This coming Tuesday Filipino fans in Laguna will have a chance to see a small card headlined by an interesting title bout.
The title bout in questioned will see Lester Abutan (6-2-3, 3) battling against the more experienced Bonjun Loperez (9-2-1, 5) in a contest for the LuzProBA Minimumweight title. On paper this is a low key contest but still a really interesting match up with both men coming into the bout under the belief they can walk away as the champion.
Although the main event is a very interesting contest the rest of the show is poor with little in terms of interesting match ups.
The biggest name in action is former OPBF Bantamweight title challenger Richard Pumicpic (15-7-2, 4) who looks to have been given a stay busy bout against Jilo Merlin (13-21-2, 2) in what could warm Pumicpic up for a bigger bout later in the year.
One other fighter we will make a quick note of is the heavy handed Jon Jon Estrada (6-1-1, 5) who battles against Jomar Borbon (4-19-2, 2) in what should be a very easy win for the heavy handed Estrada, who comes into this bout on the back of 6 straight wins.
For once we've managed to be given a heads up on an Indonesian show as the once beaten Melianus Mirin (4-1, 2) attempts to extend a 3 fight winning streak and score his best result so far. Mirin will be up against journeyman Boy Tanto (8-16, 1) who has lot his last 2 bouts. Tanto does enter as a former national champion though will be coming into this bout with no career momentum.
Sadly we're unsure what other bouts will be on this card though we do assume it will be televised on TVRI in Indonesia.
According to @MikkoMarttinen on twitter we have been informed that the undercard will feature amateur bouts and that the Mirin Vs Tanto will be the only professional contest on the show.
Although January has been a bit of a slow month it does end in exciting and busy fashion with a pair of Filipino shows. We won't pretend that any of them are ground breaking with huge headline bouts but there is certainly something to be intrigued by on both shows.
Davao del Sura, Philippines
For us the best of the Filipino shows comes from Davao del Sur and features 4 notable bouts. They aren't earth shattering bouts but all 4 contests have some form of significance to them.
The least interesting of the 4 contests will see that talented but light hitting Marlon Tapales (26-2, 9) battles against struggling compatriot Jecker Buhawe (16-10-1, 10) in what looks to bo a straight forward win for Tapales. Buhawe's record however is misleading and he is better than the numbers suggest, though we still favour Tapales.
Another bout that looks like a mismatch will see Drian Francisco (26-2-1, 20) fight against Jason Egera (21-11, 10). We suspect this will be 1-sided with Francisco taking a stoppage over Egera, however Egera may feel he needs to put in a career best performance considering that he has lost his last 3 bouts and his career will certainly be on the rocks if he's beaten quickly here.
Possibly the best bout on the card will be for the IBF Youth Super Flyweight title as the talented, young and heavy handed Aston Palicte (15-1, 13) battles against Thai visitor Jomyuthlek Sor Narongchai (12-2, 5). Palicte, dubbed “Mighty”, is a serious puncher and a really exciting guy to watch, and he should see off the Thai visitor here, however it's not a forgone conclusion and we hope to see Jomyuthlek really asking some questions of Palicte.
In the main event we get another between a Filipino and a Thai as the unbeaten Adones Cabalquinto (18-0, 11) fights against Denkamon Pakdee Gym (12-3, 5) for the IBF Australasian Light Welterweight title. From what we understand this will be Dankamon's first bout in almost 4 years and it's really hard to see him even testing Cabalquinto here. Unfortunately however it does seem that the unbeaten Filipino is doing his best to avoid real challenges and bouts like this are becoming a big common place in his career, unfortunately.
Metro Manila, Philippines
Another of the Filipino shows takes place in Metro Manila and although this card isn't as good as the other one it does still have a few interesting contests scheduled.
The main event will see the heavy handed Richard Claveras (11-0-2, 11) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title as he takes on Indonesian visitor Demsi Manufoe (9-3, 6). On paper it looks like a test for Claveras however in reality it's a horrible mismatch and Manufoe has been stopped in both of his bouts outside out Indonesia, lasting 3 rounds with Knockout CP Freshmart and less than a round with Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. This could be over very quickly.
The co-feature will see Rene Dacquel (12-4-1, 4) looking to bounce back from a loss in December. The talented Dacquel, a former WBC Youth champion, will be fighting against Boy Dondee Pumar (10-6-3, 4) in what appears to be a genuinely good contest.
Sadly much of the under-card appears to be mismatches however we do like the look of Kyota Otsuka's (5-0, 3) contest, which will see the unbeaten fighter up against the light hitting but under-rated Jesame Dela Cerna (5-2-3, 1). Otsuka will be the favourite though Dela Cerna has the ability to make this a good test for the unbeaten 20 year old from Tokyo.
Whilst there are mismatches on the remaining parts of this card they do feature some very fighters including Michael Dasmarinas (18-2, 11) and Ardin Diale (26-9-3, 13) who will both be expect to pick up straight forward wins.
As well as the action in the Philippines there is also a bout of note in Mexico as the unheralded Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7) battles against former Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2-1, 11). These two traded blows in a thrilling encounter last year in the Philippines with Rodriguez being surprisingly taken a to a draw and this time out the Mexican will be hoping to make a statement as he looks to get an opportunity to become a Light Flyweight champion later in the year.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia there are more Asian's in action, albeit as the clear B-side in bouts they are supposed to lose.
One of those Asian fighters is Filipino fighter Rodynie Rafol (12-5-2, 5) who will be trying to upset the unbeaten George Kambosos Jnr (6-0, 3). The other Asian fighter is Indonesian whipping boy Erick Diaz Siregar (16-20-4, 4), who has lost 9 of his last 10 bouts. The Indonesian will need the performance of a life time if he is to win here however as he goes up against the promising Billel Dib (15-1, 6) here.
In Thailand fans get their second televised show of the week in what looks like a relatively interesting card with at least one bout worth making a mental note of and several interesting prospects in action.
The main event of the show will see the unbeaten Petch Sor Chitpattana (28-0, 18) defending the WBC Silver Youth Bantamweight title against Chinese visitor Hou Tingling (0-1). Tinglong's only previous bout was a decision loss in November 2014 to Japanese Flyweight Katsuteru Yoshifusa and it's hard to see that really helping him against Petch who is a very promising Thai fighter.
The most promising looking bout will see the much touted Palangpol CP Freshmart (6-1, 4) battling against Filipino stalwart Donny Mabao (21-23-1, 4). Palangpol is viewed as a very promising fighter following an excellent Muay Thai career however there does seem to be some doubt about his potential following less than impressive back-to-back showings. Although not a star Mabao is capable enough fight to pose serious questions to fighters like Palangpol and we suspect this could be a very good test for the Thai who is said to be eyeing up a world title opportunity later this year.
This card will also feature one of the most exciting prospects in Thailand as we get the chance to see teenager Kongfah CP Freshmart (9-0, 4) in action against Fahpikard Twins Gym (2-7. Last year Kongfah caught our attention with a beautiful knockout against Saengthong Chor Pakdee and we'd not be shocked to see him do something similar here against the limited Fahpikard
Strangely we do get what looks to be a competitive under-card bout as Phompetch Twins Gym (6-2, 3) battles against fellow limited fighter Chatree Sor Narongchai (4-3, 2). This is a low level match up but both men will be entering the ring with the intention of recording a win and as a result this could end up being the best bout on the show.
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After a couple of “lesser” shows in Japan earlier this week we finally get back under way with more significant action and in fact we get 3 very notable bouts on the Japanese scene, if not the fringes of the OPBF title scene.
The main event takes place at Middleweight and sees the under-rated Hikaru Nishida (10-7-1, 3) battle against Hideo Mikan (7-7-1, 2). Although on paper this bout doesn't look important it really is a significant one with Nishida bringing a #7 OPBF and #3 Japanese ranking in the contest. Although Nishida's record looks bad he is a very good fighter who has won 4 of his last 5, with wins over Fukutaro Ujiie, Kazuhiko Hidaka and Makoto Fuchigami, whilst his sole loss in those 5 bouts came against Akio Shibata. As for Mikan he's a much more limited fighter and really shouldn't test Nishida, if Nishida is as good as we believe.
The chief support is a Featherweight contest that features Nishida's stablemate Akihiko Katagiri (15-7-2, 6), himself a fighter ranked by both the OPBF and JBC. Katagiri will, like Nishida, be expected to pick up an easy to begin the year as he takes on the very limited Yoshihisa Yokota (7-10-1, 2). Katagiri isn't a sensational fighter but he is better than his record indicates and only one of his losses, a stoppage to Jhonny Gonzalez, is without dispute. As for Yokota he is there to lose and although he'll be game and try to win we suspect he'll come up short.
The third bout of note sees former world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (22-5-3, 14) attempt to rebuild his career after a a few horror years. Over the last 3 years Kuroda has gone 1-2-3 (1) with losses to both Juan Carlos Reveco, in a bout for the WBA Flyweight title, and Suguru Muranaka, in a Japanese Flyweight title fight. He now needs wins to put life into his career and he'll be expecting a win when he collides with the light hitting Kazuaki Moriya (11-6, 1) in what should be a straight forward win for the talented former champion. Whilst the pressure is on Kuroda it does need to be said that Moriya enters this bout needing a win himself after a trio of losses, including a decision loss to Shin Ono in 2013.
As well as the trio of headline bouts the card features a further 5 bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds. One of which will see popular female fighter Riyako Goshi (2-2) battle against Kanittha Saknarong (0-1) in a rematch of their bout from last September.
For the third day running Korean fans get a number of bouts as part of a national tournament being held in the country, sadly details regarding this show are very much scarce and we're unaware of which fighters are taking part, just that 16 bouts are pencilled in for this particular show.
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Sometimes, sadly, our inability to translate bites us on the proverbial behind. That is the case for January 28th which features more than 30 fights though unfortunately we've no idea who will actually be in action. Part of that is that we haven't been given the names, for the show in Japan, whilst the other problem is the translation which has forced us to just note the fact there is a South Korean show.
It appears that boxing has returned to Japan after a slow start to the new year and today we get the second successive Dangan show, Dangan 120. Like the show on Tuesday this card consists only of 4 round bouts, with 12 contests on it, and again most fans won't be aware of any of the fighters in action. It is however a show that promises a lot of action and a quick fire scheduling that keeps fans entertained and doesn't waste time with obvious mismatches,
Sadly we've not been given the names of any of the fighters on this card, though we doubt many fans would recognise them anyway.
As well as the bouts in Japan there will also be an impressive 19 bouts in South Korea as they have a second day of a national tournament. We aren't aware of which fighters are involved, and sadly details of the show will be scarce, though hopefully it will help reveal a few talented Korean fighters.
Disappointingly we suspect this show will not be featured at all on boxrec.com as it falls under the auspices of the KBF, an organisation that boxrec refuse to acknowledge. Hopefully we will manage to get some information after the show however.
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Tuesday's don't usually give us a host of action but this week we are lucky devils with shows across 3 separate countries.
Hua Hin, Thailand
The Thai boxingscene is known by some international fans for it's farcical match making which can see a world champion stay busy fights against debutants. Whilst the fight fans in the west might not understand “why” those bouts are fought they understand that they are. Thankfully those farcical bouts tend to be just bouts with the winner progressing their career with win. This week however we have one such bout being fought for a title in a contest that may well go down as one of the weakest “title” bouts we've seen.
That title bout will see Pakorn Mor Poonwa (4-2-1, 4) battle against unbeaten Chinese novice Zhang Yong Ming (3-0) for the WBC Youth Light Welterweight title. To date Ming has never fought beyond 6 rounds whilst Pakorn has won just 1 of his last 4 bouts. We understand that “Youth” title fights do come at a low level however this is a very weak bout for the Youth belt, especially at 140lbs.
Note- we have been told that Pakorn may be facing a different Chinese opponent for this bout, though all sources state it will be a Chinese opponent for the Thai.
Another bout on this card will featured a former 2-weight champion who is continue to stack up wins and extend one of the longest winning streaks in the sport. That former champion is the 37 year old Sirimongkol Singwancha (82-2, 53). Sirimongkol is a former champion at 118 and 130lbs and has won his last 39 bouts dating back to May 2004. Whilst he's in great we can't really see Sirimongkol getting an opportunity to become a 3-weight world champion given that he's already 37 years old. For those wondering about Sirimongkol's foe, we're unsure on his name.
One other bout on this card will see WBC Youth 154lb champion Petchsuriya Singwancha (12-9, 6) in a non-title contest. Petchsuriya will be fighting for the first time since he was stopped, in Japan, by Koki Tyson Maebara and we suspect that this bout will be little more than a stay busy contest for the Thai who is expected to defend his title in March as he returns back to Japan. Sadly Petchsuriya will be fighting the very poor Mohamadreza Hamze (4-5-1, 1) who has twice been beaten by Sirimongkol.
It's fair to say that 2015 has had a slow start to the year in Japan and we mean slow. It's amazingly taken until January 27th for us to get the second Japanese show of the year. Sadly it's not a main one, in fact it's unlikely to have anyone that “fans” have heard of, though it does promise to be an entertaining show.
The show at hand at Dangan 119, a card with an impressive 13 bouts on it, all of which are 4 rounders.
Whilst many of the bouts are simply 4 round contests between novices there are several “C Class Tournament Bouts”. Included in those tournament bouts is a brilliant main event between Pon Ponta (3-0, 3) and Rice Hayashi (2-0, 2).
In South Korea we see a national tournament kick off with 15 bouts taking place. Sadly we're unsure of who will be on the card, and we suspect boxrec.com will also over-look the card as they don't seem willing to accept the KBF as a sanctioning body.
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Camarines Sur, Philippines
On the more significant Filipino show we get some interesting fighters, though unfortunately they tend to be involved in mismatches and sadly we're not expecting a fantastic card of action, despite being fans of a number fighters on the show.
One such fighter is very talented Michael Dasmarinas (18-2, 11) who will be fighting against the chinny Aroel Romasasa (11-7, 5). Dasmarinas came to our attention last year when he defeated Hayato Kimura in Japan and although he lost last time out, to Lwandile Sityatha, we do have a feeling that this young man is going far.
Another man looking to rebuild after a recent loss is youngster Renerio Arizala (12-1-1, 5) who will be looking to score his second win since suffering a stoppage loss to Ardin Diale. Arizala will be fighting former world ranked fighter Lionel Legada (12-7-1, 5) in what looks to be a real crossroads bout. Whilst Arizala is rebuilding it's fair to see that Legada needs a win having lost 5 of his last 8!
One fighter hoping to extend a 5 fight winning streak is the once touted Nino Magboo (17-2-1, 8) who should have an easy time with journeyman Mike Espanosa (12-9-1, 7). Magboo is unlikely to ever move into world title bouts but he should be more than capable of picking up easy win here.
Others on this card including Bernabe Concepcion (32-6-2, 18) and Al Sabaupan (23-2-1, 18) though at the time of writing neither of these men had opponents listed.
NOTE-BOXREC NOW LISTS THIS SHOW FOR JANUARY 23RD. We are sorry IF this show does take place a day earlier than suggested here.
The second Filipino show looks a lot less interesting as Diarh Gabutan (19-4-3, 10) battles against a yet to be named opponent. This will be Gabutan's second bout since he suffered a trio of defeats in 2013 and it's fair to say that his career depends on a win here.
In the US we have three talented Russian's in action with both of them being involved in very good looking bouts.
The tougher of the bouts sees the once beaten Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15) go up against the very highly touted Mexican Super Middleweight Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (30-0, 24). We'll be honest we suspect this could be very painful for Vlasov who is up against a sensationally talented fighter here.
The second Russian is the unbeaten Konstantin Ponomarev (26-0, 13) who will be hoping to extend his unbeaten record as he takes on Canadian fighter Steve Claggett (20-2-1, 14) in a very interesting 10 rounder. We have to suspect that the 22 year old “Talant” from Miass will continue his unbeaten start however this is likely to be his toughest bout to date and a real chance to see just how good he really is. A clear win for Ponomarev will almost certainly take him into the world rankings.
The third is Aik Shakhnazaryan (15-0, 6) who will be battling against Abner Lopez (21-4, 19) in what we suspect will be a great test of Shakhazaryan's chin. Lopez's record is inflated with a lot of low level KO's though on paper he represents a good test for the world ranked Russian.
Action returns to Thailand this coming Friday with a Channel 7 televised card featuring fighters from the Nakornluang stable of fighters. The fighters might not be involved in the most interesting of bouts but a number of fighters ion action are proven fighters and another is possibly the most fun to watch Thai currently breaking through.
The exciting fighter previously mentioned is the unbeaten, but scarily limited, Kongfah Nakornluang (18-0, 10). Kongfah is an all action brawler who is unlikely to make an impact at world level but will also be fun to watch win or lose. In his upcoming bout it's hard to see anything but a win for Kongfah who will be hoping to claim the WBC Youth Super Flyweight title as he takes on Indonesia's Rendy Stone (3-3-1, 2). Stone is best known for losing last November to Yushi Tanaka in WBC Youth Bantamweight title fight and we suspect the Indonesian will come up short again here.
Although Kongfah is in title action he's not the biggest name on the show, in fact there's a pair of former world champions both in action.
One of those former world champions is former WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (31-4-1, 28) who will be taking part in a stay busy fight as he prepares for a world title eliminator with Mexican Jose Salgado in either March or April. Sadly at the time of writing Srisaket's opponent has yet to be named suggesting it could be a debutant or a very poor imported foe to just keep power puncher ticking over.
The other former world champion is Srisaket's close friend and also a former WBC Super Flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (38-6-1, 17) who will be fighting for the second time since he lost to Shinsuke Yamanaka in a WBC Bantamweight title fight. It seems likely that Suriyan will also be in an eliminator later this year but first for him is this stay busy bout. Sadly as with Srisaket his opponent hasn't yet been publicly named.
One final member of the Nakornluang stable of fighters to be in action is the very promising Jirapan Nakornluang (1-0, 1) who impressed us on his debut when he out boxed and broke down Toto Lookmuangbangklang this past December. Although a novice it's clear this young man has a lot of talent and we'd be very surprised if we didn't see him in bigger and better bout in the next year or two. As with Srisaket and Suriyan, Jirapan's opponent hasn't yet been named
New York, USA
The only fighters of interest in action today are fighting in the US and two of them are putting unbeaten records on the line.
One of those in action is Alexey Zubov (6-0, 4) who will put his 6 fight run on the line as he takes on the limited Eric George (2-7) in what looks to be a major mismatch. The 28 year old Zubov was a very good amateur but bouts like this are disappointing given his age and amateur pedigree.
The other is unbeaten Kazakh Dimash Niyazov (6-0-3, 4) who puts his 9 fight unbeaten record on the line against Ariel Duran (7-7-1, 4). This looks a more competitive bout than Zubov's though we need to admit we're unsold on Niyazov who didn't look good against Jamell Tyson last time out and the odds are he doesn't reach the heights some had hoped he would.
The one fighter of note who is unbeaten is Llyas Aksabev (1-1-1) who returns from more than 3 years of inactivity to fight against Treysean Wiggins (5-1, 4) in what looks to be a mismatch in favour of the heavy handed Wiggins.