With Coronavirus continuing to spread through out the world boxing really is being put on the back burner, understandably, and today we were informed of another postponement.
This one is a postponement of the scheduled March 21st bout between fast rising Filipino youngster Carl Jammes Martin (15-0, 14) and veteran Ardin Diale (35-16-4, 17).
The bout, which was supposed to be held under the "Fists of the Future" tag on a card in Paranaque city, always seemed likely to get postponed given the rapidly changing situation in the Philippines.
At the moment it's unclear if, or when, the bout will be rescheduled for, but it appears that boxing in the Philippines is likely to go the same way as boxing in Japan and South Korea, with events being essentially suspended for the foreseeable future.
Earlier today at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka fans saw a touted trio of prospects from the Muto gym, take on a trio of Filipino visitors. Despite the local hopefuls being very highly touted they had mixed fortunes.
Of the trio it was Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田 凌佑] who had the best day, taking a commanding win over Pablito Canada (7-18-4, 1). The talented Nishida couldn't stop Canada, though he did everything but. Nishida was too good in every way and clearly frustrated Canada who had points deducted for hitting on the break and a deliberate head butt. After 6 rounds the scores here were 60-52, from all 3 judges.
The highly regarded Yusuke Mine (3-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] will feel like he got a lot more than he expected, when he shared the ring with former OPBF Flyweight champion Ardin Diale (35-16-4, 17). Mine got the win, but boy did he have to dig deep here. Diale dropped the youngster with a jab at the end of round 1 and then dropped him again, with a right hand, in round 3 as Min found himself in a deep hole, very early on. The knockdowns forced a change in gameplan from Mine, who began to press more, cramping Diale for distance and working up close. It changed the fight and work Diale out, with the Filipino being deducted a point in round 8 for repeatedly spitting out his gum shield. After 8 rounds Mine took the win with scores of 76-75 and 76-73, twice, but had been given a serious test.
The third of the prospects was Tulio Kuwabata (3-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] who fought Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (9-1-2, 8) in the chief support bout. Jordan did what his country men failed to do, and took out Kuwbata in in the first round. Jordan dropped Kuwabata with a counter right hand, and although Kuwabata got back to his feet he was dropped a second time, and failed to beat the count.
For Muto the bouts for Mine and Kuwabata were risky match ups, and they were perhaps lucky to only see one of their men lose here. For Mine it bout was a serious lesson, whilst Kuwabata has to go back to the drawing board. Diale has again proven he's a live fighter, despite picking up recent losses and Jordan looks like a genuine dangerman, and one to watch going forward.
Yesterday we reported that former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] would be up against former OPBF Flyweight champion Ardin Diale (35-15-4, 17) in his next bout, which will take place in December.
That bout will be part of the under-card for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title fight between champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹] and South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
We can now report who Mine's and Kobayashi's stablemates, Ryosuke Nishida (1-0, 1) [西田 凌佑] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生], will be facing.
Kuwabata, who is in the events chief support bout, will fight in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout against once beaten Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (8-1-2, 7). On paper this is a brilliant match up, pitting a talented former amateur, in just his 4th pro bout, against a hard hitting fellow youngster, with Jordan entering on the back of a 5 fight unbeaten run. This should be a test for Kuwabata, and whilst we expect him to win, we do expect to see him being genuinely given a tough night.
Nishida on the other hand, only debuted in October, will be in a 6 round bout against tough Filipino journeyman Pablito Canada (7-17-4, 1). On paper this is a safe bout for Nishida to get a win in, but Canada get the upset wins, and fans in Mandaluyong City saw that recently when he upset former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan. Again the local prospect should have too much, but this could be a banana skin if Nishida over-looks his foe.
(Image courtesy of Muto Gym)
Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] would be taking a major step up when he fights again.
We had known for a while that he would be in action on December 22nd in Osaka, and was expected to take on someone with a ranking of some kind, be it OPBF or JBC. What we didn't expect was that it would be a former OPBF champion with experience of fighting for world titles. That however is exactly what has been confirmed.
Mine, who debuted back in July, will be up against 54 fight Filipino veteran Ardin Diale (35-15-4, 17) in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout.
Mine, who scored more than 50 wins in the amateurs, has been compared with Nobuo Nashiro, who won a Japanese title in his 6th bout and a world title in his 8th. Given this sort of step up in class this early in his career he may end up challenging the types of numbers Nashiro needed to win titles. It wasn't until fight #5 that Nashiro faced a former world title challenger, beating Hidenobu Honda in his 5th fight.
Diale isn't in the best form of his career, having lost 3 of his last 4, but when you consider those bouts include decision losses to Jonas Sultan, who fought for a world title just a fight earlier, and Wulan Tuolehazi, who challenges for a world title in December, you can see that Diale is still competing at a high level. He is however more than 3 years removed form being the OPBF Flyweight champion, losing that belt to Daigo Higa in 2016.
Despite Diale being on the slide this is still a massive step up in class for Mine.
At the moment we are still waiting to hear who Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生] will face, though the rumour mill has suggest this could also be a notable fighter in another 8 round bout.
The bout will be one of the main supporting bouts for a card headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹], who takes on South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
(Image courtesy of the Mutoh Gym)
At the moment we're getting an on-going card from Fuzhou in China. The main bouts from the card are two world title bouts, but before those we had the under-card, featuring 4 bouts.
The first contest saw the previous unbeaten unbeaten Chinese hopeful Hua Long Zhu (2-1, 2) suffer a split decision loss to Thai visitor Sophon Klachun (5-3, 1) in a less than entertaining 6 rounder. Zhu really looked horrifically basic here, and did little to showcase Chinese boxing, whilst the Thai just did what he had to do to pick up the win.
The second bout was another China Vs Thailand bout, but was a much, much better bout, as 21 year old Shichao Gao (4-0-1, 1) scored a controversial decision over former WBA "regular" Super Bantamweight title challenger Nop Kratingdaenggym (23-2, 9), aka Anurak Thisa. This bout was night and day compared to the show opener, with skills, action and really good back and forth throughout the contest. It wasn't an all out war, but it was a high tempo, battle with the Thai showing more aggression and Gao trying to use his speed and youth. After 10 rounds the judges went with the local fighter, scoring the bout 96-94, 96-95 and 97-93, though if we're being honest he was very fortunate to get the win here.
The third, and most notable, of the under-card bouts saw Wulan Tuolehazi (12-3-1, 5) over-come Filipino veteran Ardin Diale (35-14-4, 17), to retain the WBA International title. This was much, much, much more competitive than expected, but Tuolehazi over-came some worries to take home the win. The Chinese fighter was hurt from body shots part way through but he gritted his teeth and and took the decision with with scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 114-114, to claim the majority decision. This was a 7th straight win for Wulan, but he is still far too raw for a world title fight.
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