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.
Earlier today we had the first Asian action of 2017, with a notable card from Malaysia. The card wasn't a big one but had a number of notable fighters on it.
One of, if not them most notable fighter on the show was Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (4-0, 4) who made light work of Indonesian veteran Aleksander Bajawa (41-3-4, 14). The unbeaten 24 year old needed just 2 rounds to see off Bajawa and will now begin to prepare for a February bout with former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha, with that bout pencilled in for February 10th in Singapore.
Another man from Uzbekistan set to be in the ring on February 10th will be Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (9-0, 6). The 23 year old scored a 5th round TKO over former OPBF champion Romeo Jakosalem (18-14-1, 10) and built on an excellent 2016, which saw him score 5 wins including decisions over Adones Cabalquinto and Larry Siwu. Although still some way from a world title fight Abduqaxorov is planning a busy 2017 with a bout scheduled for February and March, with the March bout set to be for the WBC Silver title against Charles Manyuchi, a really serious test for the fast rising Uzbek.
In the main event fans saw Singaporean based Malaysian born fighter Muhamad Farkhan (3-0, 3) claim the first title of his career as he scored a 4th round TKO win against Japhet Kaseba (6-8, 3) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Heavyweight title. The 28 year old Farkhan was fighting in Malaysia or the first time since turning professional 10 months ago and although it's unlikely that he'll shake up the world scene this was still a very notable victory.
In an all-Filipino bout fans saw Jeson Umbal (12-5, 8) take an 8 round decision over Gadwin Tubigon (14-13-2, 9). This was Umbal's 4th successive win and sees him building on good victories over Luis Bedolla Orozco and Mark Anthony Geraldo. Sadly for Tubigon this was a second straight loss following a defeat in October to Akifumi Shimoda.
The card also featured the second professional bout for Nick Frese (2-0, 2). Frese, a Dutch based fighter based in Thailand, defeated Ahmad Tajib (0-1) in 2 rounds.
According to sources in Thailand veteran fighter Sirimongkol Singwancha (90-2, 57) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา] is targeting a showdown next year with with rising Uzbek star Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) for the WBC Silver Middleweight title, with the bout expected to take place in early 2017.
Sirimongkol will be in action in the coming days, against a Brazilian foe, and following that bout will begin working towards a bout with Abdugofurov in a bout expected to take place in Singapore.
For Sirimongkol the bout would be the most significant in his career since his 2005 win over Michael Clark in the US, in what was a WBC Lightweight world title eliminator. That bout did however take place over a decade ago and 25lbs south of the bout with the Uzbek and it's fair to say that at 39 years old Sirimongkol certainly isn't the fighter he once was.
As for Abdugofurov the bout will see him defending the title he won back in July, when he stopped Chaloemporn Singwancha in Singapore. Interestingly that bout was the Uzbek's third bout in a little over 2 months though strangely he hasn't fought since and has slowed his career rise somewhat. That break from the ring will however serve some good for the Uzbek.
Although yet set in stone the bout does sound like it will be signed and sealed either at the end of this year or very early next year, with Alexander Shah confirming he will be promoting the bout.
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