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.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall the fans got a treat with a brilliant main event between Masanobu Nakazawa and Masayoshi Kotake.
Whilst the main event was the only title bout on the card it was far from being the only good fight on offer with a supporting bout between Shinya Iwabuchi (26-5, 22) and former OPBF Light Welterweight Romeo Jakosalem (16-11-1, 8) also putting the fans on the edge of their seat.
The start was a poor one for the heavy handed Iwabuchi was was dropped inside the opening round by a solid counter right from Jakosalem who seemed to sense an upset and his biggest win since a 2011 win over Pan Soo Kim.
Sadly for the Filipino visitor the knockdown was his sole moment of success and Iwabuchi recovered well, regaining his bearings. By the end of round 2 it seemed that the Japanese fighter had began to figure out the visitor and an assault in round 3 sent Jakosalem down. A follow up attack from the heavy handed former Japanese champion then forced the referee to stop the action and save the Filipino from further punishment.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see the next "Dangan" show. The main event of the card is a Japanese interim title fight at 140lbs though for us the most enticing bout is actually a supporting bout, also at 140lbs.
The bout in question will see hard hitting Japanese southpaw Shinya Iwabuchi (25-5, 20) battle former OPBF champion Romeo Jakosalem (16-10-1, 8).
Iwabuchi, who has twice come up short in OPBF title fights, looked in great condition on the scales and will be heavily favoured of Jakosalem however the visitor also looked in great shape and had clearly been giving a lot of time to prepare for the bout.
At the weigh in early today both men made the 140lb limit at their first attempt and given that both are top 10 ranked by the OPBF the bout will effectively act as an OPBF eliminator, with the winner likely looking at a possible show against Keita Obara, who stopped Iwabuchi in 12 rounds last year.
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Yesterday we reported that Shinya Iwabuchi (25-5, 21) would be returning to the ring on September 5th in a bout with Filipino foe Romeo Jakosalem (16-10-1, 8). It's now been revealed that that bout is one of 3 that have been announced for "Dangan 138". Whilst that's a really mouth watering clash between a former Japanese champion at 140lbs and a former GAB and OPBF champion, it's not actually going to be the most significant bout, at the weight, on the show.
Instead that honour befalls a Japanese Light Welterweight interim title fight between former title contender Masayoshi Kotake (9-9-2, 5) and the once beaten Masanobu Nakazawa (17-1-1, 7).
The fight has come about after a recent injury to incumbent champion Hiroki Okada, who was supposed to face Kotake prior to the injury. It seems now that the JBC have allowed for Kotake and Nakazawa to fight for an interim title with the winner set to fight Okada, probably next year or at the very end of this year, for the unified title.
On paper the bout looks like a mismatch with Nakazawa having the much, much better record. the 32 year old Teiken fighter has however fought generally limited foes with his most notable opponent being Shuhei Tsuchiya, who stopped in in 2 rounds back in 2010. He has, notably, won 14 in a row but has yet to beat an opponent with any real value. Kotake may have a scratchy record but he has competed at a much higher level than Nakazawa and picked up losses to the likes of Iwabuchi, Okada and Koichi Aso as well as draws to Jimrez Jaca and Akihiro Kondo, all of whom would be heavily favoured over Nakazawa.
For fans at the Korakuen Hall on September 5th this really could be a very intriguing contest between two men looking for their most significant win to date.
Shinya Iwabuchi to fight Romeo Jakosalem on September 5th!
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