Boxing is littered with some great stories and over-looked heroes. One such fighter has recently called it a day retiring having made a success of his career after once being written off, big time.
That man is "Cinderella Man" Jack Asis (35-19-5, 18) who has announced his retirement at the age of 33.
The Filipino born Australian based fighter, known as the "Assassin", began his career way back in 2002 and struggled almost from the off falling to 2-2-1 after 5 bouts. His tenacity kept him in the sport and he swiftly improved, winning 6 in a row to move to 8-2-1 (3) with a notable upset win over Dody Boy Agrabio. That winning run came to an end at the hands of future world title challenger Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym and by the end of 2006 he was 11-6-2 (4). His style had made for fun fights but he was picking up losses whilst being over-matched, as seen with his 2006 loss to Mzonke Fana and losses in 2007 to Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.
Beginning 2009 Asis was 19-12-3 (9), his career had seemingly began to go nowhere. Things got worse when he went on a run of 6 straight losses in the space of 15 months and fell to 21-18-4 (10). With a sub 50% winning rate it looked like Asis was set to be little more than a journeyman but then he was given time and invest, with a promoter actually willing to give him a chance. Asis took that chance and ended up running off a 14-1-1 (8) end to his career, scoring upset wins against the likes of Brett William Smith, Chaiyong Sithsaithong, Maxsaisai Sithsaithong, Josh King, Nestor Rocha, Ryusei Yoshida and Kye MacKenzie, eventually winning the IBO Super Featherweight title.
Asis was working towards a more widely recognised world title until he lost earlier this year to Malcolm Klassen in South Africa. After the loss Asis took time to asses where he wanted to before announcing his retirement.
Once a homeless boy on the streets of the Philippines Asis became a hero to those and clear example of what hard work and dedication can do for a fighter. He never have been the best in the ring but the way he turned around a career that seemed aimless really is a real story worth remembering and although the IBO title not be taken seriously to most it was certainly an unexpected achievement for Asis given the way his career looked at various times.
We'd like to wish Jack all the best in his next move and really hope that a movie will be created about him as he's a fighter with such a great story.
Earlier this year Japanese boxing fans were shocked as long time hero Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] lost his WBA Super Featherweight "super" title to the then little known little known Panamanian Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8). Uchiyama was blitzed by his challenger in what was, and stills is, one of the biggest shocks this year.
Over the last week there have been growing stories that a deal was in place for Uchiyama and Corrales to rematch on New Year's Eve, the date that Uchiyama is expected back in the ring.
Today Uchiyama, who was doing television work for TV Tokyo, denied that a rematch was a done deal and that it was mere speculation. He stated that he wasn't going to "quit while losing", suggesting that his career wasn't over, and that he was looking to be a champion again, however no deal with Corrales has been set in stone.
Despite Uchiyama's comments the rematch is still looking likely with with Uchiyama's promoter, Hitoshi Watanabe, having a 1-fight option on Corrales which is likely to be the rematch with Uchiyama. Of course Watanabe may make a solid offer to another champion, such IBF champion Jose Pedraza, but the Corrales rematch does seem to be the most likely for Uchiyama's much anticipated ring return.
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Yesterday we reported that Zou Shiming (8-1, 2) [邹市明] would be returning to the ring on November 5th as part of the under-card for the Manny Pacquiao Vs Jessie Vargas bout. At the time there was little information on his opponent, but there were various rumours with Shiming's name being linked to the WBA and WBC Flyweight titles.
Today we saw a rumour emerge from Thailand that stated Shiming's likely opponent for the November 5th bout would be Manny Pacquiao lookey-likey Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (38-1-2, 22) [ขวัญพิชิต 13เหรียญเอ็กซ์เพลส]. Not only did the rumour name Kwanpichit as the opponent for Shiming but also stated that the bout would be a WBO Flyweight world title bout, with Juan Francisco Esterada set to vacate the title and focus on defending the WBA belt, with a bout against Kazuto Ioka set to take place later this year.
Whilst Kwanpichit is said to be pencilled in for the Shiming he will actually have a hurdle to pass before getting his title shot. That hurdle is that he's going to fight on September 2nd against Richard Rosales (11-3-2, 6), of the Philippines, so will need to avoid defeat or being injured during that bout.
The bout would be a rematch of their November 2014 bout in Macau, which Shiming won by unanimous decision, with scores of 120-103 and 119-106, twice, and would likely be viewed as an easy way to pick up a title for Shiming. Interestingly the two men are the top 2 ranked WBO fighters, with Kwanpichit ranked #1 by the WBO and Shiming ranked #2 so it would seem likely that the WBO would have no issue with sanctioning the bout for the vacant title if, as expected, Estrada vacates, or is stripped for not defending the title.
Again this is only a rumour from Thai sources, but the story has come from those in the know who have been close to similar situations in the past and tend to be accurate with their stories on matters involving Thai fighters, including the left field prediction of Petchbarngborn Kokietgym facing off against Naoya Inoue well ahead of the official announcement.
Sources in China have reported that former amateur star Zou Shiming (8-1, 2) [邹市明] will be returning to the ring on November 5th as part of the upcoming Manny Pacquiao Vs Jessie Vargas card.
At the moment the sources haven't revealed an opponent for Shiming but have indicated that he could be in one of the key bouts on the show and that their is hope that a win will open doors for him to get a major bout in the near future.
The bout will be Shiming's second in the US, seeing him return to America after his June win over Jozsef Ajtai. He will however need a much better performance than he had over Ajtai or there is a risk Top Rank will stop giving him such huge opportunities. For those who can't remember the bout with Ajtai simply stunk with the Hungarian youngster essentially running away from Shiming whilst the Chinese fighter looked confused and failed to show any ability to cut off the ring.
We're expecting more details to be revealed on this one in the coming weeks, but for now the details are scarce with some suggesting that he may be getting a world title bout on the show, if the cards fall in his favour.
Tomorrow's focus will be on Japan where we get two world title bouts, however we recently learned that there will also be a world class fighter in action in Thailand.
That fighter is former WBC Super Flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (46-7-1, 23) [สุริยัน ศ.รุ่งวิสัย] who will be facing off against Macrea Gandionco (11-3-2, 7), who was stopped in 3 rounds by Suriyan's younger brother Nawaphon this past May.
For Gandionco the bout sees him fighting in the Land of Smiles for the 4th time, and sees him on the round for a 6th successive fight. During that run however he has gone 1-3-1 (1) and has been stopped 3 times, once of which came to upcoming world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym.
Whilst the bout isn't expected to be a win for the visitor it is actually a good time to fight Suriyan who has fought just 20 rounds in the last 12 months and lost last time out to Anselmo Moreno, all the way back in April. Although inactive, compared to the rest of his career, Suriyan should manage to claim a win here and will likely find himself back in the world title mix at 118lbs,a division that looks likely to come alive over the coming weeks.
For fans wanting to watch Suriyan Vs Gandionco, the bout will be aired on Thai channel SD3 from 14:00 Thai time.
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