is a late replacement for WBC Light Flyweight champion Ganigan Lopez, who was originally set to face Guevara before pulling out with an injury. The Filipino will be the under-dog against the fantastic Mexican but may be able to catch Guevara off form given that his original focus was on Lopez and not Tomogdan.
Staying in Mexico we'll see another former world champion in action as Tomoki Kameda (31-2, 19) faces Cecilio Santos (31-30-6, 19). This will be Kameda's first bout in over a year, following back-to-back losses to Jamie McDonnell, but should be an easy one for the only remaining Kameda, after both Koki and Daiki announced their retirements. Notably Santos was stopped in 4 rounds 6 years ago by Tomoki's older brother Koki and that will likely by Tomoki's target here.
Western Australia, Australia
In Australia we'll see Thailand's once beaten Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (18-1, 14) challenge Brandon Ogilvie (16-1-1, 8) for the Aussie's WBA Oceania Lightweight title. Pharanpetch will be returning to the country where he suffered his only loss, last year to Billy Dib, to take on a man who gave Yoshitaka Kato a thrilling war earlier this year. Sadly for the Thai we don't see him having the work rate, or natural size, to really compete with Ogilvie.
New Delhi, India
In Asia there is only one show and that comes from India.
The main event from this card will see Neeraj Goyat (7-2-2, 2) defend his WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title against Australian Ben Kite (5-3-1, 1). Goyat should be favoured strongly here, given his home advantage and the likes, but Kite will travel to put up a fight.
In an under-card bout the unbeaten Indian Deepak Tanwar (2-0, 1) will face fellow unbeaten John Serunjogi (5-0, 3), from Uganda. The bout, scheduled for 6 rounds, could see questions of both men being answered, though is unlikely to really prove much about either man.
We get a number of intriguing bouts on December second, with two really interesting bouts in the Philippines as well as some JBC ranked fighters in action in Japan.
Metro Manila, Philippines
One of those interesting Filipino bouts sees former world title challengers collide as former WBC Light Flyweight challenger Richard Claveras (13-1-2, 12) takes on former WBC Minimumweight title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (18-6-3, 9). The two men, who both failed in world title bouts earlier this year, will be trading blows for the WBC international Light Flyweight title in what sould be a genuinely competitive and meaningful bout, though one where the naturally bigger Claveras should be favoured.
The other bout of note is an OPBF Flyweight title bout which will see the experienced Ardin Diale (29-9-3, 15) battle against countryman Renoel Pael (19-1-1, 9) for the title recently vacated by Koki Eto, who famously won the belt by stopping Diale in a thriller last year. The bout is a huge step up in class for Pael though it is, potentially, a coming out party for him considering that his most notable bout is a controversial loss in Thailand to Noknoi Sitthiprasert. For Diale this is a chance to claim an OPBF title and continue a solid winning streak, which has included some good wins against Renerio Arizala, Jenny Boy Boca and Yuta Matsuo. This could another great bout with Diale.
As well as the bouts in the Philippines Japanese fans also get a notable card.
In the main event fans will Tsukasa Saito (20-3, 15), a Japanese ranked Lightweight, battle against Thai visitor Thangthong Sithsaithong (0-0). On paper this is a mismatch, especially given that Saito is a former WBC Youth champion, however Saito has been stopped in his last 2 losses, both in his last 6 fights, and maybe be up against someone with more experience than we're aware of.
Another Japanese ranked fighter on this card is Super Bantamweight fighter Yosuke Fujihara (15-3, 4), who risks his ranking against the inform Naoaki Kumagai (7-2, 4). Coming in to this one Fujihara has lost 3 of his last 6, including 2 of his last 3 bouts, though has mixed at a decent level and holds wins over Teppei Kikui, Kenji Kubo and Yukinori Hisanaga. On the other hand Kumagai has won 5 of his last 6 and looked to be a man who is very confident. This could be a banana skin for Fujihara.
There isn't much action this Sunday but there is a couple of former world title challengers in action
For us the more notable of the two shows comes from Japan as Senrima Kobe Promotions put on a show at the Kobe Art Center.
In the main event former IBF Super Flyweight contender Teiru Kinoshita (21-1-1, 5) will be battling against Cyborg Nawatedani (9-2-2, 4). This will be Kinoshita's 3rd bout since losing to Zolani Tete but it is a considerable step up from the last two opponents that Kinoshita has faced, who were both limited Thai's. Nawatedani comes in to this bout 8-0-1 in his last 9 bouts and has scored some solid wins, including a decision over Junichi Ebisuoka.
The co-feature here is the only other bout of real interest and sees veteran Kento Matsushita (33-9-6, 13) battle novice professional Ken Osato (6-1, 3). Coming in this one Matsushita is a former multi-time Japanese title challenger who knows that he cannot afford to suffer another loss if he's to get another title fight. As for Osato he has won back-to-back fights following a an opening round KO loss to Shohei Fujimoto, but this is a huge step up in class for him
As well as the action in Japan there is also some action in the Philippines.
The man event here will see former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (17-6-3, 9) battle against Joey Canoy (9-1-1, 3). This will be Tomogdan's first bout since he came up short against WBC world champion Wanheng Menayothin earlier this year. On paper Tomogdan should be favoured but Canoy will be coming in to this bout looking to avenge his sole defeat and may well feel he has a real point to prove.
Another bout of note on this card will feature unbeaten prospect Ardie Boyose (15-0-2, 11) battle Phil Angcamor (13-23-3, 7). Boyose is a promising puncher and should pick up his 12th stoppage win here, though we are hoping to see him step up in class in the near future.
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The month of June may have only just began but we're already in to major bouts and to kick off June we get a WBC Minimumweight world title contest.
The bout at hand will see reigning champion Wanheng Menayothin (37-0, 12) making the second defense of his title as he takes on Filipino foe Jerry Tomogdan (17-5-3, 9) in what appears to be a huge mismatch in favour of the defending champion.
Wanheng, who won his title last year by stopping Oswaldo Novoa, was originally scheduled to be facing Korean puncher Young Kil Bae who was forced out of the bout with an injury suffered in training. That left the promoter of the bout scrambling for an opponent with the WBC allowing Tomogdan to be the replacement, despite the fact the Filipino was ranked well outside of the top 15. For Wanheng this is supposed to be an easy defense of his title before a mandatory later in the year, possibly against Denver Cuello. As for Tomogdan this is a huge opportunity, but one that we suspect has come too soon given his lack of quality opposition thus far.
A second title bout on this show will see WBC youth Minimumweight champion Chanachai CP Freshmart (3-0, 2) defending his belt against Filipino Lester Abutan (7-2-3, 4). Abutan's team do sound confident of over-coming the Thai novice, but Chanachai has been impressive so far in his career and we'd be shocked if Abutan really tested him here.
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