July 12th-Title action in Korea, promising fighters in the Philippines and action in Japan!
Incheon, South Korean
For us the most interesting of three Asian shows this Sunday comes from South Korea where AK Promotions put on a Korean title double header as they continue to try and reinvigorate Korean boxing.
The most notable of he two title bouts comes at 154lbs where touted teenager Kyoo Hwan Hwang (1-0, 1) battles against Chan Hee Park (5-5-1, 3). Many in Korea are tipping Hwang as their next potential star and the 5'11 youngster does seem to have plenty of talent and enjoy fighting, as shown in his debut against Jung Ho Jang and his from his days as an amateur. As for Park he snapped a 4 fight losing streak last time out when he beat Shingo Yabu and will be looking to score his biggest win here.
The other title fight comes at 140lbs where Woo Min Won (6-1, 3) battles Jin Soo Kim (6-4, 3) in a bout for the vacant title. Coming in to this bout Kim has lost his last 2 though does hold a notable stoppage win win over Japanese based fighter Quaye Peter. On the other hand Won has fought just once in the last 5 years and may have a fair amount of ring rust.
As well as the two title bouts there will also be a couple of novice bouts on the under-card.
For fans wanting to tune into this Korean show, it will be streamed here on the AK Promotions youtube channel, as confirmed via an e-mail with promoter Andy Kim.
Metro Manila, Philippines
As well as the title action in Korea there will also be a title bout in the Philippines in what looks to be a mouth watering match up on a card that also features a really good looking support bout.
The title bout will see the unbeaten and touted Neil John Tabanao (11-0, 7) take on the once beaten Randy Braga (15-1-1, 3) in a contest for the GAB Featherweight title. Braga was really unlucky last time out, losing a really close split decision to Macbute Sinyabi in South Africa and although he lost he did show that there was real talent there. For Tabanao this is a big step up but a win will put him in the mix for continental titles.
In the chief support bout the unbeaten Jay Loto (9-0-1) will be taking on the testing Oliver Gregorio (9-5-2, 5) in what looks to be a good test for the unbeaten man. Gregorio has only won 1 of his last 6 but is better than his record suggests.
In Japan the Shinsei gym host their latest show. On paper it is a relatively poor show but there is a few bouts worth noting.
In the main event we'll see former world title challenger Junichi Ebisuoka (23-18-6, 10) battle against former Japanese title challenger Masato Morisaki (9-4-1, 5). Coming in to this bout Ebisuoka looks to be a man ready to end his long career and he's without a win in more than 3 years however Morisaki was dominated last time out when he came up very short against Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida, back on New Years Eve.
In one of the chief support bouts fans will see Japanese ranked fighter Ryo Kosaka (9-3-1, 4) take on win-less Thai visitor Nongdear Sor Bangkhru (0-5) in what should be a straight forward win for Kosaka.
Arguably the most interesting bout on this card is a catchweight bout between a couple of Japanese ranked fighters. The higher ranked of the two men is Kenta Sugimoto (9-7-1, 1), who is ranked at Light Flyweight, whilst the other man involved is Flyweight Shunji Nagata (10-13-2, 3). Coming in Sugimoto is in good form, having won his last 3, whilst Nagata has lost his last 2 however this should be a very good match up.
(Image courtesy of AK Promotions)