This past Saturday saw two notable Filipino's take to the ring in Australia to fight for WBA regional titles, sadly however both of them were stopped as they each came up short against a member of the promising Moloney family.
One of those visitors was former Light Flyweight world title challenger Jether Oliva (24-7-2, 11), who missed weight for his WBA Oceania Bantamweight title fight befoe beting stopped. The 30 year old Oliva, who had promised so much at the lower weights, was battered by an on song Andrew Moloney (10-0, 6) before being stopped in the 6th round, having lost the first 5 on all 3 score-cards. Sadly for Oliva this loss follows a wide decision loss to Korean based Pakistani Muhammad Waseem at Flyweight and it seems like Oliva is now just rolling into the ring for a payday. We understand he took the bout on short notice, but that hardly explains coming in over weight considering his last bout was at 112lbs and took place just 3 months earlier, 2 weight divisions lower.
The other Filipino to come up short was Cinderella man Gerpaul Valero (21-18-4, 15), who was stopped by the heavy handed Jason Moloney (10-0, 9) in the 7th round of their bout, for the WBA Ocenia Super Bantamweight title. Valero, who turned around a 1-13-3 career, was too small to ever be competitive with Moloney and as a result Moloney cruised to the win. To his credit Valero gave his best but was up against a better and bigger fighter.
Earlier today Filipino sources reported that two Filipino fighters would be in the ring this coming weekend to fight for titles in Victoria, Australia.
One of those Filipino fighters is the under-rated, Cinderella man, Gerpaul Valero (21-17-4, 15) whilst the other is former world title challenger Jether Oliva (24-6-2, 11).
Valero, who began his career 1-13-1 before winning 20 of his following 27 bouts, will be fighting for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, as he takes on heavy handed Aussie Jason Moloney (9-0, 8). This will see Moloney seeking the second defense of his title, a title that he won back in December 2015 against the then unbeaten Markquil Salvana and although a mismatch on paper it is actually a relatively interesting bout.
Moloney has, on the whole, faced opponents going to Australia to lose. For this bout Valero won't be turning up to roll over, and he has the power to make life uncomfortable for the unbeaten beaten man. Sadly though the odds are stacked against Valero who isn't a natural Super Bantamweight and does't appear to have had much notice for this bout. Had the bout been at 118lbs it would be really be really interesting, but we won't complain too much as it's great to see Valero getting a big chance for a title, even if it is just a regional title.
As for Oliva his bout comes against WBA Oceania Bantamweight champion Andrew Moloney (9-0, 5), Jason's brother. For Moloney this will be his first defence of the title he won this past March, when he beat Ryohei Takahashi, and a chance to score a win over a former world title challenger. On paper that sounds great however Oliva's world title bout came at Light Flyweight has lost 4 of his last 6, including defeat last time out to Muhammad Waseem, and he has scored a win ove a fighter with a winning record in more than 3 years. On paper this one looks better than it is, whilst the other bout should be better than it looks.
Yesterday Indian fans saw their big boxing hope Vijender Singh score a career best victory as he over-came Kerry Hope to claim his first title. Singh however isn't the only notable fighter from the Indian sub continent making a name for himself.
Less than 24 hours after Singh's big win we had the chance to see Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3) score his biggest win and claim the WBC Silver Flyweight title, as he out pointed experienced Filipino Jether Oliva (24-6-2, 11) over 12 rounds in Seoul.
The "inexperienced" Waseem has been tipped as a future star of boxing but some thought Oliva would be too much for the former Pakistani amateur stand out. Instead however Waseem rose to the occasion and out boxed his experienced foe.
Waseem had been undoing an intensive 2 month training camp in Japan and the US, including a lot of work with Jeff Mayweather, and it seems that that training camp has seriously helped the 28 year old who has become the first Pakistani born fighter to win such a highly regarded title.
The win has seen Waseem receive praise from the Pakistani president, who said the country was proud of him, and it seems possible that he could light a fire for boxing in the country.
For Oliva the loss will be a major set back and is his 5th loss in 9 bouts, however the others have mostly been defeats to world class fighters like Moruti Mthalane, Zolani Tate and Pedro Guevara.
For Waseem the bout will see him rewarded with not just the WBC Silver crown but also a world ranking and the potential to fight for a world title in just his 5th bout. To put that into perspective Waseem could potentially become the 4th quickest world champion in history. putting him tied with Kosei Tanaka.
(Video courtesy of AK Promotions)
Back in April we reported that Korean based Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3) was set to face former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11) in Singapore in a bout for the WBC Asia Continental Flyweight title, on July 17th.
Over the past few days that bout has under-gone some changes with the title and venue changing.
Originally the contest was set to take place in Singapore, as mentioned above, though now it will be held in Waseem's adopted Korea with the Hilton Hotel in Seoul playing host to the bout , where it has been joined by a WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Middleweight title bout between Eun Chang Lee (9-4, 5) and Maxi Nahak (6-11-2, 2).
The more notable change is that the bout has gone from being "merely" a regional title fight into a WBC Silver world title fight, with the winner moving to the verges of a world title fight. The vacant Silver title was last held by Omari Kimweri, who vacated it after claiming it with a controversial win against Randy Petalcorin, and should guarantee the winner a chance to fight for a world title in the very near future.
Interestingly both men recently made the limit for the 30 day check weight, with both men weighing in at 121lbs for the upcoming bout, well under the 123.2lbs they are allowed to be at this point.
A win for Oliva would open the door for the Filipino to get another world title fight whilst a win for the fast tracked Waseem would see him sitting on the verge of of kick starting both Korean and Pakistani professional boxing.
Muhammad Waseem to face Jether Oliva on July 17th!
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