Today has been a hectic day for fight fans across Asia with a whole host of shows taking place across the continent. Those weren't all huge, but they featured at least one bout of some note.
The main event of this card saw talented Filipino Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) dominate former Thai world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu Onesong (53-7, 35). Magsayo never managed to hurt Pungluang, who is a tough old rugged lump, but thoroughly dominated him and landed some highlight reel combinations in the later stages. The win saw Magsayo claim the WBC Asian Boxin Council Featherweight title, and it's now time he got a big fight. As for Pungluang it's clear he's still a serviceable fighter at regional level, but this was a 4th loss in 5 for the former WBO Bantamweight champion.
In a hotly contested bout for the GAB Bantamweight title Giovanni Escaner (20-4, 12) narrowly over-came Renoel Pael (23-10-1, 12), with a 12 round split decision. On paper this didn't look like it'd be competitive, but the styles gelled well and in the end their was very little to split the men.
In a Featherweight bout Virgel Vitor (15-2, 9) impressively destroyed Alan Alberca (11-4, 6) in 4 rounds. Vitor's power was on show through out the bout and he really did look like a brutally spiteful puncher through out. Alberca gave a good effort but was no match for Vitor and his power.
Chinese fighter Ainiwaer Yilixiati (17-1, 11) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Asia Middleweight titles, as he took a clear decision win over Japan's Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11). This was a 6th straight win for Yilixiati, following his 2017 loss to Jayde Mitchell whilst Maruki has now lost 3 of his last 4.
The main event here saw the talented Andika Sabu (17-0, 8) pull himself off the canvas to take a decision over Filipino Richard Rosales (14-10-2, 8). The 23 year old Sabu has got potential and time on his side, but he also has a lot of areas to work on. Sadly for Rosales he is now 2-6 in his last 8, dating back 2 years.
Unbeaten Indonesian Lightweight Hebi Marapu (15-0, 11) extended his winning run as he took a 6 round decision over veteran Isack Junior (26-12-3, 9). The powerfully built Marapu has shown promise, but at 30 years old it's now or never for that promise and we would be hugely disappointed if he fails to secure a big bout in 2020.
Bang Phli, Thailand
Hard hitting Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (11-0, 11) extended KO streak, and claimed his first title, as he stopped Nattee Thongsingcle (2-2, 2) in 3 rounds to claim the Thai Light Flyweight title. The 20 year old Thanongsak has been drubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and whilst that is a big tag to live up to, he has now racked up 11 wins in just over 14 months.
On the same card veteran Mike Tawatchai (47-13-2, 30) scored a 3rd round KO win over 16 year old novice Keerati Rueangdet (0-2).
Macao S.A.R., China
Exciting young hopeful Lap Cheong Cheong (7-0, 4) shone in front of local fans as he took a dominant decision win over ShanTuo Lu (2-4). The 22 year old Cheong Cheong shut out Lu over 6 rounds, to take his second decision win of the year, following a wide decision win over Muhammad Wahid in May. Lu, who has still never been stopped, never looked competitive but did serve as good foil for the youngster to shine against.
Former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-5-2, 9) came up short in a bout against the unbeaten Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15). The match up, for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, was a clear win for Jarvis, who had too much of everything for Saulong who has now won just 1 of his last 5.
This coming weekend unbeaten Indonesian prospect Ari Agustian (7-0, 7) will battle in a regional title fight against Suntorn Panhom (3-3, 2). Interestingly it's now been revealed that Agustian has changed his training set up in the build up to this bout.
The unbeaten Indonesian had previously been working with Damianus Yordan, the older brother of Daud Yordan. Apparently however they have split in rather odd circumstances, with Agustian said to have had problems and wanted to be independent, suggesting that Yordan wanted to instill a sense of discipline in the unbeaten 23 year old.
Despite leaving the guidance of Yordan the unbeaten fighter isn't going alone, and has joined up Cosmas Radias, his former amateur coach. He's been training in Pontiak for this bout and stated that he was ready for this bout, and was sure he would win.
Another young Indonesian fight on the same card is Andika "D'Golden Boy" Sabu (15-0, 8), who will be expecting a real test as he takes on the tough Romshane Sarguilla (7-2-2, 4), and he, like Agustian, sounded confident in comments made to the Indonesian press.
According to the great people at Rondeaktual and Indonesian promoter Martin Daniel there will be 3 Indonesian prospects stepping up in class on January 25th to take on International opponents.
The fighters in question are Rivo Kundimang (8-0-1, 4), Patrick Liukhoto (9-0-1, 7) and Andika Sabu (15-0, 8), aka Andika D'Golden Boy.
At the moment none of the fighters have had opponents named but all are being put in with international opponents, likely to be Filipino or Thai foes, as they continue to progress their career and develop from top domestic prospects to international hopefuls.
Whilst opponents haven't been named it has been revealed that Kundimang will be fighting for a minor WBC title at Light Welterweight, Liukhoto will be fighting for a regional WBO title at Bantamweight and Sabu will be fighting for a WBA regional title at Flyweight.
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On September 28th fight fans at Jakarta Big Fight X got the chance to see several all Indonesian bouts, none of which are currently listed on boxrec.com.
The most notable of those saw the unbeaten Andika Sabu (15-0, 8), also known as Andika D'Golden Boy, score a 4th round win over late replacement opponent Faisol Akbar Jr (2-1, 2).
The inexperienced Akbar filled in for the injured Melianus Mirin (9-5, 6), who was hurt in a motorbike accident in the days leading up to the fight. Sadly however the short notice did Akbar no favours and cost him his unbeaten record.
The card also featured wins for fellow unbeaten prospects Rivo Kundimang (6-0, 1) and Jufri Kakahure (2-0, 2), with Kundimang taking a decision win and Kakahure stopping his foe.
Although it wasn't explicitly stated to us from any of our sources we're expecting to see Sabu matched up with Mirin in the future.
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On September 28th we'll see Andika Sabu (14-0, 7), also known as Andika D'Golden Boy, return to the ring on Jakarta Big Fight X. Originally his opponent for that bout was Melianus Mirin (9-5, 6) though sadly we've been informed that Mirin won't be competing after the fighter suffered injuries from a motor bike accident, which saw the fighter hitting a wall on a bike.
From what we understand Mirin's injuries aren't life threatening but have derailed this fight, which in fairness promised much more than the records of the two men suggested.
As a result of Mirin's accident he has is likely to be replaced by novice Faisol Akbar Jr (2-0, 2), who debuted back in May and has just 6 rounds of professional experience under his belt.
Whilst it's a shame that Mirin has had to pull out of the bout it could be a great chance for Akbar to fight on a relatively big domestic card. It's just a shame he's had very little notice to prepare for the biggest bout of his career. As for Mirin we wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries
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