In Butuan today Filipino fight fans had the chance to see a few notable domestic prospects in action.
One of those was Vincent Astrolabio (12-2, 8), who fought in little more than an explosive cameo as destroyed Thai visitor Yotchanchai Yakaeo (26-14, 21) in the opening round. The Thai was dropped early on and allowed to continue, but a second knockdown, a much harder one, finished off his hopes of a win as the referee quickly stopped the bout. It was be several minutes before Yotchanchai would move though he was talking and smiling after recovering from what was a truly brutal knockout loss. This was the 8th time time the Thai had been stopped and we do wonder why the 39 year old keeps getting licensed to fight.
Another cameo came from Orlie Silvestre (12-4-1, 8), who returning to the ring after his 12th round stoppage loss in Japan to Reiya Konishi. The talented Silvestre dropped Indonesian visitor Hengky Baransano (13-13, 5) in the first round and had Baransano on the back foot. The Indonesian's negative tactics didn't help as Silvestre got to him again before the first round was over, dropping his man for a second time mid way through the round. The Indonesian should his heart but was dropped by a huge over-hard just after the 10 second clacker, suffering the third knockdown of the round. Despite beating the count the referee waved the bout off with a time of 2:59 of round 1. It's worth noting this was the 11th time Baransano has been stopped.
Earlier today at the Central Gym in Kobe we saw the return of former world title challenger Reiya Konishi (16-1, 6) [小西伶弥] as he battled against little known Filipino foe Orlie Silvestre (11-4-1, 7) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title.
Straight away it was clear that whilst Silvestre wasn't well known he was talented as he managed to give Konishi fits. The Filipino managed to box when he wanted to box and counter well, though perhaps had his biggest break by accident, as he left Konishi with a nasty cut over the left eye following a painful looking headclash. The clash left Konishi a bloody mess and it seemed to bother him in roudn 3 as Silvestre had another strong round.
Konishi began to turn the fight around in round 4, as he upped the ante and really put Silvestre under a lot of pressure. The pressure continued from Konishi into the following few rounds as he really began to show how good he was. Sadly though pressure began to disappate, as did his output, as Silvestre began to use his movement and frustrate Konishi.
Silvestre began to turn the bout back into his favour in round 8 and 9 as he landed solid single shots on Konishi, who chased but failed to really trap Konishi at any point. Sadly for Silvestre his good work in round 9 was marred by a point deduction which appeared to dive on Konishi, who had blood running down the left side of his face.
Rounds 10 and 11 were better for Konishi but the bout still seemed in the balance, something that was shown after the fight when the scorecards showed the bout as being 107-103 and 105-104 to Konishi against a card of 105-104 for Silvestre. Thankfully for Konishi any doubt was put to rest when he dropped Silvestre with a brutal right hand. The Filipino got to his feet but was stopped by the referee.
With the win Konishi gains the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title and despite being stopped Silvestre put on the sort of performance that wins fans over, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him back in Japan to face other top domestic fighters in the future.
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Earlier today in Kobe the Shinsei gym held a press conference to announce their next big show, set for July 13th at the Central Gym in Kobe. The card is set to be a title double header and feature the two brightest youngsters at the gym, with one man defending a world title and the other hunting a regional title bout.
The world champion in question is highly skilled Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5) [山中 竜也] who will be making his second defense of the WBO Minimumweight title, as he takes on hard hitting Filipino Vic Saludar (17-3, 10). For the champion the bout comes in the wake of his most impressive performance, an 8th round retirement of Moises Calleros, in what was an unexpectedly 1-sided contest. As for Saludar this will be his second world title challenge, having previously come up short against Kosei Tanaka, in a bout for this very same title. Since losing to Tanaka in 2015 Saludar has gone 6-1 (1) and shown there is more to him than just power.
The other title bout will see Reiya Konishi (15-1, 5) [小西伶弥] return to the ring following his loss to Carlos Canizales. The former WBA Light Flyweight title challenger will battle against 24 year old Filipino Orlie Silvestre (11-3-1, 7) in a contest for the WBO Asia Pacific title, with the winner likely to find themselves in the mix for a WBO Light Flyweight world title fight down the line.
The show is also set to feature the debut of former amateur stand out Yuki Yamauchi (0-0) [山内 祐希], who is set to face Jimboy Rosales (3-2-1, 2) and and former Japanese Lightweight champion Kazuhiro Nishitani (17-4-1, 9) [西谷 和宏], with his opponent yet to be announced.
Notably this card has been confirmed to have some TV coverage, with Fuji 1 showing at least the main event from 7PM local time.
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