By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BAVET,CAMBODIA- A boxing ring was set up in the middle of the casino floor of the Felix Hotel and Casino. There was already a captive audience at hand as gamblers gathered around the tables hours before the event actually started. The crowd was immediately drawn to the ring action and were not disappointed.
The main event saw Vietnamese Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen beat Thailand’s Kanyarat Yoohanngoh in a hard fought match for the vacant WBO Female mini-flyweight title. It was a feisty affair marred by a lot of holding, which cost Yoohanngoh a point in the third. In the end, Nguyen got a split verdict from judges Surat Soikrachang (Thailand) and Jung Taek Lee (S.Korea) – 99-90,with Edward Ligas (Philippines) scoring for Kanyarat 95-94.
Nguyen is now 4-0,1KO and could be in line for a title shot. Yoohanngoh drops to 7-5,4KO’s.
The ring became a madhouse after the last bout as fans and press members mingled inside.
Uzbek boxer Olimjon Nazarov overcame a tough Orlie Silvestre by unanimous decision to retain his WBO Oriental Flyweight title. Nazarov was the bigger man during the weigh-in and his size advantage became more obvious on fight night. Silvestre, the Philippine Light Flyweight champion, tried to use his lateral movement and speed. But Nazarov’s edge in power during exchanges enabled him to build a lead. In the ninth, facial swelling developed on Silvestre. It gradually became worse but did not hamper his vision and ability to fight as he tried to win the final two rounds but it was not enough. The judges scores – Sungworn Klungboonkrung (Thailand) – 116-112,Mekin Sumon -115-113 and Jung Taek Lee (S.Korea) – 117-111.
Nazarov is now 22-5,12KO’s. He was ranked number nine by the WBO going into this bout. Silvestre suffers another loss on the road and drops to 15-6-2,8KO’s.
The WBO bouts were supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo.
For the undercard matches - Abdurasul Ismoilov (8-1,5KO’s) of Uzbekistan beat grizzled Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-21-2,23KO’s) by TKO end of round two due to a cut on Aguelo’s right eyelid inflicted by a legal blow.
There were two more Vietnam vs Thailand matches - Hong Quan Dinh (5-1-1,2KO) stopped Roonayut Boonraksa (8-9,1KO) in the fifth round with Boonraksa being knocked down in rounds three and five. Minh Phat Sam (6-3,5KO’s) beat Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-6,3KO’s) by TKO in the second round.
Van Thao Tran (13-1,8KO’s) of Vietnam won a lopsided six round decision Filipino Aries Buenavides (13-5,7KO’s) and in another female match, Vietnamese Tran Thi Linh made her debut with a unanimous verdict over Bo Mi Re Shin of South Korea. This fight card was supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC),International.
Photos - THI THU NHI NGUYEN (LEFT) AND OLIMJON NAZARO
This past week the JBC announced that boxing in Japan would be suspended through the entire month of March to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak. This, of course, lead to a lot of shows in the country being essentially put on an hiatus whilst decisions were made in regards to what would happen with each particular event.
Today the Ishikawa Boxing Gym Tachikawa announced the plan for the show they had scheduled for March 15th.
The promoter have revealed that the show will now take place on May 29th, announcing that they had postponed the show, rather than cancelling it.
Those with tickets for the originally scheduled date in March can either can either get a refund, by contacting the party they got the tickets from, or can get a ticket for the rescheduled date in May.
Yesterday we reported that 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] would be in action on April 17th at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. At the time there wasn't an opponent announced, but hours afterwards his opponent for the show was named, it was a really good name for the unbeaten Kazakh to be linked to.
We now know that the talented Yeleussinov will be up against former unified Light Welterweight world champion Julius Indongo (23-2, 12), in a bout that will be shown on DAZN.
The 28 year old "Kazakh Thunder" looked uncomfortable in his first few fights after turning professional, but in recent bouts has adapted his style and began to look like the man who impressed such much at the Rio Olympics. Of course he's still got some of his amateur traits, but it;s clear he is making waves in the professional ranks now and a match up like this is a serious chance for him to make a statement. A win over Indongo would put him straight onto the fringes of a world title fight, and is a huge step up in class.
Indongo, a 37 year old from Namibia, is a former IBF/WBA unified champion at 140lbs, and had huge back to back wins in 2016/2017 when he beat Eduard Troyanovsky and Ricky Burns. Sadly since then he has gone 1-2, losing by stoppage to Terence Crawford and Regis Prograis is back to back bouts. He has returned with a low profile win, stopping Carltavius Jones Johnson last August. Indongo might be 3 years removed from his world title reign but he's still a tall, rangy, awkward southpaw and should ask questions of Yeleussinov here.
We would expect Yeleussinov to take home the victory, but we're hoping to see him being tested here by the experienced Indongo.
Later today we'll see unbeaten, and rapidly rising, Uzbek Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4) [Исроил Мадримов] taking on world ranked veteran Charlie Navarro (29-9, 22) in a WBA world title eliminator.
The match up, part of a deep card in Frisco on DAZN, is seen as the next step on Madrimov's journey to stardom, and whilst it is a step it's expected to be his next win as begins to position himself as a future star of the sport.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and neither man pushed the Light Welterweight limit, with both fighters coming in at 153¼lbs for the bout, well under the 154lb.
The winner of the bout is expected to be taking a huge leap towards a world title fight, and there's a very real chance that Madrimov could be fighting for a world title in his 6th or 7th professional bout. Given how his first 4 bouts have gone there's no doubting he has the ability to be matched with a world class foe before the end of 2020.
As for Navarro this is very much last chance saloon for the big punching 40 year old Venezuelan who is looking to secure one more shot at the big time after coming up short against the likes of Vyacheslav Senchenko and David Avanesyan.
Earlier today MTK Global announced their next Kazakh show, which will take place on March 28th in Almaty.
The main event of the card will see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] take on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), from Panama.
This will be Turarov's first bout since last July, when he stopped Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, whilst Duran will be looking to build on his December win over Barnie Arguelles.
In a really interesting bout set for this show we'll see former world title challenger Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) take on former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) in a really good looking test, and one that Waseem will have to take serious. The Pakistani fighter didn't look great last time out and will need to be at his best here.
Others set for the show include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет].
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