Yesterday Filipino promotional outfit Sanman Promotions announced their next card to feature on ESPN5 in the Philippines, set for June 8th, and it's a pretty interesting one with several notable names, mixing top Filipino prospects with a former world title challenger and a former world champion.
The most notable fight on the card will see unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (12-0, 6) take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Ekkawit Songnui (49-6-1, 26), aka Kwanthai Sithmorseng, in a 10 round bout. This looks interesting on paper, given the gulf in experience, but it's hard to see past the younger, bigger, fresher Mama.
Another world level name on this show is Randy Petalcorin (29-3-1, 22), who is taking on Thai journeyman Worawatchai Boonjan (14-21-1, 13), aka Phupha Por Nobnom.
For Petalcorin this will be his first bout since losing to Felix Alvarado in an IBF Light Flyweight world title fight last October, whilst the visitor will look to end a 2-fight losing streak.
Another of the top prospects on this card is the all action Carl Jammes Martin (12-0, 11), who returns to the ESPN5 screens as he takes on unbeaten Indian visitor Rakesh Lohchab (6-0, 2). Martin made his TV debut last time out, stopping Petchchorhae Kokietgym in thrilling fashion and looks like a true "made for TV" fighter, so fingers crossed he puts on another showcase here.
One other bout set for TV is an all-Filipino show down between the unbeaten Dave Apolinario (10-0 6) an the once promising, though now very much faltering, Dexter Alimento (13-6, 9). Apolinario has shone on ESPN5 shows in the past, and looked an elite level prospect earlier in the year when he defeated Romshane Sarguilla, and he appears to have all the tools to go a very, very long way. Alimention on the other hand has been stopped in his last 3, is win-less in in his last 4 and is 2-6 in his last 8.
As with the other ESPN5 cards this is expected to be streamed around the globe courtesy of ESPN5's youtube account.
Earlier today in Thailand local fans had reason to celebrate with the promising Panya Pradabsri (25-1, 14) claiming the OPBF "silver" Flyweight title.
The Talented Thai was facing off with the talented Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-5, 9), but size and power difference were way too much for the Filipino.
The Thai applied pressure from the off and Alimento really struggled to make the local back off or respect him. Instead Pradabsri marched forward and controlled almost everything.
In round 2 the pressure really paid off with Alimento being caught with a nasty body shot that send him down for the 10 count, in what was a clear delayed reaction to a perfectly placed shot.
Sadly for Alimento this is his third straight loss, and his second by stoppage following a defeat in 3 rounds to Junto Nakatani in July. It seems clear he shouldn't be fighting at Flyweight. For the Thai however this is a big win and he has stated that he's looking to challenge WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro in the new year.
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Back in October we reported that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (51-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] was looking to have a stay busy bout in November, ahead of a strongly rumoured world title defense against Japan's Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心]. Apparently a deal to fight Ono still hasn't been signed and sealed, though is expected to be closed in the very near future.
Today we were informed that Wanheng will indeed have his stay busy bout, on November 16th against Indonesian fighter Tyson Lahagu (2-9-1, 2), who is listed on boxrec under his birth name of Mektison Marganti.
The bout with the Indonesia will be Wanheng's third bout of 2018, a year that has seen him tie Floyd Mayweather at 50-0 and then take the leader over the American, at 51-0. With this bout set to take place when it is it will move him to 52-0 before Maywather can take part in his bout with Japan's Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] which may clash with the the potential Wanheng Vs Ono bout on December 31st.
Our understanding is that Panya Pradabsri (24-1, 13) will be fighting on the same card, against Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9), though we may have mistranslated that, with the hope being for Pradabsri to target a move to Light Flyweight for a bout with Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗] in the future.
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the chance to see fast rising Flyweight hopeful Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] continue his impressive unbeaten run, as he dismantled Filipino foe Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9) in 3 rounds.
At the weigh in yesterday the two men looked like they belonged in different divisions, and that looked to be the case again today. Nakatani looked bigger, stronger, more powerful and naturally a better fighter. He managed to show his power in round 2, landing a brutal body shot that left Alimento in clear agony. To his credit Alimento refused to just give in, but it was clear he was out matched.
In round 3 Nakatani landed a brutal straight left hand that dropped Alimento, who took the 10 count to give Nakatani his 12th stoppage win and move him a step closer to a big fight.
After the win Nakatani stated that he would like to fight for the Japanese title, and is expected to compete in a title eliminator later this year. However that depends on the result of the July 23rd bout between Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (29-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] and Akinori Hoshino (13-7-2, 9) [星野晃規], with Nakatani and Hoshino both fighting out of the same gym and the two wouldn't be able to face off, if Hoshino was to come out omn top against Kuroda.
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Earlier today Japanese fans got a genuine thriller was world ranked Filipino Dexter Alimento (11-1, 7) took on fast rising Japanese hopeful Masataka Taniguchi (5-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] in a really anticipated contest between two really exciting youngsters.
The bout, one of the supporting bouts at the Korakuen Hall, had been ear marked as a potential "under-the-radar" classic and it lived up to the expectations of being a hotly contested bout.
From the off both youngsters were looking to establish themselves as the boss Alimento looked the sharper fighter but it was the power of Taniguchi that made the bigger impact with the Filipino being dropped in round 2, from a brilliant straight left hand.
The Filipino got up from the knockdown and looked to try and turn the fight around but lacked the power needed to hurt Taniguchi with the Japanese fighter just have that extra bit of physicality. That physicality seemed to help Taniguchi impose himself against the technically more well schooled Alimento.
In the end the knockdown proved pretty decisive with Taniguchi claiming the split decision with scores of 77-75 and 77-74 against a 75-76 card for Alimento.
With the win Taniguchi claims a victory over a world ranked opponent, and likely moves into the IBF rankings when they are next released. His team have also gone on to suggest he will return on New Year's Eve, potentially in a title bout. For Alimento the loss is a set back, but one that won't really harm his reputation, in fact if anything it solidifies both men are really promising youngsters, and the Pinoy will certainly bounce back an improved fighter going forward.
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