Results from Hirakata City
Earlier today we had the latest show from Green Tsuda, under their Crash Boxing banner. The card was a brilliant one paper, with a great mix of local talent and foreign visitors. Sadly for those visitors however, the show turned out not to be a good one for them.
The first of the notable bouts on the card was an all Japanese one, as Takafumi Shibata (3-1, 1) [柴田尊文] bounced back from his first career defeat and stopped Hiroki Ashizawa (5-4, 4) [芦沢広樹] in 2 rounds. Shibata looked sharp in the opening round and landed a brutal right hook in round 2, sending Ashizawa down. Ashizawa got to his feet, but was counted out on his feet.
The second bout on the show saw world ranked Thai hopeful Sitthisak Simsri (12-1, 12) suffer his first loss, as he was taken out by talented Japanese fighter Toshiki Kawamitsu (7-1, 4) [川満俊輝], who was himself bouncing back from a loss to Ginjiro Shigeoka last year. The opening round saw both men having notable success, in a thrilling round of action, with Kawamitsu managing to begin taking over in round 2. In round 3 the power and tenacity of Kawamitsu sent Simsri down. The Thai beat the count, but a follow up attack forced the referee in to save Simsri.
Simsri wasn't the only Thai to lose their unbeaten record on this card, as Achariya Boonmoh (12-1, 11) suffered a split decision loss to Aso Ishiwaki (10-5-1, 7) [石脇麻生] in a very hard fought 8 rounder. Ishiwaki was the more composed and accurate though out, but Boonmoh always looked dangerous and landed some solid blows, but it did seem like he came off second best for much of the bout. After 8 rounds Ishiwaki took the decision with scores of 79-73 and 78-74, whilst the third judge score it 77-75 to the visitor.
In the chief support bout we saw talented youngster Jinki Maeda (10-0, 5) [前田 稔輝] continue his unbeaten run with arguably the most impressive win of his career so far, as he stopped former WBO Asia Pacific champion Jhunriel Ramonal (17-11-6, 10) in just 2 rounds, to announce himself as one of the brightest prospects in Japan. Maeda looked sharp from the opening moments, using his jab to control the distance and keep himself out of the danger zone of Ramonal's power. In round 2 a counter left hand from Maeda dropped Ramonal hard, with the Filipino being unable to beat the count.
In the main event we saw another Japanese prospect take a notable step up in class, as Toshiki Shimomachi (15-1-2, 11) [下町俊貴] stopped Takuya Mizuno (17-4-1, 14) [水野拓哉]. On paper this was a very notable step up for Shimomachi, and that looked to be the case from the off, with Mizuno attacking early on and forcing Shimomachi to show his intelligent and slippery defense, whilst firing back with body shots. The aggression of Mizuno continued to make him look dangerous, and he managed to get Shimomachi on the ropes in round 3, though Mizuno did take some clean counters or his success. With Shimomachi's clean, accurate shots and really solid defense, limiting Mizuno's success, it was clear Mizuno had to turn things around late on. He had put in a good effort but was down as we went into the later stages, and in round 7 Shimomachi landed some nasty shots, forcing the referee to jump in and save Mizuno, who had given a great effort but ultimately suffered his first stoppage loss.
Apolinar claims OPBF title!
Earlier today The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, in Paranaque city, played host to the latest OPBF title fight, and it was a really interesting one on paper pitting one of the most skilled youngsters in the Philippines, against one of the most dangerous veterans in the country. It wasn't a bout that got much attention, but it was one that certainly deserved to have fans aware of it.
The bout in question saw the highly skilled Pete Apolinar (16-2, 10) take on hard hitting Jhunriel Ramonal (17-10-6, 10), in a bout for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title.
Going in to the bout it was expected to be a match up between the skills, counter punching, slippery defense and accurate combinations of Apolinar, and the power, physicality and brute strength of Ramonal. In the first round it was apparently that the real factor wasn't the skills of Apolinar, but instead the speed, as he got in and out of range with ease, made the most of the slow, flat footed nature of Ramonal, and picked off the dangerous veteran.
Ramonal always looked dangerous, but was often whiffing at the air, leaving himself open for counters and was tiring himself out whilst being picked off by the accurate shows of Apolinar. Notable when Apolinar was caught he wasn't really hurt, and he made the most of being the naturally bigger man, having fought much of his career at Featherweight.
Round by round the younger, fresher Apolinar simply chipped away at Ramonal, getting the rounds in the bag, and breaking down Ramonal mentally and physically. It was a great performance by Apolinar for much of the bout, and saw him essentially neutralise a very dangerous man.
By the start of round 10 it seemed he was cruising to a decision win, however with Ramonal being tired it seemed like Apolinar wanted more than just the win and part way through the round Ramonal ended up on the ropes, giving Apolinaro a chance to unload. And unload he did, ending a flurry with a peach of a left hook that dropped Ramonal hard. Ramonal tried to beat the count, but failed as Apolinar celebrated the biggest win of his career
On Friday out good friend Ian Melodillar reported that unbeaten Filipino hopeful Charly Suarez (6-0, 5) was set to compete in his next bout on July 3rd in what is set to be a notable step up in class for the former amateur standout.
The talented Suarez will, as Ian informed us, face off with unbeaten "Hellboy" Ryan James Racaza (11-0, 7), with the men clashing in Pangasinan.
The 32 year old Suarez turned professional in 2019 with high expectations following an excellent amateur career. Sadly however an exciting start to his professional career really didn't kick off and 2020 was not a good year for Suarez, who fought only once. This year bout will however be his third of 2021 as he looks to get his career back on track.
Racaza on the other hand is a 24 year old who debuted in 2015 and was busy until the end of 2019. Sadly Covid19 ruined his momentum and plans and he spent the entire of 2020 away from the ring, losing whatever momentum he was building.
Also set for this card is a 6 rounder between the under-rated Jhunriel Ramonal (17-8-6, 10) and former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (30-8-6, 9). Sadly for Ramonal this will be his first bout in well over a year, and he has certainly lost all the moment he had at the end of 2019, when he beat Shingo Wake and Yusaku Kuga in back to back bouts. Pabustan on the other hand has lost 4 of his last 5 and is along way removed from the fighter who challenged for the WBO Bantamweight title in 2016.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar informed us that there are reports in the Philippines of a very interesting Super Bantamweight bout set for May 29th in Binan City.
The match up in question would see the hard hitting Jhunriel Ramonal (17-8-6, 10) battle against former Chinese world title challenger Qiu Xiao Jun (23-4, 11) [裘晓君]. Interestingly the match would also be for a host of minor titles, 4 in fact, with the IBO, WBC, IBF and WBA all having some title on the line for the contest.
If the bout does go ahead, as the reports suggest, it would be Qiu's first bout since late 2018, when he stopped Robert Udtohan in Thailand, and would see the "Dragon" trying to kick start his career, which has never really recovered since his 2016 loss to Nehomar Cermeno. It would also be his first bout in the Philippines.
As for Ramonal the bout would be his first since the very end of 2019, when he travelled over to Japan and stopped Yusaku Kuga inside a round. That win had followed an even more impressive victory, a brutal TKO win against Shingo Wake, in October 2019.
At the moment the bout doesn't appear to be a done deal as such, but with growing talk of the contest it seems like it's close to being finalised, and would be among the first international bouts in the Philippines since the Covid19 pandemic saw boxing in the country being stopped last year.
In 2019 Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (17-8-6, 10) went on a destructive tear in Japan, first he stopped Shingo Wake (26-6-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] in October before returning to the country and claiming the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title with a blow out win over Japanese national champion Yusaku Kuga (19-4-1, 13) [久我勇作].
Earlier today Dino Olivetti Jr, from the Olivetti Boxing Gym which manage Ramonal, announced Ramonal's first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific title.
Olivetti revealed that the bout would be taking place in Tokyo on May 28th and see his charge defending his title against former WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3) [井上 拓真].
For Ramonal the bout would give him a chance to score a third straight upset win on Japanese soil, and really make it clear that he deserves a world title fight. On the other hand it gives Inoue, the younger brother of Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥], a chance to rebuild following his 2019 loss to WBC Bantamweight world champion Nordine Oubaali.
On paper this is an excellent bout between and heavy handed upset minded champion and highly skilled but light punching challenger. An excellent clash of styles and a potentially very interesting match up.
We expect this bout will be announced by Ohashi Gym, who are almost certainly going to be the promoter of the show, in the near future as Ohashi and team put the finishing touches to the show.
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