This coming Saturday looks to be a rather quiet one, but one with a number of notable fighters in action.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia fans will be able to see former OPBF Super Middleweight champion Shintaro Matsumoto (14-5, 10) take on once beaten local Reagan Dessaix (12-1, 8). Although Matsumoto did win the OPBF title his reign felt very much like a “right place, right time” type of win as he over-came Yuzo Kiyota in 2016 for the belt, having twice lost to Kiyota prior to that bout. Desssaix has been stopped in his sole defeat, but will be strongly favoured here against Matsumoto, and the Australian will know that a win here will be a career best victory.
In Queensland fans will see 27 year old local hopeful Ben Kite (10-4-1, 4) take on Korean visitor Dong Young Kang (3-3-2). Coming into this bout Kite has won his last 5 bouts and looks to be having some career moment, though has been fighting at a very low level for those 5 wins. Kang is now based in Australia and will be fighting for the first time since relocating. Sadly for Kang he enters this bout without a win in the last 3 years, and will hasn't even fought since the summer of 2016. Kite should be favoured, but this could be a tougher bout than it looks on paper.
In Estonia, of all places, we'll see rising Uzbek prospect Ulugbek Khakberdiev (4-0, 2) in action. He was originally set to face fellow prospect Aidos Yerbossynuly (7-0, 6) but the Kazakh man has seemingly pulled out and we're unsure who Khakberdeiv will be facing here. Despite having a record of a novice the Uzbek is a very talented fighter and could well be on the fast track to the top.
In Florida the light hitting Azeri hopeful Ramal Amanov (11-0, 1) will be taking on Nicarguan Carlos Winston Velasquez (24-32-2, 14). The 33 year old Amanov will be making his US debut here,and will be favoured to come out on top, though his lack of power is going to be an issue going forward with his career. Aged 37 Velasquez is certainly a veteran, and made his debut way back in 2005. Sadly for the Nicaraguan he enters this bout without a win in his last 10, though has gone the distance with some pretty solid hopefuls and could give Amanov some genuine questions to answer.
The only card in Asia this coming Saturday is actually in Indonesia, and it's not a very exciting one.
On paper the main event is a bout pitting Jack Timor Langoadi (2-16-2) against Jack Madison (2-17). As their records show neither is particularly talented and the reality is that this isn't going to be a high quality bout. However both will see this as a rare chance to pick up a win and this should be competitive.
Arguably the only bout of real interest on this show will be the next step up in class for Carlos Obisuru (2-0, 1),who takes on Ahmad Lahizab (3-4-1, 1). The unbeaten man turned professional last December and is already fighting in 8 rounders, so could be a worth while fighter to follow, with Indonesia having a number of prospects coming through the ranks, and he could be the next.
The most notable action this coming Tuesday is from Datong, in China, where we'll get two former world champions taking on younger fighters in what could potentially be a card where two men turn back the clock, or get put out to pasture.
One of those former champions is Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-7-1, 14), the first ever male world champion, who looks to resurrect his career in the show's main event. The former WBC Minimumweight champion hasn't fought in over a year, and is more than 2 years removed from his last win, but has gotten a fight with unbeaten Thai Petchmanee Kokietgym (18-0, 10), with the two men fighting for the WBA “interim” world title at Minimumweight. The 26 year old Thai will be taking a huge step up, but comes into the bout as an unbeaten fighter on his way to world titles and will be very confident of coming out on top here.
The other bout will see world ranked Chinese fighter Can Xu (12-2) take on former champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-6-1-1, 15) in a WBA International Featherweight title fight. Coming in to the bout Xu is closing in on a world title shot, with a #4 ranking with the WBA, but hasyet to score a big win. He'll see this as a huge chance to score a career best win, but it comes against a man who twice beat China's last big hope, Qiu Xiao Jun. This could be a coming out performance for Xu, or another win over a Chinese hope by Cermeno.
There is also a bout of note set to take place in Azerbaijan, with the main event bout against featuring an aged former world champion taking on a younger unbeaten man, looking to move his career forward and score his biggest win.
This time around the unbeaten man is Ramal Amanov (10-0, 1), a 33 year old Azeri southpaw, and the former champion is Zab Judah (43-9-0-2, 30), who was a huge name in the early 00's but is now very much a spent force at the age of 39 and with just a single fight in the last 3 years. Amanov is taking a huge step up here but if he's going to have any sort of notoriety with his career he will have to get past the ghost of Judah here.