This coming Friday isn't a particularly busy day, but there are some bouts of real interest and intrigue.
New South Wales, Australia
The most significant bout will be in Australia, as OPBF Light Heavyweight champion Aaron Lai (10-4, 9) defends his belt against Japan's Shintaro Matsumoto (14-6, 10). Australian puncher Lai won the title in February 2017 and has made just a single defense of the title, against the horribly limited Panya Chomphoophuang. On paper this is a step up for the champion, but it should be noted that Matsumoto has been stopped in 4 of his 6 losses including a 4th round TKO loss earlier this year. Matsumoto is a former OPBF Super Middleweight champion, though his reign was short and we don't suspect he'll become a 2-weight champion, given the power of Lai.
Jastrzebie Zdroj, Poland
In Poland we get interesting match up as unbeaten local Damian Jonak (40-0-1, 21) takes on Russian based Uzbek fighter Sherzod Khusanov (21-0-1, 9). With a combined 61-0-2 (30) record the bout really does seem like an odd one. Both men are risking their unbeaten records, against each other, despite neither really needing to. Khusanov, aged 38, has fought just twice in 4 and a half years whilst Jonak is 35 and has only fought once in 3 years. This is a bit of a crazy match up to think about, between two men who aren't just unbeaten but both seemed retired not that long ago. It probably won't be a sensational fight, but it'scertainly worth making a note of.