Earlier today WBA "interim" Bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo (21-0, 18) put in an incredibly impressive performance as he dominated Japanese visitor Yuya Nakamura (9-3-1, 7), stopping him mid way through round 2.
Gaballo made it clear that he wasn't going to be messing about, and dropped a wild Nakamura after about 35 seconds, landing a clean right hand. Nakamura had been hurt prior to the knockdown and responded by trying to trade with the razor sharp, hard hitting and highly skilled Filipino. That had left him open to the right hand that dropped him. Nakamura got up but was under intense pressure from Gaballo who scored a second knockdown with a sweeping left hook. Nakamura, showing his warrior mentality, got to his feet and seemed to wonder what he had to do to survive, shelling up on the ropes to try and survive. He would clear his head and look to fight back, but did little more than see out the round. A 10-7 round for the Filipino, if the scorecards were going to be needed.
In round 2 Gaballo again forced the action. He was too quick, too sharp and too accurate for the wild and open Nakamura, who swung power punches but missed wildly. Nakamura took some huge shots, to both head and body, before being backed into his own corner. Gaballo would unload, dropping Nakamura for a third time. This time Nakamura struggled to his feet and the referee waved the bout off. Nakamura complained about the stoppage, but in reality the stoppage was a good one, and it would have been ridiculous to allow the bout to continue, given how much of a mismatch the contest had been.
Despite fighting in the talent stacked Bantamweight division Gaballo is a class fighter and we're really looking forward to seeing where he'll go next. Sadly for Nakamura his level is way below this. He's an incredibly fun fighter to watch, but seeing him take damage like he did here will just shorten his career. If matched well Nakamura could be a must watch fighter on the regional scene, but beatings like this will not serve him well. He was in with someone so many levels above him, and his mentality of trying to fight fire with fire was never going to work.
Gaballo, the WBA "interim" Bantamweight champion, will be up against Japan's Yuya Nakamura (9-2-1, 7), who continues to fight outside of the Japanese system with bouts in China, Thailand and the Philippines. Nakamura really caught our attention back in December, when he had an unlucky 6 round draw with Yongu Yu, in what was a thoroughly entertaining contest.
Duno on the other hand will be up against Indian foe Kuldeep Dhanda (7-1, 1), who will be fighting outside of India foe the first time. Not only will this be Dhanda's international debut, but also his first bout since December 2017!
Whilst we love the main event between Apolinario and Vicells, we can't help but feel Gaballo and Duno have been matched relatively easily, a pattern we are seeing a little too often with these ESPN5 shows.
Back in December we reported that Muhamad "The Chosen Wan" Ridhwan (11-1, 8) would be facing off with former WBO Bantamweight world champion Paulus "The Rock" Ambunda (27-2, 11) on March 29th, in a rematch. The rematch will see Ridhwan look to avenge his sole defeat, which he suffered last year, and will allow Ambunda to take another step towards another potential world title bout.
Today we saw Ringstar boxing announce, through their twitter account the under-card for that show.
The bouts that were announced today will see New Zealand's Chase Hale (6-3-1, 2) taking on unbeaten Indian Pawan Goyat (2-0), up at Super Middleweight, a Welterweight bout between hard hitting Malaysian Keng Fai Hui (5-0-1, 5) an unbeaten Indian fighter Sagar Narwar (6-0-1, 2), a Light Welterweight bout between Australian fighter Russel Harrison (2-0, 1) and American Jonathon Clemons (1-0) and Filipino Light Flyweight Rey Caitom Jr (7-0-1, 2) taking on Indian Hans Raj Thakur (3-1, 1), who was stopped on New Year's Eve.
These bouts have been added to a card that already had and IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) and an interesting regional title fight between Nort Beauchamp (17-2, 3) and Indonesian Defry Palulu (20-2-1, 13).
Interestingly Ringstar had previously announced a potentially match up between Yuya Nakamura (9-2-1, 7) and Lorenz Romarate (11-1-1, 8), in what could be the bout of the night given the styles of the two men involved.
Just moments ago fight fans were able to watch an ultra entertaining bout from Yubei, China, as Japan's Yuya Nakamura (9-2-1, 7) earned a very unfortunate draw against China's very own Yogu Yu (5-2-2, 2) over a very fun 6 round bout.
The opening round was a fun round, with both men holding their own in in a good back and forth round that saw both men eating some heavy leather. The second round was another competitive one, but by the end of it Nakamura was taking over the action and landing big shots with alarming frequency.
Nakamura's success grew from this point, as he began hammering Yu, who became more focused on defense than really fighting back. It was clear Nakamura was having fun with the bout totally in his own way as he began to play to the crowd, show boating between heavy bombs that had Yu backing up. The Chinese fighter really had little success in the final 4 rounds, and there was really no way to give him any of them.
At the final bell it seemed clear that we had a winner, yet some how two judges managed to to score the bout level, leading us with a very questionable majority draw.
Nakamura had really done little to catch the attention prior to this bout, with his entire career being spent on the road, but today he really shined and deserved much better from the judges. He's only really been on our radar a few times, notably due to his October loss to Chainoi Worawut, but today he really looked very entertaining and exciting, even if he is very flawed.
For Yu this was a huge step up, and he can feel himself very lucky not to have suffered his second defeat. He looked out of his depth for the most part, and may find himself struggling if he can't improve his defense massively before his next step up in class.
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