August 23rd 2018-The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Hinata Maruta (7-1, 6) Vs Ben Mananquil (16-1-2, 4)
Earlier today in the Philippines fight fans had the chance to see Hinata Maruta [丸田 陽七太] battle against Ben Mananquil in a really interesting match up between two men who had a lot of hunger, and just a single defeat each.
September 9th 2017-Polomolok Gym, Polomolok, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines
Ben Mananquil (15-1-2, 3) Vs Jess Rhey Waminal (11-2-1, 6)
Earlier this month Filipino fighters Ben Mananquil and Jess Rhey Waminal faced off, with the two fighting for the OPBF "interim" Bantamweight title.
July 23rd 2017-Robinson's Place, General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines
Ben Mananquil (13-1-3, 3) vs Kim Lindog (5-4-1, 4)
In July Filipino fans saw one of the country's hidden gems in action, as Ben Mananquil took on Kim Lindog.
September 16th 2011-South Greenheights Covered Court, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Ben Mananquil (5-0) Vs Salvador Layson (4-5-2)
Over the past few years we've become genuine admirers of the under-rated Ben Mananquil. Here he is facing off against Salvador Layson in a domestic bout.
Boxing has numerous fighters all looking to make a name for themselves and get the opportunity to earn life changing sums of money. One such fighter is Ben Mananaquil a Filipino who is unbeaten through 12 fights. He has yet to really get much in terms of attention though he did come incredibly close to stopping the world ranked Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym. His most recent bout saw the Filipino travelling to China to fight the under-rated but teak tough Xiang Jing, another fighter looking for the opportunity to make a name for himself.
The fight wasn't the most skilled or the most action packed bout of all time though it was a really enjoyable contest between two men both looking for their biggest win to date, it was two men looking for there chance to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title and two men really giving their all. Sometimes the desire of the fighters can make a bout better better than all-action warfare and that's what we had here, though unfortunately we were left with an unpleasing result, a draw.
Although neither of the fighters are currently big names the fight left us wanting to see more of both men and, with the fighters both in their 20's, the odds are we will see them in bigger fighters somewhere down the line. In fact we'd not be surprised if at least one of these men fights in a world title bout in the next three of four years. We suggest that you give this a watch due to the potential both men have as they begin to mature into what could be two very talented fighters.
In the past we have suggested that winning a fight in Thailand as the visitor is amongst the most difficult things a fighter can do. That's partly down the conditions they fight in in Thailand which sees fighters competing in the middle of the day in an temporary outdoor ring and it's also partly due to the home town officiating which can make the officials in Britain and the UK seem completely acceptable.
One fighter who sadly found out how hard it is to win in Thailand was unbeaten Filipino Ben Mananquil who scored a 2nd round technical draw with Kwanpichit OinesongChaigym, then fighting under the name of Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express.
Mananquil came into the bout a total unknown with 9 wins against limited Filipino domestic fighters whilst Kwanpichit entered as a world ranked contender and WBO Oriental champion. Despite entering as unknown Mananquil left as a danger man who had come incredibly close to scoring an opening round TKO before a clash of heads bailed out Kwanpichit. We'd happily suggest that a referee in almost any other country would have waved this off inside the first round when the Thai was eating solid, clean shots.
Despite not coming away with the win Mananquil certainly showed that he was a capable fighter and may well be a hidden gem amongst the current generation of Filipino fighters.
(Video courtesy of boxingfan224)
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