Marban Boxing Gym, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
On Sunday we get a card in Misamis Oriental, with two minor title bouts on it, though sadly both bouts appear to be mismatches with touted prospects taking on very, very limited, though experienced, foes.
One of those title bouts will see the hard hitting Eldin Guinahon (7-0, 7) take on the very limited Mike Kinaadman (7-16-2, 5), in a bout for the UBO Flyweight title. The 22 year old Guinahon looks like a genuine prospect in the making, and a good win against Dexter Alimento in June show there was more than just power with him. As for Kinaadman, he has been stopped in 7 of his 16 losses and it's hard to imagine him living long with the power of Guinahon.
In another UBO title fight we'll see the unbeaten James Pagaling (6-0, 3) take on Macrea Gandionco (13-12-3, 8), in a bout for the Super Bantamweight title. Pagaling might not live up to the "Dynamite" nickname he's been given, but he is very much a promising hopeful with the potential to mix it up at a much, much higher level than he has so far. Sadly Gandionco has seen his career completely fall apart, after a promising start. He was once 10-0-1, but since then has gone 3-12-2 and he appears to have lost much of the desire he showed early on. In fact he seems very much like a fighter who pads the records of others now a days, and we suspect that's what we'll see again here.
Dasmarinas City, Cavite, Philippines
A second Filipino show has much the same appeal as the other card, with prospects taking on limited opponents in what look like record padding bouts, rather than real contests.
One of the prospects on this card is Ryan James Racaza (12-0, 8) , who faces off with the very limited Jimmy Borbon (7-11-4, 4). The 25 year old Racaza has needed less than 3.5 rounds, on average, to record his wins to date, and has stopped 4 of his last 5. Borbon on the other hand has been stopped 5 times in his 22 fight career, and is more than 4 years removed from his last win, which came against Christian Saga back in 2018. This really is little more than a squash match for Racaza.
In another bout on this card Aiman Abu bakar (9-1, 4), from Malaysia, takes on JR Magboo (18-6-2, 9). Abu bakar was beaten last time out, by Asad Asif Khan, and in fairness to him he's being matched pretty hard here against the solid Magboo, who is a tough ask, when he can take opponents power. Sadly coming in to this Magboo has been stopped in his last 3, and 4 of his last 5, and we dare say his ambition is pretty much gone. If there is some hunger there however Magboo could be a banana skin here.
KBS Hall, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
As well as the two Filipino shows we also have a small card in Japan, which lacks notable names but does have two interesting 6 rounders scheduled for it.
One of those will see the inform Daichi Morino (4-1, 3) look to continue his winning run as he takes on Katsuki Matsuura (6-5-1, 1). The promising Morino has won 4 in a row since suffering a majority decision loss on his debut, and whilst his competition hasn't been too notable he has shown good potential and is moving onwards and upwards with his career. As for Matsuura his record is a mess, but he has run opponents close in a number of those losses and is certainly better than his record suggests. Morino should win, but we do feel like he will need to work for the victory here.
In a really good supporting bout we'll see two debutants clash in a 6 rounder, as Rei Nakano (0-0) battles against Takeshi Uezu (0-0) in a Middleweight clash. The 21 year old Nakano went 22-5 in the unpaid ranks and is regarded as a really promising youngster, with Futur Promotions signing him, and looking to show case him here. Uezu on the other hand is part of Koki Kameda's KWORLD3 gym and went a solid 33-13 in the amateurs. We always love to see these ultra rare debutant vs debutant 6 rounders, and we expect this one will deliver, as these types of bouts always do.
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA
The most notable bout with an Asian fighter this coming Saturday takes place in the US in what is essentially a world title eliminator at 122lbs. The match up in question will see unbeaten American hopeful Ra'eese Aleem (19-0, 12) take on once beaten Filipino Mike Plania (26-1, 13) in what is a genuinely match watering match up. The 31 year old Aleem is incredibly fun to watch, and comes into whilst being regarded as a top 15, is not top 10, contender following notable wins over Vic Pasillas and Eduardo Baez. As for Plania he looked set for something big in 2020, when he beat Joshua Greer Jr, but has lost that momentum coming into this bout, and will know that he needs to perform like he did against Greer if he's going to reinject some much needed fire into his career. We expect this to be a barn burner, given the styles of the two men, but Plania will need to be at his very best to over-come Aleem.
World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
As well as the major fight in the US we also get some pretty notable action in Dubai, with several notably prospects in action.
On paper the best of the bouts on the Dubai card will see unbeaten Filipino fighter Jayson Vayson (9-0-1-1, 5) take on exciting Indian fighter Nutlai Lalbiakkima (4-0, 4), in what could be a very special bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title. Vayson comes in to this on the back of a very controversial bout with Tibo Monabesa, which saw the WBC declare the bout a no-contest due to the controversial decision that went to Monabesa. He also holds a very notable draw against Rene Mark Cuarto. As for Lalbiakkima he comes into this having been a wrecking ball on the Indian scene, with his 4 wins so far coming in just 7 rounds. The winner of this won't get a world title fight immediately, but will certainly become one to watch.
Lalbiakkima isn't the only unbeaten Indian hopeful on this card, another is Laldingliana (3-0, 2), who also takes a step up in class as he battles Kazakh fighter Alimzhan Tursunov (4-1, 3), who was beaten last time out and has been out of the ring for around 18 months. Hard to say much about this one, given neither has really faced anyone of any note, but it should be a very interesting bout, and given it's scheduled for 8 we should see the two men needing to prove their stamina and resolve.
Another Indian fighter on this card is Manish Ahlawat (3-2-1, 2) who battled unbeaten Pakistani hopeful Muzafar Khan (9-0, 8). On paper this looks like an easy win for Khan, but his opponents so far have been absolutely awful, and this is the first time he's faced someone with more than 2 bouts to their name. As for Ahlawat he has lost his last 2, but has gone 6 rounds in those losses and will be desperate to get back to winning ways here.
One other bout worthy of some attention is a 6 Heavyweight bout pitting unbeaten American Norman Neely (12-0, 8) against Azeri novice Surat Garayev (1-0), who is taking a huge step up this early in his career. Neely has a nice looking record, but really hasn't beaten anyone of note, and is something of an untested fighter, which is disappointing for a 33 year old with 1 bouts. As for Garayev he debuted in December, beating a 5-0 fighter, and will be looking to record another win here and put himself on the fast track to facing a notable foe.
As well as the action in the US and in Dubai we also have action in the Philippines, with two shows in the country. One of those is in Masbate, with a mouth watering main event
That main event will see two unbeaten men collide, as Criztian Pitt Laurente (9-0, 6) takes on Richard Bulacan (8-0, 6), in what is a real test for both fighters. The 22 year old Laurente has long been tipped as one to watch by those who followed him in the amateurs, and whilst clearly talented he hasn't yet set the world on fire and a lot of his competition has been poor, Ernesto Saulong being the only real exception to that. As for Balucan he has scored a few solid, low key, wins such as beating Rimon Rama, Vergel Deguma and Anthony Sabalde. The winner of this really should be looking at a title fight later in the year, whilst the loser can certainly bounce back.
In a supporting bout we'll see Prince Andrew Laurio (11-3-1, 8) in action against Mark Jequinto (4-9-1). Laurio was once 10-0-1 but has struggled in recent years, going 1-3 in his last 4 and he will be looking to rebuild. It's hard to imagine Jequinto to put up much of a fight here given he has lost his last 4.
Kitaotao Gym, Kitaotao, Bukidnon, Philippines
The other Filipino show takes place in Bukidnon and is less interesting than the Masbate one.
One of the main bouts here will see Ryan James Racaza (11-0, 7) look to extend his unbeaten record as he takes on the very limited Romulo Ramayan Jr (7-18-5, 3). Typically this is a bout that we would complain about, but Racaza has been out of the ring since the end of 2019 and it's clear the focus is on him shaking some ring rust and getting back in to action. Ramayan on the other hand has only a single win in the last decade and has gone 1-12-4 in his last 17 bouts dating back around 10 years.
The only other bout worthy of some attention here will see the one beaten Christian Bacolod (13-1, 9) take on Jay R Tulinan (4-5, 2). Sadly Bacolod has been relatively inactive since his 2019 loss to Thanongsak Simsri, with just a single bout since that one, and this bout is about getting him some ring time, against someone who has lost their last 4 bouts. A bit of a nothing contest for a talented 27 year old hopeful.
The first major show of the new year takes place in China this coming Saturday, and it really is a great show with several bouts of note, in what will see 4 different title bouts taking place.
The main event is a fantastic match up between unbeaten Chinese Flyweight Wenfeng Ge (11-0, 6) and once beaten Filipino Giemel Magramo (22-1, 18), who will be fighting for the WBO International Flyweight title, with Ge making his first defense of the tite. So far Ge has scored notable wins over Amnat Ruenroeng and Ivan Soriano, and looked solid, but at the age of 31 will know he can't afford a loss. Magramo on the other hand looks like a star in the making, and his sole defeat was a razor thin one in Korea to Muhammad Waseem. Since his loss Magramo has reeled off 5 stoppage wins and looks to be a fighter intent on making a statement. This really could be a brilliant way to break in the new year. A preview of this fantastic clash can be read here -Ge and Magramo look to begin year with mouth watering match up!
Another fantastic match up will see Chinese Light Flyweight Jing Xiang (15-4-2, 3) take on Thai veteran Kompayak Porpramook (59-6, 40) for the WBC silver Light Flyweight. The 28 year old Chinese fighter will be making his first defense of the title, which he last September when he defeated Merlito Sabillo, and he'll be looking to record an 8th straight win. Porpramook, best known for his wars with Adrian Hernandez and Koki Eto, is now 36, but showed he was still a capable fighter last year, when he defeated Pongsaklek Sithdabnij in the first of two bouts. The winner of this will be in the world title mix, but it's hard to see where the loser goes. A preview of this bout can be read here - Chinese novice Jing Xiang takes on Thai veteran Satorn
China's Jian Wang (7-1, 2) will be looking for his 6th straight win as he takes on Korean visitor Sung Young Yang (6-2-4, 3) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Youth Super Bantamweight title. The Chinese fighter looks to be in good form on paper, but his competition during his winning run has been poor, and his only real win of note came back in November 2015, when he beat the then debuting Wulan Tuolehazi. Yang is a 22 year old Korean fighter who has won his last 4, and is unbeaten in his last 6, though like Wang he's untested and a win here would be the biggest of his career,
The other title bout on this card pits unbeaten men against each other, as local hopeful Xiang Li (3-0, 2) faces off with Filipino Ryan James Racaza (10-0, 6) in a contest for the WBO Oriental Youth Lightweight title. The local novice debuted back in November 2016 but hasn't been particularly active in a pro ring, avoiding the ring through 2017 and only fighting once on 2018. Despite the inactivity Li is regarded highly as a prospect and a win here would be huge proof of his ability. Racaza isn't one of the more well known prospects in the Philippines but the 22 year old southpaw has scarcely lost a round since his debut and has already stopped both Jayar Estremos and Junar Adante. Racaza looks like one to watch, and a win here, on his international debut, would be a potential statement of intent. Although neither man in this bout is well known, this is a very interesting match up.
In the Philippines we'll see the unbeaten Roy Nagulman (6-0-1, 4) battle against experienced journeyman Albert Alcoy (15-27-8, 5), in what should serve as little more than a record padding win for Nagulman, who is just 17 and really shouldn't be rushed. The 35 year old Alcoy has been stopped 16 times, and has just 1 win since the start of 2013, despite that he is actually a step up for Nagulman.