Yesterday the Korean Boxing Association (KBA), announced that they had two shows set to take place in December. Though details for both were scant with only a single bout announced for each show.
The first of those will take place on December 12th in Incheon Metropolitan City. The one bout announced for this show is a WBO Oriental Featherweight title bout between Jong Seon Kang (11-0-2, 6) [강종선] and Nam Jun Lee (11-6-3, 5) [이남준]. This bout should be a real thriller, as Kang is always in fun bouts, has a high rate and exciting style, and despite Lee being no world beater he does have the tools to ask questions at this type of level as shown in his wins against the likes of Sa Myung Noh and Jelbirt Gomera.
From what we under-stand this show was supposed to feature a bout between Korean tough guy In Duck Seo (13-3-2, 7) [서인덕] take on Filipino Jayar Inson (18-3, 12). Interestingly that bout was cancelled this week due to an increase in Covid19 cases in South Korea, making the announcement yesterday feel like perhaps the entire show will be off in coming days as well.
The second show is pencilled in for December 19th, though again may end up being scrapped if Covid19 continues to increase in South Korea. This show will be headlined a KBA Heavyweight title fight between Sang Ho Kim (7-3-1, 1) [김상호] and Sung Jin Kwak (6-1, 5) [곽성진]. This show is targeted to take place in Daejeon Metropolitan City.
As with the December 12th show there is doubt this will take place, though with the KBA only announcing the shows yesterday it seems likely that they will be taking place, despite the issues with Covid19 in South Korea.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar informed us of an intriguing number of bouts in the works for several Filipino fighters.
The most interesting of those will be a WBC Middle East Flyweight title bout between Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) and Filipino slugger Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12), which is set to take place on December 19th in Lahore, Pakistan.
Waseem is best known for his IBF title fight with Moruti Mthalane, in which he dropped Mthalane in the final stages but couldn't over-turn a bad start, losing a close decision to the talented South African. Sadly since that loss, in 2018, we've not seen much of Waseem, and he's fought twice in Dubai, including an under-whelming performance against Ganigan Lopez a year ago. He's talented, but at the age of 33 he is getting on for a Flyweight.
As for Boca he's a much less well known fighter, but a very dangerous, upset minded fighterwho put the cat among the pigeons in March, when he stopped Dennapa Kiatniwat, aka Sarawut Thawornkham, in a genuine upset in Thailand.
Interestingly both men have faced recent world title challenger Giemel Magramo, with Magramo stopping Boca in 6 rounds and losing a close decision to Waseem.
On the same show we're also set to see Alie Laurel (18-4-1, 11) and Pablito Canada (7-18-4, 1) take on Pakistani opponents.
The other bout mentioned, which will take place on another show and will see Korean tough guy In Duck Seo (13-3-2, 7) [서인덕] take on Filipino Jayar Inson (18-3, 12), though this bout appears to still be in the works and not yet a done deal.
*Note Ian's tweet mentions December 16th, it's now been confirmed to be December 19th
Earlier today the former WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion Jayar Inson (18-2, 12)was given the bigger opportunity of his career, as he landed a surprise chance on tomorrow's card headlined by Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39) and Keith Thurman (29-0-0-1, 22).
The exciting Inson has been put on to the show at the 11th hour to face former world champion Sergey Lipinet's (15-1, 11), in what could end up being a fight of the night contender. Inson has got the opportunity due to Lipinet's original opponent, John Molina Jr (30-8, 24), pulling out today with a back injury.
Although Inson has gotten this bout late it is worth noting that the Filipino was already scheduled for the show, albeit in a much lesser bout against Mahonri Montes (35-9-1, 24). Whilst the change of opponent is a drastic one, Inson should be in good shape and hungry to prove a point, and prove that he shouldn't have been overlooked for the card originally.
Whilst relatively unknown outside of Asia, in fact Inson is 0-2 outside outside of the region, he is seen as a dangerous fight on regional scene, and has notched notable wins in Japan, against Ryota Yada, and Malaysia, against Terry Tzouramanis. He will also be coming in to this bout on the back a loss on his US debut, a split decision defeat to Jonathan Steele back in January, on the under-card of Manny Pacquiao's win over Adrien Broner.
On Saturday night in the US Genisis Libranza (17-1, 10) will be taking a huge step up in class as he takes on multi-time world title challenger Carlos Buitrago (30-4-1-1, 17), as part of the under-card for Manny Pacquiao's bout with Adrien Broner.
The little known Filipino prospect, is fighting outside of the Philippines for just the third time in his career, and is facing his second more notable opponent to date, following a 2017 bout with Moruti Mthalane. Despite being relatively unknown, even by those who follow the Asian scene, Libranza is the clear betting favourite, with UK bookies pricing him at 1/16 to win the bout.
Nicaraguan fighter Buitrago, who's losses have all come to world class fighters in the form of Knockout CP Freshmart, Hiroto Kyoguchi and Angel Acosta, is a huge 8/1 to win. That's a huge price given that level he has fought at, even if he has suffered some serious damage in the losses to Kyoguchi and Acosta.
The draw is a huge 33/1.
On the same card we'll also see another once beaten Filipino hopeful, with Jayar Inson (18-1, 12) taking on American foe Jonathan Steele (8-2-1, 6). Inson, like countryman Libranza, is the clear betting favourite here, and is priced at 1/8 to win, whilst Steele is a 7/1 under-dog. As with the other bout, the draw is available at 33/1
Earlier this year we saw Filipino fighter Jhack Tepora (22-0, 17) announce himself on the world stage, winning the WBA "interim" Featherweight title in Malaysia by stopping Edivaldo Ortega in 9 rounds. He's been out of the ring since that win, in July but now looks set to defend the title in January.
The unbeaten Filipino will be part of the January 19th PBC card as the MGM Grand, which will be shown on Showtime and headlined by Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) facing off with Adrien Broner (33-3-1-1, 24).
Until today Tepora's opponent was totally unknown, though Linea Directa have now reported that the front runner is big punching Mexican Hugo Ruiz (38-4, 33), who is just waiting to get his visa sorted before being confirmed for the bout. Ruiz is training for the bout and has signed to fight Tepora on the card, with the bout agreed in principle.
Ruiz is a former WBA "interim" Bantamweight champion and WBC "super" Bantamweight champion, who has lost to Koki Kameda, Julio Ceja and Hozumi Hasegawa and will be looking to become a "3-weight champion". It's also been revealed that he really struggled to make the 122lb Super Bantamweight limit, hence moving up in weight for this bout.
It's also been reported that Filipino hopefuls Jayar Inson (18-1, 12) and Genesis Libranza (17-1, 10) will be on the card, though their opponents haven't yet been confirmed.
The Spanish article about Ruiz challenging Tepora can be read here on the Linea Directa website.
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