Clean Hit Boxing Gym, Songtan, South Korea
For a second day running we get title action from South Korea. Sadly however we only get a single title fight here, despite previous plans for the show to be a title double header.
Originally we had expected a KBM Light Welterweight title fight between Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) and Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4), in what looked like a mouth watering match up. Sadly however this bout was cancelled in October when Moon was forced to pull out of the bout around 3 weeks before it was set to take place.
Sadly with the Light Welterweight title bout being cancelled we only have one title bout on the show. That is a Bantamweight title bout, which will see Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) take on In Soo Jang (5-2-1) for the vacant title. The 21 year old Jo comes in to this unbeaten in his last 6, and has won his last 4, turning around a very weird 0-1-3 start to his professional career. Jang on the other hand has struggled in recent bouts, losing last time out and going 4-2 in his last 6, however at just 20 years old he's very much a developing youngster.
As well as the title bout between Jo and Jang the card will also feature a number of novice bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds.
Zhenhaibao Theatre, Yinchuan, China
As well as the action in Korea we're also set to get a title doubler header in China.
The main event here will be a WBA Asia Bantamweight title bout pitting champion Jun Zhao (13-2-1, 10) against under-rated Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (11-3-2, 4). Coming in to this the local will be the favourite, after all he's on a roll with 8 straight wins, has home advantage and will be seeking to extend his reign with the title. However Sumalpong shouldn't be written off and he is a handful, having given Kenshiro Teraji a good test in 2015 and being unlucky in a number of other bouts. This could end up being a bit of a hidden gem of a fight.
Also on this card is a WBO China National Flyweight title bout, pitting the unbeaten Longyi Hu (5-0, 2) against Sheng Peng (6-6-1, 2). It's hard to go against the unbeaten 21 year old here, he's younger, fresher and his unbeaten record will fill him with confidence, but Peng has the experience to be a thorn in his side and this could be a very good test for Hu.
There is only one show in Japan this coming Sunday.
The main event of the card will see under-rated Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (10-2-1, 4) return to Japan for the first time since losing his unbeaten record to Ken Shiro. The Filipino youngster will be up against Japanese veteran Koji Itagaki (17-11-2, 7) in what looks like a really intriguing fight. Sumalpong is a real talent, but has lost 2 of his last 3 and needs a win of note now. Itagaki has mixed at a high level, but has lost in recent contests to Rey Loreto and Kenichi Horikawa, and will be hoping to use that experience here.
In an under-card bout of interest we'll see Taiyo Inoue (6-3-1, 4) face the experienced but light hitting Kenta Sugimoto (11-10-1, 1) in a good looking bout that won't set pulses racing, but should be a good fight all the same.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines we have two shows, though very few bouts of actual note. Although the bouts aren't big one of the bouts will see the very promising Giemel Magramo (17-1, 13) battle against John Rey Lauza (13-13-4, 6), in what should be an easy win for the once beaten man. Last year we saw Magramo suffer a narrow loss to Muhammad Waseem, and he should bounce back with a win here.
The other Filipino show is very unexciting.
One of the main bouts will see Richard Rosales (11-4-2, 6) battle domestic journeyman Rey Morano (9-50-2, 1) whilst another will see the unbeaten Roldan Sasan (2-0, 1) face professional loser Reynaldo Buluan (3-12-2, 1).
In China we get a bizarrely interesting looking bout between two men who could, in all fairness, be called professional losers. The bout will pit local veteran Xinghua Wang (12-14-1), one of the most experienced fighters in Chinese boxing, up against Japan's Ken Achiwa (11-11-5, 4). Wang is likely to be the fan favourite, but has gone 2-6 in his last 8, and is clearly struggling for form. As for Achiwa he's actually in good form with a 3-0-3 run in his last 6 bouts, dating back more than 3 years.
Metro Manila, Philippines
The only Asian show this Wednesday comes from the Philippines and features a trio of title fighters, as well as a man looking to get back to winning ways.
The best looking of the title fights, at least on paper, will see Jeffrey Arienza (14-4-1, 8) battle against Indonesian Wellem Reyk (18-13-4, 5) in a bout for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title. Although more experiended Reyk isn't the best fighter out there and has been stopped in 7 of his 13 losses, and it would be no surprise to see another stoppage loss here for the travelling fighter.
In another title bout fans will see former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (26-11-2, 18) take on fellow Filipino Danilo Pena (27-24-4, 11) in a contest for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Featherweight title. Silvester made his name originally at Super Flyweight but has out grown the division. This will however be his 6th bout as a Featherweight, where he is currently 4-1 and should advance his record here over a domestic journeyman.
Talking about “journeymen” records shouldn't be what we judge fighters on, and few have proven that was much as Donny Mabao (22-15-3, 4), who will be making the first defense of the GAB Flyweight title as he takes on Felipe Cagubcob Jr (5-2-5, 1).in what could, potentially, be a very interesting match up.
Last year we were impressed by Rolly Sumalpong (9-2-1, 4), who dropped Ken Shiro en route to a decision loss. Since then he has suffered another loss, to Toto Landero. Here we see him in search of a confidence building win as he takes on Ruben Traza (4-9-4, 1) in what should be a straight forward win for the 22 year old.
The most notable action to involve Asian fighters this Thursday takes place in the US where two fantastic prospects will be in action.
The most promising of the prospects is the fantastic Dmitry Bivol (5-0, 5) who looks to continue his meteoric rise through the Light Heavyweight ranks as he faces Brazilian Cleiton Conceicao (22-8-2, 18). Bivol, from Kyrgyzstan, is possibly the most exciting prospect on the planet and looks to be a man set to fight in world level bouts in the next 12-18. This is likely to just be the next step on his road to the top.
The other prospect is unbeaten Kazakh Bekman Soylybayev (7-0, 3) who moves in to title bouts as he takes on the experienced Moises Delgadillo (15-13-2, 8) for the WBA-NABA USA Super Featherweight title. This should be a straight forward win for Soylybayev, who was a former stand out amateur and WSB champion, though it's actually the manner of his performance that will be important here.
Metro Manila, Philippines
As well as the notable action in the US fight fans also get an Asian interest in the Philippines where fans get several title bouts in what looks likely to be a very intriguing card in Metro Manila.
The main event of the card will see the unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-0, 3), also known as Joe Misako, battle against the criminally under-rated Alie Laurel (14-4, 9) in a bout for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title. The unbeaten 20 year old will be the favourite given his unbeaten record but this will be a dangerous bout for him. Noynay is the naturally bigger fighter but Laurel is a very dangerous fighter, as seen in wins over Tiger Tor Buamas and Nobuhisa Coronita Doi.
Another unbeaten fighter looking to claim a title on this show is Kyota Otsuka (5-0-1, 3) who faces Eranio Semillano (11-7-1, 3) for the WBC EPBC Super Flyweight title. On paper this looks like a logical step up for Otsuka but the 21 year old is stepping up massively for his first 12 rounder and this is a potential upset. Semillano is 1-2-1 in his last 4 but shouldn't be over-looked as he has been mixing at a much higher level than Otsuka, and actually fought current WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu in 2014.
The remaining title bout is probably the best match up on the card and sees the unbeaten Toto Landero (7-0-2, 2) battle against the once beaten Rolly Sumalpong (9-1-1, 4) for the WBC EPBC title at Minimumweight. This is the first defense by Sumalpong, who won the title last June, and will be his first bout since losing to fast rising Japanese star Ken Shiro last October. For Landero this is a step up to 10 round action and a great chance for him to score a big win. This really is a fantastic match up and very mouth watering.
This coming Monday we get one of the regional cards of the month with several notable and interesting bouts.
The most notable is the 10 round main event between the fast rising Ken Shiro (4-0, 3) and unbeaten Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (9-0-1, 4). The two men are trading blows in a bout for the WBC Youth Light Flyweight title and it's fair to say that the winner will go on to bigger fights in 2016, in fact Ken Shiro if he wins is likely to fight for the Japanese title in the first half of next year. It's a great match up on paper and features two young fighters putting unbeaten records on the line, what's not to like?
The co-feature is a very exciting looking 8 round contest featuring former JBC/OPBF Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (29-5-1, 9) and the brave Filipino Ricky Sismundo (29-8-2, 13). This really has the potential to be a highly skilled, inside war between two tough guys who have under-rated power and know that a win could put them into contention for a world title fight in 2016.
Another interesting supporting bout will see former Japanese title holder Koji Umetsu (22-16-3, 10) battle emerging contender Shota Hayashi (25-5-1, 15). Coming in to this one Hayashi has gone 10-0-1 and appears to be in the form of his life, a win here and he may well find himself getting a title shot in 2016. As for Umetsu this bout is a must win one of if he's to remain relevant.
A fourth bout of interest will see former title challengers collide as Koshinmaru Saito (21-7-1, 11) takes on Takehiro Shimokawara (19-10-3, 6). This bout may not be a top bout with a title shot for the winner but the styles of the two men should make for a brilliantly fun to watch 8 round bout.
As well as the bouts mentioned the card will feature 3 others on what is one of the best Dangan cards of the year!
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