By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BA RIA-VUNGTAO,VIETNAM- World ranked Olimjon Nazarov (28-5,15KO’s) of Uzbekistan edged Bienvenido Ligas (14-3-2,9KO’s) of the Philippines in a nail-biter to retain the WBO Oriental Flyweight title at the Ballroom of the Grand Ho Tram Strip.
The taller Ligas used his jab well, while Nazarov fought through a peek-a-boo defense to get in and try to land hard shots. But Ligas was in his face throughout most of the bout, and it was in the pivotal ninth round, when Nazarov knocked Ligas down with a body shot that spelled the difference in the scores.
The judges had it – 115-112 twice from Surat Soikrachang (Thailand) and Jung Taek Lee (S.Korea) and 114-113 from Charlie Choi (S.Korea). The WBO July 2022 rankings has Nazarov as the number three contender to champion Junto Nakatani (28-0,18KO’s) of Japan.
Chan Ho Song (8-0,4KO’s) of South Korea stopped Bunchai Phonsungnoen (4-4-1,3KO’s) from Thailand in three rounds to retain the WBO Oriental Youth junior welterweight title. Song used hard body shots to drop the Thai in the second and early in the third. Bunchai got up but hit the canvas twice again this time courtesy of head blows. Referee Jung Taek Lee decided he had seen enough at the 240 mark.
Vietnam’s Hong Quan Dinh (9-1-1,4KO’s) beat Jules Victoriano (11-5,8KO’s) of the Philippines by unanimous decision and kept his IBF Asia lightweight title. From a tense tactical contest it became a give and take affair in the later rounds.
Two judges had it close 115-115 from South Korean Charlie Choi and Thai Sawaeng Thaweekoon and 117-111 from S.Korean Jae Hoon Kim.
Abdulazizbek Najmiddinov (10-0,8KO’s) of Uzbekistan left Indonesian Rivo Kundimang (9-4-2) flat on his back in the fourth round.
Casey Morton stopped Thai Wassana Kamdee in round two. Morton (11-3-3,3KO’s), known as the Lady Hawaiian Punch, bounced back from her IBO world title loss and could be in the hunt once again.
Phat Minh Sam (8-4,6KO’s) of Vietnam stopped Heri Purnomo (3-10,2KO’s) from Indonesia in round two.
It was announced that tickets for the show were sold out. The event is promoted by Cocky Buffalo Promotions and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission of Vietnam.
Photo – Chan Ho Song (left) and Olimjon Nazarov retain WBO regional belts
Earlier today fight fans in Kobe saw former WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (39-3, 21) [亀田和毅] score an impressive and dominant win over hard hitting Dominican fighter William Encarnacion (19-4, 15).
On paper this looked an interesting match up, especially given it was the bout for Kameda as a fully fledged Featherweight. Instead however it was one sided beat down by Kameda, from the start of the bout.
From the off Kameda looked too quick, too sharp and too crisp for Encarnacion, who looked slow in comparison and had no answer to Kameda's speed and jab. Notably however the highlight of the round was a left hand to the body from Kameda. Having lost the opening round Encarnacion looked to turn things around in round 2, when he began pressing more, but the speed of Kameda proved to be too much, again.
In round 3 the body shots of Kameda began to take their toll, with Kameda dropping his foe with a combination to the body. Encarnacion recovered to his feet but was down again, again from body shots, later in round 3 as Kameda continued to break down the visitor, who was dropped a third time in round 4, this time staying down for the count.
After the bout Kameda stated that he was wanting to chase a world title fight with unified Super Bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (11-0, 8) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], but if that can't be organised he would move up full time to Featherweight to pursue a big bout at 126lbs.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw Japanese Youth Featherweight champion Hiroki Hanabusa (10-2-3, 3) [英洸貴] retain his title, as he took a unanimous decision over Toshiyuki Takahashi (7-5, 4) [髙橋利之], to record his first defense of the title.
From the off this was high tempo action with both looking to set a good tempo behind their jabs. Sadly for Hanabusa he was cut in round 2, from a clash of heads, but continued to control the action with his tempo, whilst Takahashi tried to match him shot for shot.
Takahashi had real success in round 4, as he landed some excellent uppercuts, but Hanabusa refused to just concede the round, responding with some excellent straight right hands up top. From there Takahashi struggled to get breakthroughs as the guard of Hanabusa was simply too tight, and too good, especially when he pressed forward behind it, taking the distance and range from Takahashi.
In the final rounds Hanabusa simply out worked and out fought Takahashi up close, securing the decision, with scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75.
The guard of Hanabusa made it hard for Takahashi to have any sustained success, whilst Hanabusa's shots were the cleaner, more accurate ones, especially with his excellent jab which was varied through out the bout. It was clear that Hanabusa had done enough and Takahashi and his team had no argument afterwards. What was notable after the bout however, was Hanabusa's plan to climb into the top 10 of the Japanese rankings and then begin to chase senior titles, with the Japanese and regional belts both on his mind.
Press release - APOLINARIO BECOMES PHILIPPINES LONE WORLD CHAMPION WITH KO WIN OVER BUTHELEZI
By: Sanman Boxing
Dave “The Doberman” Apolinario, now W17 KO12 L0 becomes the country’s lone world champion after disposing South African legend and three division world champion Gideon Buthelezi in the opening round. At stake was the International Boxing Organization World Flyweight Belt. The win was badly needed after our last standing champion Mark Magsayo was outpointed by Mexican Rey Vargas recently.
Both fighters entered the opening bell with so much respect sizing up each other with jabs and single shots. The Filipino was obviously more aggressive but Buthelezi was moving around effective enjoying the cheers of the home crowd. It was on the last minute that Apolinario exploded with a wicked one-two that sent the South African crashing to the canvass. It was the right straight that caught Buthelezi on the button for good. The hometown boy failed to beat the count thus ending the night early.
It was a meaningful win for Dave Apolinario whose mother passed away three months ago. The sorry of bereavement didn’t stop the Sanman protégé from putting up a show and showing the boxing world what he was made of. The win was dedicated to his late mother. “How I wish my mother was here as I celebrate my first world title belt. This is for you mom. This is for the Philippines. This is for my team!”, Apolinario stated.
Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil was all celebrations. “We were always confident that Dave will stop Buthelezi with an exclamation point. He is a showman. It was the performance of his life but this is just the beginning. Dave is here to get the other belts. Thank you Mike Pelayo”, Manangquil said.
By: Sanman Boxing
Young upcoming prospect RV Deniega (6-0) of sanman boxing will be facing the toughest challenge of his career as he faces former WBC and Ring Magazine world champion Sonnyboy “Bullet” Jaro on August 5 at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.
Jaro last fought in 2019 suffering a KO loss to Thai Nawaphon Kaikanha in Thailand. Undefeated Deniega last fought on May 2 with KO win over Jerry Pabila. The fight will be a real acid test for the young gun in Deniega. Jaro may be past his prime but still packs a lot of power in his punches.
“I have a lot of respect for Sonny Boy. He is a great champion and I don’t think he is too old to hurt me with his punches. But I myself am a warrior and I have prepared myself to overcome any opponent placed before me. This is a great fight and a chance for me to impress the fans. Please watch my fight”, Deniega calmly stated.
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