We don't like acting as the negative whiners in boxing, in fact we're generally positive about the sport and are really excited about the new generation of fighters who are breaking through the ranks. Whilst we read that boxing is dead we're trying to push attention to the rising crop of fighters who are coming through. Sadly however even we need to admit that we are disgusted at our great sport.
One of the things that has disgusted us is the recent string of OPBF Super Middleweight title challengers, who are simply unfit for purpose and are typically unable to make for good, competitive match ups. The next of those challengers is to Indonesian fighter Michael Speed Sigarlaki (16-15-2, 14), a very limited challenger who has moved through the weights though has claimed a single title, an Indonesian Super Featherweight title that he won 6 years ago. Sadly he makes for a very poor challenger for reigning champion Yuzo Kiyota (28-4-1, 26), who isn't a great champion but should be matched more competitively than this.
Kiyota won the title, for the second time, just less than 2 years ago and has run up two defences. They have come against opponents with a combined record of 23-18-4 (17) and have proven little, other then the that fact Kiyota can fight down to the level of his opposition.
In the ring the champion is a powerful, heavy handed and aggressive fighter. He was once a wild fighter though has, in recent years, tamed some of the wildness due to an opening round defeat back in 2010 to Jameson Bostic. When he boxes behind a jab he is a naturally heavy handed fighter but one who can still be tagged and does still have defense flaws.
Kiyota's career has really been helped by the lack of balls on the OPBF's behalf, with the OPBF rarely demanding the champion face a mandatory challenger, which could have been against the likes of Zac Dunn, Jake Carr or Trent Broadhurst. Instead he has faced a steady stream of poor challengers who have lacked the experience, skills, will or determination to claim the title. Notably however he was dropped last time out by Kajornsak Sithsaithong in what was a genuine surprise.
As for Sigarlaki, the Indonesian who made his debut almost 10 years ago, there is little to really be excited about. He, on paper, has power though has never managed to stop a name opponent whilst he's typically been stopped by those “known” fighters. Those have included Saddam Kietyongyuth, Rey Labao, Patomsuk Pathompothong and, most recently, Akio Shibata. Notably the Shibata fight came this year and saw Shibata stopping him in the 4th of a scheduled 10 rounds.
Whilst Sigarlaki is limited, and can be stopped, perhaps the most notable thing about him is his record in fights outside of his homeland. Outside of Indonesian he is 0-7, with all 7 losses coming in 4 or fewer rounds. We'd be very shocked if that didn't continue here with Kiyota having the power to finish this one very early.
We'd be shocked if this one goes beyond 4 and even more shocked if Kiyota was in any trouble at all.
Having canned the old "Full Schedule" of Asianboxing we have instead decided to concentrate more on the major bouts. This section, the "Preview" section will look at major bouts involving OPBF and national titles. Hopefully leading to a more informative style for, you the reader.