Earlier today in Pattaya, Thailand, there was a pretty notable card with a number of regional title bouts on the show.
One of the new champions to be crowned was Malaysian based Uzbek fighter Murodjon Yokubov (3-0, 2), who stopped Thai foe Thongchai Kunram (7-18, 3) in the 5th round to claim the ABF Light Welterweight title. This was a really good performance by Yokubov, though it's clear that he needs to take on much, much better opposition than Kunram.
Another new ABF champion is the newly crowned Middleweight king, Michael Alan Flannery (6-0, 6), who stopped Uthit Punsen (20-6, 11) in a 2 round mismatch. The Thai based, English born, Flannery dwarfed Punsen and really had no challenge here. It's worth noting that the Thai had began his career as a Bantamweight, and that really did show against the big and strong looking Flannery. Whilst Flannery might be English by birth all 6 of his pro bouts have been in Thailand, and all 6 have ended in the first 2 rounds.
Indian born Vaibhav Singh Yadav (6-1, 4) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Welterweight title, and some form of the ABF Welterweight title, as he stopped Phongsathon Sompol (11-7, 6), with what was a pretty brutal. It's hard to know what Yadav's ceiling us but his activity is impressive and this was his 4th bout of 2019, sadly though those 4 bouts did include a loss to George Owano in Feburary. Interestingly Sompol has now lost 6 times by stoppage, including opening round defeats to Yuki Beppu and Rikuto Adachi last year in Japan.
Unbeaten Malaysian puncher Muhamad Farkhan (10-0, 10) claimed the WBA Asia Cruiserweight title as he stopped Indonesian veteran Alexander Bajawa (43-9-4, 16) in 3 rounds. On paper that looks like a great win for Farkhan however this is Bajawa's 7th loss in 9 bouts, the 6th by stoppage, and came way above his best weight. Bajawa was once 40-2-4 (13) but had often fought as between Bantamweight and Super Featherweight, not as a Cruiserweight as we saw here. Farkhan's win does continue his perfect KO run, but this was essentially a farce against an overweight and ancient fighter who is looking to pad the records for other fighters.
The main event of the card saw Anvar Turapov (4-1, 3) stop Filipino Roberto Gonzales (28-6, 17) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council title at Light Welterweight. This ended when Gonzales was hurt from a body shot and went down in agony in round 4. On paper this was a step up for Turapov though in reality Gonzalez has done little more than pad his record, and has now been stopped in 4 of his last 5.
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