Earlier today in Australia we had a couple of bouts featuring Filipino's against unbeaten Australian fighters, and they had very, very different fortunes.
The first of the Filipino;s was Australian based fighter Czar Amonsot (35-6-3, 22), who was sadly stopped inside a round by the unbeaten Sam Ah See (14-0-1, 7). See, who hadn't fought in almost 6 years, looked the absolute boss here, dominating the much smaller Amonsot from the early seconds. Sadly for the 35 year old Amonsot, he looked very shot here, hurt almost every time he was tagged before the referee finally stepped in and saved a badly hurt Amonsot.
If this is the end for Amonsot, which it probably should be, it's a shame he'll be going out like this, but See on the other hand is a mon who looks to be full of fire and could well make a good mark on Australian boxing over the next year or two.
The second Filipino was the criminally under-rated Joe Noynay (19-2-2, 8) who scored his latest road win by stopping the previously unbeaten Liam Wilson (9-1, 6) in the 5th round of a really interesting match up.
From the off Wilson looked the better boxer, he was sharper, smoother, and looked a lot more fluid. Though as we often find that's not always the key to victory, and instead it was the power of Noynay that told, as he put Wilson down part way through the opening round. A round he was losing until the knockdown. The knockdown changed things, as Noynay tried to take his man out in the remainder of the round, despite taking big shots in return.
To his credit Wilson recovered well in round 2, and spent rounds 2 and 3 doing exactly what he should have been doing in the first round, using his brain. He was applying intelligent pressure, pushing Noynay on to the ropes, and landing his own shots. Although Wilson took some big counters in round 2, he managed to avoid them for most of round 3, as he began to look incredibly comfortable whilst leaving Noynay bleeding from the ear. Those two rounds almost made it seem like the opening round was an aberration, and a blip on route to a victory. And then things changed again in round 4, as it turned out Noynay had been biding his time.
A body shot relatively early in the 4th round hurt Wilson, and he showed he was in pain as Noynay began to come forward with bad intent for the first time since the opening round. The pressure from Noynay had swift success as he hurt Wilson, and kept coming befoe eventually putting Wilson down for the second time in the fight. The long left hands up top and nasty body shots from Noynay were breaking down the tough Australian. Wilson beat the count, but this time he was hurt, unlike the knockdown in the first round, and he was dropped again just moments after getting to his feet. He again beat the count, but spent the rest of the round in survival mode, and was hurt again just before the bell.
It was a nightmare round for the Australian, but one he had gotten through and one that he deserves real credit for. He showed incredible heart and bravery, but looked a beat man. He looked very much like a fighter who was barely hanging on as we started round 5 and Noynay went for the finish again. It was the heart and desperation of Wilson that ended up seeing him grit out a big assault from Noynay and land a huge counter that forced Noynay to back off. Sadly for Wilson however Noynay quickly regrouped, and started to Wilson's body with long left hands again, and kept snapping Wilson's head back with left hands up top. It was incredible to see just how many bit shots Wilson could take, cleanly, before finally dropping again.
After a 4th knockdown of the fight the referee made the call, Wilson was too tough and too brave for his own good, and needed saving.
With this win Noynay records his third defense of the title and gives Wilson his first loss. Whilst this was a painful loss for Wilson, it's the sort of loss that could serve as a really good lesson. He took too many risks, he didn't really know what to do when hurt, fighting back too much and not holding enough, and we dare say he over-looked Noynay due to his stoppage rate, despite the fact Noynay has proven his power against the likes of Kosuke Saka and Satoshi Shimizu.
Hopefully the win will move Noynay towards a major bout, maybe a world title eliminator, and we suspect we'll see Wilson come again after a few confidence building and experience building fights.
Earlier today we were informed that Filipino Czar Amonsot (32-3-3, 20) will face unbeaten Thai Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-0, 16) in a bout for the interim WBA Oceania Light Welterweight title on November 25th, with both hoping to advance their careers in a big way with a win.
For Australian based Amonsot the bout will be his first defense of the title and will see him attempting to extend a 16 fight unbeaten run, which has included numerous title wins in bouts for WBO Asia Pacific, PABA, Australian, and WBA Pan Pacific titles. Amazingly he is unbeaten since his fantastic 12 round war with Michael Katsidis back in 2007, with many suggesting his career would be over following that bout, due to a brain injury. Despite the injury he has continued to fight and, of course, has had great success with some suggesting a win here could open the door to a potential world title bout in 2017.
Unbeaten Thai Kawhfah has been signed up to face several notable opponents over the years, including Katsidis, but has ended up missing out on actually facing someone with name value. As a result the unbeaten the 30 year old lacks a notable win, with his best victory actially being a decision victory over Andrew Wallace last year. Despite the low level of competition the Thai has claimed WBC Asian Boxing Council titles at 3 weights and has a shown promise at times, though now needs a notable win to strengthen up his claim as genuine potential world title challenger.
The bout will take place at the Melbourne Pavilion and is one of 3 title fights on the show.
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