It's not often that the weekend's boxing kicks off with action from a world champion but that's what we got this week as Thai action set a very high standard for fight fans, courtesy of a Channel 7 show
The opening televised bout of the weekend featured current WBC Super Flyweight title holder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (21-3-1, 19) starring in a stay busy fight as he took on tough and gutsy Filipino Roque Lauro (9-16-4, 2). The bout, although a complete mismatch on paper, turned out to be an excellent work out for Srisaket who had an opponent in front of him who really knew how to take care of himself and who fought back when he could.
Although the bout did become one sided late on, it's fair to say that no one will acually complain. Srisaket will have been very happy to have gotten in the rounds, something he's not gotten too many of, whilst Lauro certainly made new fans with his gutsy toughness and the fans also won as they saw Srisaket, one of Thailand's most fun to watch fighters, in action. As a result of going the schedule Lauro became the first man in over 3 years to see the final bell against Srisaket, an excellent accomplishment given the perceived gulf in class between the two men.
If a show that began with a world champion wasn't good enough, Srisaket's stablemate, and former WBC Super Flyweight champion himself Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (29-6-1, 12) was in action next.
Suriyan, fighting to defend his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title, easily defeated wild Filipino Edison Berwela (11-27-6, 2). Although Berwela showed a happiness to swing opening rounds he was slowly beaten mentally by Suriyan who broke him down and dropped him for the count with out really breaking a sweat
Unbeaten prospect Kongfah Nakornluang (6-0, 3) also made light work of his opponent, stopping the debuting Manachai Sor Ratidech (0-1).
The fourth fight of the show saw some scary scenes as Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion (22-4, 17) was not only upset but left unconcious by Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym (4-10-1, 3). The fight, which had been brilliant for 3 rounds, ended early in round 4 by a genuine KO of the year contender, the sort of which every fan should make an effort to see.
As well as the card in Thailand there was also a show in the Philippines at Metro Manila.
The show kicked off with a narrow points loss for debutnt Daffy Dempo (0-1) who was out pointed by Avelino Ramos (2-2) over 4 rounds, this was the sole 4 round bout on he show.
In the 6 round contests Rowel Rosia (5-2, 3) stopped the previous unbeaten Felipe Cagubcob Jr (1-1-3) via a body shot in round 4 before Raymond Empic (3-2, 1) out pointed Zoren Pama (4-8-3, 2) and Menard Abila (3-1-1, 1) fougth to a draw with Junjie Lauza (4-8-1, 1).
The 8 round bouts saw the unbeaten Renerio Arizala (6-1-1, 3) out point Rey Morano (8-37-1, 1) whilst the experienced Richard Garcia (25-16-1, 7) stopped Menard Zaragosa (6-14-1, 4) in the 6th round.
In the least notable of the show's 4 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds Renren Tesorio (12-3-3, 4) took out Sherwin McDo Lungay (7-24-2) in 65 seconds. This was one of 2 stoppages in the longer bouts with Rennel Flechero (9-5-1, 5) being stopped in the 4th round by Edison Berwela (12-26-6, 3). The Flechero/Berwela bout certainly had it's moments of note with Flechero being dropped in rounds 1,2 and 4 whilst Berwela was himself deducted a point early in the bout.
The co-main feature saw former world title challenger Jether Oliva (19-1-2, 10) take a clear decision over Rissan Muelas (6-6, 4) with Muelas being dropped early in the contest.
For us however it was the main event which bode the most interest as the 19 year old Harmonito Dela Torre (10-0, 5) took a clear cut decision victory over the experienced Richard Olisa (23-22-2, 12). Dela Torre is one of the most promising young Filipinos and it seems likely that he'll be fighting for a title, of some variety, in the next 12 months.
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