Last week the WBSS finally announced the date of the Bantamweight final, between Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), which will take place on November 7th at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Today we saw various small stories emerge in regards to the bout, including the fact that their will some tickets made available through the Ohashi Gym lottery system and the arena is not expected to hold it's maximum capacity, instead being configured for around 22,500 seats.
What was more interesting than the ticket lottery was what Inoue was doing in to prepare for the bout, sparring with two solid Filipino fighters as he looked to amp up his preparations for the November bout.
The Filipino fighters in question were the unbeaten Jade Borena (14-0, 10) and the under-rated Jhon Gemino (20-12-1, 10), who will both bring different things to the ring to test Inoue.
In front of the press today Inoue took part in a 4 round spar with Bornea , showing fantastic crispness to his shots, notably his left hand to the body and left hook.
Gemino and Bornea, who holds a a very notable amateur win over Kosei Tanaka, are scheduled to be in camp with Inoue for around 2 weeks, likely sparring with other Ohashi gym fighters whilst in Japan, before an American is due to join Inoue as he looks to see more styles and more partners in the ring.
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Late last night attention from boxing fans turned to the US where PBC put on their latest show, shared over Fox and Fox Sports 1. The part of the card featured 3 memorable and exciting bouts, with a two world title contests and a memorable heavyweight slug fest between Dominic Breazeale and Izuagbe Ugonoh. Following the main card the action then turned to Fox Sports where fight fans had the chance to see American based Mongolian Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 8) [Нямбаярын Төгсцогт] record his latest win, stopping tough Filipino foe Jhon Gemino (15-8-1, 7) in the 10th round.
The bout, which had been put together on short notice, was a relatively over-looked bout with many fans merely looking at Gemino's record and immediately thinking he was a tomato can. Instead the Filipino came to fight and was giving Nyambayar some genuine issues in the early rounds, with some classy combinations and a real desire showing througfh. Despite that desire it was clear that the Mongolian was the more skilled and the bigger puncher and by the end of the opening round Gemino had eaten some amazingly crisp counter shots.
The Filipino refused to show Nyambayar any respect and was made to pay at times, with Nyambayar dropping him in round 3 and then almost breaking him in half in round 4 with a sickening body shot. Although the Mongolian was hurting Gemino regularly the Filipino refused to quit and always tried to fight back, even after being dropped twice in round 6.
By the end of round 8 it seemed like the key question was whether or not Gemino's toughness would be too much for Nyambayar to actually break through. That question was eventually answered in round as Nyambayar showed a whole new gear and intensity, dropping Gemino early in the round and actively hunting a stoppage, which came when the referee eventually saved the Filipino just over a minute into the round.
Although the bout wasn't on the main PBC show it was a clear show case from Nyambayar, who seemed to fight well within himself, clocking up such much needed ring time, trying new things and then turning on the after burners late to stop Gemino. Despite being stopped Gemino himself came out with a much enhanced reputation and will likely be seen as a very viable gatekeeper for other top Super Bantamweights in the years to come.
Whilst it might be slightly too early for Nyambayar to get a world title fight it's certainly not something too far off for the Mongolian who has now proven he has stamina, as well as skills and power.
Earlier this week we reported that Tugstsogt Nyambayar (7-0, 7) [Нямбаярын Төгсцогт] would be back in action later in the year in a bout against the talented Dominican Yenifel Vicente (30-3-2-1, 22). It seems however that that bout may now be in doubt, though for fans of the Mongolian there is certainly a touch of "silver lining" to the potential dark cloud.
That silver lining is that Nyambayar has taken a short notice offer to fight this coming weekend, in a bout against Filipino foe Jhon Gemino (15-7-1, 7), who is coming in to this bout on the back of bit wins over Toto Helebe in South Africa and Toka Kahn Clary in the US, with the bout set to take place on the under-card of the WBC Heavyweight title bout between Deontay Widler and Gerald Washington.
According to sources in Mongolia the bout will be aired to an international audience, with Fox in the US and Sky in the UK both mentioned as channels showing the bout.
The news doesn't automatically mean that Nyambayar Vs Vicente is off, but it's certainly looking unlikely with the Mongolian now fighting this coming Saturday. Although the bout looks like a mismatch on paper Gemino's recent wins show that he is a banana skin and he really could give the Mongolian hopeful some issues here, if Nyamabayar over-looks him.
Every so often we get a genuine shock in the boxing world. Last week it was shocking to see Hozumi Hasegawa roll back the clock to over-come Hugo Ruiz in a WBC Super Bantamweight title fight. Last night we got another shock as Filipino journeyman Jhon Gemino (15-7-1, 6) over-came the previous unbeaten, and highly regarded, Toka Kahn Clary (19-1-0-1, 13) inside a round!
Coming in Gemino had lost 4 of his previous 6, including a loss on his US debut in June to the undefeated Christian Gonzalez and a stoppage loss a year ago to Daniel Rosas. Despite that run of form the Filipino showed no lack of confidence and after about a minute he was landing counters, including a hurtful body shot that was instantly followed up by a shot up top that sent Kahn Clary to the canvas. The touted American was then unable to beat the count giving Gemino his biggest victory, by far.
Although entering as the under-dog Gemino has got a history of upsetting the applecart with wins against JR Magboo and Toto Helebe. That reputation as an upset minded fighter will have grown massively with this win and we'd be very surprised if he's not in another notable bout in the near future. For the touted American however this win is a major set back. He was supposed to score a 20th win and record a 5th straight stoppage but over-confidence likely cost him against the much unfancied visitor.
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