Earlier today fight fans in the Philippines saw the unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (12-0, 4) successfully retain the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title, as he defeated Chinese puncher Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-2, 9).
Details of the bout are scarce however our Uzbek sources have informed us that the unbeaten Uzbek was comfortably in control of the bout, as he ran out the clear decision winner. That was despite a brave performance from the Chinese youngster.
After 12 rounds Abdugofurov took the decision with scores of 117-111, 118-111 and 117-110.
In theory the win moves Abdugofurov a step closer to a world title fight, though in reality he's relatively far down the queue for a WBC title fight, and we'd be very surprised to see him getting a shot in 2019. As for Nuerlang we suspect he'll return to China and eventually work his way back into a fight around this level, and at 22 years old he still has a bright future.
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On November 18th in Pasay City, Philippines fans will get an international treat as unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (11-0, 4) defends his WBC Silver Super Midddleweight title against Chinese puncher Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-1, 9), in what looks like a thrilling match up.
The unbeaten Uzbek was tipped by some as a future star when he turned professional, and within months of his debut he had left an impression. In just his third bout he had stopped Chaloemporn Singwancha and in his 5th bout he defeated Sirimongkol Singwancha, to really stamp his name as one to watch. Sadly after the impressive start things slowdown for a year, though he did defeated Dmitrii Chudinov this past May in a career best win, to claim the Silver title.
Nuerland on the other hand is a bit of a divisional dark horse, the 22 year old lost on his debut, back in November 2015, but has strung together 11 straight wins, and claimed the WBO Greater China Zone Light Heavyweight title along with the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Middleweight title. He'll be the under-dog, but should be regarded as a live one, given his own hunger and desire.
The supporting card is set to have a number of title bouts though they aren't really that notable. The one, possible, exception to that is the contest between Thai Phannaluk Kongsang (4-7-1, 2) and Indian Urvashi Singh (3-0, 3), who battle in the inaugural contest for the WBC Asian Boxing Council female Bantamweight title.
Earlier today in Malaysia fight fans had the chance tosee a small, but notable, card at the "One City Grand Ballroom". Although the card wasn't a big one it did feature 4 very promising and unbeaten Uzbek fighters, who all picked up wins and all moved one step closer to bigger, and better, things.
The youngest was 19 year old Ulugbek Sobirov (4-0, 2), who needed just 74 seconds to see off Tanzania's Hamis Mwakinyo (12-7-1, 9). Coming in to this Mwakinyo had been stopped 4 times, including by a debutant in 2013, to this result doesn't really us much about Sobirov, but at 19 years old he is a promising youngster and, on paper at least, this was a step up for him.
Another youngster picking up a quick win was 21 year old Jasur Akhmadjanov (4-0, 3), who took a huge step up in class to defeat former world title challenger Roy Mukhlis (29-8-3, 22). The Uzbek was fighting outside of Tashkent for the first time and scored a 2nd round KO over the Indonesian veteran, who has now been stopped 7 times in 40 bouts. Mukhlis was one of man who challenged Takashi Uchiyama during "KO Dynamite's" WBA world title reign, since losing in 5 to Uchiyama we've seen Mukhlis go 6-5-1, with this being the quickest of those defeats.
Talented Super Middleweight hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (10-0, 4) continued his rise here as he out-pointed Alfonso Tissen (10-2-2, 5) in an 8 rounder. The score cards for this bout were 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75 for Abdugofurov who we would expect to see fighting in bigger and better fights shortly, especially given that he scored better wins than this one last year, when he defeated Sirimongkol Singwancha and Martin Fidel Rios.
The other Uzbek was Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (14-0, 9), who retained the World Boxing Council Silver Welterweight Title with a 12 round decision win over Laszlo Toth (25-4-1, 17). The 24 year old Abdukakhorov was deducted a point under the WBC's accidental foul rule, but was still the clear winner, with scores of 118-109, 117-110 and 116-111 to record his second defense of the title and move towards a potential world title fight.
Earlier today fans in Singapore saw the latest show from Cartel International Promotions, and like the previous Singaporean shows by Cartel the card had a number of notable fighters involved.
The main event of the card was the most interesting match up on paper and saw Uzbek hopeful Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7) score the biggest win of his career, as he stopped Charles Manyuchi (20-3-1, 12) inside a round to claim the WBC "silver" Welterweight title. Manyuchi looked good at times but looked like he got cocky and dropped his hands trying to lure a mistake from the Uzbek. Instead of drawing a mistake it was Manyuchi making the mistake and he was dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown and was dropped a second time with the referee being forced to stop the bout.
Abduqaxorov wasn't the only Uzbek to claim a win as Azizbek Abdugofurov (6-0, 4) took a 10 round decision over Argentinian tough guy Martin Fidel Rios (21-11-4, 11). Although on paper it was a tough match up for the Uzbek it was a well matched test with Abdugofurov doing more than enough to win, but knowing he had been in a fight, and being forced to work through the 10 round bout. Coming in to this the Uzbek had only gone beyond 4 rounds twice so he will take a lot from this win and will continue his development towards a world title fight.
Talking about world title fights it is worth noting that former world title challenger Daud Yordan (37-3-0-1, 24) made light work of Thai teenager Campee Phayom (11-3, 7). Yordan, who has stated that he is interested in world title fights at 140lbs or 135lbs, stopped the Thai in 2 rounds to score his 7th straight win and it's clear that he's looking to have a big year, even if he has essentially fallen off the international boxing map.
Earlier today fight fans in Singapore had a treat, albeit maybe not the treat they were expecting, as Cartel Promotions put on a notable show in Singapore City.
The show had 4 bouts of note on it featuring several promising unbeaten prospects.
One of those unbeaten prospects was Indonesian Andika Sabu (12-0, 6), who stopped Sylem Serang (7-10-1, 1) in 5 rounds to keep his unbeaten run going. Although Sabu isn't regarded as one of the hot prospects in Indonesia it should be noted that he is young, at just 21, and already has international experience as well as a notable win over compatriot Heri Amol. Potentially he is one who could make a notable mark this year and this was a good start to the year for the youngster.
In form Filipino Jeson Umbal (13-5, 9) continued winning run, extending it to 5 straight wins, as he took out the usually durable Nasibu Ramadhan (21-9-2, 10) in 2 rounds, Umbal didn't look great in the opening round but got out fast in round 2 and stopped Ramadhan less than 30 seconds into the second round. Originally Umbal was supposed to face Roman Canto (12-8-3, 7), but Ramadhan appears to have been an improvement, despite being stopped early on.
Another fight that saw a late opponent change saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7), defeat Namibian Idd Pialari (17-3-1, 12) in 3 rounds. Originally Abduqaxorov was supposed to face Ukrainian veteran Viktor Plotnykov (34-4, 16) but had a late change of opponent and made an example of the over-matched Pialari.
In the main event of the card Uzbek novice Azizbek Abdugofurov (5-0, 4) took a hard fought decision win over former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (91-3, 57). Abdugofurov had only fought 10 career rounds before this bout but was taken the 12 round ristance as he recorded his first defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title. The win will push the Uzbek's career forward however his failure to stop Sirimongkol, a 39 year old former Bantamweight champion, might see the unbeaten man just being held back a touch in the year rather than being rushed forward. For Sirimongkol the loss ends 48 fight, 13 year, winning run.
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