In Japan this past Monday fans were treat to an explosive night of action at Dangan 85 the final Japanese show this October.
The show began with two bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance. These saw the previously win-less Shintaro Hirohama (1-1-1, 1) inflicting the first defeat on to the record of Takeshi Yamagata (1-1-1) courtesy of a second round TKO and Tatsuya Tsuge (2-2, 1) leveling off his record with a decision of the still win-less Naoya Ota (0-2-1).
Following the two short bouts we then moved into the 6 round distance as the hard hitting Yusaku Kuga (7-1-1, 4) was taken close by the tough but light hitting Taishi Torimoto (10-5-3, 1). The bout, which was scored 58-57 by two of the three judges, was probably a fight that should have gotten a draw though few will expect much major to come from these two men.
Amazingly after two decisions from the first three contests the rest of the card lasted just 13 rounds, with almost half of those coming in the bout between Tatsuya Yanagi (10-0, 4) and Kazuhiro Miura (7-3). The unbeaten Yanagi took 6 rounds to stop Miura, who had never previously been stopped though had admittedly only been beyond 4 rounds twice.
Whilst Yanagi took 6 rounds to stop Miura, Hiroki Sato (7-4, 5) took just 155 seconds to see off Yuzuru Koizumi (8-7, 2) in what was the shortest contest of the show. Although Sato took out Koizumi in a round he wasn't that much quicker than Masahiro Ishida (13-5-2, 7) who stopped Ryosuke Kinoshita (9-9-1, 3) in the second round.
In the main event the very talented Shinya Iwabuchi (22-4, 18) stopped the over-matched Koichi Ogawa (9-4-1, 4). Iwabuchi, fighting for the first time since losing in an OPBF title to Min-Wook Kim, did drop down several levels for this bout but will be very happy to get back to winning ways.
Just a day after a memorable day of Filipino Action fights again returned to the country thanks to a show at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex.
The show's lesser profile bouts were over 4 rounds as the wonderfully named Robin Ding Dong (0-0-1) scored a debut draw with Jordan Estrada (0-2-1). The Ding Dong/Estrada bout was one of two bouts scheduled for 4 rounds with Joe Misako (2-0) taking a narrow split decision over Jerwin Dela Rosa (1-3) in the other.
Following the two 4 round bouts we then had six bouts scheduled for the 8 round distance. Surprisingly for those 6 bouts only 2 actually went the distance as Cris Paulino (12-1, 3) took a unanimous decision over Pit Anacaya (8-22-2, 1) and Kenjie Monenio (5-3-3) took a majority decision over Junjie Lauza (4-9-1, 1).
The decision bouts over the 8 rounds were joined by four stoppages. The quickest of those saw Bebong Manalo (7-1, 3) taking out Jomar Borbon (3-15-2, 1) in just 90 seconds. Whilst Manalo's was surprisingly quick two of the other stoppages were just surprisingly as both Jonathan Ligas (6-5-1, 1) and JC Francisco (5-6-1, 1) scored their first stoppages. Ligas managed to take stop Rolando Niones (4-15-2, 2) in the third round whilst Francisco managed to knock out Rey Morano (8-38-1, 1) in the fifth stoppage.
The only expected stoppage that actually happened was that scored by the hard hitting Lightweight Al Rivera (7-1, 6) who defeated Roselito Campana (18-18-3, 5) via 6th round KO.
Stepping up from the 8 round distance to the 10 round distance we had another pair of bouts. These saw recent world title challenger Silvester Lopez (21-6-2, 15) scoring just his second victory in 6 bouts. Lopez managed to out point journeyman Prell Tupaz (8-22-4, 1) courtesy of an 8th round technical decision.
Lopez was joined by recent OPBF Bantamweight title challenger Dennis Tubieron (16-2-1, 7) who jumped up to Featherweight and stopped the usually tough Rufino Mante (8-17-2, 4). After having failed to make weight in his OPBF Bantamweight it appears that Tubieron has made the right move to head up a division, or rather two here.
In the shows sole title bout on the show Cris Alfante (10-1, 3) over-came Oliver Gregorio (8-2-1, 5) via a 12 round decision. With the WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title on the line it's probably fair to say that this was the biggest victory by far in the career of Alfante who has now won 8 straight.
As well as the card in the Philippines there was also action in Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.
Of those three cards the most noteworthy was in South Korea as we got interesting action.
The headline bout saw the highly ranked Jaesung Lee (16-3-2, 9) fighting to a draw with Japanese rival Akihiko Katagiri (13-7-2, 4). The contest, for the vacant WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title, was marred pre-fight due to Lee struggling to make the weight, an issue that seemed to effect him in the bout as he struggled with Katagiri throughout. Of course as a result of the draw the title remains vacant.
The Lee/Katagiri bout was one of several bouts that saw Japanese fighters taking on a South Korean. One of those saw Ja-Ik Goo (2-0, 2) wiping out Kazuki Hayashi (7-5-1, 6) in 140 seconds. Korean success continued through much of the card as Tae-Il Kim (3-0) defeated Hikaru Nagai (3-1, 2) and Sung-Tak Joo (4-0-2, 1) overcame Kentaro Endo (3-4, 3).
It wasn't all good for South Korean fighters however as Akira Ono (4-2, 3) stopped Myung-Soo Jung (1-1, 1) in the third of a scheduled 4 rounds.
As well as the 5 South Korea v Japan bouts there was also 5 all Korean bouts. These saw Jin-Wook Lim (6-3-4, 1) narrowly defeating Hyun Sunwoo (2-3-1, 1); Hyun-Kyum Park (5-0, 3) out pointing Joo-Young Lee (1-1); Hyuk-Tak Joo (1-1) coming out on top against the debuting Sung-Jin Huh (0-1); Byung-Ha Kim (1-0) taking a decision over Gang-Hoon Lee (1-1, 1) and Jae-Hoon Lee (1-0, 1) kicked off his career with a debut knock out victory over Joon-Il Choi (0-1).
In Japan, at the Nakagusuku Gym, we had the Japan, Orient Pacific Ocean and global prelude, a 7 fight show from Ryukyu Promotions.
This show started with four bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These included a draw between Nobuhiro Oshiro (1-0-1, 1) and Daikichi Miyagi (1-2-2, 1); Aiko Yamagishi (2-0-1) defeating the debuting Minayo Kei (0-1); Kazuyuki Hirayama (4-2-1, 3) defeating debutant Taiki Kinjo (0-1) and Morihisa Iju (2-0, 2) wiping out Takanari Hamamura (2-2, 2) in just 157 seconds.
After the 4 round bouts we then had a trio of main events scheduled for 8 rounds.
The most competitive of the main events saw Filipino Dado Cabintoy (12-4-2, 6) narrowly out pointing Thailand's Rungniran Korat Sport School (0-7).
Cabintoy's victory was joined by swift wipe outs for Koseki Nakama (17-4, 8), who over came the debuting Kritsada Sithsaithong (0-1) and Masatoshi Kotani (13-2, 10) who defeated Veerapol Sor Chantasith (3-5) in the second round.
In Indonesia Espinos Sabu (10-0-1, 4) defeated domestic rival Frans Damur Palue (7-2-2, 3) to claim the Indonesia Professional Boxing Commission (KTPI/IBPC) Flyweight title. Palue was stopped in round 7 due to a cut around the left eye that had been getting progressively worse since round 5.
Sabu was joined by the experienced Heri Amol (32-12-4, 13) as a winner. Although Amol wasn't in a title fight he was successful as he out pointed the very limited Safwan Lombok (1-20-1) over the course of 6 rounds.
Saturday October 26th 2013 may be one of the most memorable days in Filipino boxing this year. Really it had everything.
The most notable match up of the day was an IBF Light Flyweight title bout that saw John Riel Casimero (19-2, 11) defeating tough Mexican challenger Felipe Salguero (18-5-1, 13). Salguero, who had given Donnie Nietes a really hard nights work back in 2012, was dealt with very easily by Casimero who dropped him three times to retain his title on a show promoted by MP Promotions, the company spearheaded by Manny Pacquiao.
As well as Casimero's victory on the MP Promotions card there was also notable victories for several other top fighters. One of those was recent world title challenger Michael Farenas (36-4-4, 28) who stopped Thailand's Kosol Sor Vorapin (17-17-1, 11) in chilling fashion. Farenas, who is a hadnful for most, left Kosol on his back for several minutes following a vicious left hand.
The highly regarded Froilan Saludar (18-0-1, 11) remained unbeaten on the same card as he defeated Tawanrung Eausampan (5-3, 2). Although Saludar was in charge of the bout his opponent proved to be tough and survived the distance despite being almost whitewashed on the score cards.
There was also a victory for the talented Mark Anthony Geraldo (29-4-3, 13) who defended his WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Flyweight title with a stoppage over Inthanon Sithchamuang (19-6, 10). Geraldo was stung at one point but quickly turned things around to stop his Thai foe.
As well as Gerlado and Casimero both fighting in title fights there was also a national title fight as Adones Cabalquinto (15-0, 8) defended his GAB Light Welterweight against RJ Ano-os (8-5-1, 2) via a decision.
As well as the 5 bouts mentioned above the card had a further 7 bouts on it! These included a victory for the highly touted Jack Tepora (8-0, 5) who out pointed Danilo Gabisay (5-1, 3) over 8 rounds and a victory for Jessie Cris Rosales (13-0-1, 5) who narrowly over-came Jerry Nardo (17-4, 8) in probably the show's most controversial contest of the card.
The card also featured 2 upsets. These included a loss for Jose Ocampo (17-7-1, 12), a man who was lined up for a WBO Lightweight title fight last year, who was beaten by Leonardo Doronio (12-8-2, 7) and a loss for the hard hitting Anthony Marcial (19-3, 18) who was retired against Rodel Wenceslao (7-6-1, 2).
Making their debuts there was also wins for both Joneil Dapidran (1-0) and Rence Brian Magarce (1-0, 1). Dapidran over came Jonnie Villacrusis (0-2) via 4 round decision whilst Magarce stopped Diomedes Semella (0-2) in the second of a scheduled 4.
In the remaining contest Jessie Espina (5-1, 3) out pointed Louie Arlos (8-3, 2) in what is his biggest win to date.
On a separate Filipino card, promoted by ALA Promotions, we got yet more action, including another pair of title bouts.
The most stunning of the title fights on this show saw the highly talented Genesis Servania (23-0, 9) leaving a nasty impression on Rafael Concepcion (18-7-1, 8). We expected Concepcion, who defeated AJ Banal and gave Nonito Donaire a very hard test a few years ago, to give Servania a hard time but a chilling right hand left Concepcion flat on his back for the full count. This victory saw Servania picking up the WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title and further enhancing his position as one of the top contenders at 122lbs.
Servania wasn't the only fighter to claima new title as fellow unbeaten fighter Arthur Villanueva (24-0, 14) won the WBO International Super Flyweight title thanks to an opening KO over Edgar Martinez (16-8, 10), Wedidn't expect Villanueva to struggle here though we didn't expect such a quick finish from the usually calculating Villanueva who looked sensational.
In all honesty this was a great card for unbeaten fighters. Not only did Servania and Villanueva maintain their unbeaten records but so to did three promising prospects.
Richard Barrios (6-0, 3) scored his most notable victory out pointing Rocky Incepido (5-2-1, 3) over the 6 round distance. This was the first time Barrios had been 6 rounds though he did the schedule with easy almost scoring a shut out. The promising Mark Vincent Bernaldez (12-0, 8) added to his impressive record with a fifth round TKO over Thailand's Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (10-6-1, 5). And the excellent Jessel Mark Magsayo (4-0, 3) stopped Hagibis Quinones (3-11-1, 2) in just 160 seconds.
Despite the victories for 5 unbeaten men on the show they weren't the only men in action. The most notable of the "beaten men" was Roli Gasca (21-4-1, 6) who himself scored a rare stoppage taking out Lande Olin (11-5, 7) in the second round. He was joined by victories for Elmo Traya (3-1, 2), who out pointed Gabby Siempo (5-2-1, 1) in an upset, and Filipino based Japanese fighter Kazuma Ejiri (2-3, 2), who over came debutant Dodong Catigan (0-1).
As well as the Filipino action there was also a card in Russia. This Russian action was headlined by Cruiserweight sensation Dmitry Kudryashov (11-0, 11) who took just 2 rounds to stop former world title challenger Shawn Cox (17-4, 16). As a result of his victory Kudryashov is now the holder of the lightly regarded Global Boxing Union Cruiserweight title belt.
Kudryashov wasn't the only newly crowned champion as his compatriot Movsur Yusupov (5-0, 3) claimed the Global Boxing Union Light Heavyweight title courtesy of an 8 round technical decision over Josef Obeslo (4-13-1, 2). This was the longest fight of Yusupov's career so far though he'll be gla to have the victory.
In a female contest Natalia Smirnova (7-0, 4) out pointed the over matched but tough Hana Horakova (3-10) over 10 rounds. The bout was a clear mismatch in favour of Smirnova who hardly dropped a round in the contest.
Three other bouts on the show went the distance as Aliklych Kanbolatov (5-2, 2) took the unbeaten record of Leri Tedeev (1-1) over 8 rounds, Apti Ustarkhanov (3-1-1, 1) defeated the still winless Gor Akopyan (0-4) over 6 rounds and Vladyslav Yeromenko (1-0) defeated Zubair Suleymanov (0-1) in a battle of debutants.
The rest of the card lasted a combined 3 rounds with a trio of opening round stoppages. These saw Viskhan Murzabekov (6-0, 3) stopping Dmitry Lavrinenko (2-8, 1), Gasan Gasanov (6-2, 5) taking out Mikhail Smurygin (0-2) and Heavyweight Apti Davtaev (3-0, 3) defeating Vyacheslav Shcherbakov (3-16-1, 2).
Over in Mexico the tough Yuki Murai (21-18-5, 7) showed off his genuine toughness as he became just the second man to survive the scheduled with destructive Mexican Rey Vargas (17-0, 15). Although Murai didn't come close to defeating his explosive opponent he did give Vargas one of his tougher bouts in a contest for the WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title.
The second notable card of the week occured in Japan, just a day after the "46th Phoenix Battle".
Dubbed "Hopeful Fight Vol 14" fans were in attendance not just for title action bu the comeback of a recent world title challenger. Instead "Hopeful Fight Vol 14" became more of a disappointment than anything else with the two main contests ending early with the always unsatisfactory ending of a technical decision whilst the rest of the card was unmemorable to say the least.
The show began with a trio of 4 round contests. These saw Ryo Iwatate (1-0) scoreing a decision victory over Ryo Nakano (0-1) in an all debutant contest; Takashi Hisano (2-3, 1) scoring a second victory TKO victory over the previously unbeaten Hayato Kai (1-1-1) and Isami Kimoto (1-2) claiming his victory as he defeated Motoharu Watanabe (0-2) by decision.
Following the shortest bouts we had a trio of bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. These began with two male contests which lasted a combined 7 rounds. The shorter of those two bouts saw Daisuke Furuhashi (15-5, 6) taking out Masami Morisaki (8-10-1, 4) at the very end of the second round. In the other bout male contest scheduled for 8 Hikaru Nishida (9-6-1, 3) defeated the somewhat fragile Go Nakahori (17-12-1, 8), a man who has now been stopped 11 times, including his last 3 straight contests.
Following the two male 8 round contests we then got a female bout as Riyo Togo (11-5-1. 9) battled rival Kimika Miyoshi (8-7-1, 3) for the OPBF Female Bantamweight title. This, this fifth meeting between two women, was seen as a chance for Miyosho to level their rivalry at 2-2-1, instead however Togo proved that Miyoshi's sole victory, in their fourth bout together, was a fluke.
Following the female title bout we got a second successive fifth round technical decision as the world ranked Masayuki Kuroda (21-4-3, 13) was unexpectedly held to a draw by the tough Hyobu Nakagama (16-11-4, 11). The bout, Kuroda's first since his loss to Juan Carlos Reveco in a WBA world title fight, wasn't great and Kuroda looked rusty from the off. A clash of heads in round 5 brought us to an early conclusion with two of the judges turning in scoredcards of 48-48 to give us a draw.
On Monday Japanese boxing fans were treat to the 46th Phoenix Battle thanks to Ohashi Gym. The show, which was headlined by a national title fight saw it's share of drama and notable names though it was over remarkably quickly considering the amount of bouts on the show.
The reason the show was over quicker than expected was due to the number of stoppages on the show. In fact the 4 main support bouts all finished within the first 3 rounds when they were each scheduled for 8.
The quickest of those battles was over in just 156 seconds as recent world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (24-2-1, 18) lived up to his nickname of "Bazooka". Hosono, matched easily against Yuta Matsuda (9-9-2, 4) went out to make a statement and thats what he did as he recorded his first opening round stoppage since 2007.
Hosono may have scored the quickest victory but he was given a very close run by several of his gym mates. The closest to Hosono was Go Onaga (21-2-2, 15) who took just 24 seconds longer to dispatch Takuya Miyamori (15-6-1, 2). This was just the second stoppage loss in the career of Miyamori and his first since his debut back in 2004.
Despite being having been taken the distance last time out Ryo Matsumoto (9-0, 8) came back with fury in his fists and wiped out the over-matched Indonesia Arega Yunian (2-3) in the second round. This looked like a mismatch from the minute it was made and proved to be exactly that.
The longest of the support bouts went into the third round as Seiichi Okada (17-4, 10), the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion, "took his time" to defeat Juniston Simbolon (7-11-1, 3). For Okada this was admittedly an easy contest, though it was seemingly made to stop his losing run which had already stretched out to 3 contests all by stoppage.
Thankfully the main event lasted longer than the 4 support bouts, in fact it went 10 rounds, almost double the length of the support bouts. Despite going the 10 rounds Ryuji Hara (16-0, 10) was really tested as he successfully defended his Japanese Minimumweight title for the third time. The talented youngster was dropped by veteran Takashi Kunishige (25-10-2, 2) and brought in to a very tough contest, though managed to do enough to take a clear decision. Although the scorecards all gave Hara the fight by a comfortable margin he was really tested here.
There seems to be expectation about Hara moving on to world title fights, and he does have world rankings, but on this performance he probably needs a lot more development or to actually move up in weight. We're not sure if making Minimumweight is the best thing for his punch resistance, and it could explain why the light punching Kunishige dropped him here.
Prior to the support bouts and main event there were two other contests. These two contests amazingly lasted just as long as the 4 support bouts as the debuting Jacky Okuda (1-0, 1) stopped Katsuaki Kinoshita (0-4) in 3 rounds and Ryo Hino (1-0) too 121½ debut W Daigo Yamamoto
Action today returned to the 22 May Sports Stadium in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa as Yemen's boxing's cult Hero Ali Raymi (17-0, 17) returned to the ring once again.
Raymi, on the verge of setting a new record for most opening round victories to start a career, swiftly saw off the previously unbeaten Omar Awdan (8-1, 4). This bout, which lasted just 78 seconds, was Raymi's 13th victory of the year and it's be an absolute shock if he didn't move to 20-0 (20) by the end of the year.
As well as Raymi's victory over Awdan the fans also got the chance to see a quintet of other bouts. These included a 4 round decision for Ali Salem (9-0, 1) who over came Wesam Maqrami (5-2, 3) and may have entered himself into the Raymi sweepstakes.
Alongside Raymi's stoppage victory there were also early stoppages for Faisal Fittini (2-0, 2), who stopped Sam Iwuji (1-1) in the second round, and Prince Maz (2-0, 2), who took out Khaled Sulaym (1-3, 1) in the opening round.
The remaining two contests on the show both went to decision as Akram Jafwi (3-0, 1) out pointed Alwan Hawshabi (3-5, 1) and Felix Arno (4-0) extended his unbeaten run over coming Esayas Dagim (2-2, 1) by decision.
As well as the action in Yemen there was also a contest in Indonesia as the promising Defry Palulu (5-0, 5) took out compatriot Boido Simanjuntak (16-21-1, 5) in the second round. Although it's early to say we think it may be worth keeping a close eye on Palulu who could well prove to be one of Indonesia's rare talents. Aged 22 and dubbed "The Beast" he certainly appears to have power and plenty of promise.
The annual "Strongest Korakuen", AKA the JBC title elimination fight, returned earlier today for the 2013 edition of the Japanese title elimination tournament. The finals, which took place over 4 weight divisions, were all eagerly anticipated in Japan and of course with the prize of a national title fight up for grabs each of the men involved put it all on the line.
The first of the bout from the show saw things saw the sort of competitive action that we'd expect in this sort of competition as we got a majority decision. This was from the Light Flyweight division where the experienced Kenichi Horikawa (25-12-1, 4) narrowly overcame Toshimasa Ouchi (16-7-3, 4) in a razor thin contest. This should see Horikawa getting a bout with Naoya Inoue, though we expect Inoue to vacate the title before then
The second contest on the card saw fans seeing the highly touted Yohei Tobe (7-1-1, 4), who finally seems to be getting his career back on track. Tobe, competing in the Super Flyweight divsion managed to stop Yoshihito Ishizaki (8-6-1, 4) at the end of the fifth round to book his Japanese title fight with the winner of the November 24th show down between Teiru Kinoshita and Ryuta Otsuka.
Following Tobe's victory in the Super Flyweight division we moved on to the Super Bantamweight division, which saw Takafumi Nakajima (22-6-1, 9) coming out on top. Nakajima managed to take out his opponent, the usually durable veteran, Mikihito Seto (34-11-2, 8) in the fourth round. Amazingly this was just the second time in 47 contests that Seto had been stopped and the first time since 2003, over a decade ago! This victory sees Nakajima putting himself in line for a fight with Hidenori Otake.
The final of Japanese bouts saw the unbeaten Rikki Naito (8-0, 4) over coming the more experienced Keiichi Izumi (13-6, 4) in a very tough contest and hard fought contest. Naito was pushed to the limit though he managed to take a majority decision despite being cut on the left eyelid. The victory sees Naito moved in line for a bout with with Japanese Super Featherweight champion Daiki Kaneko, a man who may be a little bit too experienced for Naito at this point.
Outside of Japan there was of course more action with a card in the Philippines and action featuring Asian's on international soil.
The Filipino card, held at the Ynares Plaza Gymnasium in Binangonan saw 10 bouts of action which were headlined by two title fights.
The card kicked off with 5 bouts involving novices, 4 of which included debutants. These saw Lorence Rosas (1-0) taking a split decision over Dino Bulahan (0-1) in an all debutant contest, Michael Bravo (1-0) defeating Joel Tamano (0-1) by unanimous decision, Niero Saldon (1-0) taking a split decision over Ernie Mino Jr (0-2), Valeriano Gabriel (2-3) taking a split decision over Rolando Sadsad (0-2-1) and Rodney Ramirez (0-0-1) taking a 94 second technical draw with Fidel Cuyno (0-2-1) after a very early clash of heads.
Following the novice bouts we had three fights scheduled for 6 rounds. Surprisingly 2 of these were incredibly close, much like the novice contests before them. The close bouts over 6 saw Marvin DelaCruz (9-12-2, 5) narrowly out pointing the experienced Elbert Guardario (8-23-1, 2) and Regan Delos Santos (2-1-1, 2) taking a draw with Menard Abila (3-1-2, 1) who has now recorded back to back draws.
In the remaining 6 round contest, and the first bout with a clear winner, Benjie Suganob (7-1-1, 3) stopped the fragile Marco Niones (3-10, 1), who has now suffered 8 stoppage losses in 13 fights.
The lesser of two title fights saw Boy Dondee Pumar (10-5-3, 4) claim the Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Bantamweight title as he stopped the limited Dino Lelis (10-11-2, 5) in the sixth of a scheduled 10. This was the third successive stoppage loss for Lelis who has now come short in back to back title fights having also been stopped in a Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Bantamweight title fight back in March.
In the other title fight Lionel Legada (11-5-1, 5) took a split decision over Lionel Mark Duran (11-9-2, 4) to claim the WBC Asia Council Continental Flyweight title. This bout was incredibly close, with scores of 113-112 registered on all 3 cards, though on paper it appeared to be an easy assignment for Legada with Duran having taken 6 losses from his last 8 contests.
We also had title action in Russia where Arif Magomedov (7-0, 5) claimed the Russian Middleweight title. Magomedov needed just 83 seconds to defeat the more experienced Marat Khuzeev (20-7-1, 8). This was by far the most notable name that Magomedov has faced and the fact he took out Khuzeev faster than Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Selcuk Aydin should be a real confidence booster for the Russian youngster.
As well as the Russian title fight the card also featured 5 other bouts. The most notable of those saw journeyman Ruslan Semenov (4-25-1, 2) upset the previously unbeaten Murad Dalkhaev (3-1, 2) via a majority decision. Thankfully it wasn't all bad news for prospects as Igor Ivanov (7-0, 2) took his second stoppage win, taking out Sherzod Isakjonov (0-1) in the second round.
The remaining 3 bouts in Russia all saw debutants in action, much like the Igor Ivanov bout. These saw Grigory Abramyan (1-0, 1) stopping Ivan Ivanov (0-1) in just 87 seconds, Oleg Korobko (1-0) taking a majority decision over Gor Arutyunyan (0-1) and Nadezhda Khaenok (1-0) shutting out Viktoriya Aleksandrova (0-1) in a female contest.
The best of the international bouts was in the US as the "Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16) successfully claimed the WBO Light Welterweight title with a stunning victory over America's very own Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23). The fight, which was one of the best fights of r the year, saw Provodnikov slowly breaking down Alvarado before forcing the American's corner to save their man, preventing him from coming out for round 11.
As well as Provodnikov's victory there was also success in Germany as Lebanon born "Diamond Boy" Manuel Charr (25-1, 15) defeated Russian Denis Bakhtov (36-9, 24). Bakhtov, who had been giving Charr a solid fight, unfortunately damaged his hand and was forced to pull out at the start of round 6 due to the injury. The bout saw Charr adding a fourth WBC regional title to his collection as he attempts to force other fighters in to the ring with him, unfortunately however we'd be shocked if he got a noteworthy opponent wanting his titles.
Filipino Czar Amonsot (25-3-3, 15) may be best known for his blood and guts war with Michael Katsidis back in 2007 but his most recent contest may well have undone what good will he had with fans.
Defending his PABA Light Welterweight title Amonsot was ugly from the off as he defeated Indonesian challenger Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (15-6, 8) via 10th round KO as Ferdinandus seemingly gave up.
Although Amonsot picked up the victory, the fight will be best remembered for being as enjoyable as a funeral. If you missed it, you got lucky here folks.
In the third Japanese card of the week Watanabe put on an 8 fight card at the Korakuen Hall.
The show kicked off, like most shows, with a series of 4 round contests. These all went to decision with only Yuki Matsudo (3-1, 1) taking a unanimous decision as he over-came Yuito Yamaguchi (3-3, 1) in a clear result. The other two bouts were much closer with the unbeaten Kei Iwahara (2-0, 1) took a very narrow split decision over Tetsuya Seshimo (1-3, 2) and Shoma Sekine (1-1-2) defeated Shingo Okada (1-1) by majority decision.
Following the trio of 4 round contests we then had bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. These saw Hiroki Okubo (5-4, 4), going the distance for the first time in his career, defeating Tsubasa Matsudo (4-8-4, 1) in a narrow unanimous decision. The other 6 round contest saw a very surprising result as the tough Ken Achiwa (8-11-2, 2) suffered he first stoppage loss. Achiwa was stopped in the third round by Kenta Nakagawa (6-2, 4) who recored his fourth straight early victory.
Whilst Nakagawa was expected to defeat Achiwa stopping him is highly impressive considering the fact Achiwa had gone the distance with Yohei Tobe and Yuki Nasu.
In the first of 3 main events we saw Takuya Watanabe (19-4-1, 7) stopping veteran Hiroshi Kashihara (7-14-2, 3) in the the seventh round of a scheduled 8. This is likely the last contest for the soon to be 37 year old Kashihara whilst Watanabe will be hunting a second Japanese title fight having fallen short last year.
The second of main events saw Toru Chiba (15-8-1, 11) ending a 6 fight losing streak as he over-came Takejiro Kato (27-13-4, 13) via a clear decision. Kato had no answer to the straight lefts that Chiba was throwing and as a result suffered his second successive loss havign been stopped by Teerachai Kratingdaenggym last time out.
The final contest of the show saw Shin Ono (16-5-2, 2) making a successful return to the ring following a tendon injury. Ono managed to clearly beat the game Kazuaki Moriya (11-5, 1). Ranked highly by the WBC and WBO Ono will likely be focussing on a world title fight, though may seek to claim the OPBF title that was unfortunately stripped from him as he recovered from his injury.
In an under-the-radar show in Thailand today Thai fans had a chance to catch 4 bouts in the 13 Coins Resort in Bangkok. The card, far from being anything outstanding, was a nice bit of early week action in Thailand.
The show's main bout saw Chalermpol Singwancha (4-0, 4) scoring his fourth stoppage victory in as many months as he defeated Thai based Iranian Mohamadreza Hamze (3-5) in the seventh of a scheduled 8 rounds. Sadly for Hamze this was his fourth defeat from 5 contests this year.
The main bout was the only one on the show scheduled for 8 rounds with the others all set fro 6 rounds. Surprisingly only one actually went the distance and that was a female bout which saw Thai teenager Keanpetch Superchamps (5-5-1) taking a decision over Japanese debutant Noriko Watanabe (0-1).
Watanabe wasn't the only debutant on the losing side as Leo Tomas (0-1) also had a debut to forget being stopped in 2 rounds by fellow debutant Saisilek Saksipung (1-0, 1) who got off to the perfect start in his career. This was joined by a 5th round TKO upset of Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (30-14, 20) who was stopped by Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin (7-8, 3).
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.