Dimiao, Bohol, Philippines
The main card this coming Friday is from Bohol in the Philippines, where we get several interesting looking match ups.
The most notable bout on the card will see 25 year old Filipino Virgel Vitor (18-2, 11) trade blows with once touted Thai hopeful Arnon Yupang (9-2, 3). in a bout for the WBA Asia Super Featherweight title. Given he's got home advantage Vitor will be the favourite, and he certainly has the power to make a mark at this level. Yupang on the other hand was tipped quite highly, but a recent loss to Wanchana Menayothin leaves him not fighting for his career, and he will also be the smaller man here.
On paper an even better bout will see unbeaten Filipino Regie Suganob (11-0, 4) battle against unbeaten Indonesian Andika D'Golden Boy (19-0-1, 10), in what is a huge fight for both men. Suganob has quietly been building a solid record on the domestic scene, but lacks any for of notable international name on his record and this is a chance for that to change. As for Andika, he was pencilled in for a world title fight in 2020 but that fell through due to the pandemic and it's hard to know what his hunger is like, especially given an unexpected draw last time out against Wandi Priman Hulu. We expect to see a lot of skills on show here, and whilst we don't imagine we'll get a Fight of the Year contender, we do expect a very, very interesting interesting bout.
In an all Filipino affair Jake Amparo (9-3-1, 2) will battle against Ariston Aton (9-4, 5), in what looks like a toss of a bout on paper. Amparo has won 3 in a row since a 2021 loss to Suganob. and looks to be moving his career forward rather well, but this is a tougher bout than his recent wins. Aton has lost his last 3, and has little momentum, but will be hungry to turn things around, and is in with an easier opponent than his recent bouts, whuch have seen him clash with Simipiwe Konkco and Tsubasa Koura. This one could steal the show.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
As well as the action in the Philippines we also have a small card in Tokyo, under the Genkotsu banner.
The main event will see 30 year old hopeful Kosuke Ando (10-3, 5) look to record a third straight stoppage win as he takes on the light punching Daisuke Sudo (7-9-3). At his best Ando is the sort of fighter who can, and will, earn a domestic title fight, but will need to get lucky to win a title, and is more likely to spend, much of the remainder of his career bouncing around the domestic rankings. As for Sudo he has lost his last 3, but has been matched hard with bouts against the likes of Kento Hatanaka and Ryuya Yamanka. This bout is a step down from those ones, but still one that he'll be expected to lose.
Also on this card is a potentially fan friendly bout between Kensuke Suzuki (4-1, 1) and Taiga Ito (4-3), who clash at 154lbs. The 26 year old Ito is no world beater but is regularly involved in very entertaining and fan friendly wars, which see him depend on his work rate and size rather than his power. Suzuki, 23, is also the sort of fighter who relies on letting punches fly, and is looking to bounce back from his first loss. Expect this one to be a very, very fun to watch 6 rounder.
Robinson's Galleria, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Cebu City plays host to a small but notable card from Big Yellow Boxing Promotion, headlined by a minor regional title and featuring one or two fighters of some note.
The main event will see 23 year old fighters clash as Carlo Demecillo (12-5-1, 6) takes on the once beaten Junrel Jimenez (8-1-1, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Bantamweight title. Of the two it's Demecillo who is more well known, with bouts against the likes of Satoshi Shimizu and Hisashi Amagasa. Jimenez, although less well known, cannot be over-looked here and he he has stopped of his 4 opponents since suffering his sole loss almost 3 years ago. This should be a very good bout.
Former Demecillo foe Virgel Vitor (13-2, 7) will feature in a confidence building bout, as he takes on Jeffrey Stella (4-7-3, 4). Vitor was stopped last time out, by Mark Anthony Geraldo and is clearly looking to get back in the win column here against an opponent who should be over-matched.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
As well as the Filipino card we also have a Japanese card, which will make up part of the 2019 East Japanese Rookie of the Year tournament. Originally there was 11 bouts scheduled for this show, but there's been 3 cancellations since leaving us a few bouts down.
Of the bouts that remain the standout contest appears to be the Bantamweight clash between Azusa Takeda (3-0, 3) and Yu Kasahara (2-0, 2). Between them they have fought just 10 rounds and have a combined 3 opening round wins, so this certainly should be explosive and exciting!
Another one to watch on this card is Featherweight hopeful Daiki Imanari (2-0, 2), who takes on Seiya Yamaguchi (3-4-1, 2). This will be Imanari's first bout against someone with a big or experience but he's still going to be expected to pick up the win and move a step towards the All Japan Rookie of the Year final in December
In Cebu we'll see the next ALA show, and it'll feature a number of Filipino prospects who are tipped for big things.
One of those prospects is the hard hitting, and once beaten, Virgel Vitor (12-1, 7). The 20 year old Vitor has won his last 8 bouts and will be looking to continue that winning run as he takes on the domestic journeyman Gerpaul Valero (22-20-4, 16). Vitor is coming into this bout on the back of defeat domestic wins against the likes of Michael Escobia and John Ray Logatiman but on paper this should be a better test. Valero was once 1-13-3 and has since gone 21-7-1 (16) and although no world beater is far better than his record suggests. This is a potential banana skin for Vitor, but one he should be able to over-come.
Another of the prospects in action is the excellent KJ Cataraja (7-0, 6), who faces off with Indonesian foe Frengky Rohi (5-5-1, 1) in a 10 rounder. Given that Cataraja turned professional with quite a bit of fanfare and hype it's frustrating to still see him fighting at this level almost 3 years after his debut. Cataraja is a sensational talent and really should be stepped up sooner rather than later. More annoyingly is that this bout is actually a step backwards for the unbeaten 23 year old, following an excellent win against Wiljan Ugbaniel last September. Rohi has lost his last 5 bouts, and is 0-4 outside of Indonesia. Amazingly Rohi has already lost 4 times in 2018 and it's hard to see him ending this run against someone as talented as Cataraja.
The third prospect in action will be Christian Bacolod (8-0, 6), the heavy handed 23 year old will be facing off against fellow Filipino Mervin Lulu (5-2-2, 2) in what looks likely to be the most interesting match up featuring a prospect. Bacolod has been really dangerous early in bouts, scoring all 6 of his stoppages in the first 3 rounds, but has shown the ability to fight over 6 rounds, having taken a couple of 6 round decisions. Lulu has been stopped twice, with one of those losses coming to recent world title challenger Vince Paras. Given his stoppage losses we don't see Lulu surviving with Bacolod here.
In Quebec fans will see exciting Kazakh hopeful Nurzat Sabirov (6-0, 5) fight for the third time this year. The promising Super Middleweight / Light Heavyweight will be taking on Guillermo Romero (12-6, 9) in an 8 rounder. On paper this looks a decent test for the touted Kazakh but should be a straight forward win given that Romero has been stopped in 5 of his 6 defeated, including a 5th roind stoppage last time out.
The biggest fight of the day, for the Asian scene at least, comes from Thailand and will see see a world title on the line, as WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (48-0,17) defends against former WBO champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-5-6, 7). The defending champion is getting very close to the magic 50-0, a record of Floyd Mayweather Jr, and will be strongly favoured over Fukuhara here, with the Japanese challenger needing to create history to win. Given the styles of the two men this should be a very entertaining clash with two aggressive fighters facing off.
In Bohol we get a genuinely stacked card thanks to ALA who put on their next Pinoy Pride card.
The main event of the card will see the unbeaten and highly regarded Mark Magsayo (17-0, 13) defending his WBO International Featherweight title against former Japanese champion Shota Hayashi (30-6-1, 16). The promising Magsayo is looking to move into world class in the near future and will see a bout against Hayashi as a good step forward following two quick blow outs earlier in the year. For Hayashi, who lost his Japanese title to Kosuke Saka back in April, the bout is a tough one for his international debut, but he will know the reward of winning is a world ranking.
The card is stacked with prospects. This includes Virgel Vitor (11-1, 7), Albert Pagara (28-1, 19), Jeo Santisima (14-2, 12) and former world title challenger Melvin Jerusalem (11-2, 7). Unfortunately all 4 of the promising fighters appear to be in huge mismatches as they look to stay busy going in to the new year.
Also on the card will be Roli Gasca (23-8-1, 7) and Rocky Fuentes (35-9-2, 20), who like the aforementioned prospects are in easy against opponents they should have no trouble with.
Davao del Norte, Philippines
A second Filipino card comes from Davao del Norte thanks to MB Boxing.
The main event of the card will see Filipino fighter Glenn Porras (30-6, 18) take on former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (32-22-2, 18) of Indonesia. The Filipino has lost 3 of his last 5 but is a talented fighter and should have no problem seeing off the visitor, who used to be a decent fighter, at best, but is now pretty much a regional journeyman who picks up far more losses than wins.
The talented and once touted Rosekie Cristobal (14-2, 10) will be looking to avoid a third loss in 5 bouts as he battles former OPBF Light Welterweight champion Romeo Jakosalem (18-15-1, 10). Jakosalem is almost 6 years removed from his career best win, and has only won 4 times since then. Cristobal has suffered 2 DQ losses in Mexico, and before those there was big hopes for him, so he'll be looking to bounce back and show what he's about here.
A third bout of some note sees the once beaten Michael Bravo (12-1, 5) battle against Lyster Jun Pronco (9-15-1, 6). The once beaten Bravo comes into this bout on a run of 7 straight wins, albeit against very limited opposition, whilst Pronco is win-less in his last 13, with 12 losses and a draw during that run. This bout is for the PBF Light Flyweight title, and we expect to see Bravo crowned the new champion.
Seoul, South Korea
We have an international show in Korea with some low key bouts.
One bout worthy of interest sees Korean based Cameroonian refugee Heuk San Lee (4-0-1, 2) take on Japan's Kazuhiro Baba (6-5-2, 3). Lee is looking to extend a 3 fight winning run, which has seen him claim the Boxing M Light Middleweight title, and despite being 34 is one of the more interesting fighters plying his trade in Korea right now. The visitor had the edge in age, given he's only 25, but he's the naturally smaller man, was recently stopped by Ryota Toyoshima and is fighting outside of Japan for the first time.
A second bout of note here will see Hyun Je Shin (7-6, 1) take on Filipino fighter Daniel Ferreras (13-9-2, 4). Shin is a former Korean Featherweight champion, having won the title last time out however that was more than 3 years ago and he has been inactive since winning the belt. Notably the Korean has fought as low as 112lbs before as well. Ferreras is also ending a break from the ring, which also began back in 2014 when he was stopped by Rey Vargas. Although Ferreras' record is lessthan great he has mixed in good company, with losses to Vargas and Kohei Kono.
New York, USA
There will also be US action with Kazakh prospect Meiirim Nursultanov (4-0, 3) taking on fellow unbeaten Eric Moon (7-0, 6) in what looks like a great step up in class for the 24 year old Kazakh fighter. A win for Nursultanov will help push him towards bigger and better fights, potentially moving him into fights against “name” opponents in the very near future.