Earlier today fans in Singapore saw the latest show from Cartel International Promotions, and like the previous Singaporean shows by Cartel the card had a number of notable fighters involved.
The main event of the card was the most interesting match up on paper and saw Uzbek hopeful Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7) score the biggest win of his career, as he stopped Charles Manyuchi (20-3-1, 12) inside a round to claim the WBC "silver" Welterweight title. Manyuchi looked good at times but looked like he got cocky and dropped his hands trying to lure a mistake from the Uzbek. Instead of drawing a mistake it was Manyuchi making the mistake and he was dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown and was dropped a second time with the referee being forced to stop the bout.
Abduqaxorov wasn't the only Uzbek to claim a win as Azizbek Abdugofurov (6-0, 4) took a 10 round decision over Argentinian tough guy Martin Fidel Rios (21-11-4, 11). Although on paper it was a tough match up for the Uzbek it was a well matched test with Abdugofurov doing more than enough to win, but knowing he had been in a fight, and being forced to work through the 10 round bout. Coming in to this the Uzbek had only gone beyond 4 rounds twice so he will take a lot from this win and will continue his development towards a world title fight.
Talking about world title fights it is worth noting that former world title challenger Daud Yordan (37-3-0-1, 24) made light work of Thai teenager Campee Phayom (11-3, 7). Yordan, who has stated that he is interested in world title fights at 140lbs or 135lbs, stopped the Thai in 2 rounds to score his 7th straight win and it's clear that he's looking to have a big year, even if he has essentially fallen off the international boxing map.
Earlier today fight fans in Singapore had a treat, albeit maybe not the treat they were expecting, as Cartel Promotions put on a notable show in Singapore City.
The show had 4 bouts of note on it featuring several promising unbeaten prospects.
One of those unbeaten prospects was Indonesian Andika Sabu (12-0, 6), who stopped Sylem Serang (7-10-1, 1) in 5 rounds to keep his unbeaten run going. Although Sabu isn't regarded as one of the hot prospects in Indonesia it should be noted that he is young, at just 21, and already has international experience as well as a notable win over compatriot Heri Amol. Potentially he is one who could make a notable mark this year and this was a good start to the year for the youngster.
In form Filipino Jeson Umbal (13-5, 9) continued winning run, extending it to 5 straight wins, as he took out the usually durable Nasibu Ramadhan (21-9-2, 10) in 2 rounds, Umbal didn't look great in the opening round but got out fast in round 2 and stopped Ramadhan less than 30 seconds into the second round. Originally Umbal was supposed to face Roman Canto (12-8-3, 7), but Ramadhan appears to have been an improvement, despite being stopped early on.
Another fight that saw a late opponent change saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7), defeat Namibian Idd Pialari (17-3-1, 12) in 3 rounds. Originally Abduqaxorov was supposed to face Ukrainian veteran Viktor Plotnykov (34-4, 16) but had a late change of opponent and made an example of the over-matched Pialari.
In the main event of the card Uzbek novice Azizbek Abdugofurov (5-0, 4) took a hard fought decision win over former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (91-3, 57). Abdugofurov had only fought 10 career rounds before this bout but was taken the 12 round ristance as he recorded his first defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title. The win will push the Uzbek's career forward however his failure to stop Sirimongkol, a 39 year old former Bantamweight champion, might see the unbeaten man just being held back a touch in the year rather than being rushed forward. For Sirimongkol the loss ends 48 fight, 13 year, winning run.
Earlier today we had the first Asian action of 2017, with a notable card from Malaysia. The card wasn't a big one but had a number of notable fighters on it.
One of, if not them most notable fighter on the show was Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (4-0, 4) who made light work of Indonesian veteran Aleksander Bajawa (41-3-4, 14). The unbeaten 24 year old needed just 2 rounds to see off Bajawa and will now begin to prepare for a February bout with former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha, with that bout pencilled in for February 10th in Singapore.
Another man from Uzbekistan set to be in the ring on February 10th will be Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (9-0, 6). The 23 year old scored a 5th round TKO over former OPBF champion Romeo Jakosalem (18-14-1, 10) and built on an excellent 2016, which saw him score 5 wins including decisions over Adones Cabalquinto and Larry Siwu. Although still some way from a world title fight Abduqaxorov is planning a busy 2017 with a bout scheduled for February and March, with the March bout set to be for the WBC Silver title against Charles Manyuchi, a really serious test for the fast rising Uzbek.
In the main event fans saw Singaporean based Malaysian born fighter Muhamad Farkhan (3-0, 3) claim the first title of his career as he scored a 4th round TKO win against Japhet Kaseba (6-8, 3) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Heavyweight title. The 28 year old Farkhan was fighting in Malaysia or the first time since turning professional 10 months ago and although it's unlikely that he'll shake up the world scene this was still a very notable victory.
In an all-Filipino bout fans saw Jeson Umbal (12-5, 8) take an 8 round decision over Gadwin Tubigon (14-13-2, 9). This was Umbal's 4th successive win and sees him building on good victories over Luis Bedolla Orozco and Mark Anthony Geraldo. Sadly for Tubigon this was a second straight loss following a defeat in October to Akifumi Shimoda.
The card also featured the second professional bout for Nick Frese (2-0, 2). Frese, a Dutch based fighter based in Thailand, defeated Ahmad Tajib (0-1) in 2 rounds.
On Saturday fans in Singapore had an excellent looking show which had an impressive 4 title bouts, all for regional WBC titles. Not only did it have a number of title bouts but also had some brilliant match ups, at least one paper.
One of those match ups saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (8-0, 5) take on Filipino foe Adones Cabalquinto (23-2, 15) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. On paper the bout looked like a really good step up in class for Abduqaxorov but it was one he managed with a unanimous decision over the Filipino, who suffered his second loss in 4 bouts.
The bout was competitive at times but the unbeaten Uzbek was a clear winner on the scorecards, which read 117-111, twice, and 118-110 in favour of the 22 unbeaten hopeful. Although not a massive win it's the sort of victory which could potentially put Abduqaxorov in the mix for a fringe WBC world ranking.
Another Uzbek scoring an impressive win on this card was Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) who took just 104 seconds to defeat previously unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Singwancha (17-1, 13). The Thai was stepping up to Middleweight for this bout but it was though that his experience may help him at least remain a little competitive with the 24 year old Uzbek, instead Chaloermporn was beaten and battered. Notably this was a step up for both men, however it was, in fairness, a bigger step upfor the Thai than it was for the Uzbek who had been in with the better competition prior to this bout.
With his win Abdugofurov claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title, his first professional title.
Another novice claiming his first title was Muhamad Farkham (2-0, 2) who easily saw off Indonesian veteran Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in 2 rounds to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title. On paper this looked like a credible step up for the 27 year old Farkhan but the Indonesian has looked awful for several years, and has now been stopped in 7 recorded bouts.
The other fighter claiming a title was Filipino Jeson Umbal (11-5, 8), who became the first man to stop Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-7-3, 15), and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. The unheralded Umbal, who had lost to Geraldo earlier this year, inflicted a cut on his countryman that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest in round 5 and give Umbal the TKO win on cuts.
In a non-title fight our Canadian friend Ryan Ford (7-0, 5) continued to run through unbeaten Asian fighters as he blew away Muhammad Meeraj (2-1) in 95 seconds.
Over the last few years we have seen boxing branch out from the typical Asian strong holds of Japan, Thailand and the Philippines with numerous shows in China, a world title fight in Sri Lanka and the growing expectation that India, Pakistan and Vietnam will develop boxing stars of the future. Another country slowly making a mark is Singapore where their appears some hope of becoming a bit of a hub for boxing, much like Macau was supposed to be.
Singapore is of course a small country in terms of population, with a little over 5.5 million people, but given the high wealth of the country and it's gambling sector it's thought that the country could be a major player down the line and it seems that promoters are envisaging a future where Singapore is big.
Earlier today we were informed of a card set for the country for July 23rd, with the card in question featuring 4 title fights and some very good match ups.
One of the key match ups, reported today, will see fast rising Uzbek Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (7-0, 5) battle against experienced Filipino Adones Cabalquinto (23-1, 15) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. This will be a serious test for Abduqaxorov but a win could, potentially, see him take a huge step towards a world title fight. For Cabalquinto the bout sees him taking on a dangerous fighter after facing two very limited foes since being stopped by Al Rivera last November.
Another promising Uzbek on the card is Azizbek Abdugofurov (2-0, 2), who fights for the third time in as many months. The unbeaten Uzbek is scheduled to face unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (17-0, 13), AKA Chaloemporn Singwancha, in a bout for the WBC ABC Middleweight title. For the Thai this is a real text, having had a very underwhelming career so far, whilst the Uzbek could well score a genuinely notable win.
At Cruiserweight Malaysian novice Muhamad Farkhan (1-0 1) will face Indonesian Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in a bout for the WBC ABC Silver Cruiserweight title, essentially allowing the Malaysian fighter to become a novice champion. Whilst down at Super Bantamweight Jeson Umbal (10-5, 7) will face former OPBF Super Flyweight title challenger Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-6-3, 15), in an all Filipino bout.
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