It's hard to believe just how much the on going global situation has really affected every part of the globe. Today it's July 8th 2020, tomorrow it would be exactly 4 months since the last boxing card in the Philippines. The sport has essentially been on a hiatus in the country for a 1/3 of the year so far.
Thankfully there now appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel with an Elorde card pencilled in for July 31st at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, in Paranaque City.
The card hasn't yet been fully announced, but it seems like the main event will be a WBC regional title bout, pitting Alvin Medura (9-5, 7) against under-rated veteran Edison Berwela (18-44-8, 6). On paper this may seem a mismatch, but Berwela is well known in Asian boxing circles as having one of the sports most misleading records.
It's amazing to think that boxing hasn't been in a Filipino ring for so long, and we are certainly looking forward to seeing the sport return, right across Asia in the coming weeks.
Earlier today fight fans in Thailand saw WBC Asia Diamond Super Bantamweight champion Kongfah CP Freshmart (31-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, retain his title as he took a decision over rugged Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-44-8, 6).
On paper the bout was a mismatch but, as we've seen from Berwela in the past, this wasn't completely one sided with Berwela doing enough to take a few rounds from the Thai.
Berwela applied pressure early on, though Kongfah neutralised it with good movement and boxing. Kongfah tried to control the tempo and pace though was always under pressure and his clean and accurate punches, couldn't back Berwela up. To his credit however the Thai was landing the better single blows, and it was those that were catching the eye of the local judges. It was also worth noting the Thai actually suffered an injury early on to one of his arms, which made it harder for him to back Berwela up, or get the Filipino's respect.
After 10 rounds all 3 judges had it 97-93, though the scores don't do justice to how hard the Thai had to work to earn the win.
(Image courtesy of Petch Yindee Boxing Promotion / Komthai.com)
On Friday morning we'll see Kongfah CP Freshmart (30-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, take on rugged Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-43-8, 6).
The bout, which will see Kongfah defending his WBC ASIA Diamond Super Bantamweight title, had it's weigh in earlier today and both men made weight.
On the scales Kongfah had no issues at all in making the 122lb limit and looking strong. Berwela on the other hand was actually over the limit, by almost 2lbs, on his first attempt at making the weight. Thankfully however he would weigh in again and make the limit with no issues his second attempt.
For fans wanting to watch this live the bout will be aired on CH7 HD in Thailand from 13:45 to 15:45 local time, along with several supporting bouts.
(Image courtesy of Petch Yindee Boxing Promotion and Komthai.com)
Earlier this month we reported news form Thailand that once beaten Thai Kongfah CP Freshmart (30-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, was planning to face Filipino Mike Plania (23-1, 12) on January 24th in a truly mouth watering match up.
Sadly that isn't taking place, with Plania no linked to the bout, and instead Kongfah's opponent for the contest is rugged Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-43-8, 6), with Kongfah defending a regional WBC title against Berwela.
On paper this is a massive step backwards for Kongfah from hat was planned, but in fairness it is still a tougher bout than the records suggest.
The Filipino's record doesn't really reflect what he can do. During his 69 fight career he has scored upsets against the likes of Saenganan Sithsaithong, Jetro Pabustan, Rey Juntilla and Robert Udtohan. He has also given good tests to a regional who's who.
This bout will be the main event of another low level Thai card available on Channel 7HD from 13:45 local time.
In Taiwan today we had an interesting, though small, card that featured a couple of title bouts, a few novices and some pretty interesting low key action.
In the opening bout of the card we saw Hiroto Watabe (2-1-1, 2) [渡部浩人] bounce back from his loss in May to Dominique Kenshin by stopping Thai teen Nanthipat Kesa (2-5, 1) in the second round. This was Watabe, who press from the opening bell and left the referee with little option than to stop the bout. Kesa was out of his depth throughout and could have been stopped earlier.
The second bout was again between novices, as ChianHuei Chin (0-1-1) faced the debuting Kai Ting Chuang (1-0) in a 4 round female bout. It seemed clear from early on that Chuang was the more well schooled fighter and she scored a knockdown in round 2 and mostly controlled the action. After 4 rounds all 3 judges agreed that Chuang was the winner, as she took a clear unanimous decision.
The third bout on the card saw young hopeful Yi Hung Chiang (4-0, 3) take on 37 year old Indonesian journeyman Said Fahdafi (3-8, 2) and score a very easy win. The Indonesian was dropped part way through round 2 and Chaing smelled blood. He would follow up by dropping Fahdafi twice more and taking a win that was very popular with the local fans.
Another Japanese fighter picking up a win on the under-card here was Seigo Hanamori (6-3, 4) [花森成吾], who was far too good for Thai foe Kittipong Jareonroy (3-5, 1). The Thai had come to fight but was out skilled, out boxed and outsped through out. The punch picking and accuracy of Hanamori saw Jareonroy being dropped from a body show mid way through round 2. Although the Thai got up from the knockdown he was dropped again soon afterwards and the referee waved the action off almost immediately. This was a third straight stoppage win for Hanamori who is never going to reach the top of the sport, but is going to be a fun man to follow.
The first of two title bouts saw WBA Asia Super Bantamweight champion Daisuke Sugita (6-1, 3) [杉田大祐] went up against tough Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-43-8, 6).
On paper this looked like a mismatch, but those who had followed Berwela's career over the year's knew he could be a banana skin for Sugita and the Japanese "Police Boxer". Sugita seemed aware of Berwela's reputation as tough guy and showed respect early on, despite being aggressive. As the fight went on we saw more ambition from Berwela who landed a number of solid left hands in round 3 and by the end of round 4 Sugita seemed to have a graze around his left eye, and a cut did open up around his right eye later in the bout.
Despite the ambition of Berwela was saw Sugita continue to get the best of it and Berwela only managed success in spurts, with counters. Sugita on the other hand controlled the tempo, but had to remain cautious and on point throughout, knowing that Berwela was a danger. In the final round Berwela, who knew he was a long way behind, went all out for the KO, throwing hayemakers, but was unable to catch Sugita clean with them, as the champion saw out the storm before firing back in a very fun final minute.
The second title bout saw the always fun to watch Ryoichi Tamura (13-5-1, 7) [田村亮一] take on Indonesian foe Moensaku Yor (6-6-1, 4) for the OPBF "silver" Super Bantamweight title. This turned out to be every bit the mismatch we'd have expected.
Tamura dominated the opening round but couldn't hate Yor in the first 3 minutes. In the second round however he scored a knockdown early in the round, and then dropped Yor three more before the round was over. After getting up from the knockdown the crowd applauded Yor, and his bravery. Thankfully the referee finally stepped in when it Yor was going to be dropped the 5th time in the round.
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