Yesterday fight fans in Shenzhen saw teenage hopeful Ahatelike Muerzhabieke (8-1-1, 5) [阿哈特里克·木尔扎别克] score his biggest win to date, stopping Thai visitor Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (18-6, 14) in the 6th round, to claim the WBO China National Super Middleweight title.
Sources who watched the contest reported that the 19 year old Chinese fighter was too fast from the opening moments, and proved to not only have the edge in speed but also in power, dropping the Thai hard en route to securing the stoppage, which came at 1:38 of round 6.
Prior to the referee stepping in the teenager was well up on the score cards, with the judges having scored the contest 48-44, and 49-43, twice, to Muerzhabieke.
The Chinese youngster, who has looked like a diamond in the rough before this win, has now notched 6 straight wins after an inauspicious 2-1-1 start to his professional career and appears to be coming of age with a win that netted him his first professional title.
Sadly for the Thai this is 6th loss in 7 straight bouts and the 29 year old form the Island of Smiles really needs to consider his future in the sport. Not only has he lost 6 in recent years, but all of those defeats have been inside the distance and it's hard to imagine the sport being good for his health.
This past Saturday was a busy day for fight fans in Hong Kong, who not only got a thriller featuring local star star Rex Tso but several other fights of note.
One of those bouts saw big punching Filipino Jay Solmiano (19-3-1, 15) scoring a blow out win against Thailand's Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (17-2, 13), who lasted just 138 seconds. For Solmiano the win was a great win that saw him notch a second win for the year, and score arguably his biggest win to date. The win has seen the Filipino bounce back well after a 2014 loss to Keita Obara in an OPBF title fight. Sadly for the Thai this is a second straight stoppage loss following a slightly quicker loss in July to Azizbek Abdugofurov.
Another notable bout saw Rey Megrino (23-20-4, 20) continued his late career surge as he scored a 5th round KO win against Indonesian veteran Jason Butar Butar (21-19-1, 14). The Filipino was once 15-20-3 (13) but has gone 8-0-1 (7) in recent years and is a real dangerman at 115lbs and 118lbs, where his power and physical strength is a nightmare, making him one of the sports most avoided fighters. Sadly this isn't one of the better results from that run of the Filipino, who has beaten Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Kenji Kiubo and Ernesto Saulong in recent bouts. Instead Butar Butar has been struggling a lot himself with 6 losses in his previous 10 bouts.
The show wasn't perfect for Filipino's , that's because veteran Jerope Mercado (27-9-3, 9) was stopped in 2 rounds by unbeaten Australian prospect Paul Fleming (23-0, 15)
On Saturday fans in Singapore had an excellent looking show which had an impressive 4 title bouts, all for regional WBC titles. Not only did it have a number of title bouts but also had some brilliant match ups, at least one paper.
One of those match ups saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (8-0, 5) take on Filipino foe Adones Cabalquinto (23-2, 15) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. On paper the bout looked like a really good step up in class for Abduqaxorov but it was one he managed with a unanimous decision over the Filipino, who suffered his second loss in 4 bouts.
The bout was competitive at times but the unbeaten Uzbek was a clear winner on the scorecards, which read 117-111, twice, and 118-110 in favour of the 22 unbeaten hopeful. Although not a massive win it's the sort of victory which could potentially put Abduqaxorov in the mix for a fringe WBC world ranking.
Another Uzbek scoring an impressive win on this card was Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) who took just 104 seconds to defeat previously unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Singwancha (17-1, 13). The Thai was stepping up to Middleweight for this bout but it was though that his experience may help him at least remain a little competitive with the 24 year old Uzbek, instead Chaloermporn was beaten and battered. Notably this was a step up for both men, however it was, in fairness, a bigger step upfor the Thai than it was for the Uzbek who had been in with the better competition prior to this bout.
With his win Abdugofurov claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title, his first professional title.
Another novice claiming his first title was Muhamad Farkham (2-0, 2) who easily saw off Indonesian veteran Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in 2 rounds to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title. On paper this looked like a credible step up for the 27 year old Farkhan but the Indonesian has looked awful for several years, and has now been stopped in 7 recorded bouts.
The other fighter claiming a title was Filipino Jeson Umbal (11-5, 8), who became the first man to stop Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-7-3, 15), and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. The unheralded Umbal, who had lost to Geraldo earlier this year, inflicted a cut on his countryman that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest in round 5 and give Umbal the TKO win on cuts.
In a non-title fight our Canadian friend Ryan Ford (7-0, 5) continued to run through unbeaten Asian fighters as he blew away Muhammad Meeraj (2-1) in 95 seconds.
Over the last few years we have seen boxing branch out from the typical Asian strong holds of Japan, Thailand and the Philippines with numerous shows in China, a world title fight in Sri Lanka and the growing expectation that India, Pakistan and Vietnam will develop boxing stars of the future. Another country slowly making a mark is Singapore where their appears some hope of becoming a bit of a hub for boxing, much like Macau was supposed to be.
Singapore is of course a small country in terms of population, with a little over 5.5 million people, but given the high wealth of the country and it's gambling sector it's thought that the country could be a major player down the line and it seems that promoters are envisaging a future where Singapore is big.
Earlier today we were informed of a card set for the country for July 23rd, with the card in question featuring 4 title fights and some very good match ups.
One of the key match ups, reported today, will see fast rising Uzbek Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (7-0, 5) battle against experienced Filipino Adones Cabalquinto (23-1, 15) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. This will be a serious test for Abduqaxorov but a win could, potentially, see him take a huge step towards a world title fight. For Cabalquinto the bout sees him taking on a dangerous fighter after facing two very limited foes since being stopped by Al Rivera last November.
Another promising Uzbek on the card is Azizbek Abdugofurov (2-0, 2), who fights for the third time in as many months. The unbeaten Uzbek is scheduled to face unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (17-0, 13), AKA Chaloemporn Singwancha, in a bout for the WBC ABC Middleweight title. For the Thai this is a real text, having had a very underwhelming career so far, whilst the Uzbek could well score a genuinely notable win.
At Cruiserweight Malaysian novice Muhamad Farkhan (1-0 1) will face Indonesian Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in a bout for the WBC ABC Silver Cruiserweight title, essentially allowing the Malaysian fighter to become a novice champion. Whilst down at Super Bantamweight Jeson Umbal (10-5, 7) will face former OPBF Super Flyweight title challenger Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-6-3, 15), in an all Filipino bout.
Next weekend fight fans in Thailand will get the chance to see the unbeaten Stamp Kiatniwat (14-0, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม] battle in a rematch against Gregorio Lebron (13-3, 11) for the WBA "interim" Flyweight title, currently held by Stamp.
It turns out however that Stamp won't be the only notable unbeaten Thai on that show, as countryman Chalermpol Singwancha (16-0, 12) [เฉลิมพล สิงห์วังชา] is now also booked for the card, after seeing a bout against IK Yang (19-1-0-1, 14) [杨连慧], scheduled for January 30th, being cancelled due to an injury suffered by Yang.
We believe that Chalermpol is set to fight a Brazilian opponent, though we've not currently been given the foes name. There will also be one other bout of some note, though again we've not been sent the names of those two men.
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