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.
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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.
It's rare to have mid-week fights that we are really looking forward to but that's exactly what we have this week courtesy of a big show in Thailand that had us excited from the moment it was first mentioned.
The first world title bout in the month of October comes form Thailand where we get a collision of unbeaten fighters battling for the WBA interim Minimumweight world title. The bout will see Thailand's wonderfully named Knockout CP Freshmart (8-0, 5) stepping up massively to fight Nicaraguan youngster Carlos Buitrago (27-0-1-1, 16) in what looks to have been a very risky match up to make from Knockout's team. We're unsure if Knockout's team know something we don't but from footage of the two men we suspect the Thai may have bitter off more than he can chew here and Buitrago really impressed us in his performance against Merlito Sabillo last year, as with that fight Buitrago is travelling with a point to prove.
The world title fight won't be the only bout with a title on the line here and in the co-feature WBA Asia Light Flyweight champion Palangpol CP Freshmart (4-1, 4) will be defending his title against Indonesian visitor Tommy Seran (24-2, 15). Reports suggest that is Palangpol wins here will be matched with Alberto Rossel in the near future as he attempts to become a world champion. Palangpol was a top level Muay Thai fighter and it appears his team believes he can also be a world class boxer. It's a high target given his boxing inexperience but we are excited all the same.
Talking about world class another bout on this show will see former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (55-1-1, 21) in action. Oleydong, now fighting as Oleydong CP Freshmart, will be up against against Indonesian Paulus Baransano (0-4) in what appears to be another stay busy fight for Oleydong before a possible world title bout in 2015. We do like Oleydong though he really needs to step it up again seen as these mismatches are become a tiresome joke internationally with some wondering whether Oleydong will ever fight another meaningful opponent before his career peters away into obscurity
The other bout on this card that we're aware of will see Denkamon Pakdee Gym (12-3, 5), returning after 3 years out of boxing, fighting against the unbeaten Petchmai Chor Sungnork (1-0, 1). This looks like a very interesting match up on paper and the winner will likely know that their career gets a boost whilst the loser may consider walking away from the sport.
Not only is this an interesting card with 2 interesting bouts but that show is also interesting for the fact it will be held in Thailand's new race track which will be used for various motor sports over the coming years.
One of those will see world ranked Russian Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15) take on the unbeaten Isiah Thomas (13-0, 6). This is a step up for Thomas, who at 6'4" is a huge Light Heavyweight, whilst for Vlasov this really is a must win contest given that he is risking his world rankings and is unlikely to get another opportunity in the US without something to offer. One thing to note is that Vlasov is himself a tall fighter for a Light Heavyweight and may be one of the few fighters in the division that Thomas doesn't tower over.
The other bout will see Kazakhstan fighter Isa Akberbayev (12-0-0-1, 8) battling against the limited Geovanni Sarran (5-7, 1). In all honesty this is a poor bout and Akberbayev should be competing at a higher level. The one relieving factor however is that the card it's self is a strong one and it seems that Akberbayev is merely having a bout to stay busy rather than to progress his career.
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