Today has been a hectic day for fight fans across Asia with a whole host of shows taking place across the continent. Those weren't all huge, but they featured at least one bout of some note.
The main event of this card saw talented Filipino Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) dominate former Thai world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu Onesong (53-7, 35). Magsayo never managed to hurt Pungluang, who is a tough old rugged lump, but thoroughly dominated him and landed some highlight reel combinations in the later stages. The win saw Magsayo claim the WBC Asian Boxin Council Featherweight title, and it's now time he got a big fight. As for Pungluang it's clear he's still a serviceable fighter at regional level, but this was a 4th loss in 5 for the former WBO Bantamweight champion.
In a hotly contested bout for the GAB Bantamweight title Giovanni Escaner (20-4, 12) narrowly over-came Renoel Pael (23-10-1, 12), with a 12 round split decision. On paper this didn't look like it'd be competitive, but the styles gelled well and in the end their was very little to split the men.
In a Featherweight bout Virgel Vitor (15-2, 9) impressively destroyed Alan Alberca (11-4, 6) in 4 rounds. Vitor's power was on show through out the bout and he really did look like a brutally spiteful puncher through out. Alberca gave a good effort but was no match for Vitor and his power.
Chinese fighter Ainiwaer Yilixiati (17-1, 11) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Asia Middleweight titles, as he took a clear decision win over Japan's Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11). This was a 6th straight win for Yilixiati, following his 2017 loss to Jayde Mitchell whilst Maruki has now lost 3 of his last 4.
The main event here saw the talented Andika Sabu (17-0, 8) pull himself off the canvas to take a decision over Filipino Richard Rosales (14-10-2, 8). The 23 year old Sabu has got potential and time on his side, but he also has a lot of areas to work on. Sadly for Rosales he is now 2-6 in his last 8, dating back 2 years.
Unbeaten Indonesian Lightweight Hebi Marapu (15-0, 11) extended his winning run as he took a 6 round decision over veteran Isack Junior (26-12-3, 9). The powerfully built Marapu has shown promise, but at 30 years old it's now or never for that promise and we would be hugely disappointed if he fails to secure a big bout in 2020.
Bang Phli, Thailand
Hard hitting Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (11-0, 11) extended KO streak, and claimed his first title, as he stopped Nattee Thongsingcle (2-2, 2) in 3 rounds to claim the Thai Light Flyweight title. The 20 year old Thanongsak has been drubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and whilst that is a big tag to live up to, he has now racked up 11 wins in just over 14 months.
On the same card veteran Mike Tawatchai (47-13-2, 30) scored a 3rd round KO win over 16 year old novice Keerati Rueangdet (0-2).
Macao S.A.R., China
Exciting young hopeful Lap Cheong Cheong (7-0, 4) shone in front of local fans as he took a dominant decision win over ShanTuo Lu (2-4). The 22 year old Cheong Cheong shut out Lu over 6 rounds, to take his second decision win of the year, following a wide decision win over Muhammad Wahid in May. Lu, who has still never been stopped, never looked competitive but did serve as good foil for the youngster to shine against.
Former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-5-2, 9) came up short in a bout against the unbeaten Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15). The match up, for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, was a clear win for Jarvis, who had too much of everything for Saulong who has now won just 1 of his last 5.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- The second day of a back to back fight card at the TSSG Center featured six bouts, two of which had titles at stake. Qiang Ma and Yu Che Li disputed the vacant WBO Greater China featherweight title. Well paced punches were exchanged in the first two rounds but it seemed Li had a slight edge. But in the third round, a short right caught Li in the jaw and he crashed face first to the canvas.
Referee Surat Soikrachang initiated a count but seeing Li was in no condition to continue, signaled the end at the 0:35 mark.
Ma is now 5-1-2,3KO’s while Li is 6-2-2,4KO’s.
The main bout saw Yilixiati Ainiwaer of China hand Ryosuke Maruki of Japan a brutal beating for ten rounds. They traded hard hooks in the first two rounds but Yilixiati had the edge in the power department.
Blood started to seep from Maruki’s left eyebrow in the third. As the rounds progressed, the Japanese developed swelling on his cheekbones. Maruki continued to go forward and had success in landing a few head punches but Yilixiati took them well.
The Chinese boxer landed with increasing frequency past the halfway mark. Going into the ninth, Maruki’s trunks was a crimson mess but he stayed on his feet till the final bell. The scorecards read – Edward Ligas (Philippines)– 98-92, Mekin Sumon (Thailand) – 100-89,Pongphan Rathanasungporn(Thailand)-98-92.
Yilixiati was awarded the IBO Asia Pacific and the WBC ABCO middleweight belts. He goes up to 16-1,11KO’s while Maruki drops to 16-7-1, 11KO’s.
In what would be the most dramatic ending of the night, China’s Tonghui Li and Maono Ally of Tanzania battled toe to toe for four rounds until Ally staggered Li in the fifth and after several attempts at finishing him off, which saw a lot of slips and holding, Ally finally scored a knockdown.
But the Tanzanian punched himself out in the process and right near the end of the round, Li knocked Ally down twice, the second knockout was more of due to exhaustion, which prompted Referee Han Hongxiang to signal the end at 2:58.
For the other undercards – Wuzhati Nuerlang won by TKO start of round three against Liu Yang whose corner decided not to let their boxer go on. Diao Jianhao won by TKO round four against Indonesian Rivo Rengkung and Gu Jingyuan and Yesihati Yeerken fought to a majority draw.
The two day card billed as FIST OF POWER was promoted by Seca and Top Rank.
Photo – Qiang Ma (left) and Yilixiati Ainiwaer during the weigh-in
On Friday fight fans in Australia saw local hopeful Jayde Mitchell (15-1, 8) record his first defense of the OPBF Super Middleweight title, as he out pointed an ultra aggressive Chinese fighter Ainiwaer Yilixiati (10-1, 8).
From the opening round Yilixiati brought the pressure, pursuing Mitchell around the ring and giving the champion a clear indicator that he was going to be in a fight. Mitchell repsonded well, boxing and moving, but it was clear that the challenger wasn't going to be discouraged.
The pressure and aggression of Yilixiati wasn't the most effective, and saw him being deducted a point for holding, but made the both exciting and action packed with the Chinese fighter refusing to take a bakcwards step. Sadly though it was the ineffectiveness of the aggression that helped out Mitchell, who seemed to be well liked by the judges who refused to give anything to the challenger.
Although Yilixiati brought all the action it was his foe that impressed the judges who took the win with scores of 99-91, and 100-90, twice, and left some questioning whether the challenger had to get a KO to have ever got the win with the judges's cards really failing to represent the in ring action.
The bout also leads to the question why was the OPBF title was fought for over 10 rounds?
(Image courtesy of www.sohu.com)
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