The past 24 hours or so have not been good one for Asian fighters on the road, with 3 losing in the around a day.
One of those to pick up a loss was Kazakh female fighter Aida Satybaldinova (5-2-1, 2), who lost in Mexico to Dayanna Gonzalez (4-2, 2). The 32 year old "Lady Sparta" showed all her limitations in the contest, which was held in Tijuana, and it's clear that whilst she has got some attention, notably from the Kazakh press, she doesn't have the skills or ability to qualify the attention she's had, and it's clear she isn't going to go far in her career.
Another to lose a decision was Joseph Ambo (9-2-1, 6), who lose a wide decision to Yanga Sigqibo (13-1-1, 3). The bout, for the WBO Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title saw Ambo being shut out on all 3 cards, losing 120-107 across the board. This bout, in Eastern Cape, really showed the limitations of the 22 year old Ambo, who is unlikely to be making any kind of a mark on the world stage in the coming years.
Sadly for for veteran Richie Mepranum (34-8-1, 9) he was unable to see the final bell as he retired after the 11th round of his bout with the unbeaten Lodumo Lamati (16-0-1, 10), at the Orient Theatre . The win for Lamati saw him claiming the IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight weight, and give Mepranum his 6th stoppage loss.
This past Saturday in Thailand fans had the chance to see the latest show in the IBF Silk Road tournament. It was a show that was streamed by the IBF, free over Youtube, but the stream was nigh on unwatchable. Sadly. However it was a good show, with several very good bouts.
The tournament bouts began at Super Bantamweight, where Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-2, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-3, 10) fought to a 10 round majority draw. It was a hotly contested bout, and had it not been in Thailand there's a good chance Lagos would have got the nod. Sadly with the bout taking place in Thailand it did seem like the local got the benefit of the doubt and got the draw as a result.
The second bout saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] take a TKO win over Filipino Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), in a Super Featherweight bout. Rosas unfortunately pulled out of the bout after round 5, giving Takenaka the win. This was the first time Rosas hadn't been stopped, though questions need to be asked as to why he was fighting at 130lbs here, especially in such a notable tournament.
The third bout saw local veteran a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-10-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, suffer a decision loss to unbeaten Uzbek Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 5) over 10 rounds. Turdiev was too active and too hungry for the Thai, who really has been incredibly disappointing the last few years, and we do wonder what his career has left to offer.
Thankfully the locals did get a reason to celebrate as Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, took a close decision win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Joseph Ambo (8-1-1, 6) to progress to the next round of the tournament.
We're hoping that when the next round of the tournament is held the IBF will provide a much more stable stream than they gave us here, as it really was terrible.
Tomorrow we'll see the IBF Silk Road Tournament hit Thailand, with the team responsible for the IBF Silk Road tournaments working alongside Kiatkreerin to host the show.
After weeks of waiting we now, finally have the running order for the show, which appears to feature 6 bouts in total, including a female bout and a Muay Thai bout.
Among the fights on this show are the previously reported contest between former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (17-3-1, 10) [竹中 良] and Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), a bout between Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-1, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-2, 10), a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-9-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, and the unbeaten Dostonbek Turdiev (6-0, 5) of Uzbekistan and Sukpraserd Ponpitak (21-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth Joseph ambo (8-0-1, 6), of the Philippines.
Fans wanting to watch this card will want to tune into Thairath, channel 32, tomorrow night.
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