Yesterday in Moscow fight fans saw unbeaten Kazakh fighter Nursultan Zhangabayev (6-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Middleweight title, as he took a 10 round decision over Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (25-23-1, 11) .
On paper this match was a total mismatch, but what the records don't show is what actually made the bout interesting. Tinamapay is a former sparring of Manny Pacquiao and is a highly regarded gatekeeper at regional level, who has scored notable upsets against the likes of Yosuke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto and Koshinmaru Saito.
The upset mentality was live with Tinampay here, as was his incredible toughness, though sadly for him he lacked the speed, skills and offensive work to over come the younger, fresher and more skilled Zhangabayev.
Whilst Zhangabayev was, for the most part, in control the bout was all one way traffic, and he had to keep his focus with Tinampay not only taking the Kazakh beyond 6 rounds, for just the second time in his career, but also taking rounds off him in what was more than just a straight forward run out for the unbeaten Zhangabayev.
Sadly for Tinampay the 34 year old has had a very long career, having made his debut back in 2003, and has fought close to 400 rounds, and we do now wonder how long he'll remain such a durable journeyman.
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Yesterday we reported that Nursultan Zhangabayev (5-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] would be back in the ring on December 23rd in Moscow to take on Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (25-22-1, 11) in a bout for a WBC Asia title. Today we saw more details of that card emerge, with several more Kazakh fighters being added to the show.
One of those fighters is Aidos Yerbossynuly (9-0, 7) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who will be fighting for some minor WBO title. The unbeaten Yerbossynuly will be facing off with Belgian Super Middleweight champion Ilias Achergui (12-3-1, 6). Our source reports this will be for the WBO "Global" Super Middleweight title, and so the winner should be able to find themselves on the verge of a WBO world ranking.
The 27 year old Yerbossynuly began his career in October 2015 and fought his first couple of bouts in Ukraine. Since then he has fought in Kazakhstan and and the US whilst stepping up his level of competition. Archergui on the other hand is a 25 year old, who debuted on April 4th 2015 and will be fighting outside of Belgium for just the second time in his career. Sadly his competition so far has been terrible and it's hard to know just what he's bringing to the table to battle against the Kazakh.
Another bout set for this card with see Kyrgyzstan born Kazakh Ali Baloyev (7-0, 6) [Балоев Али] take on Ecuadorian Jean Carlos Mina (6-1, 2) in a well matched bout on paper. From what we understand this bout will be fought at Heavyweight, though both are more natural Cruiserweights. The Kazakh is a 25 year old who has been a professional for less than 2 years but has already had fights in Poland, USA, Kazakhstan and Russia, picking up international experience very early in his career. Mina on the other hand will be fighting for the first time away from Ecuador, having made his debut in the capital Quito back in August 2016. His only loss came to 2012 Olympian Ytalo Perera.
Also announced for this show is debutant Konstantin Brusensky (0-0) [Константин Брусенский], who will be fighting at Lightweight. His opponent however has not yet been announced though will be shortly.
On December 23rd unbeaten Kazakh prospect Nursultan Zhangabayev (5-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] will be fighting in Russia, with a WBC Asia title on the line.
Until today we had no idea who he would be fighting in that bout, however his opponent for the contest was revealed today by the Kazakh presses.
His opponent will be Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (25-22-1, 11), who doesn't have a spectacular record but is a criminally under-rated fighter who has proven his value numerous times in bouts in Japan. In fact he has scored a number of upsets against Japanese fighters, beating the likes of Yos ke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto, twice, and Koshinmaru Saito.
We suspect that the Kazakh will have the skills to over-come the Filipino, but Tinampay is certainly a live under-dog, and shouldn't be written off just due to his record.
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Over there years we've seen numerous Filipino fighters travel over to Japan to score big upsets. One such fighter is Arnel Tinampay (25-21-1, 11), who has been a thorn in the side of several Japanese fighters, including Shoma Fukumoto (12-3, 10) [福本祥馬].
Back in August 2013 Tinampay stopped a then fast rising Fukumoto in 6 rounds, in what was supposed to be another straigth forward win for Fukumoto, a former amateur stand out.
Today the two men faced off in a rematch, and once again it was the touted Fukumoto who came up short.
The local towered over the Filipino but couldn't make his significant height and reach count for much as Tinampay found his way inside and worked away with huge hooks on to the head and body of Fukumoto. Fukumoto managed to have some moments during the first round, but took a lot more than he gave during a thrilling first 3 minutes.
The second round was slightly more even, though again it did feel like the pressure and physical strength or Tinampay was more telling than the straight shots at range from Fukumoto.
In round 3 Tinampay fought some what off the back foot, slowing his pace slightly and being more selective in his shots. Mid way through the round Tinampay managed to land a huge left, then a right as Fukumoto's legs buckled. A follow up sent the Japanese fighter down. Fukumoto, to his credit, recovered to his feet but a follow up forced the referee to stop the bout and save Fukumoto from further harm.
With this win Tinampay has now scored 2 stoppages over Fukumoto and holds other notable wins over Japanese fighters Koshinmaru Saito and Yosuke Kirima. Sadly for Fukumoto this leaves his career looking in tatters and this is his 2nd stoppage loss in 3 bouts, and his third stoppage defeat in just 15 bouts.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see once touted Middleweight hopeful Shoma Fukumoto (12-2, 10) [福本祥馬] in action. Originally the plan was to have Fukumoto face the unbeaten Mark Lucas (9-0, 3) from Australia but that bout has been cancelled, with Lucas missing out on the fight.
Whilst it's disappointing that Lucas is out it's worth noting that he has been replaced by the teak tough Arnel Tinampay (24-21-1, 10) who inflicted Fukumoto's first loss, back in 2013, and has a reputation as a thorn in the side of Japanese fighters.
Not only does Tinampay have a win over Fukumoto but he has also beaten Yosuke Kirima and Koshinmaru Saito. He also also given Kazukaze Yamakawa and Akinori Watanabe real issues, and is one of the most under-rated Filipino's in the sport today.
Today the two men took part in the weigh in for their rematch. It seemed like both were confident as they weighed in for the bout. Both men made the Middlewieght limit, in fact Fukumoto was slightly under the limit whilst the notably short Tinampay was bang on the 160lb maximum.
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