Earlier this week it was announced that former WBC Bantamweight champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (96-4, 61) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา] would be returning to the ring in the near future, in a bout up at Heavyweight!
The 41 year old veteran, who debuted back in 1994, made his name back in the 1990's and early 00's. He is well known for his early career, which saw him win the WBC Bantamweight title, and defend it until losing in FOTY contender to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in 1997. He would bounce back from that loss and claim the WBC Super Featherweight title in 2002, and make a single defense before losing the belt to Jesus Chavez in 2003.
After losing the WBC Super Featherweight title Sirimongkol's career went through a strange spell. He would win a WBC Lightweight title eliminator, be caught in a bizarre story he was featured in a photo shoot for a gay magazine, arrested for possessing drugs and served 4 years, of a much longer sentence. Despite the troubles Sirimongkol's career would continue and he would reel off an incredible looking 51 straight wins, following the loss to Chavez.
The winning run saw Sirimongkol moving through the weights, and his most recent bout, in 2018, saw him claim the Thai Light Heavyweight title. Despite still being a talented fighter, he has lost 2 of his last 4, including a decision loss to the talented Azizbek Abdugofurov.
At the moment the full details of his Heavyweight bout haven't been disclosed but they are expected to be announced in the very near future.
This past weekend fans saw a notable show in Singapore, thanks to Ringstar Management who put on 6 title fights.
The bouts weren't the best, but they did show case some notable talent from the region.
Among those involved was former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (92-3, 57) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา], who claimed the UBO InterContinental Light Middleweight title as he over-came Indonesian Larry Siwu (24-9, 20) with a split decision. The Thai 39 year old looked his age towards the end of the bout, but had done enough to earn the win by the end.
Malaysian fighter Muhammad Meeraj (6-2, 3) came up short against Chase Haley (4-1, 1) in a bout for the UBO InterContinental Light Heavyweight and IBO Meeraj was dropped early but battled back to drop Haley in round 5, though couldn't do enough to gain the win.
In a battle of veterans Tommy Browne (34-6-2, 13) saw off Alexander Bajawa (41-4-4, 14) in 3 rounds, and claimed the UBO International Light Middleweight title. Bajawa was well over the limit here, but even that didn't help against Browne who was too good, too powerful and too strong.
Restoring a bit of Indonesian pride was Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (25-13-1, 12), who claimed the IBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Cairo George (12-1, 6), despite being deducted a point in round 5 for holding.
In a good competitive Light Heavyweight bout we saw Canadian Ryan Ford (12-0, 7) retain his unbeaten record and defend the UBO Light Heavyweight title with a 7th round technical decision over Robert Berridge (29-7-1, 21), with Berridge being cut by the head clash.
For local fans the big attraction was local star Muhamad Ridhwan (8-0, 7) who shone as he claimed the UBO Super Featherweight title and took a 4th round TKO over the usuually durable Fadhili Majiha (20-9-4, 9). Ridhwan was the naturally bigger fighter here, and that certainly helped him, but credit to all the same and he does appear to be building quite a fan base in Singapore.
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Earlier today fight fans in Singapore had a treat, albeit maybe not the treat they were expecting, as Cartel Promotions put on a notable show in Singapore City.
The show had 4 bouts of note on it featuring several promising unbeaten prospects.
One of those unbeaten prospects was Indonesian Andika Sabu (12-0, 6), who stopped Sylem Serang (7-10-1, 1) in 5 rounds to keep his unbeaten run going. Although Sabu isn't regarded as one of the hot prospects in Indonesia it should be noted that he is young, at just 21, and already has international experience as well as a notable win over compatriot Heri Amol. Potentially he is one who could make a notable mark this year and this was a good start to the year for the youngster.
In form Filipino Jeson Umbal (13-5, 9) continued winning run, extending it to 5 straight wins, as he took out the usually durable Nasibu Ramadhan (21-9-2, 10) in 2 rounds, Umbal didn't look great in the opening round but got out fast in round 2 and stopped Ramadhan less than 30 seconds into the second round. Originally Umbal was supposed to face Roman Canto (12-8-3, 7), but Ramadhan appears to have been an improvement, despite being stopped early on.
Another fight that saw a late opponent change saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7), defeat Namibian Idd Pialari (17-3-1, 12) in 3 rounds. Originally Abduqaxorov was supposed to face Ukrainian veteran Viktor Plotnykov (34-4, 16) but had a late change of opponent and made an example of the over-matched Pialari.
In the main event of the card Uzbek novice Azizbek Abdugofurov (5-0, 4) took a hard fought decision win over former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (91-3, 57). Abdugofurov had only fought 10 career rounds before this bout but was taken the 12 round ristance as he recorded his first defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title. The win will push the Uzbek's career forward however his failure to stop Sirimongkol, a 39 year old former Bantamweight champion, might see the unbeaten man just being held back a touch in the year rather than being rushed forward. For Sirimongkol the loss ends 48 fight, 13 year, winning run.
According to sources in Thailand veteran fighter Sirimongkol Singwancha (90-2, 57) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา] is targeting a showdown next year with with rising Uzbek star Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) for the WBC Silver Middleweight title, with the bout expected to take place in early 2017.
Sirimongkol will be in action in the coming days, against a Brazilian foe, and following that bout will begin working towards a bout with Abdugofurov in a bout expected to take place in Singapore.
For Sirimongkol the bout would be the most significant in his career since his 2005 win over Michael Clark in the US, in what was a WBC Lightweight world title eliminator. That bout did however take place over a decade ago and 25lbs south of the bout with the Uzbek and it's fair to say that at 39 years old Sirimongkol certainly isn't the fighter he once was.
As for Abdugofurov the bout will see him defending the title he won back in July, when he stopped Chaloemporn Singwancha in Singapore. Interestingly that bout was the Uzbek's third bout in a little over 2 months though strangely he hasn't fought since and has slowed his career rise somewhat. That break from the ring will however serve some good for the Uzbek.
Although yet set in stone the bout does sound like it will be signed and sealed either at the end of this year or very early next year, with Alexander Shah confirming he will be promoting the bout.
Earlier today we were informed that former 2-weight Sirimongkol Singwancha (87-2, 55) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา] would be returning to the ring on January 26th to take part in his 90th professional bout.
Whilst we were informed that Sirimongkol would be in action, and in fact that his bout would be shown on Channel 11 in Thailand, we were unfortunately not given his opponent, though we were told that the bout would be taking place for the ABF Middleweight title.
The Thai veteran, who began his career way back in 1994, will be looking to record his 6th win in the space of 12 months showing his impressive activity, even if the bouts are coming at a very low level. We suspect that this one will also be at a low level, though it's interesting that Sirimongkol will be fighting at 160lbs, some 42lbs above the weight that he won his first world title at, almost 20 years ago! Notably if he wins, this will be his 45th straight win.
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