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Whilst it's disappointing that Lucas is out it's worth noting that he has been replaced by the teak tough Arnel Tinampay (24-21-1, 10) who inflicted Fukumoto's first loss, back in 2013, and has a reputation as a thorn in the side of Japanese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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This past Monday the KBF announce their next show, set for May 6th in Yesan. The card will part of their Rookie of the Year tournament but the main event won't be part of the tournament, instead it will see their Super Middleweight champion Geun Sik Choi (4-0, 3) [최근식] taking a huge step up in class to face upset minded Filipino visitor Arnel Tinampay (23-20-1, 9), a criminally under-rated danger man.
Choi, who has been one of many frustrating Koreans in recent times, debuted back in 2014 but then took more than a year out of the ring before having a great 2016 with 3 straight wins, including his title winning performance against compatriot Jong Min Bang in October. That win aside there is is little to be excited about on paper, though the Korean was a former amateur standout and many in Korea have been talking excitedly about him, and his potential.
Although on paper Tinampay looks like a typical journeyman he has proven to be the opposite picking up a string of upsets during his career, which began back in 2003. He has been in therewith the likes of Sirimongkol Singwancha and Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and never been stopped, whilst picking up wins against the likes of Dondon Sultan, Dan Nazareno Jr, Yosuke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto and Koshinmaru Saito.
The bout should be a real test for Choi, who should be favoured but won't be able to walk through the Filipino. If Choi can score a stoppage it would be a big statement, though even thinking it will be a straight forward win for the Korean would be a massive mistake!
Upsetter Arnel Tinampay to return to Japan in search of another big win as he takes on Akinori Watanabe
Earlier today it was announced that Filipino fighter Arnel Tinampay (22-16-1, 8) will return to Japan for his second successive fight in the country. This time around it looks like a potentially special fight as Tinampay battles against heavy handed slugger Akinori Watanbe (31-4, 27).
Of the two fighters Watanabe is the more well known. He is a former unified Japanese and OPBF Welterweight champion and also a former PABA champion at 154lbs. He is exciting and comes into the bout on a winning run that stretches way back to 2010, following a 5th round TKO loss to Tadashi Yuba. That winning run has seen Watanabe pick up 12 straight wins, with 10 coming inside the distance and includes notable stoppage wins over Yuichi Ideta, Takehiro Shimokawara, Yo Inoue, Koshinmaru Saito, and Corba Suwa.
Although incredibly exciting when he's on the offensive Watanbe is flawed and has been stopped in all 4 of his losses, including a couple to Yuba and a really surprising defeat to Tsuyoshi Kamiishi. All of those losses however came in a 7 fight streak between 2007-2010 and since then Watanabe has improved immeasurably.
On paper this looks like a mismatch but Tinampay has himself a reputation as a man who likes to score the big upsets, something he has done several times against Japanese opponents. in recent years. The first of those came in 2012 when he shocked Yosuke Kirima in Singapore, dropping Kirima in the opening seconds before taking a 6 rounds decision win. The following year Tinampay upset the fast rising Shoma Fukumoto, stopping him in the 6th, whilst last year he was brought in as a late replacement and blew away Koshinmaru Saito in 2 rounds, hurting the Japanese fighter almost every time he landed.
Tinampay's record is clearly deceiving but the one thing he record makes clear is that he is teak tough and has never been stopped, despite fighting some world class fighters such as Sirimongkol Singwancha, Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and established contenders like Daniel Dawson and Jarrod Fletcher.
This bout has been set for April 16th at the Korakuen Hall and we're expecting a potential barn burner with a possible shock upset win again for Tinampay.
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