By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BA RIA-VUNGTAO,VIETNAM- Professional boxing continues to rise here in Vietnam with a venue that offers a Las Vegas type of atmosphere. The Gran Ho Tram strip is being hailed as Vietnam’s entertainment capital and could very well be the next Macao. Three regional contests and two non-titled bouts will be featured this Saturday April 23 with a poster at the fight venue stating it is already sold out.
Olimjon Nazarov of Uzbekistan will defend the WBO Oriental flyweight title against Filipino Jerome Baloro. Nazarov (27-5,15KO’s) weighed in at 111.5 lbs while Baloro was at 111.13 lbs during the official weigh in held at the venue. Nazarov has beaten Filipinos Orlie Silvestre and Michael Mendoza in his last two bouts. Baloro (6-1,4KO’s) , will be making his overseas debut. Last December, he lost a unanimous verdict to Regie Suganob in Bohol for the IBF Youth belt.
The vacant WBO Oriental Youth junior welterweight title will be contested by Chan Ho Song of South Korea and Romer Pinili of the Philippines. Chan (6-0,3KO’s) weighed 139.3 lbs and will be fighting outside South Korea for the first time while Pinili (5-0-1,4 KO’s), who was at 138.89 lbs, is also unbeaten and fighting overseas for the first time.
The vacant IBF Asia lightweight title will be on the line when Filipino Delmar Pellio (9-1, 4KO’s) takes on hometown favorite Hong Quan Dinh (7-1-1,4KO’s). Pellio’s lone loss was against former Olympian and bemedalled amateur Charlie Suarez. Dinh has stopped his last three opponents. During the weigh-in, Dinh was 134.9 lbs while Pellio was 130.07 lbs.
The undercards will be six rounders between local boys - Phat Minh Sam vs Le Dieu Phuoc and Pham Huu Thong vs Le Hoang Hiep. This card is promoted by Cocky Buffalo Promotions and supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission,International.
Photo – Press conference held before the weigh-in at the Holiday Inn Gran Ho Tram Strip.
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.
Just moments ago we saw the under-card for John Riel Casimero's bout with Cesar Ramirez come to an end, with 4 bouts having been televised as part of the build up to the main event.
Unbeaten former amateur stand out Criztian Pitt Laurente (3-0, 3) scored a blink and you miss it win over the win-less Christian Gabayeron (0-3), who was taken out with a body shot. Laurente, who is a talent, landed a thunderous left hand and Gabayeron was left in agony for the 10 count.
It didn't take Charly Suarez (3-0, 3) much longer to pick up his third professional win, as he dispatched Virgil Puton (17-13-2, 8) in alarmingly quick fashion. The former Olympian would have been expecting something of a test here but just blitzed Puton with body shots.
In a much more compelling bout Orlie Silvestre (14-5-2, 8) and Ronald Alapormina (4-3-3, 1) fought to a 6 round split decision draw. This bout looked a mismatch on paper but Alapormina fought like a man confident of picking up the win, and really set a high work rate. In the end the judges struggled to split the men, scoring the bout 58-56 one way, 58-56 the other way and then 57-57 to leave us with the draw.
The chief supporting bout on the card saw Vincent Astrolabio (14-3, 10) take on Kevin Aseniero (9-3-1, 5). Entering the bout Astrolabio was the WBO Oriental Bantamweight champion and was looking to make his first defense of the title. The bout really failed to catch fire until the end of round 4, when both men finally began to let their hands go. Sadly the bout didn't last much longer, as Aseniero suffered a cut in round 5 and the referee was forced to step in and stop the contest. Due to the cut, which came from a punch, Astrolabio scored a 5th round TKO win
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