To kick off today's action we began in the Philippines thanks to the most recent edition of ALA's excellent "Pinoy Pride" cards. This, the 21st "Pinoy Pride", showed us why ALA are regarded as the best promotional company in the Philippines.
The televised card kicked off with with a split draw featuring Brian Lobitana (5-0-2, 4). We're not certain on who his opponent was at the moment but the 6 round contest was thoroughly enjoyable from the off with both men landing bombs from the opening round. We believe (though will correct this if we're wrong), that Lobitana was facing William Amora (5-1-1, 2), a late replacement for Gilbert Donasales.
The second bout on the show saw a very impressive debut for Vic Saludar (1-0, 1) who stopped Juanito Hundante (1-2) in just 52 seconds. Unfortunately with such a quick blow out it was difficult to see just how good Saludar looked but with his amateur background we have big hopes for Vic.
Saludar's quick blow out was followed up by a tough split decision victory for Diover Mangaya-ay (1-2-1) over Elmo Traya (1-1, 1). The bout was tough action from both men though in all honesty we felt Traya deserved the decision though can understand it being close.
In a very impressive performance Jessel Mark Magsayo (2-0, 2) lived up to his moniker of "Magnificent" and stopped Jamjam Ungon (1-4) in 115 seconds. The ending came courtesy of a tremendous body shot by Magsayao that left Ungon unable to continue, and later being given oxygen in his corner (though he appeared to be fine, just in pain).
The highly touted 19 year Albert Pagara (17-0, 12) put on a highly mature performance as he took apart Thai Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (9-5-1, 5) 2 rounds. Pagara spent the opening round using his jab and movement then really started to open up in the second round dropping Wisaruth twice with the referee waving the bout off after the second knockdown. From the looks of this Pagara may be one of the best prospects in world boxing.
Former 2-time world title challenger AJ Banal (29-2-1, 21) returned to winning ways as he fought for the first time since October 2012. Banal faced Mexican Abraham Gomez (18-8-1, 9) and the bout was more of a street fight than a boxing contest as both men were cut from a headclash in the opening round and then Gomez attempted a ground and pound in the second round. Having tried several dirty tricks and being deducted 2 points Gomez refused to come out for round 3.
In the first title fight of the day Arthur Villanueva (23-0, 13) stopped Arturo Badillo (21-5, 19) and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. The bout was a war from the off as both men unloaded shot after shot on the other though Villlanueva managed to get the upperhand and hurt Badillo in round 4. Once he had Badillo hurt Villanueva refused to back off and forced a very good stoppage from the referee.
The main event of the show saw Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12) successfully defending his WBO Minimumweight title for the first time. Sabillo, taking on the tricky Colombian Jorle Estrada (17-7, 6), was in charge from the opening bell. Although Estrada had talked the talk coming in to the bout he did very little in the actual fight and forced Sabillo to chase him. Sabillo appeared to have problems landing much clean early on though started to have success when he began to target the body and it was ultimately a body shot that saw off the Colombian challenger dropping him for the full count in round 9. A full write up of this fight can be found here.
Filipino cheers were also heard in Australia as Allan Tanada (12-2-3, 5) scored his second win in 5 bouts as he overcame Australian based Filipino Michael Correa (3-6-3, 1) via a 6 round decision.
Unfortunately in Germany Japanese Super Middleweight Yuzo Kiyota (23-4-1, 21) came up short against the Russian born German Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 25). The bout, for the WBO Super Middleweight title, was a messy bout from the off with a lot of wrestling early on and very little clean. Unfortunately for Kiyota what clean action there was seemed to come from Stieglitz who was simply too quick for the challenger. The bout came to an unfortunate end in round 10 when the ringside doctor ruled Kiyota unable to continue due to a cut suffered from a clash of heads. This took us to the scorecards which widely in favour of the home fighter. Our full write up of this bout can be found here.
On the same card as Kiyota's loss we also saw the Kazakhstan born German Christina Hammer (15-0, 7) successfully defend her female WBO and WBF Middleweight ttiles with a wide decision victory over Mikaela Lauren (19-3, 7).
In Monaco things were much better for the WBA Light Welterweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9) who scored a stunning stoppage victory over former champion Souleymane M'baye (40-5-1, 22). This was the first defense for Allakhverdiev and whilst M'baye may be well beyond his best no one had beaten the Frenchman quite like this. For more information about this fight you can read our full write up here.
Of course we also had Asian's in action on the American continent.
For former WBC Super Featherweight champion Takahiro Ao (24-3-1, 11) his US debut was memorable. Ao, moving up in weight to Lightweight for the first time in his career, just dismantled Chilean journeyman Hardy Paredes (16-12, 10) in 2 rounds.
Sadly for the hard hitting Riyo Togo (10-5-1, 9) history didn't repeat it's self with the Japanese fighter losing in Mexico to Mariana Juarez (37-7-3, 16) via a decision. The result was totally different to their first bout which saw Togo taking out Juarez inside a round though this was admittedly much more like the Juarez that fans know.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.