Earlier today Japanese fight fans got their first taste of action for 2017, with a show in Okinawa that was live streamed on youtube by promoter Hiranaka Boxing School. The card wasn't a big one, as the live streaming figures showed, but it was one with several notable bouts on it.
The main draw of the show was a Japan Vs Philippines theme, a theme that resulted in 3 of the bouts. That included the main event, a bout between Seita Ogido (11-2-2, 3) [荻堂 盛太] and Jonthan Refugio (16-5-5, 4), who traded blows for the vacant WBC Youth Light Flyweight title. The two men proved to be very well matched over the 10 rounds with Ogido starting the better but fading whilst Refugio seemed to grow stronger. The competitive nature of the bout left the decision in the air before the cards were announced with a majority decision draw, leaving the title vacant, and leaving both men disappointed.
Another bout between Japan and the Philippines saw Japanese veteran Go Onaga (27-3-3, 18) [翁長 吾央] fight to a draw with late replacement Ryan Lumacad (12-0-3, 7), who was a fill in for Jake Bornea (11-1, 5). Onaga was in trouble early on, and was dropped in the openign round, but gritted his teeth and managed to do just enough to gain a draw, albeit one where he was fortunate. For Onaga it seems the end is nigh and this draw has followed a loss from last year to Rene Dacquel. For Lumacad the result sees him remain unbeaten, and this is his second notable draw following a technical draw with Ardin Diale from last September. Despite the draw Lumacad will feel he deserved the win here.
The first of the Japan Vs Philippines bouts saw Masatoshi Kotani (20-2, 13) claim a hard fought and competitive win over the experienced Rey Laspinas (21-15-6, 12) in what was a really fan friendly fight. The Filipino was competitive through out but came up short on all 3 cards.
On the under-card were a number of all-Japanese bouts.
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Later today British fight fans will be able to see Welshman Andrew Selby (6-0, 4) take on Filipino foe Jake Bornea (11-1, 5) in what is a genuine step up for Selby, who has been raved about since his amateur days, since turning professional last year.
Despite the bout being a notablestep up for the Welshman he is seen as an unbackable favourite with bookies pricing him as a 1/66 favourite, the sort of odds that suggest a complete and utter mismatch and a bout that shouldn't have been made. For those fancying the under-dog the odds of 22/1 are genuinely attractive, though of course Bornea is the visitor, he's fighting utside of the Philippines for the first time, and is seen as a man being thrown to the wolves a bit here.
The draw has been priced as a very unlikely 33/1.
For those interested in the method of victory Selby by stoppage has been priced at 1/7, whilst a decision for the Welshman is 7/2. For Bornea to win by stoppage the odds are 18/1 whilst Bornea by decision is 25/1. On a similar theme the price of the bout going the distance is 7/2 whilst a the bout not going 12 rounds is 1/6.
Earlier today Japanese promoter Hiranaka Boxing announced the details for their next show, which will take place on January 8th in Tomigusuku City Gym. The card won't be a massive one, but will feature title action and several bouts of some note.
The main event will be a WBC Youth Light Flyweight title fight as Japanese youngster Seita Ogido (11-2-1, 3) [荻堂 盛太] battles against Filipino visitor Jonthan Refugio (16-5-4, 4) for the currently vacant title. For Ogida the bout will see him fighting in his first title fight and see him looking to build on recent wins over Naoya Haruguchi and Jeffrey Galero, with the youngster currently riding a 5 fight winning run following set backs in 2014 against Seigo Yuri Akui, a 4 round draw, and Kenji Ono, a split decision loss in the Rookie of the Year final. As for Refugio the Filipino is a former WBC International champion who will be in his 6th title bout, and although his record has losses through it he has faced good competition, such as Wanheng Menayothin, Knockout CP Freshmart and Merlito Sabillo, who have all won world titles.
In the chief support bout we'll see Go Onaga (27-3-2, 18) [翁長 吾央] face Filipino Jake Bornea (11-1, 5), in what will be Bornea's first bout following his November clash with Andrew Selby in the UK. The bout looks like a really well matched bout, but it needs to be said that it's at a weight higher than Bornea's best weight and with the Filipino only having about 8 weeks to prepare after the Selby bout he may not be in the best condition to take on a fighter like Onaga, who knows that his dreams of fighting for a world title are really hanging by a threat.
Another notable supporting bout will see Masatoshi Kotani (19-2, 13) [小谷 将寿] battle Rey Laspinas (21-14-6, 12) in a bout that we suspect will be more competitive than the records of the men perhaps hint at.
Ealier today British promotional outfit Cyclone Promotions announce the next bout of their super prospect Andrew Selby (6-0, 4) announcing that the highly regarded 27 year old Welsh Flyweight hopeful would be returning to the ring on November 18th to face Filipino Jake Bornea (11-1, 5). Not only would the two men be facing off but they would be doing so in a bout for the IBF Inter Continental Flyweight title, likely leading to the winning getting a solid IBF ranking.
The Filipino hopeful is regarded as a genuine prospect and is the twin brother of Jade Bornea, who is well known for an amateur win over Kosei Tanaka. He's been a professional since August 2013 and he has claimed both the World Boxing Federation International and WBO Asia Pacific Youth Flyweight titles and has reeled off 5 wins since his sole defeat, a decision loss to Raymond Tabugon more than 2 years ago.
Although still a relative baby in the ring Bornea has been the 12 round distance once, in his loss, and 10 rounds on 3 other ocassions. Although his competition hasn't been amazing so far he does have wins over upcoming OPBF title challenger Felipe Cagubcob Jr, a then unbeaten Michael Enriquez and Renerio Arizala. A bout with Selby is a huge step up, but he's certainly a hungry fighter who will be coming into this looking for a win rather than trying to make up numbers.
The unbeaten Selby is viewed as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe and is the brother of current world champion Lee Selby. Prior to turning professional in later 2015 he had been a sensational amateur competing at all the major international tournemtns, such as World Amateur Championships, Olympics and European championships, winning multiple medals along the way. That amateur background has seen him marked for major success, but given the lack of talent in the Flyweight division in Europe he has struggled for notable opponents, meaning that his team have now began to look towards Asia for competition.
This bout will be Selby's second title fight, and see him looking to add to his collection which currently includes the British Flyweight title. Notably it comes only weeks after his recent win over Felix Moncada, in what was a dominant win over a late replacement.
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Over the past 24 hours we've seen Filipino promoter Sanman Promotions announce the signings of two talented and promising Filipino prospects, with the promoter making it clear that they can sign up some of the top young talent in the country, just like promotional rivals ALA.
The fighters in question are boxing brothers Jake and Jade Bornea.
The more experienced of the two brothers is Jake (11-1, 5) who currently holds the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Flyweight title, which he has defended once. Although he's not widely known outside of the Philippines he has scored notable domestic wins over Michael Enriquez, Richard Rosales and Renerio Arizala, and has ran up 5 wins since his sole defeat back in 2014 to Raymond Tabugon.
The unbeaten Jade (5-0, 3) is tipped as a future star and was a stand out amateur, claiming a very notable win over Kosei Tanaka in the unpaid ranks. He's yet to step up as a professional but did win the Philippines Mindanao Professional Boxing Federation (MinProBA) Super Flyweight title last time out and will be back in the ring on October 21st, to take on veteran Albert Alcoy.
The two will be managed by Alex Amoy of the Amoy Boxing stable but be promoted by Sanman going forward.
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