After a week that has been eerily quiet in terms of Asian boxing we not hit a Saturday that kicks off an excellent few days of fight action involving Asian fighters are varying levels of the sport. It seems, at least to us, that the wait was worth the time.
New York, USA
The biggest bout involving an Asian fighter is in the US as former WBO Super Flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (18-1-1, 15) battles former WBO Super Bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (23-3-1, 19) in a bout that screams "revenge" to us. Sonsona suffered his sole defeat at the hands of Vazquez some 4 years ago though both men have seen their careers going in opposite directions since then with Sonsona going 4-0 whilst Vazquez has struggled to 5-3 and this bout really is a significant one for both men. It's an excellent match up and one both men deserve credit for taking.
Although the biggest bout of the day is in the US we do have some very important bouts in Asia. The most significant of those heads lines a Teiken show as Japanese Light Flyweight champion Yu Kimura (13-2-1, 2) attempts to make the first defence of his title. Kimura, who beat Kenichi Horikawa earlier this year, will be battling against the hard hitting and freakishly tall Yuki Chinen (14-1, 7) in an excellent match up that has real significance not just to the fighters on the domestic scene but also internationally as both men are world ranked.
Whilst the main event is brilliant it's not the only fight of note on the show and the co-feature between Kenichi Ogawa (11-1, 9) and Filipino visitor Gabriel Royo (9-9-2, 8) promising to be an explosive encounter. Royo, whilst limited, can bang a bit whilst Ogawa also tends to through caution to the win.
Other fights of note here will see the once beaten Masanobu Nakazawa (14-1-1, 5) battle against Kosuke Iwashita (14-16-2, 8) in a Light Welterweight bout that will see Nakazawa risking his Japanese ranking. Another man risking his domestic ranking will be the big punching Hiroyuki Otsuka (6-2, 5) who is very fun to watch. Otsuka will be battling limited Thai Thaminkhao Sor Tharnthip (3-9-1, 2) in what should be a mismatch but in fairness Otsuka needs a confidence builder after 2 close decision losses.
In total there are 7 bouts on this Japanese card.
Metro Manila, Philippines
It's not just Japan that has some great looking title action and the Philippines also joins in with a trio of title bouts.
The best of the trio is a WBO Oriental Super Flyweight title bout between the hard hitting, and insanely exciting, Warlito Parrenas (19-6, 17) who will be known to fans in both the Philippines and Japan. "Wars", as he was known, will be fighting Indonesian tough guy Junior Bajawa (14-2, 7) and this bout really does look like a fantastic match up. Parrenas has been the distance just once in his last 21 bouts whilst Bajawa has never been stopped and took the very under-rated Richard Pumicpic the distance i his most recent bout.
Parrenas isn't the only banger on this show and in another of the title fights fans will see Richard Claveras (7-0-2, 7) take on Thailand's Namphol Sithsaithong (6-7, 6) in a contest for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title. Although neither man is likely to go very far both like to go for bombs and this should be fun to watch for as long as it lasts with both men looking to finish the fight early.
In a female bout Momoko Kanda (5-6-2) will be battling Thai novice Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi (2-1) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council female Minimumweight title in what looks to be a very poor excuse for a title fight. Kanda, a Japanese fighter, has lost 6 of her last 8, whilst Nongnun was stopped last time out by Gretchen Abaniel in what is Nonnun's only previous bout outside of Thailand.
We get yet more Asian action in China as Zovi Promotions put on another show on the mainland show just how much boxing really is growing, especially in Kunming.
The main event here sees talented Filipino Mark Gil Melligen (18-4-1, 9) attempt to claim his first title as he battles Thai tough guy Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan (8-2, 1) for the currently vacant WBO Oriental Featherweight title. Melligen is in the form of his career with 5 wins including a notable stoppage against the previously unbeaten Bualuang OnesongchaiGym, however Petchsamuthr proved his toughness earlier this year when he went 6 rounds with emerging Puerto Rican star Felix Verdejo.
In the chief support bout we have yet another title fight as China's very own Yang Xing Xin (7-3-2, 5) attempts to claim the WBC Youth Welterweight title. In the opposite corner to Xin will be once beaten Filipino Nelson Gulpe (8-1, 3). Although Gulpe was beaten in his only fight outside of the Philippines it was a very controversial decision and we'd not be shocked if he did more than enough to defeat Xin here.
One final bout of note from this Chinese card will see the unbeaten Xu Chan (2-0) taking on India's Neeraj Goyat (1-2-2). Although on paper you need to favour Chan, due to a better record and home advantage, it's worth noting that Goyat is unbeaten in MMA and probably has more experience than his record indicates.
There is yet more title action in Australia as Australia's very own Josh King (16-3, 8) attempts to make hist first defence of the WBO Oriental Lightweight title. King will be fighting hard hitting Japanese challenger Koichi Ito (9-2-2, 8) in what could potentially be a barn burner. You do need to feel King's the favourite but Ito's power could make King unravel.
Ito isn't the only Japanese fighter on this card as compatriot Kazuyuki Fukuyama (9-4, 2) battles against the very experienced Les Sherrington (33-7, 19) in a bout that appears to be a clear mismatch.
One other Asian on this card is Aussie based Filipino Aswin Cabuy (14-46-4, 7) who will be looking to upset the unbeaten Kolby Johnston (1-0, 1) in a 4 rounder.
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