Yesterday we reported that former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] would be up against former OPBF Flyweight champion Ardin Diale (35-15-4, 17) in his next bout, which will take place in December.
That bout will be part of the under-card for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title fight between champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹] and South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
We can now report who Mine's and Kobayashi's stablemates, Ryosuke Nishida (1-0, 1) [西田 凌佑] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生], will be facing.
Kuwabata, who is in the events chief support bout, will fight in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout against once beaten Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (8-1-2, 7). On paper this is a brilliant match up, pitting a talented former amateur, in just his 4th pro bout, against a hard hitting fellow youngster, with Jordan entering on the back of a 5 fight unbeaten run. This should be a test for Kuwabata, and whilst we expect him to win, we do expect to see him being genuinely given a tough night.
Nishida on the other hand, only debuted in October, will be in a 6 round bout against tough Filipino journeyman Pablito Canada (7-17-4, 1). On paper this is a safe bout for Nishida to get a win in, but Canada get the upset wins, and fans in Mandaluyong City saw that recently when he upset former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan. Again the local prospect should have too much, but this could be a banana skin if Nishida over-looks his foe.
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Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] would be taking a major step up when he fights again.
We had known for a while that he would be in action on December 22nd in Osaka, and was expected to take on someone with a ranking of some kind, be it OPBF or JBC. What we didn't expect was that it would be a former OPBF champion with experience of fighting for world titles. That however is exactly what has been confirmed.
Mine, who debuted back in July, will be up against 54 fight Filipino veteran Ardin Diale (35-15-4, 17) in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout.
Mine, who scored more than 50 wins in the amateurs, has been compared with Nobuo Nashiro, who won a Japanese title in his 6th bout and a world title in his 8th. Given this sort of step up in class this early in his career he may end up challenging the types of numbers Nashiro needed to win titles. It wasn't until fight #5 that Nashiro faced a former world title challenger, beating Hidenobu Honda in his 5th fight.
Diale isn't in the best form of his career, having lost 3 of his last 4, but when you consider those bouts include decision losses to Jonas Sultan, who fought for a world title just a fight earlier, and Wulan Tuolehazi, who challenges for a world title in December, you can see that Diale is still competing at a high level. He is however more than 3 years removed form being the OPBF Flyweight champion, losing that belt to Daigo Higa in 2016.
Despite Diale being on the slide this is still a massive step up in class for Mine.
At the moment we are still waiting to hear who Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生] will face, though the rumour mill has suggest this could also be a notable fighter in another 8 round bout.
The bout will be one of the main supporting bouts for a card headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹], who takes on South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
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At the moment we're getting an on-going card from Fuzhou in China. The main bouts from the card are two world title bouts, but before those we had the under-card, featuring 4 bouts.
The first contest saw the previous unbeaten unbeaten Chinese hopeful Hua Long Zhu (2-1, 2) suffer a split decision loss to Thai visitor Sophon Klachun (5-3, 1) in a less than entertaining 6 rounder. Zhu really looked horrifically basic here, and did little to showcase Chinese boxing, whilst the Thai just did what he had to do to pick up the win.
The second bout was another China Vs Thailand bout, but was a much, much better bout, as 21 year old Shichao Gao (4-0-1, 1) scored a controversial decision over former WBA "regular" Super Bantamweight title challenger Nop Kratingdaenggym (23-2, 9), aka Anurak Thisa. This bout was night and day compared to the show opener, with skills, action and really good back and forth throughout the contest. It wasn't an all out war, but it was a high tempo, battle with the Thai showing more aggression and Gao trying to use his speed and youth. After 10 rounds the judges went with the local fighter, scoring the bout 96-94, 96-95 and 97-93, though if we're being honest he was very fortunate to get the win here.
The third, and most notable, of the under-card bouts saw Wulan Tuolehazi (12-3-1, 5) over-come Filipino veteran Ardin Diale (35-14-4, 17), to retain the WBA International title. This was much, much, much more competitive than expected, but Tuolehazi over-came some worries to take home the win. The Chinese fighter was hurt from body shots part way through but he gritted his teeth and and took the decision with with scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 114-114, to claim the majority decision. This was a 7th straight win for Wulan, but he is still far too raw for a world title fight.
Today there was a pretty big card at the Angono Sports Complex in Angono, Rizal. The card wasn't a stacked one in terms of world class talent, but did have some pretty notable Filipino fighters on it, with a nice mixture of veterans and youngsters on it.
Among those veterans was the returning was the returning Denver Cuello (37-5-6, 25), who was fighting for the first time since the summer of 2018. The former world title challenger, now 32, made light work of Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa (21-46-2, 14). Amisa seemed to be hurt by everything he was caught with and was dropped in the opening round, before being taken apart in round 2 and being stopped, with the bout being waved off whilst Amisa was on his knees on the canvas. Given the long lay off Cuello looked good, but clearly wasn't the fighter he had once been and will likely want another couple of fights before facing a notable foe.
Another veteran picking up a win was former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14-5, 31), who scored a 4th round TKO win over veteran Indonesian Boido Simanjuntak (24-54-2, 10). A third notable Filipino veteran was former world title challenger Ardin Diale (35-13-4, 17), who scored defeated Richard Rosales (13-9-2, 7), who retired after round 3.
As for the youngsters it was 22 year old KJ Natuplag (8-0-2, 7) who impressed, stopping Robert Udtohan (24-6-3, 15) in the 5th round. On paper this is a goof win, though it is Udtohan's 4th stoppage loss in 6 bouts, and his 5th loss in 6, leaving real question marks as to his desire. Another youngster picking up a good win was Adrian Lerasan (7-3, 1), who took an 8 round decision win over the heavy handed Jeny Boy Boca (12-6, 10)
Earlier this year we saw Jonas Sultan (15-4, 9) stink out the joint in a loss to IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, in the first All-Filipino world title fight since the 1920's. Today he bounced back from that loss by out pointing on domestic veteran Ardin Diale (34-13-4, 16).
The fight, like the Ancajas one, failed to really ignite though this time it was Sultan in control with his speed and skills regularly neutralising the more experienced but less talented Diale. Diale, to his credit regularly came forward but often ate clean shots from the more rounded Sultan, who was so much crisper with his punching.
Not only was Sultan landing the better shots but Diale was also spending much of the fight battling with a nasty cut over hit right eye, caused by a clash of heads in round 2. That gave Sultan a place to target and he continued to land the cleaner, sharper blows through the first 5 rounds, as he ran up a clear lead on the score-cards.
In round 6 we finally saw Diale finding his groove and landing a clean combination on Sultan, which he took well. It seemed clear that the blow shots were a wake up call for him, showing that Diale was still there with him. The wake up for Sultan show him get back to his best in round 7, as he landed a number of clean blows, and ended almost every exchange with the better shots.
As the fight wore on into the later rounds the pattern very rarely changed, despite Diale getting more aggressive and having more success in the later rounds, he never looked like he was landing often enough or hard enough to turn the bout around.
At the end of 10 rounds it seemed like a very clean win for Sultan, who failed to set the world on fire despite being in control. The judges agreed, scoring the bout 98-92, twice, and 97-93-, all for Sultan.
Despite being a talent Sultan will struggle to create a fan base and he may well find big opportunities hard to come by due to his style. For Diale, he was almost always second best here.
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