Earlier today Sports.Uz, an Uzbek website covering sports, reported that a trio of Uzbek fighters signed to South Korean promotional outfit Cocky Buffalo were preparing to compete on a show set for February 27th in Co Chi Mihn City in Vietnam.
The fighters mentioned in the report were WBO Oriental Flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov (25-5, 14), Abdurasul Ismoilov (8-1, 5) and Ravshanbek Shermatov (5-1, 2).
Although the three aren't well known outside of Asia the fighters are all fairly notable.
The experienced Nazarov is banging on the door of a WBO world title fight, and is currently ranked #5 at Flyweight. The 35 year old has been in good form recently and has won his last 12 in a row, including notching victories over Ivan Soriano, Kongfah Nakornluang and Orlie Silvestre, to climb up the rankings. Sadly however he is now 35, and for a Flyweight that is legitimately ancient.
The 24 year old Ismoilov is a well regarded Lightweight prospect who has bounced back from a 2019 upset loss to Hang Kil Kim in South Korea, and has won his last 2, including a good win over Adones Aguelo last February. He's a long way from a world title fight, but with just 9 bouts behind him he is certainly one to keep an eye out for.
Shermatov is a 25 year old Bantamweight hopeful who looked to be progressing nicely with his career until he ran into Korean prospect Jong Seon Kang, who stopped the Uzbek in 4 rounds. Since that loss he has fought twice, picking up 2 wins, but didn't look like a top prospect in the making.
At the time of writing the trio haven't had their opponents named for the show, though we suspect that will happen in due course, along with details regarding the rest of the bouts on the show.
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
Yesterday Uzbek website Sportz.uz posted a bout list for a show that has been seemingly been given the green light by the Korea Boxing Commission. That isn't too interesting, until we look into the show in a little more depth.
The first thing of real note is that the card will take place in Cambodia, on February 29th, making it the first professional boxing show in the country in over 4 years! That alone is something that is really notable to us.
Going through the bout list we see other things that are fairly notable, in regards to the fighters on the card and the match ups we'll be getting.
One of the bouts that really piqued our interest was a planned bout between once beaten Uzbek hopeful Abdurasul Ismoilov (7-1, 4) and Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-20-2, 23), who will be in an 8 round bout at Lightweight.
Although Ismoilov Vs Aguelo looks a mismatch on paper it should serve as a good test for Ismoilov who will be fighting for the second time this year, following a blow out win in January against Nuomin.
Another bout that really interested us from the bout list pits WBO Oriental Flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov (20-5, 11) against Filipino foe Orlie Silvestre (15-5-2, 8), in what should be a very fun bout between two limited fringe contenders.
Whilst the card isn't a big one it's great to see Cocky Buffalo keeping their fighters active and being a promoter who are willing to experiment with where shows take place. They have held shows in Vietnam, South Korea and Uzbekistan and to add Cambodia to that list is interesting, as they look to lay down roots in countries that haven't got a strong professional boxing scene.
Earlier today we were informed that Uzbek hopeful Abdurasul Ismoilov (4-1, 4) [Абдурасул Исмоилов] would be returning to the ring on on March 17th in Busan. Not only was the date and location of his next bout confirmed but also his opponent for that contest, with unbeaten Korean Jong Sun Gang (7-0, 4) [강종선] being in the opposite corner to the Uzbek.
Ismoilov is promoted by Cocky Buffalo, who are promoting this show, and is tipped as a promising Uzbek, despite losing on his debut to the very good Jasur Akhmadjonov. As for Gang He has gone unbeaten but only 1 of his 7 bouts hasn't been against a domestic foe, and it's hard to read much into his record, though he has stopped his last 3 opponents.
The bout is set to be a 6 round contest at 130lbs. More details about the show are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeeks.
Earlier today saw the announcement that several Uzbek fighters would be in action on January 20th in Vietnam as they continue to work with Cocky Buffalo promotions.
Not all the bouts have been announced, though we have been informed of a few bouts that will be on the show.
One of those will see WBA Asia Light Middleweight champion Khusniddin Pulatov (6-3, 4) battling against Filipino foe Rodel Wenceslao (13-16-2, 5), who will be looking to build on a recent win over Avzalbek Kuranbaev. Pulatov scored his career best win last year, stopping Sahlan Coral in 6 rounds to claim his regional title, though our understanding is that his title won;t be on the line here.
Another fighter involved on this show is Abdurasul Ismoilov (3-1, 3), who is reportedly 2-0 despite boxrec's record suggesting he's 3-1, who will be facing off with Filipino veteran Jaime Barcelona (41-63-1, 10). This is likely to be an easy win for Ismoilov, given that Barcelona is now 41 and has been less and less successful in recent years.
One final bout confirmed for the show will see the unbeaten Ravshanbek Shermatov (2-0, 1) taking on Indonesian journeyman Waldo Sabu (13-13, 3).
It's hard ti imagine anything but a clean sweep for the 3 Uzbek's announced on this card
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