Suamlum Night Bazaar, Ratchadaphisek, Bangkok
In Thailand we're set for a small but notable show, headlined by WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight champion Thananchai Charunphak (13-1, 10) defending his title against Filipino puncher Jeny Boy Boca (14-8, 12). On paper this looks like a safe defense for the talented and well regarded Thai hopeful, however Filipino fighters have been enjoying travels to Thailand in recent years, with Boca himself shocking Sarawut Thawornkham in 2020. If Thananchai picks up a win here, as we expect, he should be looking to climb up the rankings, however he cannot afford to overlook Boca who is much more dangerous than his record suggests.
Nasipit Municipal Hall, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
Over in the Philippines we see several notable names in action, though as is typical for Filipino domestic shows, the match ups aren't particularly competitive.
The main event of the card will see Joel Lino (11-3-1, 4) take on Dexter Alimento (13-8, 9). Lino has lost 3 of his last 4, but he has gone in with solid fighters including Masataka Taniguchi and Ginjiro Shigeoka, and did bounce back from those losses with a TKO win over ArAr Andales. Sadly though Lino hasn't been in action since 2019 and does need a win to get going again. As for Alimento his once promising career has, sadly, never recovered from his 2016 win over Natthaphon Chaiudom, with Natthaphon collapsing after the bout. Since then he has gone 3-8 and his career really has fallen apart, with losses in his last 6. We can't imagine anything but a Lino win here.
In a massive mismatch the hard hitting Jayar Inson (19-3, 12) will take on the horrible over-matched Ryan Maano (5-13-2, 1). Inson, a former WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion, is very, very dangerous on the regional level and despite being beaten easily by Sergey Lipinets is a very much one of the better regional fighters at 140 and 147lbs. As for Maano he has lost his last 4, 3 by stoppage, and is the naturally smaller man. Notably with 5 stoppage losses to his name Maano has shown little in terms of durability and with Inson's power it's hard to imagine this being any sort of a test for Inson.
One other bout of note on this card will see the unbeaten Jayson Brillo (5-0, 4) take on Arnold Garde (10-13-3, 4). The 21 year old Brillo has looked destructive so far, but he does need to step up, and this should be a good step forward for him. Whilst Garde is limited, he is very much a step up from the competition that Brillo has been facing. Aged 32 Brillo has become something of a journeyman, and when he fancies his chances he can be a test, as he showed against Hayate Kaji, but he has been stopped in 5 of his last 7 bouts and it's hard to know whether he wants to be a test here, or is happy to roll over for Brillo.
Shagan Olympic Sport Complex Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
Over in Central Asia we get a small, yet notable, card in Baku. The card really doesn't have much to talk about, though does have a bout for the very, very lightly regarded UBO Lightweight title on it, as Pakistani fighter Muhammad Bilal (10-2-1, 8) takes on unbeaten Azeri fighter Seymur Isayev (8-0, 6). The 27 year old Bilal has lost 2 of his last 3 and will come in to this knowing the fans are against. As for Isayev, who will have the local fans behind him, this is a huge step up for the competition he's been facing, and should be seen as his first real test, given that his competition so far has only been novices.
This coming Monday attention turns to Pakistan where we see one of the first cards in the country.
The main event is a 12 rounder and will see Nadir Baloch (3-0, 3) attempt to extend his perfect record. The 28 year old will be in his first 12 rounder here and will be hoping to continue his rise as the top fighter in Pakistan. There is real pressure on Baloch to be a star, and in some ways he is Pakistan's answer to Zou Shiming and Vijender Singh, so we wish him the best here as he, along with Muhammad Waseem, look to put Pakistan on the boxing map. Sadly Baloch's opponent hasn't been announced yet, so we suspect it won't be any kind of real test for the unbeaten Pakistani.
In a supporting bout fans will see Muhammad Bilal (1-0, 1) fight in a 10 rounder, though his foe has yet to be named. Bilal made his debut in a 10 rounder and it's clear his team believe he has the stamina to do the long distance again. Sadly though with no announced opponent it's likely he will be up against a very limited opponent here.