The past week or so has been a crazy one for Uzbek boxing, despite no professional bouts taking place. All because of a February 16th show which seemed to see almost every notable Uzbek fighter being linked to it.
First there was the story from Olamsport stating that Hasanboy Dusmatov [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] would be making his debut on the card, then that the promoters of the show had contacted 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0, 3) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров] to try and get him on the show. Sadly it appears neither Dusmatov or Gaibnazarov will be on the show.
Today we again saw Olamsport focus on the card and revealed that 4 fighters are now confirmed for action. Sadly though none have the big name appear the promoters were likely wanting.
The most promising of the fighters confirmed for this card is unbeaten Light Middleweight Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 5), he will be joined by fellow Light Middleweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-1, 13), fighting for the first time since being stopped by Ronald Cruz, 33 year old Bantamweight veteran Olimjon Nazarov (20-5, 12) and the once beaten Light Heavyweight Jaloliddin Uktamov (3-1, 2).
Given the hype and build up that Olamsports, and the promoters associated with the show, had given the event it does seem rather disappointing especially given the fact that they don't seem to have gotten opponents set for any of their fighters and have missed out on getting a single huge name for the card.
Fingers crossed that this is a success, as we'd love to see the Uzbek domestic scene develop, but it does feel very much like the promoters were unable to get the fighters they wanted for the event and had to settle for experienced but disappointing fighters instead of headline names.
This past Saturday in Thailand fans had the chance to see the latest show in the IBF Silk Road tournament. It was a show that was streamed by the IBF, free over Youtube, but the stream was nigh on unwatchable. Sadly. However it was a good show, with several very good bouts.
The tournament bouts began at Super Bantamweight, where Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-2, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-3, 10) fought to a 10 round majority draw. It was a hotly contested bout, and had it not been in Thailand there's a good chance Lagos would have got the nod. Sadly with the bout taking place in Thailand it did seem like the local got the benefit of the doubt and got the draw as a result.
The second bout saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] take a TKO win over Filipino Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), in a Super Featherweight bout. Rosas unfortunately pulled out of the bout after round 5, giving Takenaka the win. This was the first time Rosas hadn't been stopped, though questions need to be asked as to why he was fighting at 130lbs here, especially in such a notable tournament.
The third bout saw local veteran a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-10-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, suffer a decision loss to unbeaten Uzbek Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 5) over 10 rounds. Turdiev was too active and too hungry for the Thai, who really has been incredibly disappointing the last few years, and we do wonder what his career has left to offer.
Thankfully the locals did get a reason to celebrate as Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, took a close decision win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Joseph Ambo (8-1-1, 6) to progress to the next round of the tournament.
We're hoping that when the next round of the tournament is held the IBF will provide a much more stable stream than they gave us here, as it really was terrible.
Tomorrow we'll see the IBF Silk Road Tournament hit Thailand, with the team responsible for the IBF Silk Road tournaments working alongside Kiatkreerin to host the show.
After weeks of waiting we now, finally have the running order for the show, which appears to feature 6 bouts in total, including a female bout and a Muay Thai bout.
Among the fights on this show are the previously reported contest between former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (17-3-1, 10) [竹中 良] and Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), a bout between Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-1, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-2, 10), a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-9-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, and the unbeaten Dostonbek Turdiev (6-0, 5) of Uzbekistan and Sukpraserd Ponpitak (21-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth Joseph ambo (8-0-1, 6), of the Philippines.
Fans wanting to watch this card will want to tune into Thairath, channel 32, tomorrow night.
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