This coming Saturday is a bizarrely quiet day for Asian boxing, though of course is a much, much bigger day for fighters outside of Asia. Despite being quiet for Asian fighters there is still plenty of action taking place around the globe, including one particularly big fight in the US.
As for Asian fighters in action lets take a look at what we have coming up.
Philips Halle, Duesseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
In Germany we'll see unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) look to build on his unbeaten record as he takes on American veteran Steve Vukosa (12-1, 4). The unbeaten Kossobutskiy will be looking to defend his IBO minor title and also claim a minor WBA title here, as he looks to give his career a massive boost, something needed as he's now on the wrong side of 30. Vukosa on the other hand is a 42 year old American, who got this fight on short notice and will be looking to build on a surprise upset win last year, against Joe Cusumano. We really don't see this as being anything other than a straight forward win for Kossobutskiy, who looks to move to 3-0 for 2020.
Manual Artime Community Center Theater, Miami, Florida, USA
In the US we see the biggest action of the weekend, up in Las Vegas, however there is also some Asian action over in Florida, with two Filipino fighters in action. Sadly though both of these bouts are total mismatches.
One of the Filipino fighters is Mark Bernaldez (20-4, 14), who looks to bounce back from a July loss to Albert Bell. Against Bell we saw Bernaldez being totally nullified by the reach, speed, and size of Bell. Thankfully Bernaldez will be expecting an easier bout here as he takes on limited Argentinian veteran Julian Evaristo Aristule (34-13, 17). Given that Aristule has lost his last 4, including 3 by stoppage, this should be regarded as little more than a confidence builder for the Filipino.
The other Filipino on this show will be Jameson Bacon (23-4, 15), who takes on Gonzalez Carlos Dallera (6-8, 4), who is also from Argentina. This should be am easy win for Bacon, especially given that Dallera has gone 1-8 in his last 9 and has been stopped 7 times in his 8 losses. As with Bernaldez's bout this should be regarded as a mismatch, but a chance get Bacon a win following a loss last November to Darragh Foley.
In Asia we get a small show from China, where the action really will be low profile stuff. Thankfully there are a couple of 6 rounders worthy of some attention.
One of those 6 rounders will see Jiangtao Cao (2-4) take on XiaoAn Liang (2-0, 1). Coming in to this Cao has lost his last 4, he's limited, he's low on confidence, but it's going to be interesting to see how Liang copes with him here. Liang began his career in January 2019, picked up a win in July 2020 and now looks for his third win, in what is his toughest bout, on paper, so far.
The other 6 rounder will see the unbeaten YuanHai Liu (2-0, 1) take on the debuting Ze Wang (0-0). Not much to say here, but we are always interested when a fighter debuts in a 6 rounder, so hopefully Wang will have something about him, and will show us something to be excited about.
After numerous delays and false starts we'll now see unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (13-0, 12) return to the ring this coming Tuesday, as he takes on English based Polish fighter Kamil Sokolowski (9-17-2, 3). On paper the bout is a total mismatch in favour of the unbeaten and solid punching Kazakh, however paper doesn't fight and Sakolowski shouldn't be written off. The man with 17 losses has repeatedly played the upsetting in the UK and he'll be looking to do the same here, and give another fighter their first loss. In terms of skills Sokolowski has the tools to make life very awkward for Kossobutskiy, but the Kazakh is heavy handed and has shown some promise.
This might look like a mismatch but in reality we suspect it could be a very, very good test for the unbeaten 31 year old southpaw.
This coming Friday we were expecting a number of cards, including a pretty interesting one from Japan, though as is now well reported there will be no Japanese cards and we're left with just 2 shows to close out the week, one in Australia and one in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The card in Dubai looks interesting on paper, but in reality it's hard to get too excited by it, however there are some bouts we can look forward to seeing.
One of the bouts on this card that interests us will see the talented, but frustrating, Nurtas Azhbenov (8-0, 3) take on JR Magboo (18-4-2, 9). The unbeaten Kazakh southpaw turned pro with plenty of expectations on his shoulders but has yet to really show what he can do, fingers crossed that against a solid opponent like Magboo we'll get a chance to see what Azhbenov is all about. Magboo has lost 4 of his last 6 but should ask the Kazakh some questions here.
Another Kazakh pencilled in for this card is Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (12-0, 11), though at the time of writing his opponent for the bout isn't listed. For Kossobutskiy the bout will be his 4th in a year, but at the age of 31 he needs to be getting significant fights during 2020 if he's to make his mark on the pro ranks.
One other bout on this show worthy of some interest will see Dubai based Afghan teenager Hasibullah Ahmadi (9-0, 2) take on Haidari Mchanjo (11-7-4, 5) in a 6 rounder. The unbeaten Ahmadi had a decent step up last time and there is certainly no need to rush him, but fingers crossed bouts from here will be steps up in class. The 21 Mchanjo, from Tanzania, is 0-3 away from home and we expect that poor run to continue here.
Western Australia, Australia
In Australia we expect to see a lot of easy wins for local fighters who appear to be taking on some very over-matched visitors from Indonesia.
One bout pencilled in for this card will see Wes Capper (20-4-1, 12) take on Alexander Bajawa (43-11-4, 16) at Middleweight. Capper has gone 1-2-1 in his last 4 but he should be able to easily over-come the limited Bajawa, who is 3-9 in his last 12 and has bounced all over the weights, with his last bout being a regional Heavyweight title bout. On paper Bajawa represents a test but in reality we expect Capp to stop his Indonesian foe.
Another bout where we expect the local to beat a visiting Indonesian is bout between the once beaten Steve Gago (11-1, 4) and regional journeyman Geisler AP (14-10-2, 11). Gago's only loss came last year, to the very talented Nursultan Zhangabayev, and he should have far, far too much in the tank for AP here. The 36 year old visitor is unbeaten in his last 8, but this is a massive step up for him.
Another bout where we expect an Indonesian to pick up a loss will be a bout between Australian based Nigerian born novice Kazeem Soyoye (2-0, 1) and Jio Alfriando (5-8, 2). It's hard to saw too much about Soyoye, given how much of a novice he is, but the visitor is 2-5 in his last 7 and has gone 0-7 away from home.
One bout where the expected lose is from the Philippine swill see local fighter Jackson Jon England (11-1, 6) take on experienced Pinoy loser Jason Tinampay (11-13-1, 9), with the men battled for a WBC regional title. Tinampay has won his last 3, and on his day can be a tough guy to look good against, but we don't see him really testing the Australian here, with Jackson entering on a 7 fight winning run.
Our attention turns to China this coming Wednesday, as once beaten local Xiao Tao Su (9-1, 4) takes on once touted Thai Attanon Kunlawong (14-2, 11). The Chinese fighter is a 22 year old who comes into this bout on the back of a 5 fight winning run, including a win over Japan's Riki Hamada. Despite being on a good run 2 of his 5 recent wins have been razor thin decisions and he is certainly not unbeatable. The Thai, who started 13-0, has been stopped in 2 of his last 3, including by the then debuting Apichet Petchmanee last October. Kunlawong, also known as Konghtara KKP, once looked like an excellent prospect and holds a very early career win over Shingo Kawamura, but is now struggling to hold on to his career.
Unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (9-0, 8) will continue his slow rise, and return to a ring in Minsk, as he takes on as he takes on Venezuelan Cruiserweight Williams Ocando (20-7, 16), who was a late replacement for German based veteran Eugen Buchmueller (15-4, 12). On paper this looks like a step up, but sadly that says more about Kossobutskiy's opposition so far rather than anything about his opponent here