Sadly none of out team are native Thai, Japanese or Korean speakers. We've managed to get this far with the site by being damned hard researchers and willing to spend a lot of time to get details on things. Unfortunately our research doesn't always work as well as we hope and this Friday sees one such case as we appear to have found a bout that no knows about other than a Thai television channel.
Unfortunately details of this show are incredibly scarce. We know that Channel 7 in Thailand will be showing something though if their TV guide is to be believed then the bout is a contest between Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (50-2, 33) and Dominican Juan Carlos Payano (14-0, 8).
On paper this would be a major match up so to only have it reported on a Thai TV guide makes us doubt whether or not the contest is on. More interestingly however is the fact that the TV guide translates the show into being a "provisional" bout for the WBA Bantamweight title. We'd infer that to mean that it's a WBA interim title fight.
With the lack of details we have, several times this week, asked the WBA to confirm or deny that there was a WBA title fight in Thailand on Friday. Rather sadly the WBA haven't shown any interest in giving us an answer.
Unfortunately this appears to be the only bout, with any details at all, in Asia this Friday. Looks like we'll have to turn in to Channel 7 to have any idea about what is happening.
Although action in Asia is scarce we do have a few bouts of note around the world. The notable of those sees world ranked Light Heavyweight Ilshat Khusnulgatin (11-0, 6) taking on Roberto Jose Acevedo (7-1, 4). Khusnulgatin is currently ranked #14 by the WBA and will be putting his ranking on the line here Acevedo or Puerto Rico. We're really confused as to how the Russian is world ranked but he'll not be wanting to give up that ranking here against a man wanting to put his sole loss behind him.
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At a much lower level than Khusnulgatin we have Fatah Baghban (8-5, 5), originally of Iran, who will be hoping to score his first win since September 2012 as he takes on Pablo Sosa (2-3-1, 1). Sosa, originally from Argentina himself, has lost his last 3 though could prove to a banana skin for Baghban in what looks to be a competitive match up despite the very different records of the two me.