The most notable action this coming Wednesday comes from Thailand, where we see a much anticipated bout, that is sadly being fought after it was allowed to marinate too long and lost of the lustre it once had.
The bout in question will see WBA Minimumweight "super" champion Knockout CP Freshmart (23-0, 9) defending his title against former long term WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin (55-2-0-1, 19). This bout was the most demanded bout at 105lbs, just 2 years ago when both men were world champions. Since then however Wanheng has suffered two losses to Panya Pradabsri, though both were razor thin and controversial, and the loss of the WBC title has seen this bout lose a lot of the shine it had. The bouts also suffers from the fact Wanheng is now 36, and has suggested retiring in the past. As for Knockout, the 31 year old is a long reigning champion and will be favoured here. Saying that a win over Wanheng, even a Wanhneg with 2 losses, would be the biggest win in Knockout's career, and help further enhance his reputation as one of the best fighters at 105lbs. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Knockout and Wanheng clash at last!
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Over in Japan we have a low level card, which is being held in honour of former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto, who will be taking part in his retirement ceremony, which will include a public sparring session with former world champion Takashi Uchiyama. Outside of that spar there isn't much which will get attention, but the card does have two that are noteworthy.
The main bout will see JBC ranked Middleweight Ran Tomomatsu (2-2) battle against the once beaten Eiki Kani (5-1-2, 2), in what could be something of a thrilling 8 rounder. The hard hitting and somewhat brutish Tomomatsu is no world beater, but he's strong, flawed and exciting, which makes for great action bouts. His limitations will likely hold him back from even winning a domestic title, but his style will lead to some very fan friendly wars. Kani on the other hand comes into this less than 18 months removed from a loss in the All Japan Rookie of the Year final, where he impressed with his exciting style. We suspect the physicality of Tomomatsu will be the difference maker here, but the styles of the men should really gel to give us something of a thrilling, and brutal 8 round war.
The other bout of note on this card will see JBC ranked Featherweight Kimihiro Nakagawa (8-5-2, 4) battle against Tamaki Miwa (8-7-1, 1). On paper Nakagawa will be the favourite here, but he has really been struggling the last few years and he is 3-4-1 in his last 8 bouts, going back 6 years. Miwa on the other hand has won his last 2, but is 2- in his last 5, and hasn't looking too threatening in the ring, with a lack of power, and a questionable chin. The winner of this will take a step towards a Japanese title fight, but in reality neither is even close to being ready for one.
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
As well as the action in Asia, we'll also see a notable bout in Australia, as former Filipino world title challenger Juan Miguel Elorde (29-2, 15) takes on unbeaten Australian hopeful Sam Goodman (11-0, 6), in a bout for the IBF Inter-Continental and WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight titles. Elorde has fought just once since being stopped by Emanuel Navarrete in September 2019, and now aged 35 we can't help but think we've seen the best of him. Goodman on the other hand will be returning to the ring for the first time since beating Japan's Fumiya Fuse in May, and looks to be heading towards bigger and better things. Aged 23 Goodman is not the complete article, but is certainly developing fight by fight and should have too much for Elorde at this point in time.
L-Theatre, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
The most notable action this Sunday takes place in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture as Taiho Promotions put on a card with two really interesting match up involving prospects stepping up in a notable manner.
The first of the two notable bouts will see former Japanese title challenger Dynamic Kenji (11-4, 7) battle against the unbeaten, very highly regarded, Yusuke Mine (4-0, 1) in a very good looking 8 rounder. Kenji hasn't fought since August 2019, when he lost to Takayuki Okumoto in a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout. That losses ended a 6 fight winning streak for Kenji, who has impressed against the likes of Futa Akizuki and Shota Kawaguchi. Sadly that loss, and inactivity, are hanging over him here, but he has shown he is a good fighter. Mine on the other hand was a very highly regarded amateur who turned professional with a lot of hype but has yet to live up to that hype. Mine is talented, accurate, skilled, but this is a big step up for him, and a chance to prove he is as good as his team claim.
The other notable bout will see Noboru Osato (13-8-4, 3) take on the once beaten Tulio Dekanarudo (3-1-1, 2). Osato isn't an amazing fighter, something that seems obvious given his record, but he is a talented one and he's on the run of his career with recent wins over Ryo Suwa and Retsu Kosaka, on paper this is a big step down from those bouts, but it's certainly not a gimmie. Dekanarudo was tipped to be one to watch, but was shocked in 2019, when Ken Jordan stopped him in a round, and failed to bounce back when he was last in the ring, suffering a technical draw with Yoshihiro Utsumi in October 2020. If Dekanarudo can show what he did as an amateur he has a real chance here, though he will, understandably, be the under-dog.
Sangyo Shinko Center, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
A second Japanese show, also in Osaka Prefecture, will be a 4 fight card promoted by Mitsuki Promotion. Sadly this really is a small show in Sakai City, but there is two bouts worth of some attention.
The first of those two bouts is an 8 rounder between Tomoya Kishine (7-4-1, 2) and Hironori Miyake (9-11-2, 1). Neither of these two men are going to go far in the sport, if we're being honest, but both men are better than their records suggest. Kishine has scored decent domestic wins over Masato Morisaki and Ryo Suwa in his last 3 bouts, and appears to be a pretty decent fighter, despite his record suggesting otherwise. Miyake on the other hand went the distance with Tomoki Kameda last time out, and actually dropped Kameda during that bout. He's no world beater, but Miyake will be there to fight and this could be end up being a very compelling 8 rounder.
The other notable bout on this card will see Yu Konomura (10-10, 2, 4) take on the JBC ranked Kimihiro Nakagawa (7-5-2, 3) in what will be an interesting Featherweight bout. Konomura is a win some, lose some, fighter. His last 6 bouts have all ended inside the distance and whilst did seem durable earlier in his career his recent bouts have have been exciting. Nakagawa on the other hand has one of the most misleading records in Japan, due in part to the fact he's gone 2-4-1 in his last 7. At his best Nakagawa is a rugged fighter, and his wins over Yosuke Kawano and Kanehiro Nakagawa are both very solid wins. This might not look great on paper, but it should be a good one in the ring.
Florence Day School, Liluah, India
Outside of Japan we also have action in India. Sadly this card is packed with debutants, though that's a good sign for the long term future of Indian boxing, with lots of fighters turning professional in the country.
The one bout of some note here is a 6 rounder, as 26 year old Dharamvir Singh (6-3, 5) takes on the win-less Deepak Kumar (0-2). Singh is limited, but he appears to be determined to make a mark on the Indian domestic scene throws heavy leather and could be one to watch longer term. As for Kumar, he's never been stopped and will be legitimately looking for his first win, rather than just making up the numbers against a fighter with a more impressive record.
Rebel Entertainment Complex, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Over in Canada we'll see Canadian based Iranian born Cruiserweight hopeful Salar Gholami (4-0, 2) back in the ring. The 6'4" "Saliwan" began his career in late 2018 and looked to be making a bit of a name for himself before the Pandemic slowed his rise, and he's been out of action since January 2020. Sadly we don't expect to see him tested here, but we are glad he's back in the ring after such a long lay off.