This coming Friday we see boxing return to both Thailand and South Korea. In Thailand we get a televised show on Work Point whilst in South Korea we appear to be getting a Rookie card as part of the on going "Boxing M Battle Royal" tournament.
Workpoint Studio, Bang Phun, Thailand
The Thailand card is the latest in the WP Boxing series of shows
The main support bout on this card will see Phongsaphon Panyakum (9-1, 4) look to secure his 10th straight win as he takes on the unbeaten, but untested, Arthit Kaewbantid (3-0, 2). We've been impressed by Phongsaphon, who lost to Kai Ishizawa in his debut and he has since scored wins against the likes of Samartlek Kokietgym and Pigmy Kokietgym, and he will be favoured here. Arthit on the other hand has scored 3 very low profile wins and this is very clearly a step up in class for him.
The main event of the card looks like a massive mismatch as the exciting, heavy handed, and very promising Chainoi Worawut (11-0-1, 10) defends his WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title against Filipino challenger Joel Kwong (5-9, 3), who is the current WBC Asian Boxing Council "interim" Featherweight Silver champion. Chainoi is regarded by many as one of the top prospects in Thailand and he will be strongly fancied here to pick up the win. On paper it's hard to imagine Kwong being much of a challenge, though it is worth noting he has won his last 4 in a row, by stoppage, and he will be confident of keeping that run going here. Although he's in good form it would still be a massive upset if Kwong was to get the win here.
SG Boxing Gymnasium, Ansan, South Korea
As well as the action in Thailand there is a small card in Ansan, where all the bouts will be 4 rounders as part of the KBM Rookie tournament, the "Battle Royal 4".
In total this card will feature a staggering 17 bouts, and would have had more had 4 bouts not been cancelled due to injuries.
We won't go through the bouts here, but these cards are usually worth paying attention to and these tournaments are great events for Korean boxing, helping develop talent and build future hopefuls. From last year's tournament fighters like Da Won Gang and Sung Min Yuh shone brightly and the hope is that the tournaments will unearth some genuinely great Korean talent.