Earlier today in Pattaya, Thailand, there was a pretty notable card with a number of regional title bouts on the show.
One of the new champions to be crowned was Malaysian based Uzbek fighter Murodjon Yokubov (3-0, 2), who stopped Thai foe Thongchai Kunram (7-18, 3) in the 5th round to claim the ABF Light Welterweight title. This was a really good performance by Yokubov, though it's clear that he needs to take on much, much better opposition than Kunram.
Another new ABF champion is the newly crowned Middleweight king, Michael Alan Flannery (6-0, 6), who stopped Uthit Punsen (20-6, 11) in a 2 round mismatch. The Thai based, English born, Flannery dwarfed Punsen and really had no challenge here. It's worth noting that the Thai had began his career as a Bantamweight, and that really did show against the big and strong looking Flannery. Whilst Flannery might be English by birth all 6 of his pro bouts have been in Thailand, and all 6 have ended in the first 2 rounds.
Indian born Vaibhav Singh Yadav (6-1, 4) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Welterweight title, and some form of the ABF Welterweight title, as he stopped Phongsathon Sompol (11-7, 6), with what was a pretty brutal. It's hard to know what Yadav's ceiling us but his activity is impressive and this was his 4th bout of 2019, sadly though those 4 bouts did include a loss to George Owano in Feburary. Interestingly Sompol has now lost 6 times by stoppage, including opening round defeats to Yuki Beppu and Rikuto Adachi last year in Japan.
Unbeaten Malaysian puncher Muhamad Farkhan (10-0, 10) claimed the WBA Asia Cruiserweight title as he stopped Indonesian veteran Alexander Bajawa (43-9-4, 16) in 3 rounds. On paper that looks like a great win for Farkhan however this is Bajawa's 7th loss in 9 bouts, the 6th by stoppage, and came way above his best weight. Bajawa was once 40-2-4 (13) but had often fought as between Bantamweight and Super Featherweight, not as a Cruiserweight as we saw here. Farkhan's win does continue his perfect KO run, but this was essentially a farce against an overweight and ancient fighter who is looking to pad the records for other fighters.
The main event of the card saw Anvar Turapov (4-1, 3) stop Filipino Roberto Gonzales (28-6, 17) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council title at Light Welterweight. This ended when Gonzales was hurt from a body shot and went down in agony in round 4. On paper this was a step up for Turapov though in reality Gonzalez has done little more than pad his record, and has now been stopped in 4 of his last 5.
This past Saturday at the Robinson’s Mall Atrium in General Santos City fight fans had the chance to seea SANMAN card, sadly however the card was relatively short lived with the 11 bout show lasting just 31 rounds. Despite it's short length it was an explosive card with 8 T/KO's and a string of notable names.
On the card were two notable debutants, and it took neither of them long to get their first wins. One of those was Dave Apolinario (1-0, 1), who needed just a round to blast out Prince Canonero (0-4), who has now been stopped in 3 rounds. The other debutant was Mark Antonio (1-0, 1), who was taken in to the second round by Rusty Padua (0-1).
As well as the debutants there was another notable novice on the show, that was Malaysian Muhamad Farkhan (4-0, 4), who made light work of former OPBF title challenger Marlon Alta (12-8, 9). Alta, fighting at a career highest weight of 190lbs, had been stopped in 4 of his previous and has now suffered 6 straight losses and is more than 5 years removed from a win.
It only took the exciting Romero Duno (14-1, 13) a couple of rounds to see off Jason Tinampay (8-5-1, 7). Duno, who stopped Christian Gonzalez in his US debut earlier this year, had Tinampay down 4 times in round 2 before the referee saved the over-matched man from Bohol. Sadly for Tinampay this was a 4th loss in 6, all by stoppage, and he's now 0-3-1 in his last 4.
The longest bout of the show went in to the 8th round Aston Palicte (23-2, 19) who stopped former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (18-9-3, 4). The heavy handed Palicte, who was last seen in December taking a split decision over Oscar Cantu, dropped Apolinario twice in the 8th round to force the stoppage, the third of Apolinario's career. With a third straligh loss Apolinario is a million miles away from the man who fought for the WBA Bantamweight title back in 2013, and it now looks like he has become little more than a name for fighters coming up through the ranks.
Earlier today we had the first Asian action of 2017, with a notable card from Malaysia. The card wasn't a big one but had a number of notable fighters on it.
One of, if not them most notable fighter on the show was Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (4-0, 4) who made light work of Indonesian veteran Aleksander Bajawa (41-3-4, 14). The unbeaten 24 year old needed just 2 rounds to see off Bajawa and will now begin to prepare for a February bout with former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha, with that bout pencilled in for February 10th in Singapore.
Another man from Uzbekistan set to be in the ring on February 10th will be Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (9-0, 6). The 23 year old scored a 5th round TKO over former OPBF champion Romeo Jakosalem (18-14-1, 10) and built on an excellent 2016, which saw him score 5 wins including decisions over Adones Cabalquinto and Larry Siwu. Although still some way from a world title fight Abduqaxorov is planning a busy 2017 with a bout scheduled for February and March, with the March bout set to be for the WBC Silver title against Charles Manyuchi, a really serious test for the fast rising Uzbek.
In the main event fans saw Singaporean based Malaysian born fighter Muhamad Farkhan (3-0, 3) claim the first title of his career as he scored a 4th round TKO win against Japhet Kaseba (6-8, 3) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Heavyweight title. The 28 year old Farkhan was fighting in Malaysia or the first time since turning professional 10 months ago and although it's unlikely that he'll shake up the world scene this was still a very notable victory.
In an all-Filipino bout fans saw Jeson Umbal (12-5, 8) take an 8 round decision over Gadwin Tubigon (14-13-2, 9). This was Umbal's 4th successive win and sees him building on good victories over Luis Bedolla Orozco and Mark Anthony Geraldo. Sadly for Tubigon this was a second straight loss following a defeat in October to Akifumi Shimoda.
The card also featured the second professional bout for Nick Frese (2-0, 2). Frese, a Dutch based fighter based in Thailand, defeated Ahmad Tajib (0-1) in 2 rounds.
On Saturday fans in Singapore had an excellent looking show which had an impressive 4 title bouts, all for regional WBC titles. Not only did it have a number of title bouts but also had some brilliant match ups, at least one paper.
One of those match ups saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (8-0, 5) take on Filipino foe Adones Cabalquinto (23-2, 15) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. On paper the bout looked like a really good step up in class for Abduqaxorov but it was one he managed with a unanimous decision over the Filipino, who suffered his second loss in 4 bouts.
The bout was competitive at times but the unbeaten Uzbek was a clear winner on the scorecards, which read 117-111, twice, and 118-110 in favour of the 22 unbeaten hopeful. Although not a massive win it's the sort of victory which could potentially put Abduqaxorov in the mix for a fringe WBC world ranking.
Another Uzbek scoring an impressive win on this card was Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) who took just 104 seconds to defeat previously unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Singwancha (17-1, 13). The Thai was stepping up to Middleweight for this bout but it was though that his experience may help him at least remain a little competitive with the 24 year old Uzbek, instead Chaloermporn was beaten and battered. Notably this was a step up for both men, however it was, in fairness, a bigger step upfor the Thai than it was for the Uzbek who had been in with the better competition prior to this bout.
With his win Abdugofurov claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title, his first professional title.
Another novice claiming his first title was Muhamad Farkham (2-0, 2) who easily saw off Indonesian veteran Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in 2 rounds to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title. On paper this looked like a credible step up for the 27 year old Farkhan but the Indonesian has looked awful for several years, and has now been stopped in 7 recorded bouts.
The other fighter claiming a title was Filipino Jeson Umbal (11-5, 8), who became the first man to stop Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-7-3, 15), and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. The unheralded Umbal, who had lost to Geraldo earlier this year, inflicted a cut on his countryman that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest in round 5 and give Umbal the TKO win on cuts.
In a non-title fight our Canadian friend Ryan Ford (7-0, 5) continued to run through unbeaten Asian fighters as he blew away Muhammad Meeraj (2-1) in 95 seconds.
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