This coming Tuesday WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] will make his next defense, as he takes on Filipino fighter Toto Landero (10-1-2, 2). The bout is widely viewed as a mismatch in favour of the champion, and it seems even his team see the contest as a foregone conclusion with sources in Thailand reporting his next bout is 80% sorted.
The sources report that after, or rather if, Knockout defeats Landero he will then be moved towards a fight with WBA "interim" champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (27-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠], ending a protracted build up to the two fight that has rumbled on since last year.
Although no date has been mentioned for the Knockout Vs Zhong bout the sources are reporting it will take place in China. Give the typical time scale for bouts of not in China we'd suspect the complete bout to be made for either September or October, and it would be interesting to see how Knockout fares outside of Thailand, though he would be strongly favoured against the former WBC champion.
Knockout faces Landero in next title defense!
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
It's fair to say that the end of 2017 was a frustrating time for WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who had arranged a bout with Toto Landero (10-1-2, 2) before the bout was cancelled with Knockout's team hoping to get a world title fight in China.
Sadly it appears that the proposed bout in China, against Xiong Zhao Zhong (27-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠], hasn't come off and instead Knockout's team have gone back to plan A and have now rescheduled the bout with Landero.
The new date for the bout is March 6th and the bout wuill be televised on Thai Channel 7 with more details, venue and under-card for example, being released close to fight day.
The Thai will be making his 4th defense of the WBA "regular" title whilst Landero will be getting his first world title bout.
(Image courtesy of Thailand the Champion)
Earlier this week saw news break from Thailand to announce that WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] would be making his next defense on December 15th, in Bangkok.
The talented Thai, who has made 3 defenses of the WBA "regular" title since beating Byron Rojas in June 2016, will be facing off with once beaten Filipino challenger Toto Landero (10-1-2, 2).
The talented Thai was in the running to face bigger names, but it seems like this will be more of a stay busy fight than a huge defense. It is however his third bout this year and follows wins over Go Odaira, back in March, and mandatory challenger Rey Loreto, giving Knockout some flexibility in not only this bout but also his next one. Talking about his next one it does seem like he will be matched against a recognised top 10 type of challenger.
Landero is a bit of an unknown outside of the Philippines. he has fought all 13 bouts at home and has clashed with the likes of Rolly Sumalpong, Philip Luis Cuerdo, Joey Canoy and Vic Saludar. His only loss was a 6th round TKO to Canoy whilst he holds a very notable win over Vic Saludar, having recorded that victory this past June with a 10 round split decision. It's fair to say the win over Salurday does confirm that Landero has talent, but whether that can prove to be enough to test Knockout is yet to be seen.
Back in late 2015 we saw Vic Saludar (14-3, 9) drop the then WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka, before being stopped a few rounds later by the Japanese youngster. At the time it seemed like the set back would be a learning experience for the big hitting Saludar who looked like a potential world champion in the making. Sadly for Saludar that loss wasn't the start of big things, and yesterday his career took a huge hit as 21 year old Toto Landero (9-1-2, 2) scored a split decision win, and gave his career a huge shot in the arm.
The under-rated Landero, a relative unknown outside of the Philippines, had been stopped last September by Joey Canoy, and was expected to suffer another stoppage loss here. He however ghadn't read the script and continually pressed the action against Saludar, who struggled to get going, and always looked to second guessing himself. It was the aggression, and relentlessness of Landero that simply proved too much, and in the later rounds a tiring Saludar looked like a man who had little left to offer.
At the final bell the scores were 97-93, twice, for Landero, and 96-94 for Saludar.
It wasn't all bad for the Saludar family as older brother Froilan Saludar (25-2-1, 16) scored a 9th round TKO over the brave but out-matched Salatiel Amit (10-3-2, 7) in a supporting bout. Amit was dropped in rounds 1 and 5 before being stopped late due to swelling around his left eye.
Other results from the under-card included a 10 round unanimous decision win for the heavy handed 18 year old Vince Paras (11-0, 9), who out pointed Jimboy Haya (10-4-2, 6), and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Light Flyweight title, and a 4th round KO win for Robert Paradero (14-0, 9), who stopped Charlie Malupangue (5-3-3, 4) in 4 rounds.
Yesterday Filipino fans got a treat with a genuine interesting, and well matched, show from The Atrium, at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Among the bouts on offer was a WBC International Super Bantamweight title contest between the unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-0-1, 3) and the well tested Alie Laurel (14-4-1, 9). The bout looked good on paper with Noynay, also known as Joe Misako, taking a huge step up in class to face the naturally smaller, but more battle hardened, Laurel. Despite the step up in class Noynay appeared to have done enough to claim the win, with a late knockdown, however the bout ended up being scored a raw courtesy of a 114-114 card. The card result in a split draw with the other judges scoring the bout 114-113 but not agreeing on the winner.
Another really good looking match up came at Minimumweight where the unbeaten Toto Landero (8-0-2, 2) claimed his most notable win to date, with a very narrow majority decision win over Rolly Sumalpong (9-2-1, 4). The win for Landero saw him not only shock Sumalpong but also claim the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Minimumweight title, which Sumalpong had been defending for the first time. Notably this is a second straight loss for Sumalpong who also lost last year to Ken Shiro in a WBC Youth title fight.
A third title bout on the same card saw Eranio Semillano (12-7-1, 4) score a shock 11th round TKO win over Kyota Otsuka (5-1-1, 3) to claim the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Super Flyweight title. Although Semillano had gone 1-2-1 in his previous 4 we diud suspect that he would prove to be a very tough ask for Otsuka, who was stepping up massively in terms of class and distance.
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