Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines
The more notable of the two Asian cards taking place this coming Monday is a Filipino one featuring two promising unbeaten brothers, who look to tick over before before bigger tests in the future.
The more promising of the two brothers is 24 year old Regie Suganob (7-0, 3), who looks to build on good low level domestic wins over Paolo Sy and MJ Bo, as he takes on Jake Amparo (6-2-1, 1), who was last seen upsetting Jakeson Saludar in late 2019. Suganob should be far, far too good, and too big for Amparo, but it's a good third bout of the year for the youngster who looks to be one of the hidden gems of Filipino boxing right now.
The otherSuganob on the card is Rodel Suganob (3-0-1) who takes on professional loser Anthony Galigao (9-15, 4). This will be Suganob's third fight of the year and he will be looking to build on a win over Mark Jequinto in July, following a draw with Luis Borje in March. Rodel isn't nearly the talent of his brother, but he still has plenty of promise, and should take home the victory here. Galigao does pick up the odd win here and there, but knows his role is to lose, and put up an effort and we suspect that's what we'll see from him here.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
As well as the Filipino action there is also an East Japan Rookie of the Year show in Tokyo, with 7 bouts taking place there, having seen 4 scheduled bouts being cancelled already. The show features bouts at Minimumweight, Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight and Featherweight.
Sadly there really isn't a bout that caught the eye here too much, especially as the scheduled bout between Shunpei Maruyama (4-3-1, 2) and Shori Umezu (4-0, 4) was one of the bouts that ended up being cancelled. Though we are interested to see the Featherweight clash between 18 year old Kai Watanabe (3-0, 1) and 23 year old Yuya Hirose (3-1-1, 2), in what is probably the bout that stands out. We love seeing youngsters face off in Rookie of the Year bouts, and with Watanabe being unbeaten at this point he won't be wanting to give up his 0, whilst Hirose will be hoping to avoid back to back defeats.