Yesterday in China fans were able to see the latest Silk Road tournament show, and it turned out not to be a good one for those with experience, as two well known and experienced fighters were upset by younger, less experience men.
One of those bouts saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良] losing a narrow split decision to 19 year old Ukrainian Georgiy Lashko (8-0, 4). Lashko, a real unknown, was a late replacement and was taking a massive step up in class, but was able to over-come his more established Japanese fighter, putting himself, potentially, in the IBF world rankings. At just 19 he could be one to watch, and this could be the end of Takenaka as a notable fighter, even on the regional scene.
The other saw former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (38-7-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and come up short to unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (12-0, 6). Mama, 21, was pretty dominant on the scores cards for this bout, winning 98-92, twice, and 99-91, as he made biggest statement so far. Despite the loss Fahlan's team have apparently not ended their hopes of rebuilding and the experienced 25 year old does still seem to have a lot of hope on his shoulders from his team.
Tomorrow fight fans in China will see former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] fighting in the IBF Silk Road Tournament.
Originally he was scheduled to face unbeaten foe Omurbek Malabekov (4-0, 1), however Malabekov is out of the bout, and has been replaced 19 year old Ukrainian Georgiy Lashko (7-0, 4), who is taking a massive step up in class for this bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men came in at 130lbs for the bout.
Also on this card is a match up between Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (38-6-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (11-0, 6). We haven't been given the weights for these two, but we have been told that both made weight for their bout
Last year we saw an IBF Silk Road tournament show take place in Thailand. One of the winner on that show as former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良], who scored a TKO win over Filipino Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3) to progress to the next stage.
Today we saw Takenaka's team reveal that his next bout, his final bout, will see him go up against unbeaten foe Omurbek Malabekov (4-0, 1) in Beijing on March 28th at Super Featherweight.
Takenaka, a talented boxer-puncher from the Misako gym has scored back to back stoppage wins since losing the OPBF title to Korean fighter Sa Myung Noh in 2017. Malabekov is a Kazakhstan born Kyrgyzstani fighter who debuted in the summer of 2017 but hasn't fought in over a year. Despite being unbeaten his record, and lack of experience, do leave a lot of question marks over his potential.
We're hoping to hear about the other bouts from this show shortly.
This past Saturday in Thailand fans had the chance to see the latest show in the IBF Silk Road tournament. It was a show that was streamed by the IBF, free over Youtube, but the stream was nigh on unwatchable. Sadly. However it was a good show, with several very good bouts.
The tournament bouts began at Super Bantamweight, where Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-2, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-3, 10) fought to a 10 round majority draw. It was a hotly contested bout, and had it not been in Thailand there's a good chance Lagos would have got the nod. Sadly with the bout taking place in Thailand it did seem like the local got the benefit of the doubt and got the draw as a result.
The second bout saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] take a TKO win over Filipino Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), in a Super Featherweight bout. Rosas unfortunately pulled out of the bout after round 5, giving Takenaka the win. This was the first time Rosas hadn't been stopped, though questions need to be asked as to why he was fighting at 130lbs here, especially in such a notable tournament.
The third bout saw local veteran a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-10-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, suffer a decision loss to unbeaten Uzbek Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 5) over 10 rounds. Turdiev was too active and too hungry for the Thai, who really has been incredibly disappointing the last few years, and we do wonder what his career has left to offer.
Thankfully the locals did get a reason to celebrate as Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, took a close decision win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Joseph Ambo (8-1-1, 6) to progress to the next round of the tournament.
We're hoping that when the next round of the tournament is held the IBF will provide a much more stable stream than they gave us here, as it really was terrible.
Tomorrow we'll see the IBF Silk Road Tournament hit Thailand, with the team responsible for the IBF Silk Road tournaments working alongside Kiatkreerin to host the show.
After weeks of waiting we now, finally have the running order for the show, which appears to feature 6 bouts in total, including a female bout and a Muay Thai bout.
Among the fights on this show are the previously reported contest between former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (17-3-1, 10) [竹中 良] and Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), a bout between Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-1, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-2, 10), a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-9-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, and the unbeaten Dostonbek Turdiev (6-0, 5) of Uzbekistan and Sukpraserd Ponpitak (21-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth Joseph ambo (8-0-1, 6), of the Philippines.
Fans wanting to watch this card will want to tune into Thairath, channel 32, tomorrow night.
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