Incheon, South Korea
The biggest bout for us this Saturday will see WBA female Super Featherweight Hyun Mi Choi (16-0-1, 4) defending her title, for the 7th time. The Korean fighting queen will be up against 38 year old Japanese challenger Wakako Fujiwara (8-2-2, 3), in what we suspect will be a bit of a mismatch in favour of the Korean. Choi, who has fought in well over 10 world title bouts, has almost all the advantages here and should be too good for the veteran challenger. A full preview of this bout can be found here Korean queen Choi takes on Fujiwara in 7th defense
In India fans get a small but notable card featuring a host of local hopefuls. The card isn't big, by any stretch, but does feature a number of unbeaten fighters.
One of the bouts on the card is a 6 rounder between Sachin Dekwal (4-0, 2) and Chiranjit Bauri (0-2). It's hard to not imagine Dekwal extending his unbeaten record here, but it's good to see him staying busy after 4 fights last year, and fingers crossed their will be a step up later in the year.
Another 6 round bout on this card will see females clash as the heavy handed Urvashi Singh (4-2, 4) battles against debutant Bhawna (0-0). Again it seems obvious that the fighter with experience should pick up the win, but it's still nice to see her staying active, and this will be her 5th bout in the space of 12 months.
As well as all the other action in Asia there will also be a small card in China featuring novices in low key bouts. There's not much to talk about here, though from what we under-stand much of the card will feature all-debutant bouts.
Another low key Asian card is in Singapore where local talent will be on show. The fighters in action on this show include Nurshahidah Roslie (13-2, 10), Muhammad Ashiq (6-1-1, 5) and Rey Caitom (7-0-1, 2), though none of the fighters had their opponents names at the time of writing.
Outside of Asia we do get some interesting action, with two highly regarded Kazakh prospects.
The more highly regarded of the two men is Sadriddin Akhmedov (8-0, 7), who looks to bounce back from his decision win over John Ruba as he takes on Mexican fighter Daniel Vega Cota (14-3-1, 11). This should be a straight forward win for Akhmedov, especially given Cota has been beat in a few recent fights, but questions will be asked about how Akhmedov has recovered following an injury suffered in the Ruba fight.
The other touted prospect is Nurzat Sabirov (9-0, 8) who will battle against Hungarian puncher Laszlo Toth (7-0, 6), the less well known fighter with this name. Sabirov is regarded incredibly highly as a prospect, has power, skills and a very good amateur pedigree but we wouldn't be surprised if he was given a bit of test here by an unbeaten fighter with a point to prove. Whilst Hungarian fighters do have a reputation of not travelling well Toth's namesake, a very solid Welterweight, has proven a capable fighter so hopefully this Toth can also prove to be a solid fighter on the road.
Also on this card will be the debuting 21 year old Aman Kazankapov (0-0),who was an excellent amateur and looks to be another excellent young Kazakh signing for Eye of the Tiger Management. Kazankapov's debut will be against Mexican novice Ismael Molina Moreno (2-1, 2) and although Moreno has been dangerous in the opening round he isn't expected to live with the Kazakh debutant, who is expected to be a real top prospect.
Staying outside of Asia we'll also see Filipino fighter Neil John Tabanao (17-5, 11) take on the unbeaten, and extremely skilled, Tramaine Williams (17-0, 6) in Connecticut. The Filipino is a bit of a road warrior, though he's struggled in bouts away from home recently, and has lost 4 of his last 5 outside of the Philippines, including a very wide loss to Angelo Leo in the US in April. The unbeaten Williams has already fought twice this year and looks to be making up for what was a frustrating 2018, in which he fought just once. He is a very talented, quick and sharp fighter and could well find himself using Tabanao as a punch bag here.
Davao del Norte, Philippines
Attention turns to Davao del Norte this Tuesday for a relatively low key card, with a few notable names involved. In total there will be 4 difference MinProBA title bouts.
On paper the most interesting bout will see youngsters clash as the once beaten James Francis Buray (7-1, 2) battle unbeaten Singaporean puncher Muhammad Ashiq (6-0, 5) in a bout for the MinProBA Super Featherweight title. This is a really interesting fight and we have been impressed by Ashiq so far, though this will be his toughest bout so far.
Another MinProBA title fight will see sensational former amateur stand out Charly Suarez (1-0, 1) take on fellow unbeaten Justin Cabarles (4-0, 2) for the Lightweight title. Given how good Suarez was an amateur, and he really was excellent, this bout seems a pretty interesting test, but one he could make look very easy. Cabarles, a 23 year old, struggled last time out and is taking on his most talented opponent so far, though he may manage to surprise us.
In a supporting bout the 23 year old Marvilo Aballe (7-1-2, 3) will be facing off with Rocky Sardido (8-22-5, 3), in another bout for a MinProBA Featherweight title. Despite a huge edge in experience Sardido is the much smaller man and has gone 1-14-2 in his last 17 bouts, showing what sort of form he's in. Aballe is far from unbeatable but shouldn't struggle against Sardido, who looks to be turning up happy to lose in recent years.
In a 10 round non-title bout the once very decent Glenn Porras (31-8, 19) will be taking on journeyman Ramel Antaran (3-12-1). Porras was genuinely a promising fighter once, but has lost 5 of his last 8, with KO losses last year, and it's hard to know what he has left. Antaran shouldn't ask many questions of Porras here, sadly.
Attention turns to Singapore this coming Friday for a small card feature a pair of title bouts.
One of those title bouts will see the unbeaten Muhammad Ashiq (5-0, 4) face off with experienced Indonesian journeyman Jason Butar Butar (28-24-1, 19) in a bout for the WBC International Silver Super Bantamweight title, which is currently vacant. The unbeaten fighter from Sinapore is one of the country's more promising fighters and at 23 he does have a long career ahead of him, if he dedicates himself to the sport. A win here would put him in the mix for bigger and better fights in the new year. Butar on the other hand has essentially become a local whooping boy and is win-less outside of Indonesia, with stoppage losses in his last 7 bouts away from home.
The other title bout will see local female hopeful Nurshahidah Roslie (9-2, 7) taking on Thai visitor Nongmuay Kokietgym (13-4-3) in a bout for the vacant World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council Female Super Bantamweight title. This is a much more serious fight than the other, with the visitor being a genuinely credible fighter, who is a former WBC interim champion and has never been stopped. Roslie isn't some world beater, but if she wins here she will be in the mix for a world title in 2019.
As well as the card in Singapore there will also be a small card in Toyama. This card will feature 6 bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds. The card is a very low key one and none of the fighters on the card are notable names.