A busy Friday in the Asian boxing world left us with a number of headlines as action took place on a regular basis.
The key headline of the day was from Yemen as KO sensation Ali Raymi (16-0, 16) took out Husam Shargabi (3-1, 1) in just 58 seconds. This was, of course, the 16th straight opening round stoppage from Raymi who now appears on the verge of breaking in to the world rankings.
As well as the Raymi bout the card featured a further 9 contests. These included 3rd round stoppage victory for Omar Awdan (8-0, 4) who took out Bahr Slyman (2-3, 1). We'd not be shocked if Awdan, himself a Minimumweight, was to get a match with Raymi in the near future.
Staying in the lower weights we had a draw at Flyweight as Muhana Hajaji (2-0-1) fought to a draw with fellow unbeaten novice Hani Ansi (1-0-1) over 4 rounds, Ali Salem (8-0, 1) extended his unbeaten run over coming Ali Al Ahdal (4-4, 3) and Prince Maz (1-0, 1) took a stoppage victory over Sufyan Saadi (0-1) on his debut.
Moving up the weights slightly the unbeaten Felix Arno (3-0) out pointed Luway Jaber (2-4, 2) and Akram Jafwi (2-0, 1) over came Ahmet Sinan (0-1).
At the much higher weights Abdu Achille (2-0) out pointed Hamoody Jubran (1-1), Sam Iwuji (1-0) shut out Ibrahim Qadhi (0-1) and Faisal Fittini (1-0, 1) stopped Hasan Jarmuzi (0-1).
Over in Japan the action continued. The headline action here saw former world champion Tomonobu Shimizu in an exhibition contest with current Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake.
Aside from the Shimizu/Otake exhibition the show wasn't filled with much of note, though did feature 9 "proper" bouts.
The Japanese card bouts saw 6 bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance. These included the 103 second debutant of Riki Hamada (1-0, 1) who swiftly took out fellow debutant Makoto Iijima (0-1). This wasone of two all debutant bouts with the other seeing Kazuhide Imakura (1-0, 1) scoring a 3rd round KO over Yukihiro Kaneko (0-1).
Hamada and Imakura weren't the only successful debutants on the show with Wataru Yokoyama (1-0, 1) also kicking off his career with a stoppage, taking out Akihiro Yashiro (1-1-1) in the 3rd round.
The remaining 4 round contests saw Masayoshi Abe (2-1) taking a split decision over Suguru Akimoto (0-2); Kazutaro Ueno (1-1, 1) claiming is first victory via a second round stoppage of Sosuke Sakata (1-1) and a decision victory for Tsuyoshi Nishimura (4-5-1, 1) who defeated Hidetoshi Ueki (3-9-1).
In the 6 round contests we saw decisions victories for both Takahiro Fujii (5-2-1, 1) and Junpei Sakagami (4-2-2, 3). Fujii defeated Takuma Nishida (5-5, 2) who suffered his second successive loss whilst Sakagami overcame Keisuke Ota (7-7, 1) who suffered his third loss in a row.
Whilst the cards in Asia were interesting, at least for one reason or another, the real story of the night was in Mexico as Filipino Marvin Mabait (19-1-2, 13) claimed the WBO Inter-Continental Bantamweight title. Mabait, fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time, took just 36 seconds to stop former world title challenger Johnny Garcia (18-5-1, 9). Of all the stories it's this one that seems the most telling as Mabait has surely planted himself in to the world rankings as a result his victory.
The international action continued north of the Mexican border as Russian Ilshat Khusnulgatin (11-0, 6) scored his fourth victory of the year as he forced the retirement of Arsenio Terrazas (9-6, 8) at the end of the 4th round.
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