Over the last few years Filipino Ricky Sismundo (31-9-3, 13) has earned a reputation as genuine test and upset minded fighter who fails to recognise reputations and goes into the ring with the intent of derailing other fighters. That intent was on show again last night when he upset Canadian based Congolese fighter Ghislain Maduma (18-3, 11), who had come very close to getting a world title fight in 2014.
Sismundo had come into the bout with a growing reputation. In his last two bouts he had fought to a very controversial defeat to the touted Jose Felix Jr and an equally controversial draw with Dierry Jean, with many feeling Sismundo deserved wins in both of those bouts. That reputation grew throughout last nights bout as he out boxed the powerfully built Maduma and dropped him in the 9th round, essentially securing the win with scores of 97-91 and 95-93, twice.
Whilst Sismundo's recent run has brought him attention in the west he had been building traction in Asia well before this year began with Japanese fans seeing him score notable wins over Shuhei Tsuchiya, Akihiro Kono and Yoshitaka Kato following his May 2015 loss to OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani.
For Maduma the future is really bleak, as this was his third loss in in 5 bouts, but for Sismundo it was another great performance on the road and perhaps secures his place as a fringe world level fighter, and a potential future world title challenger, something no one would have expected 5 years ago following his KO loss to Dante Jardon in Mexico, with that loss seeing Sismundo's record fall to 22-7 (8).
The hard luck career of Filipino warrior Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3, 13) continued last night in Quebec, Canada, as Sismundo scored one of his most notable results, a draw with former world title challenger Dierry Jean (29-2-1, 20).
Sismundo, fighting for the second time this year, would have known he was up against it with the bout being held in in Jean's home city of Quebec but that didn't seem to be in Sismundo's mind in the ring. The Filipino warrior fought, as he always does, bringing the fight and managed to twice drop Jean in round 4 as he seemed on the verge of a major upset.
Sadly for Sismundo his major success in round 4 wasn't quite enough to persuade the judges to go against the home town fighter and as a result the bout ended in a split decision draw with one judge scoring the bout 76-74 for Jean, a really hard to under-stand score, another having it 76-74 to Sismundo, which seemed the most accurate card, and one judge having it 75-75, to bail Jean with a draw.
Sadly for Sismundo this was a second successive bout on the road where he will have felt hard done by, following a split decision loss to the touted loss to Jose Felix Jr in January.
Sources in Japan have informed us that Filipino fighter Ricky Sismundo (30-9-2, 13) will be back in the ring on May 13th as he travels to Quebec, Canada to face former world title challenger Dierry Jean (29-2, 20) in an 8 round bout at a contracted 140lbs.
The news was broken by Sismundo's good friend and associate Kei Nidaira, who formerly promoted Sismundo in Japan where he fought as "Mondo Harada". It was in Japan that Sismundo scored several of his most notable wins, including a victory over former OPBF/JBC champion Yoshitaka Kato, as well as wins over Akihiro Kondo and Shuhei Tsuchiya and challenge the OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani.
Although well known in Japan Sismundo also caught the attention of American fans earlier this year as he gave the highly touted Jose Felix Jr a genuine scare, with many feeling that Sismundo had been robbed against the more touted and better connected fighter.
As for Jean he's an exciting Canadian based Canadian who has twice challenged for world titles, losing to the then IBF champion Lamont Peterson in 2014 and current WBO champion Terence Crawford last year, notably this will be his first bout since being stopped by Crawford.
This bout comes on the undercard of an IBF youth title fight feature the unbeaten Steven Butler (15-0-1, 12), with Butler featuring on the poster for the show.
Late on Saturday night fans had the chance to see the under-rated Ricky Sismundo (30-9-2, 13) [原田 門戸]* take on the world ranked Jose Felix Jr (33-1-1, 25).
On paper it was a mismatch with the bookies prices Sismundo as a 5-1 under-dog but the Filipino seemed to ignore the script as he took the bout to Felix. From the first round to the last Sismundo fought with a serious determination and although Felix met him early on the Mexican was forced to back pedal through much of the later rounds as a hungry Sismundo continued to force the action.
In round 6 Sismundo's hunger got the better of him, with the Japanese based Filipino being deducted a point for hitting after the bell, but that same hunger saw him continue to try and grind down Felix in rounds 9 and 10.
Give the aggression of the Filipino he did seem like he had done enough to win a decision, and score a huge upset, but sadly for him the judges wouldn't give him the upset with only one judge, Max DeLuca, scoring the bout to Sismundo, with a score of 95-94 in favour of the Filipino. He was over-ruled by Daniel Sandoval, who had the bout a disappointing 96-93 to the Mexican, and Jonathan Davis, who had it 95-94 to the Mexican.
Notably had Sismundo not had the point deducted he'd have earned a split draw instead of a split decision loss.
For Felix the result will feel like a lucky escape, however it does his world title hopes no good at all and his team have a lot to do before putting him in with a world class Lightweight.
*Note-Sismundo fights under an adopted name in Japan
Over the past few days it has been revealed that Japanese based Filipino Ricky Sismundo (30-8-2, 13) will be making his US debut on January 30th whe he travels to California to face world ranked Mexican Jose Felix Jr (23-1-1, 25).
The under-rated Sismundo enters the bout on a 5 fight unbeaten run, including wins over Shuhei Tsuchiya, Akihio Kondo and Yoshitaka Kato, and has proven to be much better than his record indicates. That run, which has included 4 wins and a draw, has followed a decision loss in an OPBF title fight against the very promising Masayoshi Nakatani back in May 2014, with that loss being Sismundo's sole defeat in the last 4 years.
As for Felix he too is on a 5 fight unbeaten run, all wins, since suffering a decision loss in April 2014 to Bryan Vasquez. Since that loss Felix has beaten Raymond Sermona, in an opening round blow out in Macau, and Yakubu Amidu. This however is a step back up for the Mexican who has been tipped as a future world champion.
The bout is set to be the the main event on a Top Rank promoted card, which will be aired in the USA on UniMas.
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