In 2015 Filipino slugger Al Rivera (17-2, 15) scored his first notable win, stopping Adones Cabalquinto (23-3, 15) in 2 rounds to put himself on the boxing map. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength and today he recorded his second win over Cabalquinto as he also scored his first defense of the OPBF 140lb title.
Whilst Rivera's first win over Cabalquinto last year put him on the proverbial boxing map it was a win this year over Shinya Iwabuchi that saw him claim the OPBF title, and really do so in an impressive fashion as he beat up Iwabuchi eventually stopping the Japanese warrior in the 7th round for the then vacant title. It was however a test of Rivera's championship credentials today as he took on a man who was looking for revenge and looking to claim the Oriental title, after having missed out on a fight for the belt last year.
To begin with it was Cabalquinto's desire for revenge that seemed to be the key as he dropped Rivera, knocking down the champion in the opening round. Sadly however Rivera would regain his feet and as the fight continued his power was the key as he dropped Cabalquinto in round 2 and that was all she wrote, with the more experienced man suffering his second stoppage loss to hands of Rivera.
Although flawed Rivera's power is a handful and it would be no surrpise to see him either extend his KO run going forward or be stopped looking for a finish. For Cabalquinto however this is a third loss in 5 bouts and could well see the 28 year old potentially thrown on the scrap heap.
On Saturday fans in Singapore had an excellent looking show which had an impressive 4 title bouts, all for regional WBC titles. Not only did it have a number of title bouts but also had some brilliant match ups, at least one paper.
One of those match ups saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (8-0, 5) take on Filipino foe Adones Cabalquinto (23-2, 15) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. On paper the bout looked like a really good step up in class for Abduqaxorov but it was one he managed with a unanimous decision over the Filipino, who suffered his second loss in 4 bouts.
The bout was competitive at times but the unbeaten Uzbek was a clear winner on the scorecards, which read 117-111, twice, and 118-110 in favour of the 22 unbeaten hopeful. Although not a massive win it's the sort of victory which could potentially put Abduqaxorov in the mix for a fringe WBC world ranking.
Another Uzbek scoring an impressive win on this card was Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) who took just 104 seconds to defeat previously unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Singwancha (17-1, 13). The Thai was stepping up to Middleweight for this bout but it was though that his experience may help him at least remain a little competitive with the 24 year old Uzbek, instead Chaloermporn was beaten and battered. Notably this was a step up for both men, however it was, in fairness, a bigger step upfor the Thai than it was for the Uzbek who had been in with the better competition prior to this bout.
With his win Abdugofurov claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title, his first professional title.
Another novice claiming his first title was Muhamad Farkham (2-0, 2) who easily saw off Indonesian veteran Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in 2 rounds to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title. On paper this looked like a credible step up for the 27 year old Farkhan but the Indonesian has looked awful for several years, and has now been stopped in 7 recorded bouts.
The other fighter claiming a title was Filipino Jeson Umbal (11-5, 8), who became the first man to stop Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-7-3, 15), and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. The unheralded Umbal, who had lost to Geraldo earlier this year, inflicted a cut on his countryman that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest in round 5 and give Umbal the TKO win on cuts.
In a non-title fight our Canadian friend Ryan Ford (7-0, 5) continued to run through unbeaten Asian fighters as he blew away Muhammad Meeraj (2-1) in 95 seconds.
Over the last few years we have seen boxing branch out from the typical Asian strong holds of Japan, Thailand and the Philippines with numerous shows in China, a world title fight in Sri Lanka and the growing expectation that India, Pakistan and Vietnam will develop boxing stars of the future. Another country slowly making a mark is Singapore where their appears some hope of becoming a bit of a hub for boxing, much like Macau was supposed to be.
Singapore is of course a small country in terms of population, with a little over 5.5 million people, but given the high wealth of the country and it's gambling sector it's thought that the country could be a major player down the line and it seems that promoters are envisaging a future where Singapore is big.
Earlier today we were informed of a card set for the country for July 23rd, with the card in question featuring 4 title fights and some very good match ups.
One of the key match ups, reported today, will see fast rising Uzbek Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (7-0, 5) battle against experienced Filipino Adones Cabalquinto (23-1, 15) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. This will be a serious test for Abduqaxorov but a win could, potentially, see him take a huge step towards a world title fight. For Cabalquinto the bout sees him taking on a dangerous fighter after facing two very limited foes since being stopped by Al Rivera last November.
Another promising Uzbek on the card is Azizbek Abdugofurov (2-0, 2), who fights for the third time in as many months. The unbeaten Uzbek is scheduled to face unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (17-0, 13), AKA Chaloemporn Singwancha, in a bout for the WBC ABC Middleweight title. For the Thai this is a real text, having had a very underwhelming career so far, whilst the Uzbek could well score a genuinely notable win.
At Cruiserweight Malaysian novice Muhamad Farkhan (1-0 1) will face Indonesian Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in a bout for the WBC ABC Silver Cruiserweight title, essentially allowing the Malaysian fighter to become a novice champion. Whilst down at Super Bantamweight Jeson Umbal (10-5, 7) will face former OPBF Super Flyweight title challenger Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-6-3, 15), in an all Filipino bout.
Filipino fans are in for a treat at the end of the month courtesy of the recently announced "Tibay Ng Pinoy 8" card.
The main event of the show features GAB Light Welterweight champion Adones Cabalquinto (19-0, 12) defending his title against limited compatriot Jonel Gadapan (9-7-2, 5).
Cabalquinto is genuinely talented fighter with solid power and an impressive looking record, at least on paper. Sadly however the 26 year old appears to be toiling his career away with nothing bouts becoming all too frequent and helping pad out his record which has been lacking in term of quality wins in recent years. Cabalquinto claimed his title in March 2012 when he out pointed Dan Nazareno Jr. He has since defended it 3 times, including a good win against Romeo Jakosalem. Unfortunately however the other wins have been against poor opposition.
As for Gadapan he's won just 1 of his last 4 bouts, scoring an upset over Yuji Itani in Japan last year. Notably 2 of his recent losses have been by stoppage, and 5 of his 7 defeats have come early. Unfortunately he's been beat every time he has stepped up in class and we expect that to continue here.
Hopefully a win for Cabalquinto will see him moved towards an OPBF title fight or a bout with more intrigue than this apparent mismatch.
The rest of the card features some solid name, such as Jerwin Ancajas and Aston Palicte however they are both in mismatches. On paper the best bout of the show will see Drian Francisco (27-2-1, 21) take on Jason Canoy (23-5-2, 17) in what appears to be a really good looking match up, much better than the title bout that will act as the headline contest.
(Image of Cabalquinto courtesy of boxrec.com)
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