For the next few weeks we have the slowest boxing schedule of the year as almost universally boxer’s take time off at Christmas before going into the new year. We still have some boxing though and i’m here to go through the most interesting bouts of the week.
The first card that i’m interested in comes out of Japan on Saturday which is headlined by Sho Ishida vs Israel Gonzalez. Both of these fighters are former world title challengers who are looking to get back to the top of the sport in the big fights. Whoever wins this will have got their career best win so far and while it likely won’t get them a title shot it will certainly help them. I actually quite like this fight as I think its a very even match up where an argument can be made for both to win and isn’t one of those fights where you know whos going to win. I think Sho Ishida will win a close decision on point due to not having to travel like Gonzalez has. A prospect i’m keeping my eye on is fighting on the under card called Joe Shiraishi. He’s fighting a decent domestic level Japanese fighter who I think he should beat but i’m looking forward to see how far he can go in the sport.
The next card i’m interested in comes from France. The show is headlined by Arsen Goulamirian vs Constantin Bejenaru for Arsen’s WBA Cruiserweight world title. Bejenaru has a decent win in the form of Thabiso Mchuno but has been inactive since and thats why I think Arsen will win by KO in the first 6 rounds here. It’s good too see him active as he didn’t fight for a whole year which is a shame to see considering the talent he has. Hopefully he unifies in his next few fights.
The next card that i’m looking forward too is Gervonta Davis vs Yuriorkis Gamboa. This card will take place in Atlanta, USA and features quite a few interesting fights. Obviously at the top of the bill we have Davis vs Gamboa for a vacant WBA lightweight world title. Gervonta Davis is a very good fighter who has only been let down by issues with weight so far in his career. He’s only 25 so there’s plenty of time to step up but he hasn’t faced great competition so far considering his ability. Gamboa is a fighter who used to be very good but at 38 has been looking very washed up in recent fights and against not all that great competition. He’s still one of the best names on Gervonta Davis’s resume even if he is past his best. I think Gervonta will KO him in the first 6 rounds and continue his path to becoming one of the leading stars of the sport as long as he can keep his weight under control.
On the under card Jean Pascal defends his secondary WBA light heavyweight world title vs Badou Jack. Both of these guys have fought the best in their divisions and are true credits to the sport. Pascal especially has fought almost all of the top names at 175 and is continuing that tradition in 2019. I’m really not sure who wins this as both are a bit washed up even if Pascal is coming off of a big upset win vs Marcus Browne who himself looked very chinny.
Also on the undercard Angelo Leo fights Cesar Juarez in a nice step up for the rising super bantam weight prospect. Juarez has been in with a lot of good names and it would be impressive if Leo could win this in good fashion. I’m going to go out on a limb and call this one a draw. Another bout on the under card is Jose Uzcategui former super middleweight champion facing off against Lionell Thompson who is a solid campaigner at Light heavyweight. I expect Uzcategui to win here likely by stoppage as he seems very motivated to try and win his world title back. The last fight i’m interested in on this card is Malik Hawkins vs Darwin Price. Hawkins looks like he could end up getting a title shot at Welterweight at some point in the next few years while for me Price looks like he started a little too late to shake up the division. I expect Hawkins to beat Price in good fashion and take his 0 here.
The last big card of the weekend is in Japan again and this time features a whole range of world title fights. However i’m going to start by going through the non world titles fights. Starting off Yusaku Kuga fights Jhunriel Ramonal for the Vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantam weight title. This is a good fight as Ramonal is coming off his career best win against Shingo Wake while Kuga has currently won 3 in a row. Both of these are good fighters however I think that Kuga will win this one as while Ramonal always comes to fight he very rarely gets the win and I don’t see it being much different here.
The next bout on this card is between two more evenly matched fighters in Marina Sayama and Yume Hirayama. They are fighting for the vacant Japanese Female Fly weight title over 6 rounds. This is actually a rematch of a fight that happened in 2017 where Hirayama won by decision. I expect the same result here because she has youth on her side however it should be a competitive contest.
Another good under card bout is Genjiro Shigeoka vs Rey Loreto. Shigeoka is a prospect who is being fast tracked to the top and in only his 5th fight is taking on Loreto who is a veteran of the minimum weight division. He fought for a world title in 2017 and so if Shigeoka looks impressive here we can expect too see him challenge for a title within his next 3 or 4 fights. I’ve been impressed with him so far and I expect him to win a world title in his career at the least.
The first world title fight i’ll be covering on this card is Miyo Yoshida vs Li Ping Shi for the WBO Female Super Flyweight world title. I expect Yoshida to retain on points as I don’t think Shi has the experience at 21 to beat her yet though I do think if she stays dedicated to boxing she will win a title at some point.
Kazuto Ioka takes on 2016 Olympian Jeyvier Cintron for the WBO World super flyweight title. I think Ioka should have a bit too much for Cintron here who I think will be overwhelmed late on because he’s been pushed a little too fast. He could however surprise me but it would be a big achievement beating Ioka who is a 4 division champ himself.
The last fight on this card is Kosei Tanaka vs Wulan Tuolehazi for the WBO Fly weight world title. This is Tanaka’s third defence of his title and one that I think he will retain his title as while Wulan is a good fighter he isn’t on the level of Tanaka and as long as Tanaka doesn’t have issues making the weight he should keep his title here either by points or very late stoppage.
Thank you for reading my preview this week as I know theres not a lot of main stream boxing on so most people might not be as interested in whos fighting but I still think they deserve to be mentioned as they are all quality fighters. As usual I hope all the the boxers get home safe and that you all enjoy this weeks boxing and until next week enjoy!