Earlier today Sports.Uz, an Uzbek website covering sports, reported that a trio of Uzbek fighters signed to South Korean promotional outfit Cocky Buffalo were preparing to compete on a show set for February 27th in Co Chi Mihn City in Vietnam.
The fighters mentioned in the report were WBO Oriental Flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov (25-5, 14), Abdurasul Ismoilov (8-1, 5) and Ravshanbek Shermatov (5-1, 2).
Although the three aren't well known outside of Asia the fighters are all fairly notable.
The experienced Nazarov is banging on the door of a WBO world title fight, and is currently ranked #5 at Flyweight. The 35 year old has been in good form recently and has won his last 12 in a row, including notching victories over Ivan Soriano, Kongfah Nakornluang and Orlie Silvestre, to climb up the rankings. Sadly however he is now 35, and for a Flyweight that is legitimately ancient.
The 24 year old Ismoilov is a well regarded Lightweight prospect who has bounced back from a 2019 upset loss to Hang Kil Kim in South Korea, and has won his last 2, including a good win over Adones Aguelo last February. He's a long way from a world title fight, but with just 9 bouts behind him he is certainly one to keep an eye out for.
Shermatov is a 25 year old Bantamweight hopeful who looked to be progressing nicely with his career until he ran into Korean prospect Jong Seon Kang, who stopped the Uzbek in 4 rounds. Since that loss he has fought twice, picking up 2 wins, but didn't look like a top prospect in the making.
At the time of writing the trio haven't had their opponents named for the show, though we suspect that will happen in due course, along with details regarding the rest of the bouts on the show.
Over the weekend we saw speculation and rumours swirl that the WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), had been cancelled. It now appears those rumours, whilst not totally true, did have more than a hint of truth about them.
Today it was officially announced that the bout had been postponed indefinitely from August 21st. The reason was the issues caused by the ongoing global situation, and the travel bans that are in place due to it. Sadly the details on when the bout will be re-arranged are now unclear.
Originally the bout had been announced for April 4th before boxing was put on a global hiatus. It was then pencilled in for earlier in the summer, though a date wasn't officially announced, before it was set for August 21st.
At the moment getting to Japan is incredibly difficult, with the country essentially closing their borders to visitors from a number of countries, including the Philippines. This meant that Magramo wasn't able to actually get to Japan for the bout.
Officially the line is "We have postpone until the immigration restrictions of the Japanese and Philippine governments have been relaxed and it becomes possible to enter and exit." However when that will be is completely unknown and as of yet there really isn't point in guessing.
At the moment it appears this bout is one both parties will be focusing on re-organising, however there has been talk from Uzbekistan that if things can't be sorted swiftly there is a chance that Nakatani may end up first fighting WBO #8 ranked fighter Olimjon Nazarov (25-5, 14) for the title, with Magramo fighting the winner.
The news of Nazarov potentially getting getting a bout with Nakatani, with a September date being rumoured, had been broken by Jalol Akhmedov. It is however worth noting that similar travel restrictions preventing a bout with Magramo are affecting arrivals from Uzbekistan, and Vietnam where Nazarov currently. However there is some exceptions from the country, leaving this door open for that bout to be staged if certain conditions can be met and the situation will be reviewed at the end of August, potentially allowing for a September bout.
The bout is the latest in an ever growing line of contests being affected in some way by the situation globally and we expected to see more contests being delayed, postponed, or cancelled in the coming week.
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
Yesterday Uzbek website Sportz.uz posted a bout list for a show that has been seemingly been given the green light by the Korea Boxing Commission. That isn't too interesting, until we look into the show in a little more depth.
The first thing of real note is that the card will take place in Cambodia, on February 29th, making it the first professional boxing show in the country in over 4 years! That alone is something that is really notable to us.
Going through the bout list we see other things that are fairly notable, in regards to the fighters on the card and the match ups we'll be getting.
One of the bouts that really piqued our interest was a planned bout between once beaten Uzbek hopeful Abdurasul Ismoilov (7-1, 4) and Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-20-2, 23), who will be in an 8 round bout at Lightweight.
Although Ismoilov Vs Aguelo looks a mismatch on paper it should serve as a good test for Ismoilov who will be fighting for the second time this year, following a blow out win in January against Nuomin.
Another bout that really interested us from the bout list pits WBO Oriental Flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov (20-5, 11) against Filipino foe Orlie Silvestre (15-5-2, 8), in what should be a very fun bout between two limited fringe contenders.
Whilst the card isn't a big one it's great to see Cocky Buffalo keeping their fighters active and being a promoter who are willing to experiment with where shows take place. They have held shows in Vietnam, South Korea and Uzbekistan and to add Cambodia to that list is interesting, as they look to lay down roots in countries that haven't got a strong professional boxing scene.
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