If we're being honest certain promoters and broadcasters, be it online or over the air, keep shooting themselves in the foot. Sadly two of those shooting themselves in the foot the most often are Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN, who did it again last night.
The card they aired featured a number of bouts that weren't shown. These included a bout with a former world title challenger and one featuring a man regarded as one of the hottest prospects in world boxing. Sadly for us, they were the two bouts featuring Asian fighters.
The first of those featured Filipino journeyman Neil John Tabanao (17-8, 11) battling former world title challenger Lamont Roach (20-1-1, 8).
On paper, this was an interesting bout and a chance to see how the touted Roach would fair following a loss last November to WBO Super Featherweight champion Jamel Herring. Had we got the bout shown we would have seen the American bounce back in impressive fashion, slicing through Tabanao with a brutal body shot.
Tabanao, who had never previously been stopped was damn near gutted by the brutal left hook from Roach, which was tremendous. A brilliant body that deserved to have a wider audience.
The other Asian on this show was unbeaten Uzbek Bektemir Melikuziev (6-0, 5) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев], who many regard as one of the most promising fighters in the sport today. He dismantled Mexican foe Alan Campa (17-6, 11) to claim the WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title.
Campa was down multiple times here and stopped early, though the only footage that seems to be getting widely circulated is of one knockdown late in round 2, from a straight left hand. Campa appears to be on his feet at the end of the clip, suggesting that wasn't the end. Instead it's been reported that he was then stopped early in round 3, when the count was waived following the third knockdown of the fight.
Sadly, however, the bout failed to be shown and fans were denied a chance to see a man that appears to have a lot of fight folk talking, and a lot of fans very excited about. A very stupid move from a streaming service desperate to have all the goodwill it can muster right now after very little content in recent months.
Later today on DAZN we'll see a Golden Boy Promotions show featuring two Asian fighters, as part of a very packed weekend.
Yesterday, as part of the pre-fight formalities, the men involved in those bouts took part in their weigh ins.
One of the fights in question will see Filipino fighter Neil John Tabanao (17-7, 11) take on former world title challenger Lamont Roach (19-1-1, 7) in a Super Featherweight bout. On the scales for this one both men came in at 129¾lbs.
For Tabanao that is among the heaviest weights of his career, and far higher than he's been in his last 4 bouts, which have been closer to the Super Bantamweight or Featherweight limits. Whilst Roach has come in around his usual weight, with many of his recent bouts being fought for some form of minor Super Featherweight title.
The other Asian on this show is unbeaten Uzbek Bektemir Melikuziev (5-0, 4) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев], who takes on Mexican foe Alan Campa (17-5, 11) for the WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title.
On the scales for this one Melikuziev was band on the 168lbs limit, some 13½ lighter than he was in February, when he destroyed Oscar Cortes in a round. Campa on the other hand was 166½lbs, which is comfortably under the divisional limit.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be available exclusively on DAZN.
On Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, fans will get the chance to see Filipino fighter Neil John Tabanao (17-7, 11) take on former world title challenger Lamont Roach (19-1-1, 7), in a bout to be shown on DAZN.
Sadly whilst news of this bout has been limited there is, now, a betting line for the contest. And the odds make it very clear that the bookies see this as little more than an horrific mismatch.
The Filipino journeyman, who has lost his last 3, is priced at a huge 9/1 to to score his first win in 2 years! The touted Roach however is best priced at 1/18 to score an expected victory. The draw is available as high as 25/1.
A much more interesting market for this bout is the "Method of Victory" market, and this is where things do become a little bit tastier for those of you who like to have a flutter.
The most likely result is Roach by decision or technical decision, which has been priced at 2/5. Given that Tabanao has never been stopped and Roach has never been the most destructive, that looks a very attractive price. On the other hand a stoppage for Roach is currently available at 21/10. A stoppage for Tabanao is a huge 12/1 but that price is dwarfed by the 22/1 that is available for a Tabanao decision.
Unsurprisingly the bout is expected to go the distance, with 4/11 available on the contest reaching the final bell, and 2/1 on ending early.
Over the past couple of days there was two notable Filipino fighters in action in the US, sadly though both suffered set backs in clear decision losses.
The first of those was on Friday, when former OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (30-14, 15), who was dominated in Las Vegas by the unbeaten Angelo Leo (18-0, 8). The bout was the main event of a Mayweather promoted card at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and those who had their bets on Leo never really looked like losing their money as he out sped, out boxed, out fought and out landed Yap, who looked like a fighter who was out of his depth.
Given that Yap gave Takuma Inoue a really good test last year, and was the OPBF champion less than a year ago, we do wonder whether the 30 year old has slipped a lot, or perhaps isn't as good as he was when he was being managed by the Mutoh gym in Japan, who played a major part in the best run of his career. His split with Mutoh was certainly not a good one, and this was only his second bout since that split. On the other hand Leo looked like a top prospect, and he is certainly going to be one to watch in the years to come.
On Saturday it was Neil John Tabanao (17-6, 11) who was the clearly loser, as he was widely beaten by super talented American Tremaine Williams (17-0, 7). Tabanao, who once promised so much, was unable to get into this fight and instead had to rely on his resilience to see out the 10 rounds against the diminutive but sharp punching Williams, in what was a very 1-sided bout.
It's worth noting that prior to this fight Tabanao had himself lost to Leo, back in April, and rather strangely the losses for the two Filipino does lead us to a rather interesting though that Yap and Tabanao could face off in a real cross roads fight, as could Leo and Williams.
Sadly this was not a good weekend for Filipino fighters and they were both easily out classed by US prospects.
Earlier today fight fans around the globe saw two world title bouts from Osaka. Fans in the arena didn't just have those title bouts but also a pretty notable under-card with a number of significant fighters in actions.
The first of the bouts of note saw Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (13-1, 7) take a very good 6 round decision win over tough Filipino Neil John Tabanao (13-4, 9). The bout pitted two top 10 OPBF ranked contenders against each other and Atsumi certainly deserved the win, but was pushed hard with Tabanao looking to turn things around right through the final round.
The once touted Tatsuya Ikemizu (15-2, 6) [池水 達也] scored his second straight win as he over-came Thai visitor Nattakorn Sithjacknoi (0-1) with a very wide 8 round decision. The bout was scored 80-69, twice, and 80-68 with the Thai beind dropped, and deducted a point and basically looking toothless but tough through out.
The unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (13-0, 10) [橋詰 将義] made light work of his Thai foe, Chanchai Saithonggym (0-1), with a 4th round KO from a nasty right hook. It took just 3 rounds for former OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (19-5, 16) [山本 隆寛] to see off Petchinsee Rongriangkilakorat (0-1), in what was Yamamoto's first bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Mark John Yap.
Former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida (24-0, 13) [石田 匠] also scored a quick blow out, stopping diminutive Thai Patiporn Saithonggym (0-1) in 3 rounds. Ishida, ranked #1 by the WBA at Super Flyweight, will be expecting a world title fight in the near future and seems to have been doing little more than keeping the rust off with this performance.
There was also a stoppage win for 20 year old hopeful Hayate Ikuta (8-0, 4) [幾田 颯], who took 5 rounds to see off Chatphet Saithonggym (0-2).
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