When you think of the word Asia the first thing that probably comes into mind is a long tradition of rituals and martial arts. Asian people take care of their culture, but they don’t mind some influence from the outside world. That’s why Asians have produced some legendary boxers over the years.
These boxers hold legendary records and come from all over Asia. Some of them focus strictly on boxing while others are Muay Thai kickboxers. Either way, they are amazing athletes that can motivate you to become a future champion yourself. With that in mind, here are some of the best Asian boxers you’ll come across:
Just like in most popular sports, boxing comes with different categories, and when you’re talking about the super featherweight division without mentioning Flash Elorde. This legendary boxer started out early at just 16 years old. He decided to hang his gloves 20 years later but made sure to fill his record with all sorts of achievements.
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Flash was known for his speedy attacks which were mostly body attacks, but he also knew the fundamentals. He has an amazing record of 89 wins and 33 knockouts on top of that. The height of his career was in 1960 when he took down Harold Gomes and became the super featherweight world champion.
When it comes to legendary fighters, then you’ll probably think of Wonjongkam also. He took up Thai boxing at the age of 7 like most of his peers. But when he turned 12 he learned how to box properly which lead him to the start of his career. This guy was amazing as in 2001 he managed to knockout Malcolm Tunacao and secure a WBC Flyweight World Championship title. He also took on Daisuke Naito and went on to defend his title against this Japanese contender by taking him down in just 7 seconds. These are only 2 of the many amazing feats that Wonjongkam has over his career.
The Pacman is probably the most recognizable fighter in this article and the world. He started as a flyweight only to get titles in 5 weight classes in the future. The thing that sets him apart from the other fighters is that he has quick hands and can knock you out with both of them. But he wasn’t just a volume puncher as he also knew how to move. You can learn a lot about the man by just watching his matches. He makes a legendary Asian boxer and can be your motivational leader if you decide to take on the path of boxing.
There is one division in worldwide boxing where Thailand undoubtedly excels, boasting one long-standing world champion, along with two more who could easily claim title belts before too long. Interestingly, all three fight in the lowest possible weight division, the mini-flyweight category, along with all having practiced Muay Thai before focusing on professional boxing.
Given the huge success enjoyed by Thai pugilists in the lighter weight divisions, every fighter is avidly followed by fans in their homeland, amidst eternally high expectations. This inevitably translates to fight fans looking for the best options to back their favourites. Thankfully, the latest guide to online sports betting in Thailand via Asiabet covers everything needed.
Along with detailed reviews for all the top betting sites available in Thailand, the experts at Asiabet have also focused on which betting companies offer the best odds and promotions, along with providing information and advice about different betting markets. Focusing on professional boxing, let’s take a look at the top trio of Thai fighters in the mini-flyweight division.
The name might not be familiar at first glance, although that’s because this guy tends to fight under a different name in the boxing ring. Aged 31 and known as ‘Knockout CP Freshmart’ in boxing circles, the man from Surin maintains a perfect fight record of 23 wins and zero defeats through an exceptional professional career, since making the switch from Muay Thai.
Knockout CP Freshmart is the reigning WBA (Super) mini-flyweight champion of the world, and has held that title since June 2016, when he beat Byron Rojas of Honduras over 12 rounds via unanimous decision. Although he has only achieved 9 knockout victories, the rest of his unblemished record is a testament to great stamina and resilience, able to go the distance.
Having last fought in December 2021, Freshmart comfortably defeated Filipino challenger Robert Paradero, winning the bout in just 5 rounds via TKO. This marked a remarkable tenth consecutive defence of the WBA (Super) mini-flyweight title, having previously reigned supreme as WBC Youth World Champion in the same division.
Insofar as professional boxing experience is concerned, 31-year-old Panya Pradabsri is hard to top. Along with having participated in more than 200 Muay Thai bouts, this guy is now getting ready for the 39th professional boxing appearance of his career. On 29 March 2022, the Pradabsri versus Menayothin rematch will be that fight, which could prove decisive in the careers of both boxers.
Also known to fight under the ‘Petchmanee CP Freshmart’ ring name, Pradabsri has held the WBC mini-flyweight world championship title since November 2020, when he beat Menayothin. This next bout between the pair will be a rematch of sorts, offering the chance to settle some unfinished business, given that last encounter was eventually settle by unanimous decision.
Throughout the entirety of his boxing career, since turning professional back in January 2014, Pradabsri has established a record of 23 wins, with 23 via knockout and 14 via decision, along with just the one defeat. That loss came in October 2017 against Xiong Chaozhong, via what proved to be quite a controversial majority decision by the judges.
Despite being oldest of the trio under our spotlight of Thai boxers in this division, Wanheng Menayothin is another vastly experienced professional. The 36-year-old is the former WBC mini-flyweight world champion, also known in some locations as the strawweight division, having established a phenomenal fight record until suffering the first defeat of his career.
Menayothin won 54 consecutive bouts following his professional debut in January 2007, going on to win the vacant WBC Youth World title in March 2007, then the WBC interim international title in December 2009, which he defended multiple times. The vacant WBC International Mini-Flyweight (Strawweight) title was won in November 2014, beating Filipino boxer Jeffrey Galero via unanimous decision.
After clocking up a remarkable 18 successful defences of his WBC title, Menayothin eventually met his match in November 2021, when the title was lost to fellow Thai boxer Panya Pradabrsi via unanimous decision. For this reason, the upcoming rematch has created a buzz of excitement in Thailand, as two of their best and most successful boxers do battle again for the title.
For a region that is so enshrined in fight sports, it is remarkable at first that there are not many more household names in the annals of Asian boxing history. Though when you think about it, there are so many different available routes to go down if you do have the fighting spirit running through your veins. Muay Thai, kick boxing, MMA to name just three are hugely popular throughout Asia and represent a more natural step for a fighter in, say, Thailand to take than boxing. That said, Asia has still produced some of the best boxers in history and continues to do so. A lot of Asian boxers do not make it into the spotlight until they have achieved success, a fact that makes that journey all the harder, both financially and motivation-wise. One advantage of Asian fighters going under the radar however is fans can get good value at bookmakers, with all boxing odds available of course on any betting app. But let us look at 4 boxers who certainly have made a name for themselves.
The only one on our list who is still fighting, Inoue has long been touted as a contender for the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. His record is not far from perfect. 22 fights, 22 wins, 19 coming by way of knockout. All but three of those fights were for a belt. He had already made a name for himself after winning the junior bantamweight belt and defending it seven times, but the fact he had only fought outside Japan once meant he was not receiving the attention an American or European fighter would have been. However, when he demolished Jamie McDonnel, the British title holder, within a round to win the WBA bantamweight strap, it was hard for anyone to ignore him. Since then, he has continued to impress and thrill in equal measure, and has fought in the States and UK. His fight against Nonito Donaire in 2019 was one of the best of the year, and the eagerly awaited rematch looks to be getting closer. At 28, “The Monster” is probably yet to reach his prime, and his awesome power may even increase. In an era when going up and down the weights is rampant, Inoue could clean up not just this division, but several.
Unless you have spent time in Pacquiao’s native Philippines it is hard to fathom just how much of a legend he is to his people. In a career that spanned four decades, the southpaw has been an ever present at the very top for almost all of it. Moving up and down an incredible eight divisions, from flyweight to light middleweight, he fought an incredible 72 times, winning 62, losing 8 and drawing 2. His only regret, and those of boxing fans around the world, was that his fight with Mayweather didn’t happen several years earlier. One of the greatest boxers of all time, never mind the greatest Asian boxer of all time.
In a career that dwarfs even Manny Pacquiao’s, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is the most successful boxer to come out of Thailand. When he retired in 2018 he had fought 98 times, losing just 5 and drawing 2. 47 of those wins were by knockout, including the 34 second knockout of then flyweight title holder (and another incredible Asian boxer) Daisuke Naito, the fastest knockout in the division’s history. He also held the records for the most consecutive title defences (16) and the record for the most fighters he defended his belt against (again 16).
The Dragon was the fourth Indonesian to win a world title, and held the WBA (Super) featherweight belt for almost a decade, retaining it against 16 different men between September 2003 and April 2013. With a record of 48 wins, 3 draws and just 1 defeat, John is widely regarded as one of the best featherweights ever step into the ring.
After being deprived of live action for so long especially in front of crowds, the fights are coming thick and fast through the early part of 2022, including a hugely anticipated all-Asian rematch. Already this month we have seen some incredible fights, controversial decisions as well as the news that Tyson Fury will retire after his upcoming fight with Dillian Whyte, but on March the 19th fights take place across an incredible 5 continents.
Masamichi Yabuki Vs Kenshiro Teraji
The fight that will be of particular interest to fans of Asian boxing is the rematch between Masamichi Yabuki and Kenshiro Teraji. Last September’s fight was not only one of the fights of the year, but it also produced one of the shocks of the year. Yabuki went in as a big underdog, but after almost thirty minutes of ferocious action stopped Teraji in the tenth to not only take his WBC junior flyweight belt but also his undefeated record. As anyone who knows anything about boxing, fighters try to hold onto their 0's like their life depends on it.
It is unclear how much the unsettled preparation and build up took out of Teraji, the son of Hisashi Teraji and he and his team immediately called for a rematch. One thing we do now, is that if the fight is anything like the first one, it will be one not to miss.
Vergil Ortiz Jr Vs Michael McKinson
On the same night in Los Angeles, Ortiz Jr and McKinson go head-to-head in what is an eliminator for the WBO welterweight strap in all but name. It is an intriguing match-up between two unbeaten fighters, and a potentially great clash of styles. Ortiz Jr has a perfect record, all 18 of his fights ending in a stoppage, while McKinson has only two KOs in his 21 victories, but what he lacks in devasting knockout power, he more than makes up for with technical ability and ringcraft. Ortiz Jr, ranked number one contender by the WBO, has an average fight length of just 3.3 rounds, so the British number 3 ranked contender’s plan will be to take him into the later rounds.
Sunny Edwards Vs Muhammad Waseem
It is a similar story on the same night with another intriguing clash, this time in the Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai. Edwards is very possibly not just the most underrated world champion out there at the moment, but also the most technically gifted one. His style is not everyone’s cup of tea, but then, nor was Mayweather’s. Edwards defends his IBF Flyweight title for the third time, against Waseem who comes into the fight on a rich vein of form himself. Last November he won the WBC Silver flyweight belt by defeating Rober Barrera in another fight of the year candidate, and since losing to Mthalane back in 2018 has gone undefeated. It was Moruti Mthalane who Edwards beat to win the world title, in a unanimous points decision, with one judge giving him every round.
The Best of the Rest
On such a packed night of boxing there is always the danger that some fights fans should definitely be aware of will end up going under the radar. A lot of people are excited about super middleweight Edgar Berlanga, and he faces his sternest test to date when he takes on Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden. On the undercard of the Edwards Waseem bill, Regis Prograis goes up against Irishman Tyrone McKenna, with both men hoping to put themselves in the running for a title shot. Prograis was defeated for the first and only time in his fight against Josh Taylor, while one of McKenna’s two defeats was at the hands of Jack Catterall, the man who lost to Taylor in such controversial circumstances. Meanwhile, at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, undefeated lightweight Jacob Ng will take on fellow Aussie, the veteran Billy Dib.
We all know the Asian boxing scene is packed with talented fighters, yet once we focus beyond the middleweight division where Ryota Murata of Japan is reigning WBA champions, the number of genuine title challenges begins to reduce significantly. Nevertheless, there are two Chinese fighters aiming to prove themselves amongst the biggest guys in the ring, seeking out opportunities to edge themselves closer to title shots.
Right now, Olexsandr Usyk and Tyson Fury are the dominant names in the heavyweight scene, enthralling fans around the globe at the prospect of a unification bout, which could come before the end of 2022. The popularity of boxing has arguably never been greater, amongst the best betting sites reviewed by SBO, who focus on which bookies offer the most competitive odds and broadest range of markets.
Throughout the entire history of professional boxing, only two Asian fighters have ever claimed a world title in the top two divisions. They are Vassiliy Jirov, who held the IBF Cruiserweight title from 1999 to 2003, and Beibut Shumenov who held the WBA (Super) and IBA light-heavyweight titles until April 2014, losing both belts to Bernard Hopkins. Nevertheless, there are two Chinese fighters with genuine ambitions of changing all that, aiming to make their mark in the heavyweight and light-heavyweight divisions this year.
‘Big Bang’ Zhang Zhilei
Considering the fact Zhang Zhilei remains unbeaten throughout his professional career, the Chinese heavyweight still hasn’t managed to get the title shot he seeks. Boasting an impressive record of 23 wins and one draw, including 18 KO victories, the 38-year-old from Zhoukou in Henan province made his professional debut in August 2014. Since then, every rival has fallen by the wayside until Jerry Forrest in February 2021, which ended in a majority draw.
After beating Craig Lewis in November 2021, needing just two rounds to end that fight against the American boxer, the South China Morning Post suggested that ‘Big Bang’ Zhang has one particular “dream” bout in mind. He apparently hopes to fight stablemate Anthony Joshua, despite the Briton having lost his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles last year, following the surprise defeat against Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine.
Zhang Zhilei apparently wants the chance to face Joshua on home soil in China, if promoters can agree a suitable enough deal, while victory would also strengthen his credentials for a future title shot. At the time of writing, Zhang is currently ranked 8th in the WBO list, although another option being considered is Filip Hrgovic of Croatia, who is 3rd in the IBF rankings. The potential reward would be the chance to become the mandatory IBF challenger.
Currently 13th in the IBF rankings list, the Chinese southpaw really needs to get himself higher in the rankings of all four main boxing organisations, in order to get the heavyweight title shot he craves. The clock is ticking as he gets older and ideally, he would hope to have had at least one title shot before reaching the age of 40. Importantly, the boxing organisations are aware of his marketability, with China remaining largely untapped for hosting top boxing events.
‘Cold Blood’ Fanlong Meng
33-year-old Fanlong Meng has fully earned his ‘Cold Blood’ nickname, given the southpaw from Chifeng has ruthlessly defeated everyone who stood in his path. To date he boasts an impeccable record of 17 wins, with zero defeats or draws to blemish his credentials as a potential future world champion, since turning professional in January 2015.
The pathway to success has been marked by beating quality opponents, achieving notable landmarks in his quest for the biggest prizes in the light-heavyweight division. Meng Fanlong earned his first title in January 2017, beating Gasan Gasanov of to claim the vacant WBO Oriental light-heavyweight title, needing just a single round to demolish his Russian opponent.
In October of 2017, he also took the vacant IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title, needing 10 rounds to eventually beat Emmanuel Danso of Ghana in Macau. Having defended that particular title twice against strong opponents, Fanlong Meng is now number one challenger in the IBF world rankings, whilst also in 8th position of the WBO world rankings. This would suggest the possibility of a title fight sometime in 2022 or early 2023.
According to ESPN boxing reports early in January 2022, the next fight for Fanlong Meng will actually be in the cruiserweight division, amidst negotiations for a bout against Russian veteran Sergey Kovalev in March 2022. This could be the precursor for an eagerly anticipated title shot against another Russian, given that in 2020, the planned title shot against WBC and IBF light-heavyweight champions Artur Beterbiev was cancelled.
Few can doubt the credentials of these two superb fighters, although their pathway to title shots has hardly been orthodox. Meng Fanlong certainly ranks highly enough that already, he should be regarded as the mandatory IBF world championship challenger. Meanwhile, the chances of a title bout in 2022 for Zhilei Zhang look slender, although he could push towards becoming mandatory challenger for the WBO belt.
Mixed martial arts fans from around the world will flock to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and tune into broadcasts on January 22 when the eagerly anticipated clash between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane headlines UFC 270. The UFC Heavyweight Championship unification bout serves as the headliner of what should be an epic card.
Ngannou, known as The Predator in UFC circles, hails from Cameroon but resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 35-year-old man mountain stands at 6ft 4in tall and tips the scales at some 263lbs. Ngannou has ferocious power and is the hardest recorded puncher in the world.
The reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion has a 16-3 professional fight record, with 12 of those victories coming by way of knockout. Ngannou won his first six UFC bouts, which earned him a shot at the title held by Stipe Miocic at the time. The pair fought at UFC 220 in January 2018, with Miocic retaining his title with a unanimous decision. Ngannou lost his next fight, too. Derrick Lewis defeated the Cameroonian giant, again, by unanimous decision.
Ngannou got back to winning ways only four months later when he beat Curtis Blaydes via TKO after only 45-seconds. Three more victories followed before Ngannou stood toe-to-toe with Miocic in a rematch for the title. Ngannou knocked Miocic out in the second round to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
That was in late March 2021, and Ngannou has not fought since, leading to people accusing him of ducking fights. He has no choice but to take on Gane on January 22.
Frenchman Gane is a relative newcomer to the MMA scene, making his debut at TKO Fight Night in August 2018. That victory earned him the vacant TKO Heavyweight title, which he defended twice before signing a contract with the UFC.
He made his UFC debut in August 2019 and has since fought seven times in the famous octagon, winning all seven. Gane’s last victory happened at UFC 265 in August 2021. He took on Derrick Lewis for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship, defeating him in the third round by TKO. Gane’s skills earned him the Performance of the Night gong and a shot at Ngannou.
This pair of Goliaths know each other’s style, having trained together in Paris, France, for many years. Neither fighter is overly skilled when it comes to their groundwork, so this could turn out to be a good, old-fashioned slugging match. If that is the case, Ngannou has to be the favorite to defend his title successfully.
A Clash Of Styles Makes For an Interesting Fight
Ngannou has won 14 of his last 16 fights, including four in a row. Ten of his last 11 wins have been knockouts, and his last eight wins have all ended in the first round. Ngannou’s unrivaled power is a massive factor here, especially when 79% of his significant strikes hit an opponent’s head. He only needs to catch Gane with a powerhouse strike, and Gane will likely succumb to his first professional defeat.
However, Gane is a clever, tactical fighter with a kickboxing background. The Frenchman mixes up his targets with 44% of his significant strikes being to the head, 26% to the body, and 30% to the legs. Ngannou’s targets are 79% head, 11% body, and only 10% legs.
Furthermore, Gane lands 5.37 significant strikes per minute compared to only 2.54 for Ngannou, which is more than double. Gane can grind down Ngannou and frustrate him. He has the speed to avoid Ngannou’s deadly power and counter him.
It should be a great fight with conflicting styles. Anyone with Ngannou’s power always has a chance of winning because knockouts only take one punch. Yet if Gane can keep Ngannou at arm’s length, he could take this fight to the judges and win on points. Gane’s average fight time is 15:06 compared to Ngannou’s 5:38. Does Ngannou have the stamina to go all the way against a fighter who lands more than five strikes per minute? That remains to be seen.
Manny Pacquiao, also known as PacMan by fans around the world, is a former professional boxer whose record is quite impressive: 62 wins – 2 draws – 8 losses. Over the course of his career, which ended in 2021 at the age of 42, he fought against many famous athletes, including Floyd Mayweather. Millions around the globe watched him with great interest and bet on his greatest matches on sports betting sites like Rivalry. Overall, Manny Pacquiao is a 4-time welterweight world champion. But now that his career is over, he switched completely to a different kind of fight: politics.
Manny Pacquiao’s Political Career
Manny Pacquiao is currently 43-years-old and serves as a senator of the Philippines. In this country, the Senate is composed of 24 representatives and he is one of them. Arguably, his political career is just as relevant as his boxing career. But few people know about it.
Manny Pacquiao entered politics more than a decade ago. In 2010, he was elected to be the representative of Sarangani. He spent 6 years in this role and then he assumed office as a senator. In 2020, after 4 years as a senator, he became the president of PDP-Laban. In 2021, Manny Pacquiao decided that it was time to take his career to the next level and announced his candidacy for the 2022 presidential election of his country.
In boxing, Manny Pacquiao was always eager to get better and fight against better opponents. It seems that the same spirit guides him in his political career. However, in his boxing career he didn’t go undefeated. His first loss came in 1996, just one year after his first match. In politics it took him much longer to fight for the title, so to speak, and many regard him as an underdog. But he is, nonetheless, determined to win the fight, as always.
Retiring from Boxing
To focus on this political fight, Manny Pacquiao retired from boxing completely. He’s not coaching anybody, nor is he leading any organization. Right now, he is entirely focused on politics, because that’s where he feels he can contribute the most.
“I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over. I never thought this day would come as I hang up my boxing gloves. This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but I am at peace with it.” - Manny Pacquiao
After he announced his decision to stop competing professionally, Pacquiao thanks his fans for all the beautiful memories. And he, no doubt, had many fans all over the world. It’s hard to be a boxing champion for such a long time and fight so many great fighters and not gain any supporters. People love winners and Manny Pacquiao, despite his occasional defeats, was a great winner. And an even greater human being as well.
Manny Pacquiao’s Character and Views
Manny Pacquiao is a deeply religious man and very down-to-earth. He grew up in extreme poverty, did all kinds of bizarre jobs to survive, and didn’t change over the years, despite the fact that he amassed hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to his boxing career. For a man from a poor country like the Philippines, that’s a staggering amount of money.
Being a wealthy man and having experienced great success throughout his life are great assets for his presidential run. It’s obvious that he has no reason to scam anybody and that he would not become corrupted by power. If there’s anyone who can raise The Philippines from poverty and solve some of its biggest problems, it’s definitely he.
What isn’t clear at this point is the direction in which he would steer the country. He is so many things in one that it’s difficult to predict his moves. The man obviously loves sports, art, politics, religion, and is also a Senior Master Sergeant. His versatility is extraordinary and it will probably serve him well as president of the Philippines. The current president, Rodrigo Duterte, is also a member of PDP-Laban, but is 3 decades older than Pacquiao and very strict. Pacquiao seems to be a totally different character.
An important aspect that shaped Manny Pacquiao was his religious upbringing. He was initially a Catholic but chose to switch to Evangelical Protestantism. But unlike many politicians, he’s a genuine believer.
On 24th May, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom boxing announced that professional Uzbek boxer Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0-0) would put his world title belts on the line against Ronny Rios (33-3-0) of the US. Hailing from Chust and fighting out of California, Akhmadaliev’s rise to prominence has made him one of the most intriguing boxers in the world, and he's already a unified world champion in the super bantamweight division.
Despite only being in the professional ranks for a total of nine fights to date, Ring Magazine places him atop their rankings, ahead of Daniel Roman (27-2-1), title-holders Stephen Fulton (19-0-0) and Brandon Figueroa (22-0-1), and ninth-place Rios. While the Uzbek is flying high and boasts a strong history in the amateur ranks, his bout against Rios is still a hefty challenge – one which BoxRec places as a four-star bout in its quality.
Taking one step closer to an undisputed bout
Akhmadaliev’s ascendency has been nothing short of meteoric. After seven fights to get him used to the rigours of the professional ranks, the Uzbek dived straight into the deep end, taking on the WBA and IBF World unified champion Roman as a mandatory challenger. Winning by split decision, he next defended his belts at the Humo Arena in Tashkent against Japanese southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3-0) for five rounds on 3rd April this year. The fight may have been stopped early, but Boxing Junkie rightly notes that Akhmadaliev dominated throughout. Now, having demonstrated his skills on home turf, the unified super bantamweight world champion is returning to the US, fighting at the SNHU Arena in New Hampshire on 19th November.
Once again, the subscription boxing service DAZN will show the bout. Even without home backing, though, the Uzbek is greatly favoured in this one, with many seeing it as a placeholder before he can challenge to become undisputed. As of 8th November, Betway has Akhmadaliev as the 9/50 favourite to beat the 7/2 Rios on the night. Given the pedigree of the Uzbek title-holder, the fact that he’s 27-years-old and an Olympic Bronze medallist, and that Rios has historically struggled when asked to step up, it’s easy to see why Akhmadaliev is so heavily favoured by the oddsmakers.
Is there a chance for an upset in the world title fight?
Fighting out of the TKO Boxing Club in Santa Ana, California, it’d be fair to say that Rios has predominantly struggled when faced with the world title-contending class. For the WBC World title on 26th August 2017, he lost by unanimous decision to Rey Vargas (29-0-0).
A little over one year later, he was knocked out by Azat Hovhannisyan (13-2-0) when battling for the WBC Continental Americas crown – the Armenian would next face Vargas and lose by unanimous decision. Having since captured, defended, and dropped one of the WBA’s meaningless World straps, he now finds himself as the Association’s mandatory challenger.
Still, Rios has the underdog’s mentality and a fighter’s spirit, making him a dangerous foe. His record shows that wealth of experience that he has over Akhmadaliev in the professional ranks, and losing to Vargas certainly can’t be held against him. Talking to Boxing Scene, Rios said: “I go into every fight with nothing to lose and everything to gain.” The one-time world title challenger could come out swinging and rock the Uzbek early, but the likelihood of that working against the crisp-punching, swift-moving MJ seems to be slim.
The bigger picture of the super bantamweight scene
On 23rd August 2018, after besting Roman Conteras (15-7-6), Akhmadaliev returned to a hero’s welcome in Tashkent. Last time out, 3rd April 2021, he was already at home to be cheered on as a local sporting icon in the making. Now, a win against Rios could have him on the fast path to the history books. Prior to besting Iwasa in Uzbekistan, he stated: “I will not avoid anybody, I want all the belts.” He has to fight Rios as his mandatory, but after that, all eyes turn to another super bantamweight bout with the other two world titles on the line.
On 27th November, in Las Vegas, the WBC and WBO straps are on the line, contested by Figueroa and Fulton on Showtime. Either of the two undefeated Americans could turn to demand a rematch in the immediate aftermath, but the recent history of the division would suggest that the battle to become the undisputed world champion would take precedence. As he detailed to Boxing Social on 20th May, Fulton doesn’t think that Figueroa will prove a problem, but the oddsmakers don’t favour Fulton (2/7) as strongly as they do Akhmadaliev.
It’s an exciting time for the super bantamweight division, particularly if you’re backing Akhmadaliev, and 2022 might just see an Uzbek and an American meet to decide the undisputed world champion.
Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world and has been for over a hundred years. The noble art is bigger in some countries than others, but anywhere you travel globally, you’re sure to find a healthy presence of fight fans. From the champions of the United Kingdom to the stars of the United States. The best warriors from Japan to the relentless pressure-fighters of Mexico. The sport has it all and is in as good a shape today as it has ever been.
The most popular weight category in boxing is heavyweight. Whether you’re an avid lover of all things boxing, following the speed and skills of the little men working their way up through the small hall show and climbing the ranks. To the casual follower tuning in to the big fight live on TV once or twice a year, knowing and respecting the top names, you’ll have a soft spot for the heavyweights—the big men with the knockout power.
A bout can turn in the blink of an eye. It can swivel on just one clean shot. The winning fighter could be floored, the losing fighter landing the money shot that turns the tide. It’s unpredictable, exciting, great fun and exactly why the leading boxing betting sites attract so much attention on fight night.
Add extra spice to the occasion
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What you need to know
To bet online, you must have a betting account registered with a bookmaker that is legal and licensed to trade in your country. Choose wisely as although there are many bookies available, some are much better than others. When you choose the bookie for you and sign up for an account, you will receive a welcome bonus free bet which can be used to gamble on boxing or any other major sport covered by the app.
So, you have your free bet, now let’s look at how to use it. The leading sportsbooks have a long list of markets available on the top fights. You can keep it simple and have your stake down on the fighter you expect to win the bout or play one of the specials. The more risk you take, the greater the odds will be. The most popular special bet on boxing is the method of victory. Here you are tasked with predicting which fighter will win the bout and how they’ll achieve that victory - on points or by knockout. To get the profits, you must call both correct.
Log in to your betting account, then click the boxing tab. Select the fight you wish to wager on then the market you’re after. If you click the odds of your chosen bet, it will be added to your bet slip. Input a stake, double-check the details and cost then click to confirm. Your bet will then be live and can’t be changed.
In this space, we will address a series of tools or protocols to help athletes cope with the recovery of traumas or common pathologies in the world of sport (boxing, football, running, cycling, etc.) with the help of physical therapy.
Neuromuscular recoveryAn attempt is made to regain adequate muscle tone, muscle relaxation, etc., using different therapeutic means.
Regarding neuromuscular recovery, we can cite the following techniques:
In addition, they have a series of substances such as menthol that will stimulate, hyper-excite the nerve endings that lead to thermal sensations and will provide a fictitious cold sensation that will saturate the nervous system with tension, from small micro-tears, helping to break the vicious cycle of tension or stress produced by sport.
Metabolic recoveryWhen a person does sports, they have all the machinery working, burning calories, which leaves a lot of waste and metabolic substances that bathe the muscles, stalling the metabolic functioning and increasing muscle tension.
We are going to propose a series of tools to achieve this metabolic recovery:
As you will see, physical therapy oriented to the sport or the athlete is extremely important to have - not only a good performance - but to condition, the body for tests of strength or endurance, to recover the body and prevent injuries.
Always remember to visit professional physiotherapists. You can get a free consultation at a physical therapy clinic, where they can show you the different types of physical therapy. Get a specialized and personalized treatment to take care of your body. Do not wait more!