Earlier today fight fans in Singapore had a treat, albeit maybe not the treat they were expecting, as Cartel Promotions put on a notable show in Singapore City.
The show had 4 bouts of note on it featuring several promising unbeaten prospects.
One of those unbeaten prospects was Indonesian Andika Sabu (12-0, 6), who stopped Sylem Serang (7-10-1, 1) in 5 rounds to keep his unbeaten run going. Although Sabu isn't regarded as one of the hot prospects in Indonesia it should be noted that he is young, at just 21, and already has international experience as well as a notable win over compatriot Heri Amol. Potentially he is one who could make a notable mark this year and this was a good start to the year for the youngster.
In form Filipino Jeson Umbal (13-5, 9) continued winning run, extending it to 5 straight wins, as he took out the usually durable Nasibu Ramadhan (21-9-2, 10) in 2 rounds, Umbal didn't look great in the opening round but got out fast in round 2 and stopped Ramadhan less than 30 seconds into the second round. Originally Umbal was supposed to face Roman Canto (12-8-3, 7), but Ramadhan appears to have been an improvement, despite being stopped early on.
Another fight that saw a late opponent change saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7), defeat Namibian Idd Pialari (17-3-1, 12) in 3 rounds. Originally Abduqaxorov was supposed to face Ukrainian veteran Viktor Plotnykov (34-4, 16) but had a late change of opponent and made an example of the over-matched Pialari.
In the main event of the card Uzbek novice Azizbek Abdugofurov (5-0, 4) took a hard fought decision win over former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (91-3, 57). Abdugofurov had only fought 10 career rounds before this bout but was taken the 12 round ristance as he recorded his first defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title. The win will push the Uzbek's career forward however his failure to stop Sirimongkol, a 39 year old former Bantamweight champion, might see the unbeaten man just being held back a touch in the year rather than being rushed forward. For Sirimongkol the loss ends 48 fight, 13 year, winning run.
Earlier today we had the first Asian action of 2017, with a notable card from Malaysia. The card wasn't a big one but had a number of notable fighters on it.
One of, if not them most notable fighter on the show was Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (4-0, 4) who made light work of Indonesian veteran Aleksander Bajawa (41-3-4, 14). The unbeaten 24 year old needed just 2 rounds to see off Bajawa and will now begin to prepare for a February bout with former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha, with that bout pencilled in for February 10th in Singapore.
Another man from Uzbekistan set to be in the ring on February 10th will be Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (9-0, 6). The 23 year old scored a 5th round TKO over former OPBF champion Romeo Jakosalem (18-14-1, 10) and built on an excellent 2016, which saw him score 5 wins including decisions over Adones Cabalquinto and Larry Siwu. Although still some way from a world title fight Abduqaxorov is planning a busy 2017 with a bout scheduled for February and March, with the March bout set to be for the WBC Silver title against Charles Manyuchi, a really serious test for the fast rising Uzbek.
In the main event fans saw Singaporean based Malaysian born fighter Muhamad Farkhan (3-0, 3) claim the first title of his career as he scored a 4th round TKO win against Japhet Kaseba (6-8, 3) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Heavyweight title. The 28 year old Farkhan was fighting in Malaysia or the first time since turning professional 10 months ago and although it's unlikely that he'll shake up the world scene this was still a very notable victory.
In an all-Filipino bout fans saw Jeson Umbal (12-5, 8) take an 8 round decision over Gadwin Tubigon (14-13-2, 9). This was Umbal's 4th successive win and sees him building on good victories over Luis Bedolla Orozco and Mark Anthony Geraldo. Sadly for Tubigon this was a second straight loss following a defeat in October to Akifumi Shimoda.
The card also featured the second professional bout for Nick Frese (2-0, 2). Frese, a Dutch based fighter based in Thailand, defeated Ahmad Tajib (0-1) in 2 rounds.
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