By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BAVET,CAMBODIA- A boxing ring was set up in the middle of the casino floor of the Felix Hotel and Casino. There was already a captive audience at hand as gamblers gathered around the tables hours before the event actually started. The crowd was immediately drawn to the ring action and were not disappointed.
The main event saw Vietnamese Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen beat Thailand’s Kanyarat Yoohanngoh in a hard fought match for the vacant WBO Female mini-flyweight title. It was a feisty affair marred by a lot of holding, which cost Yoohanngoh a point in the third. In the end, Nguyen got a split verdict from judges Surat Soikrachang (Thailand) and Jung Taek Lee (S.Korea) – 99-90,with Edward Ligas (Philippines) scoring for Kanyarat 95-94.
Nguyen is now 4-0,1KO and could be in line for a title shot. Yoohanngoh drops to 7-5,4KO’s.
The ring became a madhouse after the last bout as fans and press members mingled inside.
Uzbek boxer Olimjon Nazarov overcame a tough Orlie Silvestre by unanimous decision to retain his WBO Oriental Flyweight title. Nazarov was the bigger man during the weigh-in and his size advantage became more obvious on fight night. Silvestre, the Philippine Light Flyweight champion, tried to use his lateral movement and speed. But Nazarov’s edge in power during exchanges enabled him to build a lead. In the ninth, facial swelling developed on Silvestre. It gradually became worse but did not hamper his vision and ability to fight as he tried to win the final two rounds but it was not enough. The judges scores – Sungworn Klungboonkrung (Thailand) – 116-112,Mekin Sumon -115-113 and Jung Taek Lee (S.Korea) – 117-111.
Nazarov is now 22-5,12KO’s. He was ranked number nine by the WBO going into this bout. Silvestre suffers another loss on the road and drops to 15-6-2,8KO’s.
The WBO bouts were supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo.
For the undercard matches - Abdurasul Ismoilov (8-1,5KO’s) of Uzbekistan beat grizzled Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-21-2,23KO’s) by TKO end of round two due to a cut on Aguelo’s right eyelid inflicted by a legal blow.
There were two more Vietnam vs Thailand matches - Hong Quan Dinh (5-1-1,2KO) stopped Roonayut Boonraksa (8-9,1KO) in the fifth round with Boonraksa being knocked down in rounds three and five. Minh Phat Sam (6-3,5KO’s) beat Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-6,3KO’s) by TKO in the second round.
Van Thao Tran (13-1,8KO’s) of Vietnam won a lopsided six round decision Filipino Aries Buenavides (13-5,7KO’s) and in another female match, Vietnamese Tran Thi Linh made her debut with a unanimous verdict over Bo Mi Re Shin of South Korea. This fight card was supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC),International.
Photos - THI THU NHI NGUYEN (LEFT) AND OLIMJON NAZARO
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BAVET,CAMBODIA- The Felix Hotel and Casino will be hosting an intriguing sports event this Saturday in this border town known for casinos. Professional boxing is alien to this place and it will host two regional title contests.
Olimjon Nazarov (21-5, 12KO’s) of Uzbekistan will face Filipino Orlie Silvestre (15-5-2,8KO’s) for the WBO Oriental Flyweight title while on the distaff side,Vietnamese Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (3-0,1KO) will fight Thai Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (7-4,4KO’s) for the vacant WBO Female mini-flyweight title.
There were no problems at the weigh-in held at the fight venue with Nazarov at 111.5lbs and Silvestre stepping on the scales at 110.75lbs. Nguyen was at 104.75 lbs while Yoohanngoh was a quarter pound lighter.
Nazarov won the title last August against another Filipino, Ivan Soriano by unanimous decision but has not defended it till now. Silvestre is a natural light flyweight and is the Philippine champion. He has lost in previous overseas campaigns in Japan and Thailand.
In another fascinating non-title match,Uzbek boxer Abdurasul Ismoilov (7-1,4KO’s) will be testing himself against grizzled Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-20-2,23KO’s). For the rest of the card – two Vietnam vs Thailand matches - Hong Quan Dinh (4-1-1,1KO) vs Roonayut Boonraksa (8-8,1KO) and Minh Phat Sam (5-3,4KO’s) vs. Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-5,3KO’s).
Van Thao Tran (12-1,8KO’s) of Vietnam will fight Filipino Aries Buenavides (13-4,7KO’s) and in another female match, Vietnamese Tran Thi Linh will make her debut against Bo Mi Re Shin of South Korea. This fight card is supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC),International.
Photos - OLIMJON NAZAROV AND ORLIE SILVESTRE,THI THU NHI NGUYEN AND KANYARAT YOOHANNGOH
Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans saw former 3-time world champion Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) [多田悦子] take a huge step towards becoming a grand slam champion today, when she became the mandatory challenger for the WBC Female Minimumweight title.
The Japanese veteran was up against Thai youngster Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (6-3, 3), who had recently won the OPBF silver Minimumweight title with a stoppage win over Umi Ishikawa. On paper this was top class veteran against a youngster who had just had her best performance. In the ring however it was a straight forward assignment for Tada, who vacated the WBO female Minimumweight earlier this year.
Tada's experience was on show early on, as she intelligently applied pressure, backing up the Thai and enforcing her will on the bout. Tada found a home early on for her straight left hand and forced the Thai to back up, hold and fight off the ropes.
After 4 rounds the Japanese fighter was leading 40-36, and looked in total control whilst Kanyarat was struggling to create any breathing space to work from. The pressure of Tada finally broke through in round 6, as she dropped forced the Thai in to total survival mode, with Kanyarat being deducted a point for holding. That was the start of the end for the Thai who was stopped the following round, after being dropped by a right hook.
Tada will now look to target WBC champion Tina Rupprecht, in a bout that could take place in summer.
Over the past few weeks we've seen various rumours and stories break from the Shinsei Gym, including yesterday's reveal on their website of Real Spirits 63.
For those unaware Realy Spirits 63 was on their website and revealed that the unbeaten Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] would face Mexican Elizabeth Lopez (6-1-4, 1) for the WBO female Minimumweight title.
That title had become vacated when Saeki's stablemate Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子], vacated to pursue a WBC world title, with Tada fighting Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) in a WBC eliminator. Both of those bouts will be on the same card, and will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka, on April 27th.
Today both of those bouts were officially announced at a press conference by the Shinsei who also confirmed that Reiya Konishi's (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] battle against IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30) would take place on May 19th in Kobe, at the Portopia hotel.
This bout had been in the works for months, and was originally rumoured to be on the April card, before being pushed back to the following month. It will be Alvarado's first defense of the title and Konishi's second world title bout, following a loss to Carlos Canizales in 2018.
The head of the Shinsei Gym, Masato Yamashita, began the press conference:
“My main character Saiki will participate in the WBO Women's World Minimum Class Championship at the main event on April 27. This title was given by Atsuko Tada 3 Tada will be on the 20th, and Tada will hold the WBC World Women's Minimum Class Challenger, aiming for a four-group victory on the same day, and on May 19 Minoru Konishi will challenge the IBF world title match It was decided by the nomination challenge as it is the only one who will play the world title in Kansai, and both men and women will do their best so that they can continue so as not to light the light of the world war in Kansai. All three of us are welcome to take the win, as they may be muddy" [Google translated]
Konishi, who is in really tough told reporters “I am grateful to the chairman for the second chance, and I am practicing and thinking about what I am missing after losing to the world match, by trial and error. I have not made boxing yet, but now I am the strongest. I think it will be a tough match, but I will take on a strong feeling to capture," [Google translated]
Saeki stated: "I didn't think I could get a chance so quickly," adding "I want to get a good chance to be a world champion here." and "This time the other party is smaller than myself. I would like to defeat my boxing and win" [Google translated]
As for Tada "Now, the condition is very good. I think that the other party has a difference in power, so I want to win well and go to the world,"[Google translated]
It's also worth noting that the Kobe card has a notable chief support bout, as Kenichi Horikawa (39-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] defends his Japanese Light Flyweight title against Masashi Tada (13-5-3, 8) [多田雅].
What hasn't yet been confirmed is the broadcast information of the two shows. It's been rumoured that WOWOW will show the May card, though the April show may end up Boxing Raise.
Related-April 27th Shinsei Card gets announced! Saeki gets world title fight in 4th bout!
Reiya Konishi and Felix Alvarado to clash in May!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Back in February Masatao Yamashita revealed that young protege Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] would be getting a world title fight on April 27th, revealing the fight at a special event where Saeki spoke in regards to her studies. Things went quiet on the details for that, but we have now been informed of the show and it's two main bouts.
One bout that had been revealed for the card, other than Saeki's, was the contest between Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子] and Thai youngster Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3). Originally this was reported as a WBO Minimumweight title bout, instead however Tada has vacated the WBO title and this will be a WBC eliminator, with the winner to get a shot at either Tina Rupprecht or Maricela Quintero, who face off on April 6th. Tada did revealed earlier in the year that she wanted to win a WBC title to complete the set, having held WBC, WBO and IBF titles during her career, and this option makes sense now, looking at things.
As for what happens with the WBO title that Tada held, well that will actually be the title that Saeki fights for, with the youngster pencilled in to fight Elizabeth Lopez (6-1-4, 1) for the belt. If Saeki wins, as those who have seen her will expect, then the world is her oyster. She's only 22 but looks to be one of the most gifted female fighters in the sport, with incredible technical skills and speed. A real joy to watch. A loss to Lopez wouldn't be the end, but would be very unexpected.
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