Earlier today the Global Boxing Organisation announced some of the line up involved for the upcoming March 3rd show "Battle of the Asian Rising Star", to be held at the Limketkai Rotunda, in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
The fighters announced for the card include former OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (29-13, 14), who will be fighting for the first time since leaving the Mutoh Gym, Jess Rhey Waminal (12-2-1, 7), and Marco John Rementizo (9-3, 6), who is looking to build on his big win over Pongsaklek Sithdabnij.
At the moment not all the bouts have been announced, but this is looking like a notable card just from the names already released for the show.
The Korean boxing scene is a mess, still, but it finally seems like things are being done to sort the mess out, and on September 7th we'll see a card at the Gijang Gymnasium in Busan being recognised by both the KBF and KBM in what looks to be an agreement for the two bodies to work together, something Korean boxing desperately needs if it's to ever become relevant.
Despite the two organisations working together the card isn't a big one, yet it does have an interesting main event, as former OPBF Super Bantamweight title challenger Jin Wook Lim (10-5-5, 4) [임진욱] battles against Jess Rhey Waminal (11-2-1, 6) for the WBA Asia Bantamweight title, in a bout that both men are likely to give their all in, knowing that it could open up bigger and better doors for them.
Lim is best known for coming up short against his most notable opponents. they include Shun Kubo, who retained the OPBF title against Lim in 2016, and Shohei Kawashima, who took a 10 round decision over the Korean. It's notable they are his only losses in the last 7 years and he has scored notable wins over Sa Myung Noh and Seung Suk Chae, whilst also fighting to a draw with the once promising Ye Joon Kim.
The 23 year old Filipino has lost twice against domestic foes, coming up short in 2015 against Carlo Demecillo and then again last year against the under-rated Ben Mananquil, those losses aside he has looked very promising and beaten the likes of Joe Tejones and Margarito Moya. This will be his first fight outside of the Philippines, and only his second title fight, but he shouldn't be over-looked as he ran Mananquil very close in an OPBF interim title bout last year.
We're expecting this bout to be a really exciting one, and a worth while header on what will be an over-looked card by many.
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