by Rene Bonsubre,Jr
WBO Asia Pacific junior lightweight champion Joe Noynay continues to show his worth as a road warrior when he stopped previously unbeaten Australian Liam Wilson at the Newcastle Entertainment Center in New South Wales, Australia.
Noynay (19-2-2,8KO’s), a southpaw from Bogo City,Cebu in the Philippines did not have any fights last year. Like many Filipino boxers, he had to endure inactivity due to the still ongoing pandemic. His last fight was in December 2019, a technical draw against Kenichi Ogawa in Japan.
In a short chat the day after his successful defense, Noynay told this writer a couple of days before the fight that he was still three pounds over the division limit. He was relieved that he made weight and was more relieved that he did not show any signs of ring rust during the bout.
"We did not plan for an early knockout, and I did not expect it." Noynay said.
When Wilson was knocked down in the opening round, Noynay's corner sensed they were headed for victory but kept on reminding their fighter to time his left hand. The Australian was knocked down twice in a brutal fourth round and after another knockdown in the fifth round, the referee mercifully signaled the end.
Looking at Wilson’s record, it seems he was on a fast track; He won the Australian super featherweight title in his third bout and the IBF Youth title in his fifth outing. Wilson drops to 9-1,6KO’s.
Noynay already knows how to win on the road. Two years ago, He stopped Japanese Kosuke Saka in two rounds in April and London Olympics bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu in July. Both fights were also held in Japan. In 2017, Noynay took the Youth version of the WBO Asia Pacific title from previously unbeaten Chinese Pan Jinxiang by eighth round technical decision in Zhongshan,China.
Noynay then told this writer that he hopes for a world title fight soon.
Going into the Wilson fight, Noynay was ranked number 7 by the WBO, number 12 by the WBC and number 15 by the IBF.
A few months ago, there was a video uploaded on social media of Noynay calling out Oscar Valdez, who holds the WBC world superfeatherweight title.
Considering his higher ranking with the WBO, a bout with the organization’s champion, American Jamel Herring or the interim titleholder Shakur Stevenson could be in the horizon.
File photo- Joe Noynay winning in Japan.
Earlier today in Australia we had a couple of bouts featuring Filipino's against unbeaten Australian fighters, and they had very, very different fortunes.
The first of the Filipino;s was Australian based fighter Czar Amonsot (35-6-3, 22), who was sadly stopped inside a round by the unbeaten Sam Ah See (14-0-1, 7). See, who hadn't fought in almost 6 years, looked the absolute boss here, dominating the much smaller Amonsot from the early seconds. Sadly for the 35 year old Amonsot, he looked very shot here, hurt almost every time he was tagged before the referee finally stepped in and saved a badly hurt Amonsot.
If this is the end for Amonsot, which it probably should be, it's a shame he'll be going out like this, but See on the other hand is a mon who looks to be full of fire and could well make a good mark on Australian boxing over the next year or two.
The second Filipino was the criminally under-rated Joe Noynay (19-2-2, 8) who scored his latest road win by stopping the previously unbeaten Liam Wilson (9-1, 6) in the 5th round of a really interesting match up.
From the off Wilson looked the better boxer, he was sharper, smoother, and looked a lot more fluid. Though as we often find that's not always the key to victory, and instead it was the power of Noynay that told, as he put Wilson down part way through the opening round. A round he was losing until the knockdown. The knockdown changed things, as Noynay tried to take his man out in the remainder of the round, despite taking big shots in return.
To his credit Wilson recovered well in round 2, and spent rounds 2 and 3 doing exactly what he should have been doing in the first round, using his brain. He was applying intelligent pressure, pushing Noynay on to the ropes, and landing his own shots. Although Wilson took some big counters in round 2, he managed to avoid them for most of round 3, as he began to look incredibly comfortable whilst leaving Noynay bleeding from the ear. Those two rounds almost made it seem like the opening round was an aberration, and a blip on route to a victory. And then things changed again in round 4, as it turned out Noynay had been biding his time.
A body shot relatively early in the 4th round hurt Wilson, and he showed he was in pain as Noynay began to come forward with bad intent for the first time since the opening round. The pressure from Noynay had swift success as he hurt Wilson, and kept coming befoe eventually putting Wilson down for the second time in the fight. The long left hands up top and nasty body shots from Noynay were breaking down the tough Australian. Wilson beat the count, but this time he was hurt, unlike the knockdown in the first round, and he was dropped again just moments after getting to his feet. He again beat the count, but spent the rest of the round in survival mode, and was hurt again just before the bell.
It was a nightmare round for the Australian, but one he had gotten through and one that he deserves real credit for. He showed incredible heart and bravery, but looked a beat man. He looked very much like a fighter who was barely hanging on as we started round 5 and Noynay went for the finish again. It was the heart and desperation of Wilson that ended up seeing him grit out a big assault from Noynay and land a huge counter that forced Noynay to back off. Sadly for Wilson however Noynay quickly regrouped, and started to Wilson's body with long left hands again, and kept snapping Wilson's head back with left hands up top. It was incredible to see just how many bit shots Wilson could take, cleanly, before finally dropping again.
After a 4th knockdown of the fight the referee made the call, Wilson was too tough and too brave for his own good, and needed saving.
With this win Noynay records his third defense of the title and gives Wilson his first loss. Whilst this was a painful loss for Wilson, it's the sort of loss that could serve as a really good lesson. He took too many risks, he didn't really know what to do when hurt, fighting back too much and not holding enough, and we dare say he over-looked Noynay due to his stoppage rate, despite the fact Noynay has proven his power against the likes of Kosuke Saka and Satoshi Shimizu.
Hopefully the win will move Noynay towards a major bout, maybe a world title eliminator, and we suspect we'll see Wilson come again after a few confidence building and experience building fights.
Sometimes we have really high hopes for a fight, but things don't go as expected. That was the case in the main event of today's Dynamic Glove, where WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Joe Noynay (18-2-2, 7) retained his title with a technical draw against Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一].
On paper this looked like it had the potential to be a fantastic bout. Ogawa is rarely in bad ones, though his performances can be inconsistent at times, and Noynay was coming into the bout on the back of big wins in Japan against Kosuke Saka and Satoshi Shimizu. In the end however their styles completely failed to gel, the combination of southpaw and orthodox stances caused further issues and the bout never managed to really get going.
Head clashes, albeit minor ones, were seen in the opening round, which we felt Noynay won. The second round saw the first major headclash, which left Noynay cut badly around the left eye and taken to the doctors. In round 3 another major headclash left Ogawa with a truly gruesome vertical cut, a cut that should have ended the fight. In round 4 another headclash left Noynay on his knees, as blood pooled on to the canvas and in round 5 another headclash left Noynay unable to continue.
Between the headclashes the action was somewhat minimal, both men had moments, but other than Ogawa have some success in round 2 nothing was ever sustained for long and as the cuts got worse for both men the action became less and less intense.
After 5 rounds we went to the scores, which were 48-47 to Noynay, 49-46 to Ogawa and 48-48, level. Giving us a technical draw. A result fitting of the bout we had seen.
In the end neither man deserved to lose a fight that never really got going. If we're being honest this really should have been stopped on Ogawa's cut, that was just brutal. The draw should lead to demand of a rematch, but in reality this isn't a fight we want to see re-run. It was a mess, and both men have more interesting options to go with, and ones which will have few headclashes.
After the scores were read Ogawa left the ring in tears, given how his career has been we suspect much of the emotion was down to feeling like he let the fans down. In reality he didn't, the styles just didn't gel at all. It was just one of those fights.
Tomorrow we get a great double header at Korakuen Hall, with the main event being a brilliant looking WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title bout, between defending champion Joe Noynay (18-2-1, 7) and former Japanese champion Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一].
The bout will be Noynay's third in Japan this year and see him looking to build on wins over Kosuke Saka and Satoshi Shimizu, whilst Ogawa will be having the third bout since his failed drug test in 2017, when he tested posted after fighting Tevin Farmer.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales the champion originally missed the limited by more than 1/2lb but went away and lost the weight to eventually come in bang on the limit. It should be noted that he looked a touch fleshy, but nothing bothersome, however missing weight the first time is interesting and could be a bigger issue, or just a case that he simple miscalculated and had no issues at all.
On the hand the muscular Ogawa was 129.75lbs on his first visit to the scales, making weight with no problems at all.
Ogawa spoke about wanting to fight calmly and seemed to be a man who knows that a win here could lead to bigger fights.
For fans wanting to watch this bout and can't make their way to Korakuen Hall the fight will be shown live on G+, which is available internationally through several premium streaming services as well as being a premium satellite channel in Japan.
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(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier this year the plan was for Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] was to defend his belt against Kosuke Saka (19-5, 16) [坂晃典] in September. Sadly however Sueyoshi was injured before that bout could take place cancelling the originally planned date.
Today we have been informed that the bout now has a rescheduled date, and that will be December 7th at Korakuen Hall, as part of the previously announced Dynamic Glove card.
For Sueyoshi this will be his 5th defense of the title he won back in October 2017, when he stopped Ribo Takahata. Whilst Sakla will be looking to become a 2-weight Japanese champion, following a short reign as the Japanese Featherweight champion.
The bout will join another Super Featherweight title bout on the same show, as WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Joe Noynay (18-2-1, 7) defends his belt against Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一], making this a genuinely brilliant double header, especially for fans of the 130lb weight class.
Given the double header status of the card it's now assumed that the show will be aired live on G+, unlike recent shows which have been tape delay.
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