The action this Friday is relatively low key on the international conciousness but there is quite a lot of significance to it in some ways with a national tournament and several world ranked fighters in action.
Gwangju, South Korea
In January South Korean fans got 4 days of preliminary bouts for their national tournament. Those prelims took place from the 27th of January to the 30th of January and featured more bouts than we could count. Sadly those aren't recorded on boxrec and we were unable to recognise the fighters involved, who are all believed to have either been debutants or very inexperienced novices.
Today we see the next round in the tournament as we reach the semi final of the competition.
From what we understand this show will feature a total of 16 bouts with these bouts set to take place between Bantamweight and Light Middleweight. Sadly however the names of the fighters are beyond comprehension of Hangul.
Another show in Asia, in fact a much higher profile one, takes place in Thailand where we get a world class Light Flyweight in what appears to be a tune up bout as he continues to angle towards a world title fight later in the year.
The main event will see that world ranked fighter, Paipharob Kokietgym (27-0, 20), defending his WBO regional title against Filipino visitor Lionel Legada (12-7-1, 5). At one point Legada was world ranked by the WBC but poor form has seen him dropped and with 5 losses in his last 8 bouts that dropping has been more than understandable.
Also on this card will be the unbeaten Norasing Kokietgym (13-0-1, 10) who faces an unknown opponent and we also expect to see world ranked South Korean Myung Goo Yuh (24-4-1, 19), though we also don't know who he will be up against.
Western Australia, Australia
As well as the fights in Korea there will also be Asian fighters in action in Australia with a pair of Thai's and an Indonesian all on the same show.
The Indonesian fighter is the chinny Anshori Anhar Pitulay (8-14-2, 6) who will be battling against Nathaniel May (8-1, 4). Pitulay has been stopped in 12 of his 14 losses and we suspect he'll be stopped again here by the 19 year old May.
One of the Thai's is former female world title challenger Angor Onesongchaigym (7-1, 4), who was stopped in 9 rounds last year by Momo Koseki in a WBC Atomweight title fight. Angor will be battling against unbeaten Australian Louisa Hawton (3-0, 1) who will be facing her first non-debutant. Hawton is 3-0 against Thai's though this is a big step up for her.
The other Thai is Middleweight veteran Kiatchai Singwancha (35-12, 24), who is also known as “Ice Jellybaby”. Singwancha has a very tough assignment ahead of him as he battles the unbeaten Wes Capper (8-0, 6). This is a step up for Capper but it appears to be a calculated one against a man who is 0-8 in Australia and has been stopped in 7 of his 8 bouts in the country.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)