Metro Manila, Philippines
The action in May is pretty hectic after a slow start. The action doesn't actually kick off until May 4th when Filipino fans get a title double double.
In one of the two title bouts fans will see the once beaten Jeffrey Francisco (13-1-1, 1) battle against Yusuke Suzuki (6-2, 4) for the EPBC Bantamweight title. On paper this might not look like anything special however it's a really good match up with Francisco's only loss coming to the very decent Jestoni Autida whilst Suzuki's only losses are to Ryoichi Tamura and Yusaku Kuga, two more very good fighters. The bout is likely to be a boxer vs puncher affair but a very good one to watch.
The other title bout on this card will see the unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-0-1, 3) battle former OPBF title challenger Richard Pumicpic (17-7-2, 6) in what looks like a very tough assignment for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title. Noynay comes into this on the back of a draw against the under-rated, and under-sized, Alie Laurel in what was a coming of age fight for Noynay. For Pumicpic this is a chance to claim a notable title.
As for the under-card on this card it features a host of notable fighters. Including the unbeaten Dave Penalosa (10-0, 7), former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (25-11-2, 18), the once touted Renan Trongco (17-6, 10) and the exciting Allan Vallespin (5-0, 5)
Recent weeks have seen a rise in fights of note, and that's certainly the case this coming Saturday with a host of fights featuring Asian fighters, 3 of which feature world title bouts.
The most notable of those world title bouts comes in California as Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 21) defends his WBA “super”, IBF and WBC “interim” titles against IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12). The bout pits unbeaten fighters together but the reality is that the bout is widely seen as a mismatch with Golovkin a clear favourite and a man who is simply destroying the contenders at 160lbs as he continues to hunt more titles and unifications bouts.
Another of the world title bouts headlines a card in the Philippines and, like the bout in California, this one is also viewed as a mismatch.
The world title bout in question will see WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (36-3, 23) defending his title against the very unqualified Hungarian challenger Zsolt Bedak (25-1, 8). For Donaire the bout will be his first since reclaiming the title in December, winning a very competitive bout with Cesar Juarez, and it's an easy first defense if we're being honest. Bedak has only lost once, losing by 10th round TKO to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, but has done nothing since that loss to deserve a world title fight.
Whilst the world title bout on this show is likely to be a exercise in pointlessness for the champion the show does feature a really tasty looking support bout as the touted Mark Magsayo (13-0, 10) battles former world title challenger Chris Avalos (26-4, 19) in a bout for the WBO International Featherweight title. Avalos has lost 2 of his last 3, by stoppage, but this should be a good test for Magsayo who is stepping up in quality fight by fight.
On the under card are several notable fighters, one of which is Light Welterweight contender Jason Pagara (37-2, 23) who faces off against Mexican Miguel Zamudio (35-8-1, 21), who is best known for his exploits down at Featherweight, where fought for a WBA interim title. Sadly given the natural size difference this looks to be another mismatch in favour of the local favourite who seems to be treading water.
Another undercard bout will see former world title challenger Rocky Fuentes (36-8-2, 21) ace off against Romnick Magos (12-5, 7, in what looks like a safe fight for Fuentes. The bout will be the “Road Warrior's” second contest since his stoppage loss to Roman Gonzalez in late 2014 and looks to be a case of staying busy rather than anything else. As for Magos the “Daredevil” will be looking for a career best result, though is unlikely to find it here.
The third world title fight to feature an Asian will see Filipino Richie Mepranum (31-4-1, 8) battle against WBC Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (34-0-1, 26). On paper this is a mismatch in favour of the Mexican champion, who is looking for his 6th defense of the title, but Mepranum has got experience at this level and holds a notable win over Hernan Marquez. Saying that however Cuadras should be too big and too good for the challenger. Notably however the winner of this will go into a mandatory title bout against Thailand's all action Srisaket Sor Rungvisai later in the year.
In the US fans will get their first chance to see Mexican based Japanese fighter Shoki Sakai (20-5, 13), who makes his US debut against Texan Carlos Villa (11-2-1, 6). The bout should be a win for the under-rated Sakai, though travelling to Villa's home state may make things difficult for Sakai,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Back in the Philippines fans get a low level domestic card, with the most notable bout being a contest between former world ranked fighter Renan Trongco (17-6, 10) and domestic journeyman Ricky Oyan (4-27-2, 2), in what should be a straight forward win for Trongco.
The first post-Christmas Japanese show comes on December 26th when Shinsei promote their next “Real Spirits” show, and try to create their next champion.
In the main event of the show fans will see rising local star Shun Kubo (8-0, 6) battle in his first title fight. Kubo will be facing Filipino puncher Lloyd Jardeliza (7-2-3, 6) in a bout for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, a title recently vacated by future world title challenger Shingo Wake. The match up isn't the best OPBF title bout, but it is an intriguing bout between two young fighters each looking for a break out win. So far Kubo is the more proven but this will be the first time he has faced a true puncher.
In another Japan Vs Philippines bout fans will see the hard hitting Yuki Yonaha (5-2, 4) take on former world ranked Filipino Renan Trongco (17-5, 10). Trongco is a former “world” title challenger and a former WBC International champion possessing a real threat to the locla fighter who is stepping up massively for this fight. Yonaha has been matched hard through out his career, though has suffered two losses, including one to Renoel Pael, and it's that result that perhaps edges things to Trongco, in what really is another excellent match up.
In an all Japanese ranked bout fans will see Satoshi Ozawa (10-6-1, 2) battle against Yoshihiko Matsuo (18-6-6, 3). The battle of this one will become a real contender of the Japanese scene for 2016, however neither are likely to progress beyond the Japanese domestic level.
Another ranked Japanese fighter in action here is the light punching Kenta Sugimoto (10-7-1, 1) , who will be up against veteran professional Masafumi Otake (14-14-3, 7), who is looking to avoid his 5th successive loss.
August 22nd-Tsunami goes for gold in Chile whilst regional titles are on the line in the Philippines
The main bout of the day comes from Chile of all places as Japanese road warrior Tenkai Tsunami (21-10, 10) battles Chilean boxing star Carolina Rodriguez (14-0, 1) for the IBF female Bantamweight title. The bout is a tough one for Tsunami though the Japanese fighter really is a well traveled warrior and fighting in Chile, in front of Rodriguez's family and friends, won't be a problem. The biggest question however may be whether or not she's going to suffer another, razor thin, defeat in Latin America.
Metro Manila, Philippines
As well as the bout in Chile there is also a very interesting card in the Philippines where a trio of titles will be up for grabs with some very good looking bouts.
One of those bouts will see the unbeaten Jheritz Chavez (4-0-2, 3) face Japanese hopeful Tatsuya Yanagi (11-2, 4) in a bout for the vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight title. Coming in to the bout Chavez is in good form and impressed last time out by stopping Randy Megrino, however this is a step up. For Yanagi this bout will be his first outside of Japan and his first since he upset Toru Suzuki earlier this year. Notably the visitor has lost 2 of his last 3, but his big win last time out may have helped boost his confidence.
Another bout for a vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title comes at Super Flyweight as former OPBF Flyweight title challenger Cris Paulino (14-2, 4) battles against the limited Edison Berwela (13-30-8, 3). Originally Paulino was set to face the once beaten Lolito Sonsona (18-1-4, 8) in a genuinely exciting match up, though unfortunately Sonsona has been replaced in late notice by Berwela. Paulino impressed us, despite losing, when he challenged Koki Eto last December and if he performs even close to how he did back then, he'll easily defeat Berwela, who is essentially a journeyman.
Another title bout here sees the highly rated Renan Trongco (17-4, 10) defending his WBC International Flyweight title, and WBC world ranking, against compatriot Renz Rosia (11-3, 5). This is a really well matched bout on paper and one which really is a key bout for both. On paper it's easy to favour Trongco however Rosia is a solid fighter himself and has gone 11-1 in his last 12, with that loss coming to Makazole Tete in South Africa.
As well as the title bouts this show will feature a further 9 bouts.
May 5th-Chris Paulino Vs Lolito Sonsona headlines in the Philippines whilst Masayuki Kuroda fights in Mexico
We'll not pretend that this coming Friday is the best looking day in boxing this year but there is plenty of action, including an intriguing all Filipino bout and a Japanese fighter traveling to Mexico for a make-or-break bout.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines there is an interesting card at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. The card isn't littered with huge match ups but there is a great bout and a few other notables in action.
The stand out, for us anyway, will see Cris Paulino (14-2, 4) battle against Lolito Sonsona (18-1-4, 8) in a bout for the lightly regarded WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Super Flyweight title. Paulino impressed us last year with his smart boxing, prior to being stopped by Koki Eto in an OPBF Flyweight title bout. As for Sonsona he'll be hoping to extend a 5-fight unbeaten streak dating back more than 3 years. Genuinely an excellent domestic scrap.
In a Flyweight title bout Renan Trongco (16-4, 9) will be defending his WBC International title against late replacement Rolio Golez (15-13-1, 6). Trongco enters this bout with a WBC world ranking and although he's a long way from being world class he does appear to be an attractive “target” to others who may view him as an easy step to a top rating. Golez, who has mixed in good company, shouldn't have anything to really trouble Tronco with.
At Super Bantamweight the unbeaten Joe Noynay (8-0, 2) will be up against journeyman Edison Berwela (13-29-8, 3). On paper this is a mismatch but Berwela does come to win and may well managed to shock the youngster in a bout that is better than it “looks”. This is another of the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title bouts.
Another bout for a WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title comes at Minimumweight where the unbeaten Rolly Sumalpong (7-0-1, 4) takes on the unpredictable JC Francisco (6-9-4, 2). On paper it should be a mismatch, especially considering that Francisco is 0-3-2 in his last 5 but he is much better than those results suggest. This is by far the toughest bout, so far, for Sumalpong.
Also on this card is former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (23-10-2, 17) who takes on Pablito Canada (4-5-2, 1) in a stay busy fight before facing Sho Nakazawa in Japan in July. The idea seems to be for Lopez to shake some ring rust and get a confidence building win before taking on the touted Japanese youngster.
In Mexico we'll see Masayuki Kuroda (23-5-3, 14) will return to the ring on June 5th as he fights outside of Japan for the first time in his career. The 28 year old, best known for facing Juan Carlos Reveco back in 2013, will be up against Mexico's Mario Andrade (6-5-5, 1) in what really is a must win bout for the Japanese fighter.
In Australia fans will get the chance to see limit Thai Morakote Patanakan Gym (9-5, 5) take on former OPBF title contender Omari Kimweri (13-3, 5). Morakote is limited and has been stopped in 2 of his last 3, including a 2 round blow out to Young Kil Bae, and will likely be stopped again here by the under-rated Kimweri, who gave Shin Ono a very close bout in 2013.
Also on this card will be Filipino Alvin Bais (14-5, 3) who will be up against unbeaten puncher Ibrahim Balla (6-0, 4) in what looks to be a very tough bout for the Filipino.
Although we're unsure who we have been informed that Channel 7 will be showing some fights. Sadly no details have been made available as of yet.
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Having had some very good days so far this week it's fair to say that we aren't going to be let down on Saturday with yet more interesting looking fights spread across the globe.
The most interesting of those bouts takes place in Nebraska as the very highly regarded Russian Matt Korobov (23-0, 14) takes on fellow unbeaten fighter Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18) in what could potentially be the fight of the night. The two, who are 45-0 (32) between them, will be fighting for the WBO Inter-Continental title and, in all likeliness, the winner will become the WBO mandatory challenger for reigning champion Peter Quillin.
On the same card fans will also get to see the very promising Konstantin Ponomarev (23-0, 11), also from Russia, who will be fighting against Hector Munoz (23-13-1, 15). Munoz is probably best known to some as the man Yoshihiro Kamegai made his US debut against way back in October 2011, on that occasion Kamegai stopped Munoz in 6 rounds in what is still his only win on US soil. Ponomarez won't be expected to by quite as impressive against Munoz but will be expected to score a win here and live up to his nickname of "Talant".
Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
Staying on the Russian theme for a moment longer fans in the Dominican Republic will get the chance to see the very promising Fedor Chudinov (10-0, 8) in action. Fedor is the younger brother of current WBA interim Middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov and will be seeking his 11th straight win as he takes on Emiliano Cayetano (22-7, 13). On paper this is a step up for Chudinov but we view him as a better fighter than his brother and expect him to easily see off his more experienced foe.
Davao del Sur, Philippines
Whilst the three Russian's fighting will likely grab the attention of many fans there is also a lot of action in the Philippines with 3 separate shows. For us the most interesting of those is in Davao del Sur where Aljoe O Jaro will be putting on a show that, just a few weeks ago, seemed on the verge of falling apart.
The main event isn't great as former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (36-13-5, 26) battles against Ichal Tobida (10-11, 8) in a bout that looks, for all intents and purposes, like a mismatch. Jaro, best known for his shock win over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, has lost 3 of his last 5 including a major upset loss to Gerpaul Valero. With those recent results Tobida may find himself having a chance, albeit only a slim one.
In the co-main event the unbeaten Adones Cabalquinto (15-0, 8) will be defending his GAB Light Welterweight title against the limited Giovani Rota (7-6, 4). When you consider Cabalquinto was lined up to fight Keita Obara earlier this year in an OPBF this bout does look like a waste of time though hopefully it will be the final bout at this level for Cabalquinto before he does move beyond domestic level and throw his name out there to fight Obara, Min Wook Kim or Shinya Iwabuchi. We'd be shocked if Rota makes it to the second half of this fight.
Whilst the two main events look like forgone conclusions in relatively uninteresting bouts we've got to admit we're exciting about the contest between Lorenzo Villanueva (25-1-0-1, 22) and Hendrik Barongsay (26-16-3, 15). We expect the obvious winner here and will be hoping that Villanueva gets the win though he's always been a favourite of ours since we saw his fight with Daud Cino Yordan in 2012. That bout was one of the most insanely entertaining bouts in recent years and we'd recommend you all watch the video of the fight here. Barongsay has only been stopped 5 times in his 45 fight career and the most recent of those was way back in 2009 so there is every chance he could give Villanueva some resistance here.
One other man pencilled in for this show is Roksie Cristobal (7-0, 7), the freakishly tall Lightweight prospect that some in the Philippines have become very excited about. Although he's still young we do want to see Cristobal step up a little bit in coming fights, sadly he's down to face a "TBA" at the time of writing.
As well as those bouts mentioned we expect to see several other bouts, albeit at a lower level.
Lanao del Norte, Philippines
Although we do like the the previously mentioned Filipino show we need to admit that the best single Filipino fight is in Lanao del Norte as Marlon Tapales (25-2, 9) attempts to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title for the first time. Tapales ,a very talented young fighter, will be battling against Tanzania's 20 year old Fadhili Majiha (15-3-4, 7) in a bout that looks very interesting on paper. Tapales will start as the clear favourite but Majiha is 1-0 in Asia having beaten Heri Amol in Amol's native Indonesia. Interestingly Majiha's only stoppage loss came when he was a 16 year old to Vusi Malinga suggesting he may well be a very tough cookie to Tapales to crack.
Also on this card will be the debut of Brian Capampangan (0-0) who kicks off his career with a 6 rounder against Michael Acevido (2-5-1, 1). We'll admit we don't know much about Capampangan but the fact he's beginning his career with a 6 rounder intrigues us.
As with the other show there will be other bouts on this show.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In Metro Manilla we get another very interesting looking headline bout as Renan Trongco (14-4, 8) defends his WBC International Flyweight title against fellow Filipino Weljan Ugbaniel (12-2-1, 3). Ranked #11 by the WBC at Flyweight Trongco has a lot to lose but we do favour him as he has more proven experience and has been in there with both Sammy Gutierrez and Hekkie Budler, saying that however Ugbaniel will see this as his big chance and we expect to see him fighting better than he has before.
Sadly the chief support bout is a total mismatch as former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (21-7-2, 15) takes on Arjet Caballes (6-30-5, 3). In a normal situation we'd describe this as a disgusting mismatch but in fairness to Lopez there is serious question marks about how much he has left after suffering 3 losses, including 2 stoppages, in his last 4 bouts. Evenif Lopez has something left he genuinely does need a confidence builder and that's exactly what this bout should be for him.
On paper the most competitive bout on this show will see Junjie Lauza (4-10-1, 1) facing against Zoren Pama (5-10-3, 2) which is a bit of a shame. We'd expect this bout to be very competitive. Sadly the same cannot be said about the bout between Dennis Tubieron (17-3-1, 8) and Rey Ramos (6-5-2, 3) or the Cris Paulino (13-1, 3) bout, which will see him facing Lowell Saguisa (7-15, 3) both of which are very bad mismatches we're afraid.
Again there are more than just the bouts we've mentioned.
(Image, courtesy of boxrec.com, is of Adones Cabalquinto)