Fight fans around the planet have probably never heard of either Mikhail Lesnikov or Afrizal Tamboresi. Neither are big names, neither have fought in the west and if we're being honest neither are likely to ever be big names.
If you have heard of either man, the most likely reason is that Indonesian fighter Tamboresi has fought a few notable names in Asia. He's lost by stoppage to the likes of Rocky Fuentes (KO2), Takuma Inoue (TKO2), Mike Tawatchai (TKO4) and Juan Miguel Elorde (KO1). What you know from those names is that those who we have named fight between Super Flyweight and Super Bantamweight.
This past Sunday Tamboresi fought the aforementioned Mikhail Lesnikov. The Russian fighter is a Light Welterweight-come-Welterweight. He looked huge in comparison to Tamboresi, in fact according to boxrec there was over 5" in height advantage, needless to say significant reach difference.
It was clear when the men stepped into the ring that there was a huge physical disparity. The two didn't belong in the same ring together, this was a 23 year old natural Light Welterweight, against an old, 33 year old, blown up Super Flyweight, who had never shown the best punch resistence, with 6 stoppage losses in his last 6 bouts. He had been flattened by the light punching Takuma Inoue at Super Flyweight and should never have been in the ring against Lesnikov.
From the moment they walked to center ring to get the final instructions from the referee it was obvious the two shouldn't have been allowed in the ring together. Lesnikov had every advantage, and could well have really hurt Tamboresi.
Unsurprisingly Lesnikov (now 3-2, 1) scored his first stoppage victory, not just beating Tamboresi, but icing him in rather brutal fashion. It was Tamboresi's 7th stoppage loss in 21 bouts, and even worse it was his 7th straight stoppage loss. It wasn't just a knock out, it was one of the most graphic this year. First the Russian wobbled his man with an uppercut before finish the show with a brutal hook. The only positive, was that Tamboresi managed to get to his feet without being down too long and seemed to be in charge of his senses when he congratulated Lesnikov. This could have been much, much worse.
Whilst weight classes in some countries are adhered to, and restrictions will be put in place to stop such disgusting physical mismatches that wasn't this case this weekend in Vietnam. The country is wanting to develop it's boxing scene, and we really do hope they succeed, but they do need to stop things like this happening. They can't allow a wild west system of significant size differences and putting fighters at risk.
Tamboresi (now 11-10), really needs to wonder who set this fight up and whether that person has his best interest at heart. The commission behind the bout need to have a close look at this sort of thing in the future. Lesnikov isn't a notable fighter, but he should still never have been in the ring with someone who was so much smaller and had been stopped in his 6 previous bouts. Boxing has a duty of care to the fighters involved in it, and the duty of care here was simply ignored. All involved, from the commission, to promoter Cocky Buffalo, to Tamboresi's team should all feel ashamed by this "fight" and should make sure to not allow such an horrific physical mismatch in the future.
For those who missed the bout, we've included it below, and you can see how different the fighters were in terms of size, and how much of a mismatch this was.
Thinking Out East
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