In 2016 Filipino hopeful Giemel Magramo (22-1, 18) suffered a narrow loss in South Korea to Muhammad Waseem. Follow that loss he had rebuilt well, with 4 wins by stoppage prior to today. He looked to continue that impressive run earlier today as he took on Thai foe Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-2, 8) at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.
The bout, Magramo's first defense of the WBO Oriental Flyweight title, was put together on short notice when Magramo's original opponent was forced out of the contest. The change in opponent never seemed to phase the Filipino however, as he took the fight to his Thai foe from the opening bell, using a ramrod jab to creating opening and then picking his man apart with crisp, sharp shots to both head and body.
In the second round the skill difference between the two men became more and more obvious, with Magramo looking fluid and natural in the ring, whilst Petchchorhae seemed to be forcing everything, throwing wildly and and was rarely in position too follow up on any success he managed to get. In fact what success the Thai did have seemed to leave him off balance and open to shots from Magramo, who really did look like a special talent.
The third round saw Magramo go out with the intention of stopping his man, as he went through the gears and really took the Thai apart, with brilliant combinations, the final of which was punctuated by a brutal left hand to the body that dropped the Thai. Petchchorhae did get to his feet but the bout was immediately waved off to give Magramo his 5th stoppage victory since his defeat to Waseem.
To his credit Petchchorhae showed ambition, and didn't travel to lose, but he lacked the nuances and skills of the Filipino who found openings with far too much ease. Magramo however looked a very classy fighter with a lot of potential to go a very long way, and we'd not be surprised to see him competing for a world title in 2019.
in his last 5 bouts. Although that's a poor run it is worth noting that he has been matched hard with losses to Paul Butler, Cristofer Rosales and Felix Alvarado.
It's worth noting that Magramo is world ranked by all 4 major world title bodies coming into this bout and will not only be risking his Oriental title but also those world rankings, and a loss will seriously set his career back. A loss would however be considered a big upset.
On October 7th we'll see a triple header in Yokohama. The headline bout of the card will see Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] begin his WBSS campaign as he takes on Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9) whilst another the WBSS bout between Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) and Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24) will increase the international profile of the card.
Arguably the best bout of the card however is a bout with no link to the WBSS. Instead it's the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) [拳四朗] and former IBF champion Milan Melindo (37-3, 13).
The bout is a fantastic match up between two top Light Flyweights and promises to deliver some brilliant action.
To prepare for the bout the reigning champion has been training in the Philippines, at the Elorde gym, sparring with the likes of Giemel Magramo (21-1, 17). That camp ended today, following 10 days at the camp.
The training saw Ken Shiro spar regularly with Magramo, admitting he had a bad day whilst there before improving and getting to control the spar more at his distance. In total the champion sparred about 60 rounds in total, with sessions as long as 8 rounds.
The fighter also attended a local show, and spoke to fans at the show, and seems to have genuinely enjoyed the hard work and conditions he's endured in the camp.
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One of the best things with boxing right now is the way prospects in some countries are being matched. We're now seeing hotly tipped prospects avoid the long list of easy match ups and instead the top prospects are being forced to fight good opponents early in their careers. This is being seen by fighters from Japan, Ukraine, the UK and Russia among others.
The most notable Russian to be on a fast track is former amateur sensation Mikhail Aloyan (2-0), who fought in a 10 rounder on debut,then claimed the WBC "Silver" Super Flyweight title in just his secone bout, taking a 12 decision over the tricky Marvin Salano
It was recently revealed that Aloyan will continue his move up the rankings with another very tough bout when he returns to the ring. That will be on December 9th in Kemerovo and will see him take on the once beaten Filipino Giemel Magramo (19-1, 15), who's only career defeat came to Korean based Pakaistani fighter Muhammad Waseem last November.
For Aloyan the bout will act as his first defense of the WBC "Silver" title and if he's successful it will move him towards a potential showdown for the WBC world title at 115lbs, potentially against the winner of the upcoming match up between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada. For Magramo the bout will see him look to score his third win since the loss to Waseem, which hapened at Flyweight. Notably it will only be Magramo's second bout outside of the Philippines, and he is current 0-1 away from home, with the loss to Waseem coming in South Korea.
Earlier today fight fans in Seoul saw Korean based Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (5-0, 3) claim his biggest win to date as he successfully defended the WBC "silver" Flyweight title and narrowly beat talented Filipino youngster Giemel Magramo (17-1, 13).
From the off the bout wascompetitive and hard fought and the openign two rounds were both won by the Filipino visitor who got off to a quick lead. The lead was however reeled in and Waseem had a solid round 3 and a strong round 4 to get him back into the bout. Despite starting to fight his way back into it Waseem was down 39-37 on two cards after 4 rounds, and 38-38 on the other card.
The middle portion of the fight saw the bout begin to turn further with Waseem getting a break in round 6, when Magramo was deducted a point for a clash of heads that lead to Waseem being cut, and that was followed by a very strong effort in rounds 7 and 8 as Waseem began to claw the bout in to his favour. After the 8th Waseem was leading on two cards, with scores of 77-74, and 76-75 and losing on the third, 76-75.
Going into the final 4 rounds it was all to play for and neither guy was going to give the bout away as both let loose. The back and forth saw Magramo having a solid round 9, taking it on two cards, but lose round 10 as Waseem upped the ante, The 11th was as competitive as they came with neither man clearly winning the round before a hugely important round 12 went Waseem's way. That 12th saw Waseem securing the unanimous decision with two scores of 114-113, though the third card, which was turned in by a Korean judge, was a very wide 117-110.
After the win Andy Kim, Waseem's promoter, made it known that he would be trying to secure his charge a WBC world title fight in 2017, on this performance he would struggle with a real world class fighter, however he will have learned a lot from this win. For Magramo the loss will be disappointing, however the experience will help him and the performance was certainly nothing to be ashamed of, with the youngster expected to bounce back and move on to world honours in the future himself.
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