Earlier today MTK Global put on their latest show in the Middle East, with Dubai playing host to the show which featured an eclectic array of talent, including several fighters from Asia.
One of the notable names was OPBF Flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel (12-1-1, 9), who dispatched Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa (21-47-3, 14) inside a minute, in what was little more than a stay busy fight. For Raquinel this was a second KO this win, but pales in significance compared to his 8th round win over Takuya Kogawa, which saw him become the first man to stop Kogawa.
Another of the Asian fighters on the show was once beaten Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7), who scored his most meaningful win to date, as he over-came former world champion Ganigan Lopez (36-11, 19) in an 8 round bout.
From the opening round Waseem seemed too fresh, too quick and too sharp for the Mexican veteran, but to his credit the 38 year old Lopez refused to go away and made Waseem work for every round. The work out was what Waseem needed, but probably not what he wanted, given that Lopez had been stopped in 3 of his previous 5, and he looked very much like a fighter who hadn't prepared to fight 8 rounds.
A third Asian of note was unbeaten Indian Vijender Singh (12-0, 8), who looked very solid as he dominated 42 year old veteran Charles Adamu (33-15, 26). Singh dropped his man in round 2, though Adamu courageously got to his feet and fought on.
Adamu was dropped again in round 6, from a huge right hand, and his face was showing clear signs of swelling, yet again his stubborn toughness kept him in the bout. Another big shot saw the referee give Adamu another count in round 7, and Singh seemed on the verge of a stoppage, before Adamu some how saw out the round, and then saw out a brutal beating in round 8.
After 8 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Singh taking a clear decision, though questions need to be asked of the referee who allowed Adamu to take a really unnecessary beating in the later rounds.
According to the fantastic people at RealFight PH OPBF Flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel (11-1-1, 8) will returning to the ring on November 22nd to take on Pakistani foe Muhammad Waseem (9-1, 7) in a WBC world title eliminator!
According to RealFight PH's facebook account the fight will take place in Dubai, though other details, such as the specific venue, are scarce.
For the 22 year old Raquinel the bout would be a great way to build on his brutal KO win over Takuya Kogawa from back in August and would move towards his first world title bout. It's hard to believe that just over a year ago he stunk up the joint with a very poor effort against Wulan Tuolehazi in China, but could end 2019 on the verge of a world title fight. He has proven to be dangerous, heavy handed and exciting, but this will be his biggest bout so far and be against the most rounded skilled opponent, with Waseem being a very good fighter.
As for 32 year old Waseem this would open the door to a second world title fight, after his close 2018 loss to Moruti Mthalane in an IBF title fight. Given his age this is probably a must win for him, as he'll be 33 next August and it's hard to see him having success at Flyweight at such an age. A loss to Raquinel will be very hard to rebuild from at this stage of his career, though he will likely feel confident of beating the Filipino given his age and amateur experience. Despite the confidence the bout is a dangerous one, and Raquinel showed what he was capable of doing when he left Kogawa needing to be removed from the ring on a stretcher.
In theory the winner of this would be in line for a shot at the title which is currently vacant, but will have a champion crowned shortly. The WBC recently ordered Cristofer Rosales (29-4, 20) to take on Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar (14-1-0-1, 11) for the recently vacated title, and the winner of this eliminator would shoot up the rankings towards the winner of that title. It seems very unlikely that Raquinel Vs Waseem would be a final eliminator, and would instead be the next step towards a title fight for the winner.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw the latest Kadoebi promoted card, "Slugfest 10".
The main event of the show was an OPBF Flyweight title bout pitting Filipino youngster, and reigning OPBF king, Jayr Raquinel (11-1-1, 8) took on Japanese veteran Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也].
On paper this was one of Raquinel's toughest bouts, and came after a loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi, whilst Kogawa was looking to return to form after a string of under-whelming performances.
Sadly for Kogawa, this wasn't a case of him rolling the clock back, despite a very good start, and instead seems likely to be the performance that sends him into retirement.
Raquinel started offensively though was caught with a counter right from Kogawa and was dropped towards the end of the opening round. Sadly for Kogawa that essentially his highlight, and Raquinel quickly resumed control, and was leading 38-37 on all 3 cards at the end of round 4. From then on it was was clear that Kogawa wasn't the balls to the wall warrior he had once been. He was now looking like a shell of the man who had once been one of the most entertaining fighters on the planet. He was looking old, and weary, worn out and like the hard battles of his past had totally caught up with him.
Raquinel started offensively though was count with a The speed advantage that Raquinel had was too much for Kogawa to combat and despite the Japanese fighter being tough and resilient he wasn't competitive, no matter what he tried.
In round 8 that toughness of Kogawa's finally broke and a left uppercut form Raquinel dropped Kogawa hard, with the Japanese fighter banging his hand on the canvas. He tried to get up but the referee quickly put a halt to things.
Raquinel, who is now 3-0 (3) in Japan is likely to return in the near future for his next defense, whilst Kogawa is almost certainly staring retirement straight in the face.
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tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7), from the Philippines, defending the OPBF Flyweight title against Japanese veteran Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the title bout, and, thankfully, both men made weigh at their first attempt, and both looked in fantastic condition for the bout, which really is a crunch clash for both men, neither of whom can afford a loss.
The champion, making his second defense of the title, came in bang on the 112lb limit and looked very relaxed through out the who weigh in process. He seemed calm and confident, and will be looking to score his third win in Japan, following stoppages over Keisuke Nakayama and Shun Kosaka, both of which came last year.
Kogawa came in under the limit, with a little bit of wiggle room, weighing in around 111.75lbs for the bout. He seemed determined and spoke highly of Raquinel, though it's clear, given his recent performances, that he's not the fighter he once was and this could well be his last bout of note if he's unable to pick up the win against the Filipino youngster.
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