Resorts World Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The most notable action of the day for us comes from Las Vegas, where unbeaten Kazakh fighter Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7) clashes with unbeaten Englishman Danny Dignum (14-0-1, 8), for the WBO interim Middleweight title which is likely to be upgraded to the full title later in the year. The bout has come about after Demetrius Andrade felt like testing the water at Super Middleweight, rather than face Alimkhanuly in a mandatory defense, and other fighters in the division also turned down a fight with Alimkhanuly. At times, early in his career, Alimkhanuly struggled to settle into a professional style, with his performance against Vaughn Alexander being a notable example, but recently he has looked like one of the best Middleweights on the planet, and had a string of impressive performances. As for Dignum, the Englishman is stepping up massively for this bout, especially given a 2021 draw against Andrey Sirotkin, but will feel like he's being over-looked and could end up being a potential banana skin for Alimkhanuly. The winner of this will find themselves in the mix for big divisional bouts, but sadly the division is a weak one at the moment. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Alimkhanuly and Dignum battle for WBO interim title!
Davies Boxing and Fitness, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Staying in the US we'll also see Korean fighter Bo Mi Re Shin (11-1-3, 6) in action in Texas, as she battles Mexican Iranda Paola Torres (13-6-1-1, 4) for the WBC International Female Super Featherweight title. The 28 year old Shin made her debut in 2016 and had a very weird 3-0-3 start to her professional career, before getting some momentum and winning 6 in a row. Sadly her winning run came to an end in 2020, but she has bounced back with back to back wins to get her career back on track. Torres on the other hand is 32 years old and began her career well, with 6 straight wins, but has struggled since then, going 7-6-1-1. In fairness to her however she has faced some very notable fighters, with notably losses to Cindy Serrano, Heather Hardy and Jelena Mrdjenovich. For both this is a great chance to claim a minor title, and potentially move towards a world title fight in the next year or two.
As well as the action in the US we also get a small Filipino card in Cebu, with a number of promising youngsters looking to secure their next wins.
One of those youngsters is 21 year old John Paul Gabunilas (6-1, 5), who looks to build on a March win over Clyde Azarcon as he takes on Jomar Caindog (11-2-1, 4), in what could end up being a really good domestic clash. Gabunilas will go in as the prospect in form, and has won his last 4, however Caindog is no push over, and was unlucky in 2019 when he faced Jing Xiang. One notable here however is the fact Caindog has been out of the ring for more than 2 years, whilst Gabunilas will be having his 4th fight in less than a year.
Other promising youngsters on this card include Berland Robles (3-0, 2), who clashes with Reymark Alicaba (7-2, 5); Bryan James Wild (7-0, 6), who faces Jason Dogelio (10-6, 3), Rodex Piala (4-0), who clashes with Alan Alberca (11-5, 6); April Jay Abne (8-1, 4) who's un against Arnold Garde (10-12-3, 4); and Ian Abne (5-0, 4), who battles Ronald Ewican (5-3, 2).
For us the most interesting card of the day takes place in China, where we see a a really talented local look to continue his impressive winning run, a once beaten local looking to add to his record and an unbeaten prospect look to build on his good start.
The main event will see the world ranked Jing Xiang (16-4-2, 3) take on Filipino visitor Jomar Caindog (10-1-1, 4) in a very interesting looking match up on paper. The talented Xiang, who is world ranked at 108lbs, will be dropping to Minimumweight for this match up as he attempts to claim the WBO International title. On paper Caindog is a good opponent, but this will be a big step up for the Filipino, who fights outside of the Philippines for the first time. The winner of this will be in the mix for WBO Minimumweight title so this is a very significant fight for both men and should be a bout that has a lot of skills on show. A full preview of this bout is available to read here Xiang moves down to take on Caindog in International title fight
In a good support bout local fighter Xiao Tao Su (10-1, 5) will take on Shota Yukawa (11-5-3, 4) for the WBO Oriental Super Featherweight title. Coming into this the local is on a 6 fight winning run, including a KO win over the once touted Konthara KKP and another over Riki Hamada. Su is certainly not a big name prospect but has got momentum coming into this bout. Yukawa on the other hand is a 31 year old who has been facing very poor opposition since being stopped in May 2018 by Takura Uehara and will come into this bout as a clear under-dog.
A third bout of interest will see the flawed but hard hitting Chinese Xiang Li (4-0, 3) take on Korean teenager Do Jin Lee (6-2-3) for a pair of minor titles. For Li this will be his second second bout of the year, following January's win over Arvin Yurong. In that win over Young we saw plenty to like about the 24 year old Li, who really does look a powerful young kid, but he really needs a lot of polishing before being moved through the rankings. Lee on the other hand comes into this bout on the back of a very wide loss to Mirai Naito back in June, and that loss showed his level.
ALA have been really quiet this year, though they do have a show this coming Saturday in Leyte, featuring two of their biggest hopes, both in matches that look like mismatches.
The most clear of those mismatches will see the heavy handed Jeo Santisima (17-2, 14) take on Indonesian foe Alvius Maufani (6-3-2, 3). Santisima hasn't fought since last November, when he scored a solid win over tough Mexican Victor Uriel Lopez, and has lost much of his momentum as a result of the lay off. On the other hand Maufani has failed to win any of his last 3, and was stopped last time out, by Yamato Hata.
The other stand out fighter on this card is Albert Pagara (31-1, 22), who takes on Thai puncher Lucky Tor Buamas (12-3, 12). Pagara has promised a lot, but like Santisima has been inactive since last November, and has only fought 5 times since his loss to Cesar Jaurez in July 2016. Given that Lucky has been stopped in his 3 defeats we suspect another early defeat for him here.
Other notable Filipino fighters on this card include Esneth Domingo (11-1, 6) and former world title challengers Melvin Jerusalem (14-2, 8) and Jonas Sultan (15-5, 9). All 3 will be expected to pick up straight forward wins here.
Bang Phun, Thailand
Sticking with pretty notable action we also get a WP Boxing card from Bang Phun, which we expect to see being aired on DAZN in the US.
The main event of this show will see Apichet Petchmanee (4-0, 2) and Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-4, 41) battle in a rematch. The two fought earlier this year and the unbeaten Apichet was given a really tough test by the much more experienced fighter, who was though to be past it but proved to still a lot left in the tank. The 65 fight veteran is a former multi-time world title challenger, and whilst he's proven to be no threat to world champions he is a solid regional fighter and will be looking to avenge the loss he suffered in his first bout with Apichet. This could end up being one of the most interesting bouts of the day.
Also on this card is unbeaten youngster Chainoi Worawut (5-0-1, 5), who looks like he could be in a bit of a shoot out as he battles Filipino Matthew Arcillas (6-2, 6). Between the two men they have had 14 bouts, but only seen the final bell once, Chainoi's draw with Rakniran Muadransarakam. Both can punch, and with Arcillas having a suspect chin we're not expecting this to go long. This could be explosive and very exciting.
From what we understand there was supposed to be two Super Flyweight tournaments bouts, with Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (2-1, 1) taking on Yodtanong Chaepet (2-0, 1) and Samartlek Kokietgym (34-10-1,12) going up against Phongsaphon Panyakum (4-1, 1). We have however been told that at least one of these bouts, if not both, have been rescheduled due to an injury.
Staying in Asia there is also a show set to take place in Singapore, albeit a very low level card with little in terms of interesting action.
The main event will see Indonesian journeyman Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (29-17-1, 16) take on Thailand's Theerawat Yoohanngoh (21-10, 15) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Middleweight title. The 38 year old Ferdinandus was once a respectable regional fighter at Lightweight, but his 2018 clash with Tim Tszyu is hard to forget, and it's clear that his career is ambling to an end. Theerawat on the other hand is a 31 year old who showed promise a decade ago, but has certainly not shown that level of promise in recent years. This could be interesting, but it's one where neither guy is likely to go much further.
In a supporting bout 35 year old local Darryl Edmund Kho (4-1-1, 1) battles Rahman Ambodalle (6-12-2, 3). Given how Ferdinandus career is winding down we really do worry for Ambodalle who was stopped in 2 by Ferdinandus in May. That was Ambodalle 9th stoppage loss and he's almost certainly there to just pad Kho's record.
In what looks like another record padding bout the unbeaten Adli Hafidz (6-0, 3), from Malaysia, will be up against 35 year old Rocky Alap Alap (5-18-2). Alap Alap actually fought Theerawat back in 2010, losing in 4 rounds and has only win once since June 2008, suffering 15 losses in that time.
Over in the US Top Rank promoted Kazakh prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0, 2) looks to continue his unbeaten run as he takes a big step up in class and faces off with Stuart McLellan (27-3-3-1, 11). The talented and unbeaten Alimkhanuly has, at times, flattered to deceive and although clearly an excellent fighter hasn't totally adapted to the professional ranks...yet. McLellan on the other hand is a 32 year old Canadian who is no world beater, but is a solid enough fighter to match Alimkhanuly with at this stage of his career. McLellan has mostly fought on the Canadian scene with his most notable result being a TKO3 loss to Steve Clagget back in 2015. Since the loss to Clagget he has gone 15-1-0-1 and should ask some questions of the Kazakh hopeful.