Dimiao, Bohol, Philippines
The main card this coming Friday is from Bohol in the Philippines, where we get several interesting looking match ups.
The most notable bout on the card will see 25 year old Filipino Virgel Vitor (18-2, 11) trade blows with once touted Thai hopeful Arnon Yupang (9-2, 3). in a bout for the WBA Asia Super Featherweight title. Given he's got home advantage Vitor will be the favourite, and he certainly has the power to make a mark at this level. Yupang on the other hand was tipped quite highly, but a recent loss to Wanchana Menayothin leaves him not fighting for his career, and he will also be the smaller man here.
On paper an even better bout will see unbeaten Filipino Regie Suganob (11-0, 4) battle against unbeaten Indonesian Andika D'Golden Boy (19-0-1, 10), in what is a huge fight for both men. Suganob has quietly been building a solid record on the domestic scene, but lacks any for of notable international name on his record and this is a chance for that to change. As for Andika, he was pencilled in for a world title fight in 2020 but that fell through due to the pandemic and it's hard to know what his hunger is like, especially given an unexpected draw last time out against Wandi Priman Hulu. We expect to see a lot of skills on show here, and whilst we don't imagine we'll get a Fight of the Year contender, we do expect a very, very interesting interesting bout.
In an all Filipino affair Jake Amparo (9-3-1, 2) will battle against Ariston Aton (9-4, 5), in what looks like a toss of a bout on paper. Amparo has won 3 in a row since a 2021 loss to Suganob. and looks to be moving his career forward rather well, but this is a tougher bout than his recent wins. Aton has lost his last 3, and has little momentum, but will be hungry to turn things around, and is in with an easier opponent than his recent bouts, whuch have seen him clash with Simipiwe Konkco and Tsubasa Koura. This one could steal the show.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
As well as the action in the Philippines we also have a small card in Tokyo, under the Genkotsu banner.
The main event will see 30 year old hopeful Kosuke Ando (10-3, 5) look to record a third straight stoppage win as he takes on the light punching Daisuke Sudo (7-9-3). At his best Ando is the sort of fighter who can, and will, earn a domestic title fight, but will need to get lucky to win a title, and is more likely to spend, much of the remainder of his career bouncing around the domestic rankings. As for Sudo he has lost his last 3, but has been matched hard with bouts against the likes of Kento Hatanaka and Ryuya Yamanka. This bout is a step down from those ones, but still one that he'll be expected to lose.
Also on this card is a potentially fan friendly bout between Kensuke Suzuki (4-1, 1) and Taiga Ito (4-3), who clash at 154lbs. The 26 year old Ito is no world beater but is regularly involved in very entertaining and fan friendly wars, which see him depend on his work rate and size rather than his power. Suzuki, 23, is also the sort of fighter who relies on letting punches fly, and is looking to bounce back from his first loss. Expect this one to be a very, very fun to watch 6 rounder.
EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
In Osaka we'll be getting the next card from Harada Promotions, and whilst it's not a huge one, it does have two very noteworthy bouts.
The main event of the card will see Kyonosuke Kameda (7-3-1, 6), the cousin of the fighting Kameda brothers, take on Filipino puncher Jon Jon Estrada (15-8-1, 14), in what could be a very, very explosive match up. The 23 year old Kameda is flawed, but a tall, rangy hard hitting fighter who looks huge at Featherweight and is also fighting with a point to prove after losing the Japanese Youth Featherweight title last time out, when he lost to Hiroki Hanabusa. Given that loss we're expecting him to fight like a man looking to re-establish himself as one to watch. Estrada on the other hand is a limited fighter, but someone with serious power, who comes in to this on the back of 4 early wins, including wins over Rex Wao and Jess Rhey Waminal. Estrada can be outboxed, but trying to out punch him is a major risk and he should have the power to crack Kameda's chin, is Kameda takes too many risks. We are really expecting this to be a shoot out and it could well be a blink and you miss it affair between two men who really can punch.
The other notable bout on the show will see Japanese ranked fighters face off, as ranked Flyweight Shota Asami (9-10, 4) takes on ranked Light Flyweight Ryota Karimata (8-0, 4), in a battle of 27 year olds. Asami is a limited but exciting fighter, who is much better than his record suggests, and a lot of his losses have been incredibly close. He likes to let his shots go, and whilst he's not very polished, he is very much a frustrating fighter to share the ring with. Karimata on the other hand is best known for winning Rookie of the Year, and has notched two wins since then whilst slowly, but surely, heading towards bigger and better things. This bout really is an excellent test for Karimata, who, should he win, is likely to be pushed towards a Japanese title fight by Misako gym.
Over in Bohol we'll be getting a card promoted by Floriezly Podot, in what is set to be a low level Filipino show.
Although the card is a low profile one, it does have a mouth watering minor title bout as the hard hitting pair of Antonio Siesmundo (8-3, 7) and Jhunrick Carcedo (7-1, 7) battle for the WBF Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. Of the two men the more well known is Siesmundo, who was the debut opponent for Masahiro Suzuki back in 2018. He is incredibly dangerous early on, with 7 of his wins coming in the first 3 rounds, but also has questionable toughness, with all of his losses coming by stoppage. A bit of a glass cannon if you will. Carcedo is just as dangerous as Siesmundo, and his 7 wins have all come in the first 3 rounds. We don't expect a high level of skill here, but we do expect explosive action, especially in the early rounds.
Also on this card is 24 year old prospect Regie Suganob (10-0, 3). Sadly Suganob is having a big step backwards as he takes on Indonesian fighter Asyer Aluman (3-2-1, 2). Suganob is a talented youngster who has notched wins over Jaroma Baloro and Ricardo Sueno in his last 2 bouts and this feels like a truly underwhelming bout for him in comparison to those wins. He's talented, he's young and hopefully his team will give him time to develop, mature and fill out as a Flyweight before pushing him towards a major regional title bout.
This coming Monday attention turns to Bohol, where we see a touted Filipino hopeful take a massive step up to take on a former world title challenger in one of several bouts featuring promising hopefuls.
The main event of the card will see the unbeaten Regie Suganob (9-0, 3) take on Ricardo Sueno (10-4-4, 3) in what a really solid fight, and a good chance to compare Suganob to other notable hopefuls, such as Thanongsak Simsri and Taku Kuwahara. The talented Suganob is 24 years old and debuted in 2018 in some low profile bouts, but since then has impressed and progressed and is moving in the right direction. Sueno started his career well but has lost 2 of his last 3, albeit at a high level, and should serve as a genuine test for his unbeaten foe here in what could be a a very good domestic bout.
On paper the co-feature is a really interesting one, as Rodel Suganob (5-0-1, 1) takes on Vergilio Silvano (21-7-1, 12), but it's one that probably isn't going to be all that competitive. The 25 year old Suganob debuted in 2019 and suffered a draw last year and has had a career that has been slowed due to the pandemic, but he did pick up 3 wins in the last half of 2021 and has bounced back well from a draw to Luis Borje, however he has yet to score a win over a fighter with a winning record. As for Silvano he's been a professional since 2007, and is best known for his 2013 bout with Katsunari Takayama for the IBF Minimumweight title. Sadly since that loss to the Lightning Kid Silvano has moved up in weight, gone 4-4 and been out of the ring since 2016. Given Silvano has once win in the last 7 years, has lost 3 of his last 4 and has been out of the ring for more than 6 years it's hard to imagine him winning here, though a prime Silvano would have asked serious questions of Suganob
Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines
The more notable of the two Asian cards taking place this coming Monday is a Filipino one featuring two promising unbeaten brothers, who look to tick over before before bigger tests in the future.
The more promising of the two brothers is 24 year old Regie Suganob (7-0, 3), who looks to build on good low level domestic wins over Paolo Sy and MJ Bo, as he takes on Jake Amparo (6-2-1, 1), who was last seen upsetting Jakeson Saludar in late 2019. Suganob should be far, far too good, and too big for Amparo, but it's a good third bout of the year for the youngster who looks to be one of the hidden gems of Filipino boxing right now.
The otherSuganob on the card is Rodel Suganob (3-0-1) who takes on professional loser Anthony Galigao (9-15, 4). This will be Suganob's third fight of the year and he will be looking to build on a win over Mark Jequinto in July, following a draw with Luis Borje in March. Rodel isn't nearly the talent of his brother, but he still has plenty of promise, and should take home the victory here. Galigao does pick up the odd win here and there, but knows his role is to lose, and put up an effort and we suspect that's what we'll see from him here.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
As well as the Filipino action there is also an East Japan Rookie of the Year show in Tokyo, with 7 bouts taking place there, having seen 4 scheduled bouts being cancelled already. The show features bouts at Minimumweight, Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight and Featherweight.
Sadly there really isn't a bout that caught the eye here too much, especially as the scheduled bout between Shunpei Maruyama (4-3-1, 2) and Shori Umezu (4-0, 4) was one of the bouts that ended up being cancelled. Though we are interested to see the Featherweight clash between 18 year old Kai Watanabe (3-0, 1) and 23 year old Yuya Hirose (3-1-1, 2), in what is probably the bout that stands out. We love seeing youngsters face off in Rookie of the Year bouts, and with Watanabe being unbeaten at this point he won't be wanting to give up his 0, whilst Hirose will be hoping to avoid back to back defeats.
This coming Saturday is a hectic day for fans of Asian fighters, with a host of shows through out Asia, some of which will show case some of the brightest prospects in Thailand and the Philippines. As well as the action in Asia there is also set to be some interesting action in Russia, which could end up stealing the day!
Suamlum Night Bazaar, Ratchadaphisek, Bangkok, Thailand
The best of the Asian action, at least on paper, comes from Thailand where we get two bright prospects taking on veterans in what should be very good tests for the youngsters.
One of the youngsters on this card is 17 year old sensation Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (10-0, 5), who will be looking to record his second defense of the WBA Asia Light Welterweight title, as he clashes with former multi-time world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-7, 41). The talented Phoobadin has been impressing for a while, and really shone last year, particularly in his title defence against Atchariya Wirojanasunobol, but there is a lot of work for him to do before thinking about world titles. The highly experienced Chonlatarn, best known for losing in world title bouts against Vasyl Lomachenkoand Chris John, is going to be a game opponent here, but we suspect the 36 year old will be under-sized and under-powered against the very promising teenage hopeful.
The second notable hopeful on this show will be Tanes Ongjunta (7-1, 4), who takes on Kompayak TC Muay Thai (61-11, 41), also known as Suriyan Satorn or Kompayak Porpramook. The talented Ongjunta was upset early last year, when he came undone against an inspired Adrian Lerasan, but since then he has reeled off 3 low key wins and is now taking a big step up, as he tried to give his career a kick start. The 38 year old Kompayak has lost 6of his last 8, but has, typically, been in the ring looking to score wins. We suspect Kompayak will be in there giving his all against Ongjunta, but will come up short, and potentially suffer a late stoppage against the talented Ongjunta.
As well as the action in the Philippines there will also be prospects in action over in the Philippines.
One of the exciting prospects on this card is the once beaten Peter Apolinar (13-1, 8), who looks to record a 9th successive win, as he takes on Juanito Paredes (8-6-1, 3). There talented 25 year old Apolinar has shown some real potential, but has faced far too many limited opponents to develop his skills properly and he really does need some step ups when the world returns to normality. Sadly Paredes looks like another limited foe for Apolinar, and another man he should easily defeat.
Another mismatch featuring a bright hopeful will see the unbeaten Mark Vicelles (12-0-1, 6) take on Arnold Garde (10-10-3, 4). The unbeaten 25 year old Vicelles has won his last 9 in a row including solid wins over the likes of Robert Onggocan and Jesse Espinas but sadly this looks like a massive step backwards for him. Garde has lost his last 4, and 6 of his last 7 and it's unlikely he will pose anything of a test for Vicelles.
The exciting and hard hitting Tomjune Mangubat (12-2-1, 10) will be in action against the very limited Ryan Maano (5-10-2, 1). Although certainly not a big name Mangubat can be involved in some really great action fights, as we saw in his 2019 thriller against Jong Seon Kang. Sadly this looks very much like a tick over for the exciting 23 year old. Maano has scored 2 wins his last 11 and it's hard to imagine him picking up another one here.
The unbeaten Regie Suganob (5-0, 1) has slowly been developing his reputation in the sport and he looks to continue building as he takes on Paolo Sy (6-5-1, 3) here. The talented Suganob isn't being rushed, but this is a good step forward and will be the first time he's competed in an 8 rounder, which should force him to answer some new questions. Although Sy's record is under-whelming he did should some real toughness in his 2019 loss to Shokichi Iwata and we suspect he will serve as a bit of a test for Suganob here.
Former world title challenger Arthur Villanueva (32-4-1, 18) will fight for the first time since his 2019 loss to WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali. The talented Villanueva will be matched somewhat softly here, as he goes up against domestic foe Bryan Tamayo (6-1-2, 2). It's hard to see anything but a win for the skilled and experienced Villanueva, but there are question marks about the long lay off and his hunger after losing in several world title bouts. On the other hand this is a gigantic step up in class for Tamayo, who has never faced someone with more than 10 wins. Hard to see past a Villanueva win, though we do wonder about his long term future in the sport.
Another former world title challenger on this card is Mark Anthony Barriga (9-1, 1), who returns to the ring after more than 2 years out of the ring. The talented Barriga was last out there losing a split decision to Carlos Licona in December 2018 in a bout for the IBF Minimumweight title, sadly he lost that bout by split decision and then took a lengthy break from the ring. His return looks to be a super easy one as he takes on Junuel Lacar (8-6-3, 6) in a 6 round Light Flyweight bout. As with several others on this show the focus seems to be on shaking some ring rust from the A-side and giving them some rounds whilst having plans for bigger things later in the year.
We stay in Asia for a show in Indonesia, which is a much lower quality show but does feature a decent main event.
That main event will see the once touted Patrick Liukhoto (11-2-2, 7) take on veteran Tommy Seran (28-18, 16). Liukhoto won his first 9 bouts in a row before going through a rough patch, where he went 0-2-1, and lost all the moment he was building. Since then he has gone 2-0-1 and is pretty much in "must win" territory. Seran on the other hand is a true stalwart but a man who has been consistently picking up losses in recent years, losing his last 6 and going 5-17 in the last 8 years. This should be a chance for Liukhoto to kick start his struggling career.
RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia
We also get a number of Central Asian fighters in action in Russia on an RCC card in Ekaterinburg, in what is genuinely a solid and exciting card.
The most notable of the Central Asian hopefuls is unbeaten Tajik contender Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (16-0, 9), who looks to score his 17th win as he takes on fellow unbeaten Lunga Sitemela (13-0, 7). The bout will see Yaqubov looking to make his 4th defense of the WBC International Super Featherweight title, which he won back in 2018, and a win here should move him another step towards a world title fight, potentially later this year or early next year. Sitemela is a South African hopeful who will be making his international debut, and fighting outside of his homeland for the first time. On paper Sitemela looks like a good test, but his competition so far has been under-whelming and this should be regarded as a massive step up in class for him.
In another good looking match up Erzhan Turgumbekov (8-1-1, 2) will take on Gaibatulla Gadzhialiev (7-2-1, 3). The Kyrgyzstan born, Russian based, Turgumbekov will be looking to bounce back from a 10th round TKO loss to Albert Batyrgaziev, which he suffered last August, but isn't being matched softly here and is instead in with a live opponent. Gadzhialiev begane his career in the US, way back in 2016, but has been fighting in Russia in recent years. Sadly for him he is 1-2-1 in his last 4, but the losses have all been close and there is a good argument he should have taken a win in his draw. This could end up being the hidden gem of the weekend, and should be a very hotly contested match up.
In a female match up Russian based Kazakh born Tatyana Zrazhevskaya (10-0, 3) will be up against Estrella Valverde (18-6-2-1, 3) for the WBC "interim" female Bantamweight title, a title that has no real right to exist given the WBC female Bantamweght title was defended just a few months ago. The unbeaten Zrazhevskaya has been matched softly, to say the least, and this is a big step up for her on paper, though it's one her team will be confident that she can make without too many issues. Valverde has lost in her 4 bouts outside of Mexico and we suspect she'll lose again here, but she is, by far, the most notable opponent for Zrazhevskaya so far.
Through December every weekend seems to have something of note happening in the wonderful world of Asian boxing.
Thankfully for those who need a bit of a break this coming weekend looks like the best on to take some time to yourself, but is still a pretty interesting weekend with a female world title fight, a Japanese youth title fight and a GAB title fight all coming on Saturday!
The biggest of the shows takes place in Kagoshima, where we see a female world title fight, as well as domestic stalwart take on a Thai visitor and a Rookie of the Year winner taking on an unbeaten Thai puncher.
The world title fight will see Japanese veteran Tenkai Tsunami (26-12-1, 15) make her second defense of the WBO female Light Flyweight title as she takes on Filipino challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (12-1-1, 5), who gets her third shot at a world title. The 35 year old Tsunami has held this title since March 2018, but has only defended it once due to challenging Naoko Fujioka for the WBA Flyweight title earlier this year, and fighting to a draw in a fantastic 10 round back and forth. Filipino fighter Pagauan, also 35 years old, has failed in 2 other title challenges, both in Japan. In the first she lost to Nao Ikeyama, in a bout for the WBO Atomweight title, before a headclash with Kumiko Seeser Ikehara saw her WBO female Minimumweight title fight end in a technical draw. Although Pagaduan will be hungry, she will be up against it here. Our preview of this bout can be read here Tsunami and Pagaduan clash in WBO world title fight!
In a supporting bout Naoya Haruguchi (15-11, 6), one of the most over-looked fighters in Japan, will take on Thai visitor Sanchai Yotboon (6-3, 6). Although Haruguchi's record is patchy at best his last 4 defeats have come to current Japanese champion Norihito Tanaka, current OPBF champion Lito Dante, former world champion Tatsuya Fukuhara and former world title challenger Riku Kano, and he wasn't embarrassed in any of those bouts. As for Yotboon he is 0-3 in Japan and was actually the debut opponent for Ginjiro Shigeoka in September 2018. Incidentally Yotboon was stopped by another fighter on this card, Sora Takeda, back in April.
Talking about Sora Takeda (5-1, 1) the 2018 Rookie of the Year winner is in an interesting bout of his own as he takes on unbeaten Thai puncher Phanuwit Siriwong (7-0, 6). Since winning Rookie of the Year last December Takeda hasn't really done much, with his sole bout being his 3rd round KO win over Yotboon. The 18 year old Siriwong on the other hand has notched up 6 stoppage wins this year and will be in Japan looking to score his biggest win to date.
A second Japanese show is headlined by a Japanese Youth title bout, as Kyohei Tonomoto (9-2, 4) looks to make his first defense of the Japanese Youth Featherweight title. The under-rated Tonomoto, who suffered early career losses to Shingo Kawamura and Reiya Abe, has won his last 4 and took the title last time out with a decision win over Hikaru Matsuoka. On the other hand the once beaten Ryotaro Motohashi (9-1, 2) is on a 7 fight winning run, including a credible win over Noboru Osato back in April. This isn't a bout that will get much attention but could end up being a very compelling bout for those in Kishiwada. Our preview of this bout can be read here Tonomoto to defend Youth crown against Motohashi!
As well as the action in Japan we're also set for some Filipino action, with the most notable of two Filipino cards coming from Cebu.
Sadly this card isn't a particularly strong one, with the only bout of real interesting being the main event, which will pit the hard hitting Jeo Santisima (18-2, 15) against former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (20-9-1, 6). This should be a good test for Santisima, but Dacquel has lost his last 3, and suffered his first stoppage loss last time out. Santisima will be favoured, but this is still a solid test for him at this stage in his career.
In the main support bout Peter Apolinar (10-1, 7) will take on former OPBF title challenger Lloyd Jardeliza (8-10-4, 6). Although Jardeliza did once fight for an OPBF title, way back in December 2015, he has gone 1-5-1 in his last 7 and appears to have essentially given up actually trying to win fights
On the under-card the unbeaten Regie Suganob (3-0, 1) will take on Rolly Dorong (1-1- 2) and Go Hosaka (4-0, 3) takes a good step up in class to battle Boyce Sultan (10-12-1, 5). These bouts will see Hosaka and Suganob fighting their third bout in the space of 5 months, though it's unclear on just how much ALA can really push them at this moment in time.
Metro Manila, Philippines
There will also be a small card in Metro Manila, which will be headlined by a bout between Cris Paulino (20-4, 8) and Mateo Handig (15-20, 9), who clash for the GAB Super Flyweight title. On paper this should be an easy win for Paulino. Although limited the 26 year old dubbed "The King" is a solid fighter on the Filipino scene, and all 4 of his losses have come to fighters above domestic level. On the other hand Handig has picked up just 2 wins since he upset Katsunari Takayama back in 2012, going 2-15 in his last 17. A mismatch to say the least.