On Sunday at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa, fans had the chance to see two world class Minimumweights collide in an IBO title fight. The local attraction was IBO champion Simpiwe Konkco (19-5-0-1, 7) who was given a real scare from Filipino visitor Joey Canoy (14-3-1-1, 7)
Canoy came to win, and used his southpaw stance to trouble the South African straight away. Koncko, who's name has previously been spelled "Khonco", really had problems dealing with the stance and speed of Canoy who came out aggressive. In round 2 the aggressiveness and unorthodox style of Canoy saw him dropping Koncko with a right hook, and had the round been much longer there is a genuine chance that Koncko would have been stopped, with the champion still badly hurt as the bell sounded.
To his credit Koncko rebounded well in round 3, have success with his straight right hand and wobbling Canoy at one point. Sadly though a class of heads in round 4 saw Koncko suffering a nasty cut on the top of his forehead. The cut passed the first doctors inspection but on a second inspection, in the same round, the bout was stopped. As a result of the 4th round being incomplete we ended up with a no contest, a result that would have pleased neither fighter.
Although not a huge name it's worth noting that Canoy has notable wins over Toto Landero and Melvin Jerusalem, both of whom recently fought for world titles, and he can be a handful for anyone in the division. Koncko on the other hand entered this bout as the WBC #1 ranked contender as well as the IBO champion.
Earlier today Filipino fight fans got the chance to see a number of prospects in action as part of a PPV card put on by leading Filipino promotional outfit ALA Promotions. The show featured a number of top prospects and although the televised audience would have disappointing the fighters did, for the most part, deliver.
The main event saw the touted Mark Magsayo (17-0, 13) retain his WBO International Featherweight title, as he blitzed former world title challenger Daniel Diaz (23-8-2, 15) inside a round. Diaz was down 3 times in 105 seconds as Magsayo recorded his second straight opening round stoppage. Although Diaz had been proposed as a tough test having only been stopped twice in his career, in 11 rounds by Koki Kameda and 4 rounds by Andres Gutierrez, Magsayo made it look easy. The problem now for ALA is what they do with Magsayo, as they cannot keep him on a leash for much longer, and they will need to let him face fellow contenders in the near future.
Another opening round win was scored by Jeo Santisima (14-2, 12), who blew away the previously unbeaten Goodluck Mrema (16-1, 8). On paper this looked like a good test for Santisima but he was was too good, too heavy handed and too powerful for the visitor from Tanzania.
Another stoppage win on this card was scored by Albert Pagara (28-1, 19), who beat Patomsith Pathompothong (16-10, 6) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา] in 4 rounds. The Thai put in a weird performance here where he seemed to spend more time show boating and playing to the crowd than actually fighting. The stoppage was an odd one too with the Thai being taged by two solid shots but he seemed to send himself to the canvas and take the count in what will go down as a very odd performance, and a third straight stoppage loss for the Thai, who is now 1-6 in his last 7. As for Pagara this was his second win since being stopped by Cesar Juarez a year ago.
The wins for Magsayo, Santisima and Pagara were all expected, though there was an upset as former world title challenger Melvin Jerusalem (11-2, 7) came up short against Joey Canoy (13-3-1, 6). Jerusalem gave Wanheng Menayothin a real run for his money in previous fight and was expected to bounce back with a win here but a knockdown against him in round 7 and point deduction in round 8 denied him a draw, with the judges scoring the contest 95-93, twice, and 96-92 to Canoy. The loss is a major set back for Jerusalem who looked like a world champion in the making and will now see Canoy's career take a huge boost.
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