By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE- Muhammad Waseem of Pakistan did not have any trouble disposing of his Filipino opponent, Conrado Tañamor in the main event of the Rotunda Rumble fight card held Friday at the Caesar’s Palace Bluewater Rotunda in Dubai.
The fight only lasted a minute and two seconds with Tañamor on the canvas after receiving a series of hooks to the liver.
This was Waseem’s first fight since he suffered his first pro loss in an IBF world flyweight title fight against South African Moruti Mthalane by unanimous decision in Malaysia last July 15,2018.
Wasseem is now 9-1,7KO’s while Tañamor drops to 11-4,4KO’s; His four losses all happened outside the Philippines.
There was a lot of pressure on Majid Al-Naqbi to win in front of the home fans. He is currently the only active professional boxer from the United Arab Emirates. He delivered a hard fought unanimous decision victory after four rounds against a feisty opponent, China’s Chuansheng Zhang.
This is Al-Naqbi’s third straight win since turning pro last April. If his streak continues he will be the driving force for a boxing boom in the Emirates.
The supporting main bout saw Irish Rohan Date disposing of India’s Pradeep Kharera in the opening round. Date is now 10-0-1,8KO’s, Kharera drops to 5-5,4KO’s.
Andrew Selby easily returned to the win column by stopping Thailand’s Worawatchai Boonjan also in round one. Boonjan was dropped twice and the referee decided that he had seen enough. Selby (12-1,7KO’s) had a KO loss to Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar last March in Mexico.
For the rest of the card – Abass Barou, who resides in Germany, remained unbeaten after stopping Egyptian Abdelgani Saber in two rounds, Afghan Hasibullah Ahmadi got a hard fought split decision victory against China’s Cai Shidong, Kazakh Abay Tolesh beat Mfaume Mfaume of Tanzania by TKO in the fourth after the fight was stopped due to Mfaume’s eye getting closed due to a legal punch, in the female fight Armenian Anahit Aroyan lost to Serbian Jasmina Nad by split verdict, Karthik Sathish Kumar of India won by unanimous decision against Tanzania’s Mohamed Pesa, Dutch Felix Anthony John de Brujin won by TKO in the first round against Thailand’s Thanawat Yancharoen, who injured his shoulder and Asad Asif Khan of India prevailed by unanimous decision Nasoro Nasoro of Tanzania after eight rounds.
The fights were supervised by Patrick Johnson of the Ghana Boxing Commission. The event was promoted by MTK Global and Round 10 Boxing Promotions.
Photo - Muhummad Waseem's arm raised victorious by Referee Michael Neequaye
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE – Muhammad Waseem (8-1,6KO’s) of Pakistan vs. Conrado Tañamor (11-3,4KO’s) of the Philippines will be the main attraction for the Friday the 13th fight card at the Caesar’s Palace Bluewater in Dubai.
This card will also feature up and coming local attraction Majid Al-Naqbi (2-0,1KO), a native of Dubai who will have a lot of pressure performing to the home fans’ expectations. He will be fighting Chinese boxer Zhang Chuansheng (2-3-1,0KO).
Wassem weighed 52.5kgs (115.7lbs) while Tañamor stepped on the scales at 53 kgs or 116.8lbs. They will fight for eight rounds. Waseem has not fought since losing to IBF world flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane in July of last year in Malaysia. This was on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Matthysse megafight. The unanimous decision loss was the lone pro setback for Waseem. Tañamor has not had much luck on the road where he suffered all of his losses in China and Japan twice.
Al-Naqbi weighed 135 while Zhang was at 132lbs. They are penned for four rounds. The official weigh-in was held at the fight venue.
Andrew Selby (11-1,6KO’s) of the UK will be looking to bounce back from his KO loss to Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar last March when he squares off against Thai Woorawatchai Boonjan (14-22-2,13KO’s).Both were identical at 53.8 or 118.6lbs. They are scheduled for eight rounds.
Other rising prospects featured in six rounders for this card are Irish Rohan Date who will face India’s Pradeep Kharera, unbeaten Abass Barou, who resides in Germany, will fight Egyptian Abdelgani Saber, Afghan Hasibullah Ahmadi will be pitted against China’s Cai Shidong, Kazakh Abay Tolesh is paired against Mfaume Mfaume of Tanzania, an all-female fight between Armenian Anahit Aroyan and Serbian Jasmina Nad and Karthik Sathish Kumar of India vs Tanzania’s Mohamed Pesa. There will be swing bouts between Dutch Felix Anthony John de Brujin vs Thailand’s Thanawat Yancharoen and Nasoro Nasoro of Tanzania vs Asad Asif Khan of India.
This fight card billed as Rotunda Rumble is presented by MTK Global Promotions.
Photo – Muhammad Waseem (left) and Conrado Tanamor face off during the weigh-in.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- The second day of a back to back fight card at the TSSG Center featured six bouts, two of which had titles at stake. Qiang Ma and Yu Che Li disputed the vacant WBO Greater China featherweight title. Well paced punches were exchanged in the first two rounds but it seemed Li had a slight edge. But in the third round, a short right caught Li in the jaw and he crashed face first to the canvas.
Referee Surat Soikrachang initiated a count but seeing Li was in no condition to continue, signaled the end at the 0:35 mark.
Ma is now 5-1-2,3KO’s while Li is 6-2-2,4KO’s.
The main bout saw Yilixiati Ainiwaer of China hand Ryosuke Maruki of Japan a brutal beating for ten rounds. They traded hard hooks in the first two rounds but Yilixiati had the edge in the power department.
Blood started to seep from Maruki’s left eyebrow in the third. As the rounds progressed, the Japanese developed swelling on his cheekbones. Maruki continued to go forward and had success in landing a few head punches but Yilixiati took them well.
The Chinese boxer landed with increasing frequency past the halfway mark. Going into the ninth, Maruki’s trunks was a crimson mess but he stayed on his feet till the final bell. The scorecards read – Edward Ligas (Philippines)– 98-92, Mekin Sumon (Thailand) – 100-89,Pongphan Rathanasungporn(Thailand)-98-92.
Yilixiati was awarded the IBO Asia Pacific and the WBC ABCO middleweight belts. He goes up to 16-1,11KO’s while Maruki drops to 16-7-1, 11KO’s.
In what would be the most dramatic ending of the night, China’s Tonghui Li and Maono Ally of Tanzania battled toe to toe for four rounds until Ally staggered Li in the fifth and after several attempts at finishing him off, which saw a lot of slips and holding, Ally finally scored a knockdown.
But the Tanzanian punched himself out in the process and right near the end of the round, Li knocked Ally down twice, the second knockout was more of due to exhaustion, which prompted Referee Han Hongxiang to signal the end at 2:58.
For the other undercards – Wuzhati Nuerlang won by TKO start of round three against Liu Yang whose corner decided not to let their boxer go on. Diao Jianhao won by TKO round four against Indonesian Rivo Rengkung and Gu Jingyuan and Yesihati Yeerken fought to a majority draw.
The two day card billed as FIST OF POWER was promoted by Seca and Top Rank.
Photo – Qiang Ma (left) and Yilixiati Ainiwaer during the weigh-in
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
SHENZHEN, CHINA- Jing Xiang exploited his size advantage over Jomar Caindog and came up on top in their battle for the vacant WBO International minimumweight title.
Xiang, from China, built his lead using his jab and quick combos in a fast paced contest. Caindog, from the Philippines, tried to close the gap and was still in the fight due to his aggression. But Xiang knew he could take Caindog’s punches and showboated as the rounds progressed. In the eighth round, an accidental clash of heads inflicted a long deep gash below the right eyebrow of Xiang which lead to the fight being halted. It went to the scorecards for a technical decision.
The judges scores – Mark Leong (Macao) and Edward Ligas (Philippines) had it 77-75 while Surat Soikrachang (Thailand) scored 79-73, all for Xiang.
Xiang successfully went down in weight after having previously campaigned at 112 and 108 lbs. He had previously beaten two former world champions back to back – Thailand’s Suriyan Satorn and Filipino Merlito Sabillo.
Xiang goes up to 17-4-2,3KO’s while Caindog drops to his second loss - 10-2-1,4KO’s.
Xiao Tao Su of China stunned Shota Yukawa of Japan and stopped him in round one for the vacant WBO Oriental junior lightweight title. Su staggered Yukawa with a hard combo and the Japanese would have been knocked down early if it wasn’t for the ring ropes. He continued to bring the fight to Su but a well-timed hard right sent Yukawa crashing to the canvas. Referee Sawaeng Thaweekoon of Thailand signaled the end at the 2:30 mark.
Su is now 11-1,6KO’s while Yukawa drops to 11-6-3,4KO’s.
Xiang Li got two belts in one bout when he beat South Korean Do Jin Lee by TKO in round seven. The fight was rather uneventful until the seventh when Li exploded and dropped with a flurry of punches. Lee seemed to lose his equilibrium when he tried to get up and Referee Surat Soikrachang stopped it at 2:57.
Li was awarded the WBO China National and WBC ABCO Silver superfeatherweight titles.
The WBO bouts were supervised by Samson Iu and WBO VP Leon Panoncillo. The WBC fight was supervised by Patrick Cusick.
For the non-title undercards – Zhaoxin Zhang of China and Chase Haley of New Zealand engaged in an entertaining light heavyweight brawl. Zhang’s height and reach advantage enabled him to prevail by majority decision. Scores – 58-56, 58-56 and 57-57.
In the female contest, Ha Thi Linh of Vietnam was the only foreign boxer who managed to win at the Shenzhen Bao’an District Sports Center.Linh knocked down China’s Zhao Yuanyuan in round one and cruised to a unanimous decision victory in their four rounder. Scores – 40-35 twice and 38-37.
The card was opened by two Chinese boxers – Haiyun Duan and Nan He with He winning by unanimous decision.
PHOTO – Jing Xiang interviewed inside the ring after his win against Jomar Caindog
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
SHENZHEN, CHINA - Jing Xiang of China and Jomar Caindog of the Philippines will headline an international fight card at the Shenzhen Bao’an District Sports Center. Xiang weighed in at 104.8 lbs while Caindog was at 104.3 lbs. They will dispute the vacant WBO International minimumweight title August 17.
Xiang (16-4-2,3KO’s) will put to good use his training stint in the Philippines. Caindog (10-1-1,4KO’s),from Zamboanga del Norte and an under the radar fighter in his country, told this writer that he had the experience of sparring with former world title challenger Mark Anthony Barriga.
Xiang is on a hot streak, having beaten two former world champions back to back – Thailand’s Suriyarn Satorn and Filipino Merlito Sabillo. Early in his pro career, Xiang lost to a future IBF world champ, Jerwin Ancajas. Xiang successfully dropped in weight having previously campaigned at 112 and 108 lbs.
Xiao Tao Su (10-1, 5KO’s) of China and Shota Yukawa (11-5-3, of Japan will battle for the vacant WBO Oriental junior lightweight title. Su was at 129.8 while Yukawa stepped on the scales at 129.1. Last April, Su beat Thai Attanon Kunlawong for the IBO Oceania belt by knockout in the second round. Yukawa has won three straight since being stopped by countryman Takuya Uehara last year.
Chinese Xiang Li (4-0, 3KO’s) and South Korean Do Jin Lee (6-2-3,0KO) will be fighting for two belts – the WBC ABCO Silver super featherweight title and the vacant China National junior lightweight title. Last January in Suzhou, Li stopped Filipino Arvin Yurong in four rounds for the WBO Oriental Youth title. Li weighed 129.8 while Lee was at 129.5lbs.
For the rest of the undercards – there will be an all-Filipino undercard between China’s Yuanyuan Zhao and Ha Thi Linh of Vietnam, Zhaoxin Zhang of China vs Chase Haley of New Zealand, and an all Chinese fight between Haiyun Duan and Nan He. The fights will be supervised and officiated by the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC) of China.
Photo – Jing Xiang (left) and Jomar Caindog during the weigh-in at the City Mall in Shenzhen, China
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