It's rare for Tanzania to hos cards which get some international attention so it's forgivable that today's card from the Uhuru Stadium, in Dar-Es-Salaam, had some teething problems but teething problems would be a major understatement in regards to the main event.
Prior to the main event, between local hopeful Hassan Mwakinyo (16-2, 11) and Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (26-25-1, 12) we saw both men having gloves cut off their hands and replaced. This was supposedly due to the fighters getting the wrong sized gloves on. We then saw what had been a poor quality stream through out the show get even worse. In fact at times it was unwatchable, blocky, slow, and blurring. In fact at one point the stream died completely, with the official stream going to an access denied screen and a breaking news, that never actually broke.
Thankfully the issues surrounding the stream and the gloves didn't actually effect the action in the ring, though that was hardly smooth going it's self. Both men had shots that shots slipped below the belt line, on a rather regular basis, the bell went notably early in several rounds.
For all the issues we had the fight was actually enjoyable, with both men having moments in the first half. The power of Mwakinyo seemed to bother the teak tough Tinampay at times early on, but his accuracy prevented him from successfully following up. On the other hand the pressure and tenacity of Tinampay was incredible and he walked down the local for large swathes of the fight. The pressure from Tinampay was effective, and whilst his shots weren't concussive he seem to score a knockdown, though it was ruled a slip by the referee, and was out landing and out working the local.
As we got deeper and deeper into the bout the local fighter began to fight more and more negatively, getting on his bike and failing to land anything with much power. Not only was Mwakinyo fighting scared but he was also shipping shots on a regular basis as Tinampay continually walked him down, loaded up on some bombs and seemed to rock him in round 9.
Although Tinampay did boss much of the fight he did take some big bombs in round 10, though walked through them like they were nothing, putting Mwakinyo back on the back foot without even needing to land anything in return. It was clear he had broken Mwakinyo mentally, and the local had fallen well behind as we went to the final bell.
One man celebrated, knowing he deserved the win. The other looked resigned, exposed and like he had already accepted that he should be beaten. It was the local who looked dejected, he had been second best for much of the fight.
Sadly, though not surprising in the slightest, the judges managed to find a way to cook the cards and give the local the win. A win he surely knows he didn't deserve.
Although the MC tried to hype the fans in the venue, they were almost silent, knowing their man had been exposed, despite the win. They were shuffling out of the venue when he was speaking to them and it seemed very clear that whilst he got the decision he did little to impress the fans.
Given the issues with the gloves, the stream, the bell going early and the poor scorecards this was not the advert that Tanzania wanted for boxing. Sadly for Tinampay this was also not a fight that should have resulted in a loss for him. He clearly deserved the win, and after 10 rounds had turned the fans around remarkably well.
Over the last few years we have seen more and more boxers from Tanzania travel to far and wide to pad the records of better known fighters. More often than not the fighters from Tanzania do follow the script and pick up the loss, pick up their pay day and return home, potentially to do the same again down the line.
In 2018 Hassan Mwakinyo (15-2, 11) refused to read the script after travelling from Tanzania to the UK and stopped Sam Eggington, in one of the biggest surprises of the year.
Tomorrow Mwakinyo will be seeking his 4th win since that stoppage of Eggington, as he takes on experienced Filipino journeyman Arnel Tinampay (26-24-1, 12).
Whilst Mwakibyo has travelled away for one big win Tinampay has made a reputation of being a banana skin for more established fighters, such as Yosuke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto, Koshinmaru Saito, and even in his losses he has made every fighter work for their win.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and sadly it didn't go off perfectly.
On the scales Tinampay came in at 69.7KG's, around 153.7lbs, comfortably under the 154lb limit. Mwakinyo however missed the Light Middleweight limit, coming in at 70.6KG's, or 155.65lbs. Mwakinyo would weigh in a second time and again missed the Light Middleweight.
There was discussions afterwards, though sources in Tanzania have reported Tinampay has chose to go ahead of the bout. Sadly though it did seem like Mwakinyo wasn't remorseful in the slightest for missing the weight, and appears to have taken on liquids causing him to the miss the weight.
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.
(Image courtesy of Nelson Promotions)
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.
(Photo Vesti.kz ©. Turar Kazangapov)
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