On September 24th Filipino fans will get their next chance to see the talented, but under-rated, Michael Dasmarinas (24-2,16) in action. The twice beaten Filipino will be returning to the ring to face off against Indonesian Afrizal Tamboresi (13-5, 6) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Bantamweight title.
Although not a big name Dasmarinas is a genuine "fringe" level guy who is unlucky to have more than just 1 loss on his record, and has several wins of note, something rather uncommon with "under-the-radar" Filipino fighters. He debuted way back in January 2012, as a 19 year old, and after winning his first 3 bouts he suffered his first loss, a knockout to Marbon Bodiongan in 2 rounds. Since then however he has gone 21-1, and should really have gone 22-0.
The Filipino first came to our attention in 2014 when he schooled well regarded Japanese fighter Hayato Kimura in Tokyo, in what was Dasmarinas' first fight outside of his homeland. That was his third fight of the year and he followed it up with a stoppage against Oscar Raknafa and a split decision loss to Lwandile Sityatha in South Africa, a bout that many in attendance felt was home cooked.
Since the set back in South Africa Dasmarinas as gone 6-0 (5) scoring a very good win against the then unbeaten Jhaleel Payao for the WBC Youth Super Flyweight title and also claimed the PBF Bantamweight title.
The 31 year Tamboresi, likely with an incomplete record, has fought several fighters of note himself, though has come up short in bouts against Brad Hore, Rocky Fuentes and Takuma Inoue, with those 3 losses all coming in the last 2 years. He's winless outside of Indonesia and has never s cored a win of note at home. Saying that however he's not been brought over to the Philippines to win but to make Dasmarinas look good and be there to help put the strap around the waste of a man who is going places.
We've featured a vidoe of both men below.
Earlier today the Japanese press reported that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] had began sparring ahead of his September 16th bout with mandatory challenger Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12).
The champion, who incidentally sparred with current WBO champion Marlon Tapales ahead of his first bout with Moreno, is sparring with Filipino pair Michael Dasmarinas (24-2, 16) and Glenn Suminguit (18-2, 9).
Whilst neither fighter quite represents the challenge of "Chemito" both will serve as a better likeness that Tapales, who doesn't fight anything like the Panamanian despite being wold class himself.
Today Yamanaka sparred 2 rounds with each of the Filipino's and whilst he wasn't looking brilliant he did say he was happy as it was his first session of sparring for the bout, and seemed to suggest that things would get better when he got into the swing of things.
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Yesterday Filipino fighters on the road suffered losses in both Japan and Korea, at home however fans in Metro Manila got the chance to see two Filipino title bouts, both for Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) titles.
One of those bouts saw the very talented, very under-rated, Michael Dasmarinas (24-2, 16) claim the Bantamweight title with a 4th round TKO win against the limited Jecker Buhawe (16-12-1, 10). Dasmarinas who came to our attention almost two years ago when he beat Hayato Kimura, had previously been a WBC Youth champion at 115lbs but now, at 23, has found his body has filled out into a fully fledged Bantamweight. That helped the 5'7" "Hot and Spicy" out power and out punch Buhawe who was stopped following body shots in round 4.
Although the win does see Dasmarinas become the PBF champion we wouldn't be shocked to see him vacate that title in the near future to try and make a name on the international stage, with the youngster looking like a very capable prospect and a genuine future contender.
The other title bout saw the criminally under-rated Vergil Puton (16-7, 8) score a 6th round TKO win over Marbon Bodiongan (12-5-2, 10), to claim the PBF Super Featherweight crown. Bodiongan, the only man to have stopped the aforementioned Dasmarinas albeit more than 4 years ago, looked like a man fighting for his career after 3 losses in his previous 4 bouts. Sadly for him however this ended with Puton stopping him in 6 rounds, to give "Bongbong" his 3rd stoppage loss.
For Puton the win sees him ending a scoring just his 2nd win in 6 bouts, however his losses have typically come to good fighters, in the form of JR Magboo, Ye Joon Kim and Shiya Masaki, who he ran much closer than the score cards suggest. Whilst not a future champion he is far better than the numbers suggest and could well be over-looked when it comes to another fight outside of his homeland.
Earlier today in Kyoto city fans had the chance to see two Japanese champions take part in open training sessions ahead of both men making their first defense of the titles.
The more notable of the two champions, and the most impressive today, was Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (14-0, 9) who was described as being "Yamanaka II" by some who were giving him a glowing review whilst comparing him to WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.
Omori, who is a southpaw like Yamanaka, was said to have looked incredibly confident, sharp and at times sensational in his public sparring session with the highly regarded Michael Dasmarinas (21-2, 13). Although the specific details from the spar have been conflicting, with one report suggesting he heavily dropped Dasmarinas despite the two wearing head gear, the over-arching reports were that the Woz boxing youngster was looking near flawless ahead of his upcoming bout with former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (11-3-2, 1).
It seems that if Omori wins he'll be looking to target one more bout before looking at world titles at some point in 2016, with WBO champion Pungluang Sor Singyu being mentioned as a likely target by one Japanese newspaper.
Whilst Omori stole much of the attention there was also the public sparring of Lightweight champion, and fellow Woz boxing fighter, Kota Tokunaga (15-2, 10), who was preparing for his bout with Yuhei Suzuki (16-4, 12). It seems that if Tokunaga wins he'll begin to target OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani, in what would be a genuinely attractive match up between tall Lightweights with genuinely spiteful power.
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Japanese Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (14-0, 9) may well be one of the best kept secrets in the Bantamweight division, despite holding the Japanese national title, and being world ranked by all 4 major title bodies. On September 18th the talented boxer-puncher, from the WOZ gym, will be looking to record the first defense of his title as he takes on former 2-time world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (11-3-2, 1).
As part of Omori's preparations for the Mukai fight he has began sparring with talented Filipino Michael Dasmarinas (21-2, 13) of the Philippines.
Dasmarinas, best known in Japan for upsetting Hayato Kimura last year, is another of boxing's well kept secrets and should be able to sharpen up the skills of Omori whilst also acting as a virtual Mukai.
Dasmarinas, like Mukai, is a southpaw who stands at 5'7" and whilst a talented boxer does enjoy using his legs. It's fair to say that Dasmarinas hits hard than Mukai but should be able to replicate the challengers style pretty well in sparring sessions.
Whilst we know international fans may not be aware of Omori this bout could prove to be a very significant one for the fast rising 22 year old. Ranked #3 by the WBO some in Japan have mentioned that this bout may act not only as a Japanese title defense but also as a world title prelude, with a potential WBO world title fight coming next time out. For that to happen however, he will need to shine again Mukai and probably need to genuinely impress the local fans and the people running local TV channel MBS, who will be showing his bout with Mukai on tape delay.
(Image courtesy of the Woz boxing blog)
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