Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome, Okinawa, Japan
The third show as Japanese boxing begins to build some moment comes from Okinawa and will be promoted by former world champion Akinobu Hiranaka. This is a small show, with just 4 bouts set for it, but it certainly shouldn't be a bad show. And there is talk that it could, potentially, be the first Japanese card with fans in attendance.
The main event of the card will be an 8 rounder and will see Thunder Teruya (6-7-1, 3) look to build on back to back wins as he takes on Ikemen Atsushi (7-5-2, 2) in what looks like a really competitive contest. Neither man here is a world beater, neither is likely to win, or even fight for, Japanese titles but they should make for a compelling match up and very evenly matched here.
In a 6 rounder we see an even more evenly matched bout with Ryosei Niguma (5-2-1, 3) taking on Hokuto Matsumoto (5-3, 1). Coming in to this Niguma is riding a 2-fight winning run following a loss in 2018 to Aso Ishiwaki in the West Japan Rookie of the Year final, whilst Matsumoto has lost his last 2. Despite the form favouring Niguma Matsumoto is the naturally bigger man. We expect this to be just as good, if not better, than the main event.
What this show does is prove that you don't need great records to make for fun bouts and these should both be really good, competitive lower level wars.
Yubei Stadium, Chongqing, China
As well as the Japanese card in Okinawa there is also a Chinese card in Chingqing, and this a novice show. A real novice show. The card has 10 bouts in total with 13 debutants on the card, and 4 all debutant bouts.
Despite most of the righters being novices there is one bout on the card that features two fighters who do have some experienced, though neither has a win. That's a 4 round round female clash between Manli Lei (0-1) and He Xiu Wang (0-1). We don't experience much from either woman though we do love seeing fights between win-less novices, with both fighters coming in to the bout seeking a win. This could be an interesting, but very low level bout.
In another bout the show's most experienced fighter, Yu Wang (3-4) will take on 19 year old debutant Jingtao He (0-0). Despite his record Wang has won 3 of his last 4, turning his career around from a 0-3 start, and will have momentum coming into this bout. Saying that however He will be desperate to get his career off to a start with a win and will not be there to roll over.