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 fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japan's Nihito Arakawa (31-6-1, 18) [荒川 仁人] successfully retain the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title, as he over-came Filipino challenger Adones Aguelo (28-17-2, 19) in a relatively entertaining 10 round affair.
The Japanese fighter looked razor sharp early on, moving brilliantly and keeping the visitor at range with clever movement and an ultra busy jab, that seem to keep Aguelo off balance, despite his aggression and pressure.
It wasn't until round 4 that Aguelo's pressure really brought him any success, as he upped the pace and got inside where he could work much more effectively. At times the inside work brought the Filipino real success, and there was times where he seemed to hurt the teak tough Japanese warrior.
In the later rounds it seemed like Arakawa adpated to the skills of Aguelo, and chose not only when to box and move but also when to stand his ground and fight. It did give Aguelo some opening, but no where near enough, as Arakawa really always seemed like he was in charge of the contest.
At the final bell there was no questioning the result wiht Arakawa claiming the decision with scores of 97-93, twice, and 98-93.
(Image courtesy of bocmob.jp)
On Friday in Australia fans will see tough Filipino Adones Aguelo (24-11-2, 16) battle exciting Australian Will Tomlinson (23-2-1, 13). On paper it's a mismatch though in reality it promises to be a thoroughly engaging contest between who men who should make for a very exciting and interesting bout.
The bookies have seemingly priced this one on the records of the two men and have made Tomlinson a 1/16 favourite to defeat the Filipino who has been priced at a very tasty looking 10/1 as the under-dog. Again looking at the records of the two men those odds do make complete sense, on paper this will be a one sided win for Tomlinson. The reality however is that the records don't tell us all we need to know for this one.
Tomlinson has a relatively solid record with his best wins coming against the likes of Malcolm Klassen, Irving Berry and Rey Labao, who are all good but not exceptional fighters. Notably he has lost 2 of his last 4, including a pain 8 round TKO loss last time out to Francisco Vargas, a loss that really saw take a beating in a terrible style match up for the Australian. On the other hand Aguelo has given really good tests to the likes of Sergio Thompson, Nery Saguilan and Joe Brunker.
We're not saying that Aguelo will win here, but we do see value in Aguelo coming in to this bout.
Earlier today saw the official weight in for Tuesday's interesting Asian Boxing Federation Lightweight title fight between the criminally under-rated Filipino tough guy Adones Aguelo (22-10-2, 14), now fighting under the name Adones Aguelo Singwancha, and limited Indonesian Elly Ray (17-11-1, 7).
Aguelo made the weight at the first attempt coming in at 134.75lbs whilst Ray originally came in at 136lbs before making the weight dead-on on his second attempt.
Sadly details of the card are scarce though we are aware that this bout is the main event and is genuinely a mismatch for those who have seen the men in action.
Ray first came to the attention of some fans back in June 2012 when he was battered by China's very interesting, though at the time unknown, IK Yang. Yang scored and 8th round TKO over Ray in what was one of the first shows in Macau, and actually pre-dates the current Bob Arum shows done in the area. Since then he has struggled even on the Indonesian domestic scene with losses to Jason Butar Butar and Eddy Comaro as well as an opening round blow out in Thailand to Padjai Yongyuthgym.
On paper Aguelo doesn't look much of fighter though his performances show that he is much better than his record suggests and we were very impressed with him last year when he ran Nery Saguilan surprisingly close in a 10 rounder before giving the very highly regarded Sergio Thompson a tough time earlier this year. On the back of those performances he really shouldn't have any problems with Ray, who has promised a great fight and is aiming to stop the Filipino in the 4th round, something that is highly unlikely given that Thompson and Saguilan couldn't stop him.
(Image courtesy of philboxing.com)
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