Yesterday in the Philippines there was an interesting show headlined by a GAB Minimumweight title bout, between Joel Lino (11-3-1, 4) and ArAr Andales (10-2, 2). On paper the bout looked excellent, despite both fighters picking up recent defeats.
In one corner was Andales, who had given WBA world champion Knockout CP Freshmart a very competitive bout in August, losing a close technical decision to the Thai, who appeared to be under pressure from the 20 year old Filipino. In the other was Lino, who had suffered 3 straight decision losses coming into this bout to Masataka Taniguchi, over 12 rounds, Ginjiro Shigeoka, over 8 rounds, and Toto Landero, also over 8 rounds.
Despite their recent losses both came into this with hunger and from the opening moments both were engaging in a fantastic little war, looking to get the respect of their opponent. As the bout went on the pace merely increased and the bout became more and more of an inside war, with both men holding their feet and just unloading up close.
Whilst neither man was much of a puncher they were unloading as if they believed their power was going to be too much for their opponent. This made for some thrilling back and forth action, and there was a lot of body shots going in by both men in rounds 3 and 4, with Lino landing the better quality blows.
Notably whenever Andales had his moments of success it wasn't long until he found himself back on the back foot and under pressure from Lino, who seemed stronger, tougher and more accurate.
Early in round 6 Lino hurt his man, and had him on the ropes, where he began to tee off on a tired and hurt looking Andales. Andales tried to fight back but the assault from Lino just didn't end and eventually the referee came in and saved the youngster.
For Andales this is a second successive loss whilst Lino ends his losing run with a fantastic win for the GAB title.
Given how young both men are there's a very good chance we'll see both of these men up against each other in the future, and given how good this bout was, we certainly won't be complaining about that!
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see unbeaten WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] defending his title against Filipino teenager ArAr Andales (10-0, 2). The bout, which will be aired on Channel 7, will mark the 7th defense of the title for Knockout, and his third against a Filipino, and will be Andales' first bout at world level.
Today, ahead of tomorrow's bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make weight, in fact both men hit the scales at the divisional limit of 105lbs, and both looked in great shape.
For the champion the weight is slightly heavier than he's been in his last two bouts, hitting the scales at 104½lbs for his last two defenses. It is worth noting that he has been inactive since last November's win over Byron Rojas, in their second bout, and may well have some ring rust, and outside distractions, with rumours of a unification bout with WBO champion Vic Saludar doing the rounds in recent days.
Interestingly this is the 5th fight in a row that Andales has hit the scales at 105lbs exactly. Those fights include his two biggest wins to date, a KO win over Charlie Malupangue and a decision over Cris Ganoza. It's also worth noting that this will be his third bout of 2019, and his 5th bout in 12 months. Whilst there is positives to take for Andales, in terms of activity, it will also be his first bout outside of the Philippines.
Not only did the two fighters take part in their weigh in today but both also under went their physical examinations, with no issues being found with the health of either man.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired on Thai Channel 7, from 13:45 local time.
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According to multiple sources there is a plan being set in motion for a rare Minimumweight world title unification bout.
The bout in question depends on two upcoming bouts, both of which would require the defending champions to retain their titles. The first of those bouts takes place this coming Friday and sees WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take on unbeaten Filipino teenager ArAr Andales (10-0, 2). If success Knockout would then be watching carefully on Auguist 24th when WBO champion Vic Saludar (19-3, 10) defends his title against mandatory challenger Wilfredo Mendez (13-1, 5) in Puerto Rico.
If Knockout and Saludar both win their contests the plan is for them to face off and unify the titles.
According to at least one source, this bout had been planned for earlier in the year, though failed to come come off for reasons that weren't made clear. That is likely part of why Knockout has been so inactive this year, especially given he was supposed to have had a bout back in April, a bout that was rumoured and then vanished without a trace.
Whilst both champions will be favoured in their upcoming defenses they aren't gimmies by any stretch of the imagination and both Andales and Mendez will be looking to play spoilers to the these plans, and in fairness neither man should be over-looked. Andales has been impressing in recent bouts on the Filipino scene whilst Mendez has won 4 in a row and will have home advantage for his bout with Saludar.
WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] has had a bizarrely quiet year whilst the the division has shifted on around him. Now Filipino sources, including the Manilla Bulletin, are reporting that Knockout will be returning to the ring on August 2nd to defend his title against talented Filipino fighter ArAr Andales (10-0, 2).
For the champion the bout will be his first contest of 2019, and his first since beating former champion Byron Rojas in a rather forgettable clash last November. That win over Rojas was the second meeting between the two, with Knockout's first win over the Nicaraguan being the one that saw him the full title after a 20 month reign as the interim champion. It also marked his 6th defense of the belt. Given that Knockout fought 3 times in 2018 his inactivity this year is notable and could be an issue against a young and hungry challenger like Andales.
The little known Filipino is just 19 and until this year had really done almost nothing of note, following his 2017 debut. This past January however he scored a good domestic win over Charlie Malupangue, to claim the WBA Asia title, and followed it up with a career best win in April against Cris Ganoza. Those two wins have opened the door to this fight.
According to the Manilla Bulletin the bout is going to be taking place in Bangkok, and as a result will be Andales' first bout outside of the Philippines.
At the Strike Gym earlier today Filipino fight fans had the chance to see talented 19 year old prospect ArAr Andales (9-0, 2) claim his first international title, as he stopped domestic foe Charlie Malupangue (7-4-3, 6) to become the new WBA Asia Minimumweight championship.
The talented Andales looked aggressive from the off, often pushing the supposedly hard hitting Malupangue backwards. Sadly for Malupangue he lacked the skills to get his power shots off, and was often caught by straight right hands, a real problem given he's a southpaw.
Andales showed some recklessness at times, especially when through his left hook, but was never punished for it, with Malupangue lacking the skills and timing needed to make Andales pay.
In round 4 Andales picked up the tempo, and began to fire in more body shots when up close. Those turned out to be killer, and Malupangue would be dropped late in the round. He beat the count but was dropped again early in round 5, and this time he didn't beat the 10 count, being counted out near Andales' corner.
Given that the 19 year old Andales had only scored 1 stoppage prior to today, stopping the then debuting Stephen Intino back in October 2017, this result was an impressive one. even more so when it took the world ranked Robert Paradero 4 rounds to take out Malupangue in 2017.
Although a very long way from a major fight, this was a great win for Andales, who looks like one to watch. There's a lot to like, and although his performance wasn't perfect, he should be able to work on the mistakes he was making, and his team will have seen where those areas to improve are after today's performance.
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