Misamis Oriental, Philippines
For us the main show this coming Sunday comes from the Philippines, where we see several notable names in action, giving us a show that has some "name power", though sadly doesn't really have an interesting match up on it.
The most well known name on this show is former Super Flyweight world champion Marvin Sonsona (21-1-1, 15), who is some how set to get yet another chance to show the boxing world what a wasted talent he is. The once sensational Sonsona is scheduled to face the very limited Boyce Sultan (10-13-1, 5) in a bout at Welterweight, some 31lbs above the weight that Sonsona won the WBO title at. Given last time out, for a bout scheduled at 141lbs, Sonsona came in at 147lbs we really do need to wonder whether he'll even make weight here.
Another notable name, albeit an often over-looked one, on this card is Jaysever Abcede (20-10, 12), who takes on Jay R Tulinan (4-4, 2), in what looks like a rare bout where Abcede will start as a very, very clear favourite. Although not a world beater Abcede is very much an upset minded fighter, who has beaten the likes of Stamp Kiatniwat and Seigo Yuri Akui on his travels, and should have no issues picking up a victory against the very limited Tulinan.
Yet another potential mismatch on this card will see the unbeaten Roslan Eco (6-0, 4) battle against Jason Mopon (7-14, 1). Eco is a genuinely promising prospect, and will. be looking to build on a win, in January, over Michael Camelion. He should have far, far too much for Mopon, who has been stopped 9 times including being stopped by the aforementioned Camelion last time out, a little over 2 years ago.
On paper the best match up on the show will see the very under-rated Marco John Rementizo (12-3, 9) take on former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (29-11-4, 15). The promising Rementizo is an upset minded fighter who can be a real handful, as he showed in 2018 against Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart and Pongsakleg Sithdabnij. He's not a world by any stretch, but he can certainly mix at Oriental level if, or when, his team want to pushing him up a level. Tomogdan on the other hand has struggled to build any momentum with his career since a 2015 loss to Wanheng Menayothin, barring a huge upset win over Riku Kano in 2017. This should be the best bout on the card but a straight forward win for Rementizo should be expected.
Aioi Hall, Kariya, Aichi, Japan
As well as the show in the Philippines, which to be fair is the best looking show in Asia this Sunday, there is also a card Aichi, Japan featuring one decent looking bout, and one bout featuring something of a potential future domestic contender.
The really interesting bout on this card will see 2021 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Hiroya Nojima (8-1, 4) take on Masateru Hatagami (6-3-1, 2), in a good looking 8 rounder. The 26 year old Nojima is currently riding a 5 fight winning streak, following a 2019 loss to Homare Yasui, and has looked pretty good, albeit against fellow novices, as he's began to build up his record. Hatagami on the other hand is an aggressive fighter, who's looking to bounce back from his 2021 loss to Ryosuke Maruki, and whilst no world beater he does make for fun fights, so for fans in Aichi this one could certainly be a rather exciting tear up.
The other bout of note here sees the talented Fuya Tomita (7-3, 2), himself a 2021 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner, continue his rise through the ranks whilst taking on Ren Anzai (5-4-1, 2). The 23 year old Tomita doesn't have a great record, or much power, but he's something of a freak, standing at 5'11" whilst fighting at Bantamweight, and certainly has some tools in his skillset to make a mark on the sport, though is very much a work in progress. Anzai on the other hand is a relatively limited 21 year old, but should be able to do enough to make Tomita work for a win here, and we should see a pretty interesting fight, though one that maybe lacks in terms of drama.
Over in Pakistan we'll see a low profile show, which so far only has a single bout listed on Boxrec, and that's a 6 round clash between Osama Ali (1-1-1) and Amin Ul Haq (6-4, 4). The 20 year old Ali made his debut in 2019, and has fought once a year so far, with mixed results, as his record suggests, against fellow novices, leaving it almost impossible to know what his skill set is like. As for His for, Ul Haq, he's a 27 year old Pakistan based Afghan fighter, who failed to see the final bell in his first 7 bouts, but has picked up a couple of decisions recently, most recently beating Haroon Khan last year. Ul Haq's power and extra experience could well be the difference here
Seoul, South Korea
The biggest show this coming Sunday comes from Seoul where the KBF put on a title double header, which also involves one of the hopes of Korean boxing.
The main event will see In Duck Seo (10-1-2, 6) and Heuk San Lee (9-0-2, 4), battling for the KBF Welterweight title. For Seo this will be his first defense of the title whilst Lee looks to claim the KBF title, adding to a previous reign as the BoxingM Light Middleweight champion. This could be a really, really good fight.
The second KBF title fight will take place at Light Middleweight, with Dong Woo Kim (5-2, 3) taking on Tae Young Suh (4-0-1). This is the biggest bout for both men so far and will see the winner really get a big win on their record, at least in terms of the domestic scene, but it's hard to imagine either man making a mark above domestic level, at least any time soon.
Another notable fight sees the once very highly regarded Ye Joon Kim (16-1-2, 8) take on Muaty Thai fighter, turned boxer, Anocha Phuangkaew (2-0, 2). The Thai is said to be 45-5 in Muay Thai and could prove to be a very dangerous opponent for the unorthodox Kim, who will be fighting for the second time since ending a 2 year break from the ring.
In Thailand fans will get a small card in Pattaya. One of the bouts on that card will see Thai based, Armenian born Russian Arest Saakyan (2-0) attempt to extend his unbeaten run as he takes on the debuting Boonyarit Boonyai (0-0).
Also pencilled in for this card is Thai based British fighter Michael Alan Flannery (1-0, 1), who looks to build on his debut win back in January.
Misamis Oriental, Philippines
It is worth noting that a Filipino show was announced with former OPBF champion Mark John Yap (29-13, 14), Jess Rhey Waminal (12-2-1, 7) and Marco John Rementizo (9-3, 6) all announced for the show. Sadly details of this card sort of vanished and it's unclear if the show is going to take place, and if so who is actually going to be in action. All 3 of the fighters mentioned are fantastic and we really the show does take place, but the lack of noise from those involved and lack of details would suggest that the opponent would be very late notice fighters.