Earlier today in Lahore, Pakistan, fans were to see national boxing hero Muhammad Waseem (11-1, 8) pick up his latest win, in what was also his Pakistani debut.
The talented Flyweight, who has previously fought in South Korea, Panama, Malaysia and Dubai, was up against hard hitting Filipino Jeny Boy Boca (14-7, 12) in what was regarded as a world title eliminator.
From the off Waseem always looked the more skilled, the more talented and the more rounded fighter. Boca, who is dangerous despite his record, looked like he had a chance, if he could land something clean, but that wasn't an easy task against the Falcon, who was too quick, too sharp and too good through out.
In round 8 Waseem finally broke down Boca, who suffered his 7th professional loss, and his 4th by stoppage.
For Waseem the win was a huge one at home, and one that really should push him towards a 2021 world title fight, which would be his second following a 2018 IBF title fight with Moruti Mthalane, which ended in a narrow decision loss.
As for Boca the loss ends a 3 fight winning run, which had included a spectacular win in Thailand against former world title challenger Sarawut Thawornkham, aka Dennapa Kiatniwat.
Back in September it was reported that former WBO Minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) would be clashing with the unbeaten Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) for the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title on December 5th. Sadly over the last few weeks that date was appearing less and less likely and yesterday it was confirmed that the date had indeed slipped
Rather than taking place in early December the bout has now been pushed to the back of January, with a new date of January 30th.
The delay, unsurprisingly, is Covid19 related, with with Metro Manila being in a state of general community quarantine until the end of the year, which is preventing sporting events in the regional.
Despite the delay the bout will still take place at the Elorde Sports Complex Philippines, Sucat, Paranaque City and Bebot Elorde has told the Philippines Daily Tribune that the end delay will give him more time to get things ready, essentially looking at the positives rather than the negatives.
It should be noted that the winner here will be the WBA's "secondary" champion, though would be in the running to face current "Super" champion Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who sadly hasn't fought since a win in March against Norihito Tanaka [田中教仁], and has seen various rumours amount to nothing.
Whilst the delay is a disappointment it is worth noting that boxing is set to pick up in the Philippines, and there are other shows set for December as well as a host of international bouts for Filipino fighters. These include the December 19th bout between Nonito Donaire (40-6, 26) and Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-1, 12), for the WBC Bantamweight title, the December 20th bout with Jayson Mama (15-0, 8) challenging IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26) and the December 19th world title eliminator between Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12) and Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7).
After months of seeing very limited Filipino action it now appears the country could be set for a huge month to finish the year, and also have something exciting to look forward to in January!
Last week our good friend Ian Melodillar (@iaknows) broke the news that we'd be getting an interesting Flyweight bout between Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) and Filipino slugger Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12) in December on an AK Promotions show. Today that bout was officially confirmed with a poster for the full event also released, showing that the card is fairly international show with fighters not just from Pakistan and the Philippines but also the UK, Italy and Iran.
The main event, between Waseem and Boca, will be a world title eliminator and will be a really interesting mix of styles. On one hand you have the skills, smoothness and technical ability of Waseem, a former amateur standout and a proven quantity, who gave Moruti Mthalane one of his toughest career bouts. On the other hand you have a hard hitting Filipino, in Boca, who who upset Sarawut Thawornkham back in March, in one of the most notable Asian upsets of 2020. The winner of this is expected to move towards a WBC Flyweight title fight and pick up a regional WBC belt.
Talking about regional WBC title bouts the show will have a WBC Middle East title bout pitting unbeaten Pakistani fighters against each other, with Nadir Baloch (9-0, 7) taking on Jawad Hassan (6-0, 2), in what we believe will be a Super Featherweight bout.
The show looks to be an interesting one, and certainly appears to be a much more meaningful one than the last AK Promotions show, which was headlined by a bout between Usman Wazeer and Boido Simanjuntak. Despite that card being an under-whelming one the crowd at it were wild, and fingers crossed the fan interest continues here with Waseem fighting in Pakistan for the first time.
The show is set to take place in Lahore on December 19th and given the people that AK Promotions are working with, we really hope there will be international streams made available for the event.
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
In Bangkok earlier today TL Boxing Promotions, who ran the excellent "The Fighter" series last year kicked off their new deal with Thairath, and unfortunately it was a show they'd rather forget, despite their being two solid WBA Asia title bouts on the card.
One of the bouts, at 115lbs, saw a man who had actually won during last year's "The Fighter" tournament Tanes Ongjunta (4-1, 2) face his first international opponent as he battled Filipino Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2). On paper this looked like a good step up for the unbeaten Thai who was going up against a Filipino who lacked power and and had lost 4 of his previous 6.
Despite Lerasan looking like a safe opponent on paper he proved to be the opposite in the ring, taking the shots of Ongjunta without problems and coming back with some solid shots of his own. The Filipino began to grow round by round and chipped away at Ongjunta with good solid shots, particularly to the body. After 6 rounds it was becoming clear that Ongjunta was slowing, his output dropping and his defenses starting to show holes.
In round 7 the Thai was drown for the first time in the fight. The Thai recovered to his feet, and managed to see out the round but was looking like a man fighting on fumes. The best he had in his arsenal was tired looking arm punches, thrown in singles.
In round 8 Lerasan managed to drop his man again. Once again Ongjunta got to his feet but was down again, and then again with the referee then waving off the bout to give Lerasan the biggest win of his career.
The other bout saw former world title challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham and now fighting as Dennapa Trabaihor, battle against Filipino foe Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12). Coming in Boca had scored just a single win in his previous 4 bouts, dating back more than 3 years and was expected to offer a test, but nothing too tough for the local.
Surprisingly it was Boca who was pressing from the off, and the local fighter tried to avoid a fight with Boca, who looked like he was putting everything into some of his shots. Boca's aggression really had some notable moments, with the Filipino hammering the body of Dennapa in round 2 with the Thai being pinned on the ropes.
The Filipino was backed up himself in round 4 but nothing Dennapa could do seemed to hurt Boca who turned the tables back in his favour mid way through the round and landed a great left to the body then a right up top to drop Dennapa. The Thai recovered to his feet but a follow up attacked saw Dennapa needing to be saved by the referee just moments later.
Whilst TL Boxing Promotions do have a 10 month deal with Thairath, and this show doesn't really disk that deal, it's certainly not the start either part would have wanted. Losses for two of the most notable members of the stable will be hard to bounce back from, but certainly not impossible.
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