This past Saturday was a busy day for fight fans in Hong Kong, who not only got a thriller featuring local star star Rex Tso but several other fights of note.
One of those bouts saw big punching Filipino Jay Solmiano (19-3-1, 15) scoring a blow out win against Thailand's Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (17-2, 13), who lasted just 138 seconds. For Solmiano the win was a great win that saw him notch a second win for the year, and score arguably his biggest win to date. The win has seen the Filipino bounce back well after a 2014 loss to Keita Obara in an OPBF title fight. Sadly for the Thai this is a second straight stoppage loss following a slightly quicker loss in July to Azizbek Abdugofurov.
Another notable bout saw Rey Megrino (23-20-4, 20) continued his late career surge as he scored a 5th round KO win against Indonesian veteran Jason Butar Butar (21-19-1, 14). The Filipino was once 15-20-3 (13) but has gone 8-0-1 (7) in recent years and is a real dangerman at 115lbs and 118lbs, where his power and physical strength is a nightmare, making him one of the sports most avoided fighters. Sadly this isn't one of the better results from that run of the Filipino, who has beaten Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Kenji Kiubo and Ernesto Saulong in recent bouts. Instead Butar Butar has been struggling a lot himself with 6 losses in his previous 10 bouts.
The show wasn't perfect for Filipino's , that's because veteran Jerope Mercado (27-9-3, 9) was stopped in 2 rounds by unbeaten Australian prospect Paul Fleming (23-0, 15)
Just a few short moments ago freakish Japanese puncher Keita Obara (11-1, 10) stopped Filipino fight Jay Solmiano (17-3-1, 13) to claim the OPBF Light Welterweight title.
We were expecting fireworks in this one though we did expect both men to take their time to get going. Instead the bout was all over inside 4 rounds as Obara made a statement both in the fight and afterwards.
Obara, who had given up the Japanese title earlier this year after 2 defences, was forced to tuck up in the early rounds as Solmiano went straight on to the offensive. Although it was eye catching from Solmiano it was pretty ineffective and Obara looked calm through out, waiting for his opportunity to strike.
In the second round Solmiano again continued to be the aggressor early on though this time the opportunity arose for Obara to fire off some counters. Those counters eventually took their tolls and although brave Solmiano wasn't tough enough to take the shots of Obara for too long. In round 4 he was put down and although he recovered he was there for the taking and just moments later he was sent down for a second time, this time he was unable to recover and counted out.
Considering how well Solmiano had fought the last time he was in Japan, losing a debatable decision in an OPBF Lightweight title fight to Nihito Arakawa, this was sensational from Obara though the best was yet to come.
Having just claimed the Light Welterweight title Obara called out Welterweight champion Yoshihiro Kamegai. An Obara/Kamegai fight at 147 or 140 would be bombs away with no chance of going the distance. Both men are iron fisted and it would be the sort of encounter that fans would love to see, hopefully Kamegai is up for the challenge.
(Picture thanks to Boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today it was announced that the unbeaten Filipino Adones Cabalquinto (15-0, 8) has been forced out of his proposed bout with Japan's Keita Obara (10-1, 9). The bout, which was set to be for the OPBF bout, has sadly been forced off and Cabalquinto won't be able to make the most of the opportunity that he appeared set to get.
Thankfully Obara will still be in action on the card and will still be able to claim the OPBF title himself as he meets replacement opponent Jay Solmiano (17-2-1, 13), also from the Philippines and also, like Cabalquinto, a southpaw.
Ranked #1 by the OPBF Obara is a former Japanese champion who was ear marked for success early in his career. Although he lost on his debut he has quickly rebuilt his career with 10 straight wins and has never gone the full schedule of a fight de to his power*. In those 10 bouts he won the Japanese title and defended it twice as he rose through the ranks to become one of the top 25 Light Welterweights according to boxrec and a top 20 fighter according to the IBO.
Proposed opponent Cabalquinto was the OPBF #2 ranked fighter and had a perfect unbeaten record. Unfortunate though Cabalquinto hadn't really faced anyone of note with his best wins coming against Dan Nazareno Jr, Jaypee Ignacio and Romeo Jakosalem.
In Solmiano was actually have the OPBF #3 ranked fighter and although he has two losses he has faced the better opponents than Cabalquinto. The most notable name on Solmiano's record is Nihito Arakawa who narrowly beat the Filipino in 2011 in a split decision. Having seen more of Arakawa since then it's fair to say that Solmiano isn't a bad fighter at all.
Although this is a fight with a "replacement" we've got to admit it's still a really good bout and not one that we can complain about getting. It's a great match up and the winner should be on the verges of a world ranking.
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*Obara's only none stoppage victory was a 5th round technical decision
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