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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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall have a great card, with one of the most interesting bouts being an under-card contest between youngsters as world ranked Filipino Dexter Alimento (11-0, 7) faces the fast rising Japanese hopeful Masataka Taniguchi (4-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] in a really mouth watering match up.
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and both looked in great shape for the bout, which is being fought at a contracted 107lbs.
For Alimento the bout sees him back on the road just 9 months after his career defining, though tragic, win over Chanachai CFreshmart in Thailand for the WBC Youth Minimumweight title. The Filipino is currently world ranked by the IBF but will be risking that ranking here. As for Taniguchi the bout sees him looking to build on his record and scored a 5th win in just over 6 months as he looks to climb the rankings at an incredible speed.
Also taking part in the weigh in today for the same under-card was the pairing of Shuichiro Yoshino (2-0, 1) [吉野 修一郎] and Kenta Onjo (6-2, 3) [恩庄 健太] who will be in the co-feature of the show, headlined by an OPBF Featherweight title bout between Ryo Takenaka (14-3-1, 8) [竹中 良] and Randy Braga (19-1-1, 5).
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