Earlier today in Kanazawa fight fans got a really interesting match up as former world title challenger Genesis Servania (34-2, 16) took on 2-time former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-8, 35), aka Panya Uthok. On paper this was a match up that promised a lot, given the quality of the fighter, but was also a match up between two men who were certainly beyond their best and were seen as being on the slide, after rather long and hard careers.
The bout began with Servania coming forward, fighting behind his jab, before stepping up his pressure in round 2, when he began to work the body of Pungluang up close. To his credit Pungluang fought back, but was regularly coming off second best.
In round 5, with Servania then comfortably in the lead, the two men clashed heads and Servania was left cut. The cut was in a rather unusual place, at the top of his cheek just under the eye, but was deep and worsened in rounds 6 before forcing the bout to be stopped less than a minute into round 7.
With the cut being caused by a clash of heads we went to the cards, which all favoured Servania with scores of 70-65, and 70-64, twice.
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On Sunday in Kanazawa fight fans will be able to see former world title challenger Genesis Servania (33-2, 16) battle former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-7, 35), aka Panya Uthok, in an interesting looking 10 round bout.
On Saturday the two men took part in the weigh in for the contest, which is contracted to take place at 58KG's.
The weigh we no issue at all for the Thai, who hit the scales at 57.6KG's, easily under the agreed limit.
We have been informed however that Servania did struggle with the limit, originally coming in well above the agreed limit, by around ¾lbs. He would go off for 90 minutes, and then came back and managed to make the limit dead on.
Sadly it appears this bout isn't going to be available to watch unless you're in the venue, though their is hope that fan cam footage will emerge as this is a brilliant match up and the type of fight which should very entertaining, even if both men are past their best.
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Earlier today unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Hanabusa (6-0-3, 2) [英洸貴] posted an image showing a list of bouts set to take place on December 15th in Japan. Not only was Hanabusa included on the list, in the chief support bout, but saw was a very interesting 10 round main event.
The 20 year year old Hanabusa is scheduled to fight in an 8 round contest on the card against Chinese fighter Baolin Kang (6-2, 1) in a Super Bantamweight bout. This will see Kang dropping back down in weight, after bouts at and above the Featherweight limit, whilst Hanabusa, who was last seen fighting in China in October, will remain at his natural weight class.
In another support bout Japanese based Venezuelan Omrri Bolivar (8-2, 3), aka Piccolo Bolivar, will take on Chinese fighter A Fu Bai (8-3, 5), in an 8 round bout at a contracted 136lbs. This looks like a really good match up and a very even looking one.
The main event is, however, the big talking point and will see former world title challenger Genesis Servania (33-2, 16) battle former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-7, 35), aka Panya Uthok, in a 10 round bout at a contracted 127lbs. This will be Servania's second bout since losing to Carlos Castro in the US back in February, whilst Pungluang will be looking to avoid a 5th loss in 6 bouts, and will be hoping to bounce back following a loss in August to Mark Magsayo.
The card, for those interested in attending, will take place at the Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall.
A huge things to Hiroki Hanabusa for sharing this list!
Today has been a hectic day for fight fans across Asia with a whole host of shows taking place across the continent. Those weren't all huge, but they featured at least one bout of some note.
The main event of this card saw talented Filipino Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) dominate former Thai world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu Onesong (53-7, 35). Magsayo never managed to hurt Pungluang, who is a tough old rugged lump, but thoroughly dominated him and landed some highlight reel combinations in the later stages. The win saw Magsayo claim the WBC Asian Boxin Council Featherweight title, and it's now time he got a big fight. As for Pungluang it's clear he's still a serviceable fighter at regional level, but this was a 4th loss in 5 for the former WBO Bantamweight champion.
In a hotly contested bout for the GAB Bantamweight title Giovanni Escaner (20-4, 12) narrowly over-came Renoel Pael (23-10-1, 12), with a 12 round split decision. On paper this didn't look like it'd be competitive, but the styles gelled well and in the end their was very little to split the men.
In a Featherweight bout Virgel Vitor (15-2, 9) impressively destroyed Alan Alberca (11-4, 6) in 4 rounds. Vitor's power was on show through out the bout and he really did look like a brutally spiteful puncher through out. Alberca gave a good effort but was no match for Vitor and his power.
Chinese fighter Ainiwaer Yilixiati (17-1, 11) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Asia Middleweight titles, as he took a clear decision win over Japan's Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11). This was a 6th straight win for Yilixiati, following his 2017 loss to Jayde Mitchell whilst Maruki has now lost 3 of his last 4.
The main event here saw the talented Andika Sabu (17-0, 8) pull himself off the canvas to take a decision over Filipino Richard Rosales (14-10-2, 8). The 23 year old Sabu has got potential and time on his side, but he also has a lot of areas to work on. Sadly for Rosales he is now 2-6 in his last 8, dating back 2 years.
Unbeaten Indonesian Lightweight Hebi Marapu (15-0, 11) extended his winning run as he took a 6 round decision over veteran Isack Junior (26-12-3, 9). The powerfully built Marapu has shown promise, but at 30 years old it's now or never for that promise and we would be hugely disappointed if he fails to secure a big bout in 2020.
Bang Phli, Thailand
Hard hitting Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (11-0, 11) extended KO streak, and claimed his first title, as he stopped Nattee Thongsingcle (2-2, 2) in 3 rounds to claim the Thai Light Flyweight title. The 20 year old Thanongsak has been drubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and whilst that is a big tag to live up to, he has now racked up 11 wins in just over 14 months.
On the same card veteran Mike Tawatchai (47-13-2, 30) scored a 3rd round KO win over 16 year old novice Keerati Rueangdet (0-2).
Macao S.A.R., China
Exciting young hopeful Lap Cheong Cheong (7-0, 4) shone in front of local fans as he took a dominant decision win over ShanTuo Lu (2-4). The 22 year old Cheong Cheong shut out Lu over 6 rounds, to take his second decision win of the year, following a wide decision win over Muhammad Wahid in May. Lu, who has still never been stopped, never looked competitive but did serve as good foil for the youngster to shine against.
Former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-5-2, 9) came up short in a bout against the unbeaten Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15). The match up, for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, was a clear win for Jarvis, who had too much of everything for Saulong who has now won just 1 of his last 5.
Just moments ago at the latest WP Boxing event in Bang Phun we saw former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-6, 35), aka Panya Uthok, battle against former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (23-12-3, 12).
On paper this was a really strange one in a number of ways. Firstly Pungluang had fought much of his career at a much lower weight than Magali, who had fought as high as Light Welterweight. Secondly was the fact both men were entering this successive losses, in fact Pungluang had lost 3 in a row, and was winless in over 3 years. Not only had Pungluang lost his last 3, but he hadn't fought in Thailand since losing the WBO Bantamweight title to Marlon Tapales in the summer of 2016. On the other hand the 32 year old Magali had lost his last 2 including a stoppage loss to Masao Nakamura in December.
Despite feeling like this was a strange match up it seems like the match makers knew what they were doing and we had a genuinely entertaining, TV friendly battle over 6 rounds of relative intensity. The Thai didn't look significantly smaller than Magali, though seemed much sharper and quicker and was often the man landing the eye catching flurries whilst taking much of the return fire on the arms and shoulders, often smiling whilst doing so. To his credit Magali never gave up trying, but was clearly being out worked, out landed and out boxed by the Thai, who showed surprising sharpness and ring craft given his recent form.
Over 6 rounds there was no real debating the winner, with Magali putting up a good effort, but clearly coming off second best, with Pungluang taking a clear decision and getting his first win since taking a technical decision over Jetro Pabustan in early 2016.
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