WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] has had a bizarrely quiet year whilst the the division has shifted on around him. Now Filipino sources, including the Manilla Bulletin, are reporting that Knockout will be returning to the ring on August 2nd to defend his title against talented Filipino fighter ArAr Andales (10-0, 2).
For the champion the bout will be his first contest of 2019, and his first since beating former champion Byron Rojas in a rather forgettable clash last November. That win over Rojas was the second meeting between the two, with Knockout's first win over the Nicaraguan being the one that saw him the full title after a 20 month reign as the interim champion. It also marked his 6th defense of the belt. Given that Knockout fought 3 times in 2018 his inactivity this year is notable and could be an issue against a young and hungry challenger like Andales.
The little known Filipino is just 19 and until this year had really done almost nothing of note, following his 2017 debut. This past January however he scored a good domestic win over Charlie Malupangue, to claim the WBA Asia title, and followed it up with a career best win in April against Cris Ganoza. Those two wins have opened the door to this fight.
According to the Manilla Bulletin the bout is going to be taking place in Bangkok, and as a result will be Andales' first bout outside of the Philippines.
At the Strike Gym earlier today Filipino fight fans had the chance to see talented 19 year old prospect ArAr Andales (9-0, 2) claim his first international title, as he stopped domestic foe Charlie Malupangue (7-4-3, 6) to become the new WBA Asia Minimumweight championship.
The talented Andales looked aggressive from the off, often pushing the supposedly hard hitting Malupangue backwards. Sadly for Malupangue he lacked the skills to get his power shots off, and was often caught by straight right hands, a real problem given he's a southpaw.
Andales showed some recklessness at times, especially when through his left hook, but was never punished for it, with Malupangue lacking the skills and timing needed to make Andales pay.
In round 4 Andales picked up the tempo, and began to fire in more body shots when up close. Those turned out to be killer, and Malupangue would be dropped late in the round. He beat the count but was dropped again early in round 5, and this time he didn't beat the 10 count, being counted out near Andales' corner.
Given that the 19 year old Andales had only scored 1 stoppage prior to today, stopping the then debuting Stephen Intino back in October 2017, this result was an impressive one. even more so when it took the world ranked Robert Paradero 4 rounds to take out Malupangue in 2017.
Although a very long way from a major fight, this was a great win for Andales, who looks like one to watch. There's a lot to like, and although his performance wasn't perfect, he should be able to work on the mistakes he was making, and his team will have seen where those areas to improve are after today's performance.
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