Back in December we reported that Muhamad "The Chosen Wan" Ridhwan (11-1, 8) would be facing off with former WBO Bantamweight world champion Paulus "The Rock" Ambunda (27-2, 11) on March 29th, in a rematch. The rematch will see Ridhwan look to avenge his sole defeat, which he suffered last year, and will allow Ambunda to take another step towards another potential world title bout.
Today we saw Ringstar boxing announce, through their twitter account the under-card for that show.
The bouts that were announced today will see New Zealand's Chase Hale (6-3-1, 2) taking on unbeaten Indian Pawan Goyat (2-0), up at Super Middleweight, a Welterweight bout between hard hitting Malaysian Keng Fai Hui (5-0-1, 5) an unbeaten Indian fighter Sagar Narwar (6-0-1, 2), a Light Welterweight bout between Australian fighter Russel Harrison (2-0, 1) and American Jonathon Clemons (1-0) and Filipino Light Flyweight Rey Caitom Jr (7-0-1, 2) taking on Indian Hans Raj Thakur (3-1, 1), who was stopped on New Year's Eve.
These bouts have been added to a card that already had and IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) and an interesting regional title fight between Nort Beauchamp (17-2, 3) and Indonesian Defry Palulu (20-2-1, 13).
Interestingly Ringstar had previously announced a potentially match up between Yuya Nakamura (9-2-1, 7) and Lorenz Romarate (11-1-1, 8), in what could be the bout of the night given the styles of the two men involved.
Today we were informed that we would be seeing the rematch between Singaporean hopeful Muhamad "The Chosen Wan" Ridhwan (11-1, 8) and former WBO Bantamweight world champion Paulus "The Rock" Ambunda (27-2, 11) on March 29th!
The two men fought this past September, with Ambunda giving Ridhwan his first defeat, via split decision in a bout that really should have been a clear decision to the Namibian veteran.
With the loss serving as a learning experience Ridhwan will be seeking revenge and a chance to claim the World Boxing Council silver Featherweight title, which will be up for grabs here.
The card will feature a number of other notable Asian fighters, with the most attractive bout on the show being an IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8).
For those who missed the first Ridhwan Vs Ambunda bout we've include the official video from Ringstar below.
Earlier this year we expected to see Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) fight in an IBF world title eliminator against Englishman Lee Haskins (35-4, 14). That bout however fell through at short notice.
The plan was then to have Demecillo face IBO champion Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) in an eliminator in November. That plan however has also changed, and instead that bout has been pushed back to March 2019, with the winner then moving up in line to fight the eventual WBSS winner.
Last time out Demecillo defeated scored an upset win over Vyacheslav Mirzaev, stopping the then 10-0 Russian in 5 rounds. Dasmarinas on the other hand narrowly kept a hold of the IBO Bantamweight title, getting a draw with Ghana's hard hitting Manyo Plange.
The bout, when it's put together, will take place in Singapore and will be promoted by Dasmarinas' promoter Ringstar boxing.
Back in August MP Promotions won the purse bid for an IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between former champion Lee Haskins (35-4, 14) and unheralded Filipino Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8). The winning bid was a tiny $26,000, will be split 60/40 in favour of Haskins, and it was through that the former champion would else where for his next bout. Instead it seems that the Englishman is happy to accept the pay day to face Demecillo with the two teams now said to have agreed a venue and date for the fight.
According to multiple sources the bout has been added the October 21st card in Manila, which is set to be headlined by a IBF Light Flyweight world title bout between Nicaraguan puncher Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29) and slick boxing Filipino Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22).
The bout will be a huge step up in class for the 26 year old Demecillo, though he has performed well as an under-dog in the past, beating the likes of Daryl Basadre and Vyacheslav Mirzaev in bouts he was expected to lose. As for Haskins it's a huge chance to put himself back in the title mix at the age of 35. The "Playboy", who claimed the IBF title back in 2015 by stopping Ryosuke Iwasa before losing it in his third defense, will know that a win here secures him another shot at the gold, whilst a loss likely ends his career.
The winner of the Demecillo Vs Haskins bout would become the leading IBF contender, though would certainly have to wait for a shot at the title, as it's tied up in the soon to begin World Boxing Super Series. That title is actually being defended in a mandatory bout on October 20th as part of the WBSS with Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12) defending it against Jason Moloney (17-0, 14) and the winner will progress to the WBSS semi-final before the final takes place. Only then is the winner of the eliminator likely to get a shot at the belt, which could end up being unified with the WBA and WBO titles, or could be left vacant by the winner who may decide to pursue new tests at Super Bantamweight.
Over the next two years or so we're expecting to see a lot of exciting action in the Bantamweight division thanks to the one of the upcoming WBSS tournaments being held at 118lbs. Despite the WBSS featuring a lot of the top talent, such as Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥], Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9), Zolani Tete (27-3, 21) and Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12) the division won't be sitting still waiting for the winner. We already know that on September 11th we'll be getting a WBC Bantamweight world title eliminator between Takuma Inoue (11-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Mark John Yap (29-12, 14).
Also in the works is an IBF eliminator, which would see former champion Lee Haskins (35-4, 14) take on Filipino Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8).
The bout went to purse bids yesterday with MP Promotions, the promotional company of Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, having the winning bid. Unfortunately it was a rather paltry sum of just $26,000 which would be split 60/40 in favour of Haskins. That would mean the Englishman, who won the title with a stoppage win over Ryosuke Iwasa back in 2015, would get $15,600 whilst Demecillo would get $10,400. If the fight takes place, which given those sums of money is unlikely, especially given that Haskins could get more for fighting on the domestic scene rather than travelling to the Philippines to take on the unheralded Demecillo.
The promoter has 90 days to stage the bout, with the winner set to become the mandatory for the IBF title. That title is currently held by the aforementioned Rodriguez, though would likely be unified with the WBO and WBA titles by the end of the WBSS at some point in the next 18 or so months.
After winning the title in June 2015 Haskins made 2 defenses, defeating Ivan Morales, the younger brother Erik Morales, and Stuart Hall, himself a former IBF Bantamweight champion, but suffered a loss when he faced then mandatory Ryan Burnett in June 2017. Since then he has fought just once, defeating Isaac Quaye with a 6 round points decisions.
As for Demecillo his career has been blotchy at best with most of his fights taking place on the Filipino domestic scene. He has suffered losses to the likes of Eduaro Mancito, Jetro Pabustan and Mark Anthony Geraldo but an upset win this past March over Vyacheslav Mirzaev in Russia has certainly helped boost his ranking. Other notable opponents that Demecillo has faced including Edrin Dapudong, who he drew with in 2015, Daryl Basadre, who he has stopped twice, and Jestoni Autida, who he beat in 2016.
Despite the low purse we suspect Demecillo will be wanting to go ahead with the bout, due to the potential doors it could open, whilst Haskins may well begin to look for other opportunities, due to the very low purse.
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