On a ridiculously busy day of boxing we had a small card in China that didn't generate much buzz, but probably deserved to as Qingdao played host to bouts featuring several notable Chinese prospects.
One of those prospects was the unbeaten Xiaolu Mou (16-0-1, 7) who looked very impressive in stopping Filipino visitor Brian Lobetania (14-8-3, 11). The local got off to the perfect start, forcing Lobetania to touch down early in round before rocked later in the round and then scoring a second knockdown later in the round. It was clear Lobetania had no punch resistance at all, and early in round 2 the referee stepped in to wave the bout off. A good decision given how Lobetania looked shaken every time he was touched.
For Mou this was a 12th straight win, and on paper his most impressive so far. Sadly for Lobetania it was the 4th stoppage loss of his career, and his third stoppage loss in 5 fights.
Another Chinese prospect in action was Lingjie Xia (8-0-1, 2), who took on Filipino puncher Arnel Baconaje (11-4, 9). Xia showed touched of real class, but same unfit and out of shape through out, with little in terms of intensity and was far too easy to hit. Thankfully for the local Baconaje really didn't force the issue in the way he should have, and had the Filipino found an extra gear there's a good chance he could have ended up stopping the local, who looked like he was skilled but very lazy. As it was Baconaje's one paced offense and slow footwork allowed Xia to pick his moments and strike as and when he wanted to. That was enough foe Xia to take the decision win and extend his unbeaten record.
Chinese based Tajik born fighter Avzalbek Kuranbaev (5-1-1, 3) bounced back from a loss last year as he easily saw off the over-matched Wellem Reyk (20-24-4, 6) in a Light Middleweight bout. This was a mismatch from the moment the bout was signed, though given that Kuranbaev had been out of the ring for over a year, and had lost last timeout, we can't complain too much about him getting a confidence builder under his belt.
On paper the best match up on the show was an 8 round bout at 140lbs where talented Chinese hopeful Lei Wang (5-0, 2) took on Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (10-2-1, 5). Through out the bout Wang's class showed, and his ability to pick the right shots at the right time were really impressive. To his credit Paniamogan showed his toughness and desire, but lacked the skills to match the talented Chinese fighter and was rocked in round 3 and 4 by Wang's clean head shots. Although Wang's work rate began to decline in the second half of the fight Paniamogan failed to make him pay and the tempo began to decline rapidly. There was little to get excited about in round 6, the highlight of round 7 saw Wang land a huge bomb on Paniamogan only for the Filipino to eat a follow up combination like it was nothing.
To his credit Paniamogan pressed and pressured through out, but it was mostly ineffective and the better shots certainly came from Wang, who deserved the win and is new WBO Greater China champion at 140lbs.
The main event of this card saw fast rising Chinese Lightweight hopeful Yongqiang Yang (13-0, 10) take on struggling Filipino JR Magboo (18-4-2, 9). Despite losing 3 of his previous 5 Magboo showed ambition early on, and was competitive in the opening round. That ambition was however short lived and when he was dropped in round 2 he looked happy to be counted out, making no effort to beat the count and suffered his third TKO2 loss in 4 fights.
Unbeaten Thai hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (3-0, 2) returned to the ring earlier today and notched his third win as a professional, taking a wide decision over Japanese fighter Shota Suito (11-10-1, 1) [水藤翔太] in Bang Phun.
The bout was part of the first WP Boxing event of 2019, and was streamed in the US on DAZN, giving fans around the globe a chance to see what the fuss was with Apichet. Sadly he didn't really shine against a tough but light hitting Japanese visitor. The opening round was close but from there on the Thai dominated without coming close to stopping Suito, who should good toughness, and survival instincts when he needed them.
In the end the bout was scored 100-90, twice, and 99-91, to the Thai but there was something lacking from his performance after very impressive performances last October and December. This wasn't bad as such, but he failed to deliver like he had in earlier contests. For Suito this was a 4th straight loss, and a 7th loss in 9. With this win Apichet now holds the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Lightweight title.
Also on this card was former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง], who scored a 6 round win over Filipino puncher Brian Lobetania (13-7-3, 11), who has now lost 3 in a row following an excellent win at the time over Kai Chiba.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw the long awaited ring return of former world title challenger Shohei Omori (19-2, 14) [大森 将平], who looked at his very best as he destroyed recent OPBF title challenger Brian Lobetania (13-6-3, 11) in just 2 rounds!
Omori, who's last bout came in April 2017 when he was stopped by Marlon Tapales in the 11th round, showed next to no ring rust as he avoided the big shots of Lobetania and smartly got a read on the free swinging Filipino in the opening round. He used his jab well but looked cautious, and not like a fighter wanting to be caught by something wild.
In the second round he turned it on, and forced Lobetania in to the ropes with two solid straight left hands before forcing the referee to save the Filipino.
This is a second straight stoppage loss for Lobetania, who was stopped in 10 rounds in an OPBF title fight back in March by Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake, but given the speed with which Omori did it it's hard not to be impressed by the result. For Omori the performance, and result, were just what he needed go rebuild his confidence and begin his climb towards a second world title fight.
At 122lbs we expect to see a stronger, more solid looking Omori than we did at 118lbs, and the youngster looked very impressive today.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14) [大竹 秀典] record his 3rd defense as he stopped big punching Filipino challenger Brian Lobetania (13-5-3, 11) in a 1-sided contest.
From the opening round the naturally taller Japanese veteran took the figfht to Lobetania, showing little respect to the challenger's power. Lobetania had his moments but the tight guard and more accurate punches from Otake forced Lobetania to be backed up on to the ropes, and not allow him the extension he needed to make his shots really count. It was a statement of intent from Otake who seemed like he was seeking a war.
The Filipino really had no answer for the defense or combinations of Otake in the early going with the Japanese fighter leading 40-36, twice, and 39-37 after 4 rounds. The pressure from Otake continued into the second half, thoiugh Lobetania did do enough to take round 6, it was a brief bit of success from the challenger who was a long way behind as we entered round 9.
Knowking he was behind seemed to inspire Lobetania, at least momentarily, in round 9 as he gave as good as he got. Sadly though it was one last big effort from the Filipino who gave everything. The following round he paid for it Otake rocked him part way through round 10, then followed up, buckling the challengers legs, and then dropping him with a big right hand. To his credit Lobetania got to his feet, but looked a spent man as Otake unloaded to the point of the referee stopping the bout.
The stoppage angered Lobetania, but the reality is that he was a long way behind on the score cards, and the stoppage saved him further damage against a man he really looked underpowered against.
Following the bout Otake revealed that he was looking to get a second world title fight, and would be looking to get any of the Super Bantamweight world champion's in to the ring with him.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (30-2-3, 13) [大竹 秀典], make his next defense and face off with big punching Filipino challenger Brian Lobetania (13-4-3, 11). Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made the 122lb weight limit.
On the scales the defending champion was bang on the Super Bantamweight limit and looked in great shape, as he always does. Despite being a 36 year old Otake really is a fantastic professional and his hunger hasn't died with the veteran clearly hunting a second wold title fight. He seemed confident at the weight in and has a game plan based around keeping this bout at range and take away the dangerous slugging power of his Filipino foe.
Lobetania was slightly under the limit, at around 121.7lbs, and significantly shorter than Otake. He sounded confident himself, and following his win over Kai Chiba earlier this year there is little doubt that he is riding a high coming in to this bout. He has proven to be a big puncher, a real danger man and despite being flawed he could be a bit of a nightmare for Otake, given how unusual and unorthodox his style is, and the bizarre angles he seems to find.
Teak tough Otake takes on big punching Lobetania in OPBF title defense!
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