Yesterday in Vietnam fight tans were able to see WBA Asia Light Middleweight champion Khusniddin Pulatov (7-3, 4) make his first defense, as he over-came Filipino challenger Rodel Wenceslao (13-17-2, 5) with a clear decision.
The Uzbek champion won the title last year, when he stopped Sahlan Coral in 6 rounds in Korea, and travelled over the Vietnam full of confidence with a 3-fight winning streak behind him. Wenceslao on the other hand had come into the bout unbeaten in 3, but was 2-5-1 in his previous 8 and had been stopped in 3 of those 5 losses.
The fight saw the Filipino applying the pressure for the most part, but the more skilled and quicker Pulatov used his foot work well to tag Wenceslao coming in. The Filipino showed no quit, and would be the one on the front foot for the most part, but he was unable to fight at the same rate as the Uzbek, or have the same success as Pulatov, who was able to land on the target pretty consistently. Not only was Pulatov able to land at will, but he showed nice variety as well, tagging both the head and body of the Filipino.
At the end of 12 rounds there was no doubting that the Uzbek had won, and retained his title, though judges did give Wenceslao credit for his effort, scoring the bout 119-111, twice, and 118-110, to Pulatov.
Earlier today saw the announcement that several Uzbek fighters would be in action on January 20th in Vietnam as they continue to work with Cocky Buffalo promotions.
Not all the bouts have been announced, though we have been informed of a few bouts that will be on the show.
One of those will see WBA Asia Light Middleweight champion Khusniddin Pulatov (6-3, 4) battling against Filipino foe Rodel Wenceslao (13-16-2, 5), who will be looking to build on a recent win over Avzalbek Kuranbaev. Pulatov scored his career best win last year, stopping Sahlan Coral in 6 rounds to claim his regional title, though our understanding is that his title won;t be on the line here.
Another fighter involved on this show is Abdurasul Ismoilov (3-1, 3), who is reportedly 2-0 despite boxrec's record suggesting he's 3-1, who will be facing off with Filipino veteran Jaime Barcelona (41-63-1, 10). This is likely to be an easy win for Ismoilov, given that Barcelona is now 41 and has been less and less successful in recent years.
One final bout confirmed for the show will see the unbeaten Ravshanbek Shermatov (2-0, 1) taking on Indonesian journeyman Waldo Sabu (13-13, 3).
It's hard ti imagine anything but a clean sweep for the 3 Uzbek's announced on this card
Earlier today in Korea fight fans saw Korean based Kazakh Khusniddin Pulatov (10-3, 6) [Husniddin Po‘latov] claim the WBA Asia Light Middleweight title.
Despite of the bout are a bit scarce, though Uzbek sources have reported that he stopped Indonesian fighter Sahlan Coral (17-7, 10) in the 6th round to take the title.
It was just the second time Coral had been stopped.
For Pulatov this is a huge win. The 27 year old, was fighting in his first title bout and managed to notch up his 4th straight win, following a forgetful 2017 that saw him lose 3 of 5 contests. He had struggled last year but his currently promotional deal with Buffalo Promotions in Korea does seem to have given his career a boost, a boost that he will be looking to continue to build upon following this huge win.
For Coral the loss continues an inconsistent run, which has seen him lost 5 of his last 8 bouts.
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On September 15th fight fans in Korea will get the chance to attend an interesting, but low key, double header featuring a regional title fight and a KBF title fight on the next Buffalo Promoted KBF sanctioned card.
The regional title fight will see Buffalo promoted Uzbek fighter Khusniddin Pulatov (9-3, 5) face off with Indonesian veteran Sahlan Coral (17-6, 10) for the WBA Asia Light Middleweight title.
The 26 year old Pulatov, from Pahtaobod in Uzbekistan, made his professional debut in May 2016 and after stringing together 5 straight wins, he was moved up in class to face Sergey Lubkovich in Russia. Lubkovich stopped the Uzbek in 4 rounds and sadly Pulatov would then suffer two more stoppage losses in his following 3 bouts, falling from 5-0 to 6-3 in the space of 8 months. Thankfully since that run of bad form Pulatov has turned his career around and scored 3 low key wins, including winning his Korean debut this past May.
At 29 years old Coral is the slightly older man but the Indonesian is already a 10 year veteran, having debuted back in early 2008. Much of his early career was fought in his homeland, though he would actually score a win on his international debut back in March 2013, when he beat Mike Reid in Australia, to advance his record to 7-2.The win over Reid was followed by a 6 fight winning run at home before losing a 12 round bout to Larry Siwu in October 2015. Sadly since that loss Coral has gone 3-3, including a stoppage loss to the very highly regarded Azizbek Abdugofurov, with his last fight coming in August 2017.
It's not a great fight, but it's one that both men will be wanting to win, to advance their career.
The other part of the double header will be a KBF Welterweight title bout, which will see In Duck Seo (9-1-2, 6) take on Moon Sung Choi (6-1-1, 2) in what looks to be a very well matched domestic title bout for the fans at the event.
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