Next Sunday we'll see the attention of the boxing world turn to Yokohama as the WBSS tournaments at both Bantamweight and Light Welterweight kick off. Not only that but the show they kick off on will also feature a brilliant WBC Light Flyweight world title fight in a brilliant triple header.
For Japanese fans the card will be televised live on Fuji TV, at least partly.
It appears that the Japanese broadcaster will begin their televised broadcast at 8PM local time and will run it to around 10PM local time. Sadly that is only time for 2 of the three bouts.
The official line from Fuji seems to be that they will show the Bantamweight bout between WBA "regular" champion Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] and Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9) but they will not be showing the other WBSS bout.
That means fans watching on Fuji will miss out on the contest between WBA Light Welterweight champion Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) and Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24). They will however get the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Kenshiro (13-0, 7) [拳四朗] and former IBF champion Milan Melindo (37-3, 13), which will take up the first part of the live broadcast.
Sadly it appears that the Relikh Vs Troyanovsky bout also won't be televised on a Fuji sister channel, meaning Japanese fans will require an alternative method to watch the bout, despite the fact it takes place on their turf.
It should be noted that Fuji's affiliate channel Kansai TV, or KTV, will show the same as Fuji TV giving the show a chance to appeal to the second biggest Japan market, alongside the Kanto market.
On Sunday in the Philippines WBA "interim" Bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo (20-0, 17) scored a quick fire win over Tanzania's Julias Kisarawe (29-7-1, 15) live on ESPN5. The bout was part of a Philippines Vs Tanzanian card that saw the locals winning 4-0 (4) in a combined 7 rounds and seemingly do little more than get an easy win on their record.
It's now been reported by Philboxing that today's bout was leading to bigger things with Jim Claude Manangquil telling Philboxing that the 22 year old Gaballo will fight Panamanian based Venezuelan Liborio Solis (27-5-1-1, 12) on November 30th in New Jersey. He not only confirmed the bout but also revealed that the bout would be for the WBA "Regular" Bantamweight title, which is apparently set to become vacant despite currently being held by Naoya Inoue.
Gaballo became the interim champion earlier this year, upsetting Stephon Young in March, and although he missed out on the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) he remained a leading Bantamweight contender with the interim title keeping him in the mix for the eventual winner of the WBSS. Sadly today's bout was his first since his title win.
Aged 36 Solis is a wily old veteran and also a former world champion at Super Flyweight, having held the WBA title in 2013. He won that belt on the road, beating Kohei Kono in Japan, and lost it on the road, failing to make weight for a unification bout with the IBF champion Daiki Kameda. Since moving up in weight he has pretty avoided though did challenge Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC title in 2016, dropping the Teiken man twice, and Jamie McDonnell in 2016 and 2017, being unfortunate with the decision in the first bout before the second ended in a No Contest.
We're expecting to see this story develop quickly and we're going to be honest, we're excited about seeing two of the more over-looked Bantamweights getting it on in such an attractive match up. The winner will certainly be in the mix for the winner of the WBSS and it's fair to say that the depth of the division is helping those not included in the tournament stay busy and get big bouts like this one. Both perhaps should have got a place in the 8 man tournament but given they have each other to face off with we can't complain too much about them being absent from the competition.
The Philboxing article that references the Gaballo Vs Solis bout can be read here.
Earlier today at the Kagoshima Arena, Kagoshima fight fans had the latest show in the Kagoshima Soul Boxing. Sadly it lead to mixed success for locally born fighters.
In the main event fans saw Naoya Haruguchi (15-10, 6) [春口直也] suffer an upset loss to the often-overlooked Filipino Lito Dante (15-10-4, 7).
Dante, applied pressure from early on and really attacked the body of Haruguchi, who tried to box and move in the early going. As the fight went on Haruguchi began to fight back with body shots of his own before starting to wilt late on.
Amazingly one judge gave Haruguchi the bout, scoring it 97-95 in his favour, though they were over ruled by the other two judges who scored the contest 96-94 to Dante. Even those cards to the Filipino visitor seemed like they had been influenced by the home town crowd cheering on Haruguchi, who was second best through much of the fight.
The co-feature was better for locals fans as Kagoshima born Tokyo based fighter Miyo Yoshida (11-1) [吉田 実代] made her first defense of the OPBF female Bantamweight title. The talented Yoshida, who holds both the OPBF and Japanese females titles, scored a clear decision win over Thai challenger Phannaluk Kongsang (4-7-1, 2).
Yoshida, who had only won the title in August, out worked and out fought Phannaluk, though credit to the Thai who showed no quit and always looked to try and fight back against the talented, but light punching, champion.
Former Uzbek amateur stand out Elnur Abduraimov (1-0, 1) [Элнур Абдураимов] made his professional debut on Saturday night in in Indio California. Not only did he make his debut, but he made a successful one, stopping Aaron Jamel Hollis (4-8, 2) in the first round.
The talented Abduraimov, who had claimed a variety of international medals in the amateur ranks between 2015 and 2017, needed just 104 seconds to see off his American foe.
The Uzbek applied intelligent pressure on his foe from the off, even staggering him with a jab, before opening up. He would drop his man with a flurry on the ropes and although the Hollis got back to his feet he was in trouble again soon afterwards, being tagged repeatedly on the ropes. The referee, knowing Hollis was in trouble, stopped the bout.
Although Hollis seemed unhappy at the stoppage he was being hammered and looked totally out of his depth.
It's unclear when Abduraimov will be back in the ring, but we're hoping it won't be too long as he looked talented here. Whilst Hollis wasn't supposed to test Abduraimov it was still an impressive performance by the debuting 24 year old hopeful
(Image courtesy of the MINO press service)
Kazakh fighter Yerzhan Zalilov (11-1-1, 5) [Залилов Ержан] was in action yesterday in Russia, where he took on Russian veteran Alexander Saltykov (12-55-3, 7) in a scheduled 8 round contest.
Unsurprisingly the bout wasn't a tough one for the talented Kazakh, who was looking to rebuild his confidence following an April loss to Ionut Baluta.
Zalilov started the bout well and seemed fully aware that he wasn't in with a particularly good, or durable foe. He was looking in control of the bout through the first 4 rounds, with Saltykov deciding at the end of the round that enough was enough and he pulled out of the bout.
The pull out really should be no surprise. It was the 43rd time he had been stopped, and the 22nd time he had recorded an retirement loss, meaning 1 retirement in every 3 bouts almost and this was his 6th successive retirement loss, making us wonder what he's still doing in the sport.
The 25 year old Zalilov has scored much better wins than this, including a victory over Henry Maldonado and a draw with Arnold Khegai, and even his loss was a controversial one. He doesn't need to go back to the drawing board or rebuild his confidence, instead he should be matched against people who can go rounds with him and be competitive. He's too good to waste his time with bouts like this.
(Image courtesy of Zalilov's VK page)
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