In a rarity the show that has caught our eye for November 17th comes from Indonesia and will feature the biggest name in Indonesian boxing and one of the hottest prospects in the country.
The main event of the card will see former world title challenger Daud Yordan (39-4-0-1, 27), who takes on South African foe Michael Mokoena (15-4, 10) in a bout for the IBA World and WBO Oriental Light Welterweight titles. The talented Yordan is looking to score his second win since his 2018 loss to Anthony Crolla a year ago whilst Mokoena is looking to avoid a third loss in 4. It's hard to go against Yordan in Indonesia but the visitor will not be there to make up the numbers.
A second bout of note on this show will see the unbeaten Ongen Saknosiwi (7-0, 7) take on experienced Filipino Marco Demecillo (24-8-1, 19), in a bout for the IBA world Featherweight title. The unbeaten Saknosiwi is, on paper, taking a leap up in class after 7 bouts against relative novices, however he should have size, and physical advantage over Demecillo. The Filipino, who began his career around Super Flyweight, has fought as high as Lightweight in recent years, but is very much a blown-up-Bantamweight type fighter. Despite being the smaller man Demecillo shouldn't be written off, and he's an upset minded type of fighter who will be in the ring looking to shock the unbeaten local hero.
In Japan we have a couple of shows with the most notable of those taking place in Hyogo.
The main event of this card will see former world title challenger Riku Kano (15-4-1, 8) face off against the once beaten Tetsuya Mimura (8-1, 1), in what looks likely to be a much more interesting bout than the records suggest. Kano is a talent, but isn't looking likely to live up to the early expectations put on his shoulders, and looks like the best he'll do any time soon is a national title. Mimura on the other hand is looking for his third win since losing in the 2018 Rookie of the Year final. We'd assume Kano's experience will be key here, but it's not a given.
In the main support bout Japanese ranked Flyweight Arata Matsuoka (8-6, 4) will take on Shota Asami (7-6, 4). On paper this looks like a really competitive bout, and one that is worthy of attention. Matsuoka is a former Japanese Youth Flyweight champion and despite his record he is 6-1 (3) in his last 7, rebuilding from a 2-5 start. Asami on the other hand has suffered a lot of close losses, and could have had a 12-1 record with some good fortune shining his way. This might not look like the best of bouts, but we expect it will be much, much better than the records suggest.
Another bout that has the potential to out-shine the main event will see former Japanese Youth Featherweight champion Hikaru Matsuoka (15-5-3, 2) take on Retsu Kosaka (10-4, 4). With 23 bouts to his name it's hard to believe Matsuoka is only 24, but the youngster is an experienced young veteran who always comes to fight, despite his limitations. Kosaka isn't a great, and is 3-4 in his last 7, but can score the occasional upset and hold a a very big 2017 win over current Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa. This is another very good match up, even if it's not going to get much attention outside of Hyogo.
As well as the show in Hyogo there will also be a Japanese card in Yamaguchi, featuring a promising and talented young female fighter, a bout between Japanese fighters and a young novice with a lot of promise.
The main event of the show will be the one featuring the talented young female fighter, teenager Eruka Hiromoto (5-0). The promising Hiromoto will be looking to defend her OPBF female Minimumweight title, as she takes on the aggressive, but somewhat clumsy, Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2). For Hiromoto this will be her first defense, and the fleet footed southpaw will know she's in for a legitimate test here against the 35 year old Hazuki. Although Hazuki is the more technically limited of the two she's aggressive and will ask serious questions of of the champion in what promising to be a very interesting contest. Our preview of this bout can be read here Teenager Hiromoto takes on Hazuki in first title defense
The chief support bout will see Japanese ranked fighters Taiyo Inoue (8-5-2, 5) and Yuto Nakamura (11-5, 8) face off in an interesting looking 8 round contest. Entering the bout Inoue is ranked by the JBC at Light Flyweight, though has been fighting at Flyweight and Super Flyweight recently. Although Inoue is 2-3-2 in his last 7 he is much better than those numbers suggest. Nakamura on the other hand is ranked by the JBC at 115lb is a former Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion who enters on the back of 4 straight wins. The size and power is with Nakamura here, but Inoue will certainly be in the ring seeking the upset.
It's also worth noting that Eruka Hiromoto's older brother Ayato Hiromoto (1-0, 1) will be having his second bout on this card. The talented Hiromoto will be taking on Filipino foe Romel Oliveros (10-5-1, 4), in what is a big step up in class from his debut back in September against Suriyo Chonlathan. Although Oliveros is no World beater he's a very good test for someone as inexperienced in the professional ranks as Hiromoto.
On Wednesday in the Bohol fight fans will be able to see a small card with a few notable names involved.
The most notable is the well travelled, and criminally under-rated, Ricky Sismundo (34-11-3, 16). The talented Sismundo is set to go over old ground with a second bout against Jason Redondo (11-6-2, 7), who he stopped last year in 5 rounds. Sismundo can't really be questioned in terms of his competition, given he has faced a real who's who at Lightweight and Light Welterweight, but this is disappointing. Redondo really doesn't have much a chance of getting revenge for his prior loss to Sismundo.
The other notable name is Marco Demecillo (22-7-1, 17), who will be fighting for the first time since losing to Jason Moloney in February 2017. Demecillo looks set to be eased back into professional boxing with a match up against the limited Romnick Magos (12-6, 7), who hasn't fought in over 2 years and is 3 years removed from his last win. Demecillo will likely have some ring rust, but Magos is expected to have more and be the naturally smaller man.
South Australia, Australia
On February 3rd we get the chance to see two interesting looking bouts take place in Australia as two Filipino fighters look to over-come unbeaten Australian twins.
At Bantamweight we'll see the unbeaten Andrew Moloney (11-0, 7) take on the under-rated Renoel Pael (21-4-1, 11). Moloney was a former amateur standout who has made a name for himself in the professional ranks thanks to wins over notable Filipino fighters like Jether Oliva and Markquil Salvana. The unbeaten man will be looking to continue that run as he takes on Pael, who has lost 3 of his last 5. Although Pael isn't in great form he has been fighting good fighters with losses to Ardin Diale, Go Onaga and Suguru Muranaka. Although on paper Pael is a live under-dog it should be noted that he's not a natural Bantamweight and could struggle with Moloney's power.
The other unbeaten Australian is Andrew's twin brother Jason Moloney (11-0, 10), who will be seeking his 12th win as he takes on experienced Filipino Marco Demecillo (22-6-1, 17). Again this bout look good on paper but sadly Demecillo looks to be a fighter very low on confidence and has gone 4-6 in his last 10, with 2 stoppage losses during those 10 bouts. He isn't a natural Super Bantamweight and will, like Pael, be expected to struggle against his foe's power and well honed skills. There is a slight chance of an upset, but it really is only a slight one.
Ansan, South Korea
There is also set to be a small KBC show in Ansan. The card is a very small one as part of the KBC's Rookie tournament.
Camarines Sur, Philippines
In a bout originally scheduled for the weekend fans will see Michael Dasmarinas (24-2, 16) facing off with Michael Escobia (11-12-1, 3). On paper this looks like a real mismatch however Escobia is much better than his record suggests and he has given fighters like Masaaki Serie and Koki Eto really competitive bouts, with the Eto bout coming earlier this year. Dasmarinas should win but this is no gimme.
There is also action from Laguna.
In the main event fans will get an interesting Light Flyweight bout between Lester Abutan (10-5-3, 5) and Mateo Handig (13-11, 7). On paper this looks like a mismatch, especially given that Handig has lost his last 6, however those 6 defeats have come to good fighters, such as Ganigan Lopez, Nawaphon Por Chokchai and Panomroonglek Kratingdaenggym. Abutan has a good record but has failed when he's stepped up in class, losing to Fahlan Sakkteerin Jr and Chanachai CP Freshmart, and as a result we suspect this will be more competitive than the records suggest.
In a supporting bout the 20 year old Robert Onggocan (6-1, 2) will face the very experienced Rodel Tejares (20-39-7, 5). Onggocan will be fighting for the third time since his sole defeat and although he has a promising looking record this is actually one of his toughest bouts so far. Tejares has gone 0-16-3 in his last 19 but could well see this as his chance to score his first win in over 4 years!
Southern Leyte, Philippines
A third show from the Philippines Marvin Tampus (27-23-3, 18) facing off with the out of form Marco Demecillo (21-5-1, 16). On paper it'd be easy to favour Demecillo however he has gone 3-5 over his last 8 bouts, dating back more than 3 years, and he is genuinely struggling to get his career back on track. For Tampus, who hasn't won in 5 years, this a great chance to get win and may be an opportunity that he will make the most of.
The Rookie of the Year continues on May 15th with 12 bouts in the Rookie of the East. These bouts will take place between Light Flyweight and Middleweight.
Rather than going into each of the bouts we'll just note that the Super Featherweight division is the busiest of the weight classes with 3 bouts, though there was originally 4 bouts in the division wish one being cancelled after the card was announced.
In Thailand fans will have a small show on channel 7.
The main event on the Thai show will see Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (31-7-1, 14) defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title against Indonesian Tommy Seran (24-4, 15) in what looks like a great bout on paper. Unfortunately however Seran is 1-3 in his last 4 bouts and all 3 of those losses have come on the round, including a defeat to recent “world” title challenger Ma Yi Ming, who was recently dominated by Randy Petalcorin.
In a supporting bout Petchorhae Kokietgym (11-0, 7) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line against busy Indonesian Domi Nenokeba (11-23-1, 7), who will be looking to avoid a 24th straight loss. Although active Nenokeba has become a professional loser, picking up 6 defeats last year alone.
Another Thai in action here will be Manachai Banchamek (3-0-1, 2) , who continues his trend of fighting every month this year. Last time out we saw Manachai fight to a draw with Boonpon Rachawongsi and we've got to admit we like what we've seen so far of Manachai.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia we get the chance to see a couple more fights involving Asian fighters.
The main event of the card will see Filipino puncher Marco Demecillo (20-3-1, 15) attempt to claim the PABA Super Bantamweight title as he battles against TJ Doheny (10-0, 7). The bout is genuinely interesting and we're hoping it lives up to the expectation.
Lower on the card China's Zhang Yong (3-4-1, 1) will be battling win-less Australian Ehsan Shakeri (0-4) in a low level 4 round bout whilst Komkit Chanawong (0-1) will be up against it as he faces Darragh Foley (4-0, 3).
In the US fans will have the chance to see the very promising Dauren Yeleussinov (1-0, 1), originally from Kazakhstan, battle against Eddie Tigs (1-5-3). Tigs is a tough and tall fighter, who has never been stopped, however Yeleussinov is a sensational prospect and the 28 year old is expected to be fast tracked. A quick win here for the Kazakh will hopefully see him stepping up in class.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines this week Elorde Promotions will be holding a special event to hand out the Flash Elorde awards. As well as the awards there will be a number of fights.
One of those fights will feature the world ranked Juan Martin Elorde (16-1-1, 7), a grandson of the great Flash Elorde, who looks to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title against limited Japanese visitor Hirotsugu Yamamoto (16-10-2, 2). Sadly this bout does look to be a very one-sided bout in favour of the grandson of the great Flash Elorde though should be a very popular result with the local fans attending the bout.
The Elorde/Yamamoto is one of 4 title bouts in total. Another will feature Juan Martin Elorde's younger brother Juan Miguel Elorde (17-1, 9), who will be hoping to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight. Elorde will be up against Thai visitor Tabthong Tor Buamas (14-2, 12) in what looks a good bout on paper but is likely to be one-sided given that Tabthong has lost the past 2 times he has faced someone of some note.
In an OPBF title bout we will see an all-Filipino clash as Vinvin Rufino (36-16-3, 16) battles Mark Gil Melligen (21-4-1, 12) for the OPBF Featherweight title. On paper this is a brilliant match up and a must win for both. Rufino has got experience at this level, having fought Hisashi Amagasa and Naoki Matsuda in previous OPBF title bouts but came up short in both of those bouts whilst Melligen will be fighting at this level for the first time.
For us however the pick of the bouts is a Filipino Bantamweight title bout which will see Monico Laurente (25-12, 6) defending his title against the once highly touted Marco Demecillo (20-2-1, 15). Laurente will be defending the belt for the 3rd time since winning it on March 25th 2012 though this is a very tough match up against a fighter looking to score a break out win of his own. This will be Demecillo second bout since losing to David Sanchez last December and it really is a must win for the 24 year old challenger.
Also on this card is promising Flyweight Giemel Magramo (12-0, 9) who battles against Jayar Estremos (10-9, 3). This looks like a mismatch but will be one of the first times Magramo has faced a fighter with a winning record so it is a small step up.
With Friday having 2 titles fights in Asia it's interesting to note that Saturday will have have 2 title bouts, involving Asian's, in Mexico, as well as bouts in Asia it's self, albeit no title fights.
The biggest Asian card of the day seems to be in Indonesia. The show, which is the first in the country, that we are of aware of, since Chris John's recent loss to Simpiwe Vetyeka, is headlined by an interesting looking Lightweight bout between Wellem Reyk (17-8-3, 5) and Yohannes Yordan (12-2-3, 2). On paper this is a great bout, at least as far as the Indonesian scene goes, though it does need to be said that Reyk has lost 4 of his last 7, 3 by stoppage, whilst Yordan is unbeaten in 5.
As well as the interesting looking main event there are several other bouts including a contest between journeyman Rommy Wassar (8-14-7, 3), who has faced and lost to numerous top Thai's, and Indonesian stalwart Falazona Fidal (24-38-1, 8). This 8 round bout is unlikely to get the attention of many international fans but it's actually a bout that is pretty interesting and should get the Indonesian fan base very excited about what is a great domestic clash.
In total 4 bouts are listed on boxrec.com though we are expecting the card to feature at least 2 more bouts. Unfortunately however it doesn't appear that the show will be televised. There is some hope it will be covered by TVRI though we're assuming it won't be.
Philippines, Misamis Oriental
As well as the card in Indonesia we also have a small one in the Philippines as young Filipino Wenie Cline Verano (1-0, 1) looks for her second win, against an un-named foe, whilst Macrea Gandionco (9-0-1, 5) takes on Allan Doronilla (9-9-1, 3). Unfortunately these are the only 2 bouts that we have details on for the card, though we are assuming that at least 1 more bout will actually take place, if the card doesn't totally fall through.
As well as the shows in Asia we have interest in two bouts in Mexico. The more interesting of those bouts in Hermosillo, Sonora as the hard hitting Filipino Marco Demecillo (19-1-1, 14) takes on Mexico's world ranked David Sanchez (23-2-2, 18) in a battle for the vacant WBA International Super Flyweight title. The bout, one of the highlights of the weekend, looks like it'll be a shoot out and with both men relying on their power it'll certainly be entertaining...for as long as it lasts. If there is one bout you catch this weekend, we'll advise that you make it this one, and not one of the bigger name bouts in Canada.
Whilst we can't deny that the Demecillo/Sanchez bout is the one we're really excited about there is a second title fight in Mexico as Fernando Lumacad (29-6-3, 12), who like Demecillo is a Filipino, takes on the unbeaten Horacio Garcia (24-0, 16) in a battle for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight title. On paper this looks just as tough, if not tougher, than Demecillo's bout, though we wouldn't be hugely shocked if Lumacad manages to pull out the upset.
On paper it's a mismatch but Garcia, despite being perfect through 24 bouts, has yet to face anyone of note and Lumacad is a huge step up for him. Unfortunately for Lumacad he is likely to be a bit too small and lack the power to beat Garcia though he should prove to be a very testing foe for the unbeaten man.
The biggest show of the weekend is the one in Quebec, a show that could well be the biggest Canadian clash in history. Although many will be tuning in for the All-Canadian clash between Lucien Bute and Jean Pascal our interest is firmly on the undercard as Light Heavyweight prospect Artur Beterbiev (3-0, 3) takes on the tough and experienced Gabriel Lecrosnier (16-25-3, 1). Although Lecrosnier has been beaten 25 times he's only been stopped in 3 bouts and should be able to give Beterbiev some rounds, saying that however the unbeaten Russian has been crushing durable foes so far in his career and we'd expect the same here.