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.
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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