Earlier today Kazakh prospect Viktor Kotochigov (7-0, 3) [Виктор Коточигов] extended his unbeaten record, as he defeated Thai foe Patomsith Pathompothong (16-11, 6) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา], aka Aekkawee Kaewmanee, in 4 rounds.
Prior to the stoppage the Thai had been down, towards the end of round 3.
The 25 year old Kazakh, who debuted in December 2015, was fighting in a pro ring for the first time since December last year, and ended a run of 3 straight decisions wins. The finish came when Kotochigov unloaded on the Thai, who was pinned on the ropes, a series of shots around the guard sent Patomsith to the canvas where he took the 10 count lying on his front.
Whilst it was an impressive win after some time out for the Kazakh it was a very disappointing loss for the Thai, who has now been stopped 5 times in total, and this was the 4th stoppage loss in a row for him. Amazingly this was his first bout since July 2017, when he was stopped by Albert Pagara, and other losses have come to the likes of Ryosuke Iwasa and Juan Martin Elorde.
(Image courtesy of Kotochigov's facebook/Vesti)
Earlier today Filipino fight fans got the chance to see a number of prospects in action as part of a PPV card put on by leading Filipino promotional outfit ALA Promotions. The show featured a number of top prospects and although the televised audience would have disappointing the fighters did, for the most part, deliver.
The main event saw the touted Mark Magsayo (17-0, 13) retain his WBO International Featherweight title, as he blitzed former world title challenger Daniel Diaz (23-8-2, 15) inside a round. Diaz was down 3 times in 105 seconds as Magsayo recorded his second straight opening round stoppage. Although Diaz had been proposed as a tough test having only been stopped twice in his career, in 11 rounds by Koki Kameda and 4 rounds by Andres Gutierrez, Magsayo made it look easy. The problem now for ALA is what they do with Magsayo, as they cannot keep him on a leash for much longer, and they will need to let him face fellow contenders in the near future.
Another opening round win was scored by Jeo Santisima (14-2, 12), who blew away the previously unbeaten Goodluck Mrema (16-1, 8). On paper this looked like a good test for Santisima but he was was too good, too heavy handed and too powerful for the visitor from Tanzania.
Another stoppage win on this card was scored by Albert Pagara (28-1, 19), who beat Patomsith Pathompothong (16-10, 6) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา] in 4 rounds. The Thai put in a weird performance here where he seemed to spend more time show boating and playing to the crowd than actually fighting. The stoppage was an odd one too with the Thai being taged by two solid shots but he seemed to send himself to the canvas and take the count in what will go down as a very odd performance, and a third straight stoppage loss for the Thai, who is now 1-6 in his last 7. As for Pagara this was his second win since being stopped by Cesar Juarez a year ago.
The wins for Magsayo, Santisima and Pagara were all expected, though there was an upset as former world title challenger Melvin Jerusalem (11-2, 7) came up short against Joey Canoy (13-3-1, 6). Jerusalem gave Wanheng Menayothin a real run for his money in previous fight and was expected to bounce back with a win here but a knockdown against him in round 7 and point deduction in round 8 denied him a draw, with the judges scoring the contest 95-93, twice, and 96-92 to Canoy. The loss is a major set back for Jerusalem who looked like a world champion in the making and will now see Canoy's career take a huge boost.
Earlier today fight fans, worldwide, had the chance to tune into a Chinese stream on the Sina website. The card wasn't a huge one but it did feature 3 title bouts, all of which were won by Chinese fighters who may find themselves moving towards bigger and better fights later this year.
The highest profile of the bouts was a Heavyweight clash that saw Zhang Zhilei (14-0, 10) [张志磊] make light work of Australian Peter Graham (11-4-1, 5), and claim the WBO Oriental Heavyweight title. Graham had talked the talk before the bout but was down twice in the opening round, and stopped in the final seconds of the round.
Another unbeaten Chinese hopeful picking up a title was Meng Fanlong (10-0, 7) [孟繁龙], who easily saw off Gasan Gasanov (12-5-1, 10) to claim the WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight title. Gasanov had been in good form, winning his last 4 by stoppage, but failed to last even a round with Fanlong who needed just 112 seconds to score the stoppage. Sadly for the Russian this was his 5th stoppage loss, and it seems clear that he hasn't got the toughness to take a shot, despite having some decent power of his own.
The most interesting of the title bouts saw Wang Zhimin (8-1, 3) [王志敏] claim a wide decision win over Thai Patomsith Pathompothong (16-7, 6) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา], to claim the WBO Oriental Super Lightweight title. Zhimin dropped the Thai in round 3 then went on to dominate the fight with the Thai failing to even claim a share of a round en route to a decision that saw Zhimin win with cards of 100-89, from all 3 judges.
(Image courtesy of Sina)
Last year we saw Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14) [岩佐 亮佑] come up short against slippery Englishman Lee Haskins in a bout for the IBF Bantamweight title. That loss made Iwasa look sloppy, slow and a lot worse than he really is. It was later revealed that he was suffering with making the weight and subsequently moved up in weight and began to focus on winning a world title at 122lbs, the same division as his good friend Shingo Wake.
Today the Japanese fighter, dubbed "Eagle Eye" took on Thailand's Patomsith Pathompothong (15-6, 5) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา] and looked the best he has as a professional, showing off sharp and accurate punches whilst dominating the Thai en route to a 3rd round KO win against the Thai.
Coming in to this one Patomsith had never been stopped, and had gone 10 rounds last year with Hisashi Amagasa. This time around however he never looked like a man going the distance Iwasa looked sharp from the opening seconds and scored a knockdown in the second round, landing a nasty body shot. The Thai showed his guts to recover to his feet, and see out the round, but the following round Iwasa set off with the intent of seeing off the Thai. Patomsith tried to survive but was eventually finished with 2 minutes 17 seconds gone of round 3.
Following the bout Iwasa made it clear that he was after a world title fight at Super Bantamweight, and we wouldn't be shocked to see him get the fight in the next 12 months, potentially against Wake if he can over-come Jonathan Guzman later this month.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see former world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13) [岩佐 亮佑]battle against Thailand's Patomsith Pathompothong (15-5, 5) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา] in an intriguing match up.
Today those two men weighed in for their bout, and both made the contracted 56KG bout, around 123.5lbs.
On the scales Iwasa, who made his name at Bantamweight originally, was was just over 123.25lbs though made it clear that he was viewing his future at Super Bantamweight, a division that currently features his close friend Shingo Wake.
Patomsith on the other hand made the weight dead on, weighing in at a smidge under 123.5lbs. which is heavier than he was last time out, when he lost to to Ye Joon Kim in South Korea, but lighter than he was for last year's bout against Hisashi Amagasa.
For fans wanting to watch this one, they will unfortunately have to wait until July 18th when G+ will, eventually, show the card.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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