In Singapore today fans had the chance to see talented Filipino Bantamweight Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) take on heavy handed Ghanaian fighter Manyo Plange (17-0-1, 15).
On paper this looked a really good contest, despite their being no title on the line, though one that Dasmarinas was clearly favoured to win. Plange however hadn't read the script and was instead in Singapore to make a name for himself.
Plange, a relative unknown outside of Ghana, began the bout with and aggressive mentality and showed little respect to Dasmarinas, despite the fact the Filipino entered the bout as the IBO champion and one of the leading contenders in the division.
Dasmarinas was repeatedly put under pressure from Plange, who looked confident, heavy handed and found holes in Dasmarinas' defense. In round 3 Plange tagged the Filipino and gave him a warning of what he could do and seemed to buzz him in round 4. That seemed to act as a wake up call for Dasmarinas who began to use his reach and skills a little more intelligently. Sadly for him however he simply couldn't discourage Plange who continued to land the better, hard, cleaner shots
Amazingly Plange seemed to not only be tough and heavy handed, but also had a great work rate and continued to be the aggressor in rounds 6 and 7 as he left Dasmarinas needing a KO. The Filipino did have a strong finish to round 8, but he couldn't keep it up and in round 9 he was rocked hard, with only his heart keeping him upright.
Dasmarinas managed to show his fighting spirit in the final rounds but couldn't ever hurt Plange who had impressed from the opening round to the final bell. Sadly for Plange he was denied the win by the judges, who managed to score the bout a split draw with score-cards of 93-97, 95-95, 96-94. Amazingly Filipino TV channel ESPN5 scored the bout 98-92 in Plange's favour and the crowd also seemed to boo the draw, a draw that even Dasmarinas didn't look like he agreed with getting.
The result was a coming out performance for Plange, who deserved much better from the judges, and it seems like a case of Dasmarinas going back to the drawing board before chasing a major title. The Filipino looked poor through out, and really got bailed out with those score-cards.
Back in early May news broke that Frenchman Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11) had signed to face unbeaten Thai hopeful Petch Sor Chitpattana (46-0, 31) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] in a bout for the currently vacant title WBC Bantamweight title. The bout had been pencilled in for June 23rd and was set to take place in Paris.
Now however that is all set to change, as the French Television company who were set to show the contest have failed to come up with the money needed for the bout on time, leaving the promoter struggling to meet the financial demands of the bout.
From what we understand there will be a purse bid ordered for the bout if an agreeemnt can't be made shortly for the bout to be re-arranged. That purse bid is expected to to take place in the next 7 days or so, showing just how much the WBC want this to be sorted
Reports are suggesting that the delay of the bout could be a pretty significant one, postponing the bout until after the world cup, when more time will be available for the bout and where rating won't be hit by the football in Russia.
It's worth noting that the bout could also end up being part of the Bantamweight WBSS, giving the two men the fight and not delaying the tournament, though that may depend on other fighters. This will also have knock ons, longer term, with the WBC title picture, and slow down the title dreamds of the likes of Michael Dasmarinas, and a rumoured WBC world title eliminator between Marjohn Yap and Takuma Inoue, who are said to have agreed to have an eliminator set for later this year.
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To begin the month of March we'll see Japanese boxing icon Shinsuke Yamanaka's (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介] have his highly anticipated rematch reigning WBC Bantamweight champion Luis Nery (25-0, 19).
Today, several weeks before that bout, Yamanaka took part in a public work out for the press in attendance at the Teiken gym.
The work out saw Yamanaka speaking to the press and say he had been training every day and was listenining to the opinions of those around him. It seems that openess to opinions has helped guide his sparring here, and been the basis for his sparring, which has included more work on his defense, and work up close.
The training today saw Yamanaka spar with talented Filipino Michael Dasmarinas (27-2, 18), who is the current WBC #12 ranked Bantamweight. The former world champion spent 2 rounds sparring with Dasmarinas, and whilst not looking at his best Yamanaka did look sharp and like a fighter who is obsessed with avenging his 2017 loss to Nery.
As well as the sparring Yamanaka did some mitt work, some work with the heavy bag and double end bag.
The work out really did show that Yamanaka was serious about reclaiming his title here, and it's obvious he is cutting no corners as he looks to reclaim the WBC title.
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On March 1st we'll see former WBC former champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介] have his highly anticipated rematch with current champion Luis Nery (25-0, 19).
Today Yamanaka took part in a notable sparring session, as he shared the ring with two highly regarded Filipino partners and began full on sparring ahead of the Nery rematch.
The Japanese star sparred with WBC ranked Bantamweight contender Michael Dasmarinas (27-2, 18) and and OPBF ranked fighter Glenn Suminguit (20-3, 10). Both of whom are southpaws with similar stature to the Mexican and although not perfect stylistic replica's of Nery do have a lot of similarities with the champion.
Today Yamanaka stated that he was working on keeping his stance tighter than he had done in his loss to Nery, and not open up his feet as wide as he did previously. Instead of opening up he wants to move more, and use his legs better and seemingly get more into his shots,and get away from Nery's pressure.
Interestingly Yamanaka did suggest that he had seen Nery's last fight, where he was dropped by Filipino Arthur Villanueva, and it seems like Yamanaka has studied the knockdown and will look to replicate what was successful for Villanueva.
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