For the first Saturday in quite a while we have no action involving Japanese fighters however we do still have action in Asia with a title double header in South Korea.
One of those title bouts will see the KBM Heavyweight champion Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) defending his title against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-1, 4), in what looks like a really decent and well matched bout. Lee has had a frustrating year. He was originally expected to fight in Japan earlier in the year, before his plans were changed and now he'll be making his first defense of the Korean title here. As for Bae he won the KBM Cruiserweight title and is moving up in weight for the bout.
The other title bout here will be for the KBM Lightweight title and will see Moo Hyun Kim (5-1, 1) take on Dong Hyun Won (3-3) for the vacant title. Coming in to this one the 27 year old Kim will be the big favourite, though he was beaten just a few fights ago by Gyu Beom Jeon. At 36 years old Won can't afford a loss here if he's ever going to win a title., but sadly has lost his last 2 and will be entering the bout as a very clear under-dog.
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Our focus is also on Russia where a number of Central Asian fighters are in action in some rather low level fights.
One of the bouts on this show is set to see 22 year old Mirzamukhammad Khikmatullaev (5-3, 3) take on Egor Popov (0-1) in a 6 rounder. Coming in to this Khikmatullaev is looking for a third straight win following an upset loss to the then debuting Pavel Vasiutovic in July. Russian fighter Popov was blasted out in just over 2 minutes in his debut this past July and we suspect he'll struggle to survive to do much better than that here.
Arguably the most interesting hopeful on this show is 19 year old Ulugbek Qayumboev (2-0, 2), who is looking to score his 3rd win in just 5 months. The youngster has been can crushing so far but was a decent amateur on the Uzbek scene and we suspect he'll be moved up in the next year or two. Here we will see him against the more experienced but limited Murodzhon Toshev (1-8, 1), from Tajikistan, Toshev has been stopped in all 8 losses and we are expecting another early defeat for him here.
Another young Uzbek on this card is Russian based Middleweight Eldor Abdukodirov (2-1, 1) who looks to bounce back from a loss last time out as he takes on the win-less novice Mobin Goodarzi (0-1), from Iran. We suspect Abdukodirov will pick up his third win here, though we do wonder if a loss in December 2019 may affect how he fights here, and he was very fortunate in his debut, in April 2019.
This coming Sunday we won't see much action but there is a Korean show, with a title fight, and a Japanese show.
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The Korean card is a BoxingM show, headlined by a Korean Heavyweight title fight and supported by some international bouts with Korean fighters taking on visitors from China and Japan.
The title fight will see Sung Min Lee (6-1, 2) battling against Hoo Won Lee (4-5) in a bout for vacant Korean Heavyweight belt. It's hard to get too excited about this bout, especially given the differences between the two fighters records. We suspect the 28 year old Sung Min Lee will record a 6th straight win here, though his competition to date has been pretty limited so far. Despite the limitations of Sung Min's competition Hoo Won Lee has not really score any winss better than that of his name sake, and has actually lost his last 3, including a decision loss in 2017 to Japan's Kotatsu Takehara.
The undercard will see a pair of Korea Vs China bouts and 4 Korea Vs Japan bouts. On paper the most competitive of those looks like a 4 round bout between Kyung Min Hwang (5-0, 3) and Yutaka Asakura (4-1-1, 3), though and we wouldn't be surprised to see the Korean fighters win most of their bouts, if not all of them.
In Japan we get a show from Fukuoka, but sadly it's a very low level one, with most of the card being 4 round bouts between novices, including a rookie bout.
Whilst almost all of this card is low level fighters each looking to get an early career win there is an interesting main event, as the once highly tipped Takumi Sakae (20-3-1, 14) takes on Indonesian journeyman Ellias Nggenggo (13-12-3, 5) in what should be a pretty decent 8 round headliner. Sakae showed some real promise early on, winning the 2013 Rookie of the Year and his first 13 bouts in a row, though has sadly gone 7-3-1 since and not managed to fulfil his early promise. The 30 year old Nggenggo was one a very serviceable fighter, going the distance with the likes of Tibo Monabesa, Ryuji Hara and Paipharob Kokietgym. Sadly however Nggenggo has bee stopped in 5 of his last 8 and we'd expect him to be taken out again here.