By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE- The Rotunda of Caesar’s Palace Bluewaters once again hosted a terrific night of boxing. The event was capped by a spine-tingling finish with Dubai-based Nigerian Aliu Bamidele Lasisi and Norbelto Jimenez of the Dominican Republic battling for the WBC International Super Flyweight title.
The taller Jimenez preferred to box from a distance and establish his jab but Lasisi would have none of it; the defending champion had no trouble closing the distance and landed enough to keep Jimenez’s attention.
The scores were even with two judges in the first four rounds, with one going for Jimenez. Terrific exchanges highlighted the middle rounds. The tactical struggle became tight at this point.Neither man dominated as the punch output dropped in the late going. Lasisi’s aggressiveness saved him the fight as he took the last round on all three judges’ cards.
The scores – Robin Dolpierre – 96-94 for Lasisi, Olena Pobyvailo – 96-94 for Jimenez while Francisco Allloza Rosa had it even 95-95. The referee was Daniel Van de Wiele.
Lasisi remains unbeaten at 14-0-1,8KO’s and he keeps his belt by virtue of the draw. Jimenez is now 29-9-5,16KO’s.
For the undercard matches – Kazakh prospect Nurtas Azhbenov easily disposed of Filipino Jay-R Magboo, dropping him twice in the first round for the stoppage. Azhbenov is 9-0,4KO’s. Magboo (18-5-2,9KO’s) has been KO’d twice in a row.
Local attraction Emirati boxer Sultan Al Nuaimi (2-0,1KO) dominated Indonesian journeyman Sulis Barrera (4-9) with all three judges scoring 40-36. Ionut Baluta of Romania shocked former IBF world junior featherweight champion TJ Doheny of Australia by unanimous verdict. Baluta used lateral movement and speed to find scoring angles and outfoxed Doheny, who was also deducted a point in the last round for pushing Baluta to the canvas. Scores – 77-74,78-74,78-74.
Cesar Mateo Tapia (Australia) knocked out Steve Collins Jr (Ireland) in one round, Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy of Kazakhstan scored a second round KO win over Abraham Tabul of Ghana, Rohan Date (Ireland) battered and stopped Rivo Kundimang (Indonesia) in four rounds, Faizan Anwar (India) beat Gideon Agbosu (Ghana) who did not answer the bell for the fifth round and Lalrinsaga Tlau of India had a unanimous decision win over Tanzananian Haidari Mchanjo.
Photo – Aliu Lasisi keeps his belt after a split draw.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE- Dubai based Nigerian Aliu Bamidele Lasisi (14-0,8KO’s) will make the first defense of his WBC International Super Flyweight title this Friday at the Rotunda of Caesar’s Palace Bluewater. He will clash with Norbelto Jimenez (29-9-4,16KO’s) of the Dominican Republic in the ten round main event. This will be third installment of the Rotunda Rumble series which has boosted pro boxing here in the Emirates.
This will be step up for Lasisi. Jimenez has already fought for a world title, having lost to Khalid Yafai for the WBA crown by unanimous decision last June. Lasisi won a hard fought unanimous decision last year against Nicaraguan Ricardo Blandon for the WBC International belt. He traveled to Kazakhstan last December and beat Indonesian Hamson Lamandau by unanimous verdict.
During the official weigh-in Thursday, Lasisi was at 114.8 while Jimenez stepped on the scales at 114.6lbs. Lasisi is based in the Round 10 Boxing Club in Dubai.
Another local attraction to his card is Emirati boxer Sultan Al Nuaimi (1-0,1KO), who will look forward to his second pro win against Indonesian journeyman Sulis Barrera (4-8), who is coming off a second round KO loss to Lito Dante in the Philippines. Another UAE boxer in the Round 10 Boxing Club is Majid Al Naqbi (4-0,2KO’s). Together with Al Nuaimi, they could trailblaze a boxing boom in this region. Al Nuaimi stepped on the scales at 112.4 lbs while Barrera was at 113.5lbs.
Another interesting attraction in this card is former IBF world junior featherweight champion TJ Doheny of Australia who will be pitted against Ionut Baluta of Romania. Rounding up the card are Cesar Mateo Tapia (Australia) vs. Steve Collins Jr (Ireland), Heavyweights Zhan Kossobutskiy of Kazakhstan vs. Abraham Tabul of Ghana, Rohan Date (Ireland) vs. Rivo Kundimang (Indonesia), Nurtas Azhbenov (Kazakhstan) vs Jay-R Magboo (Philippines), Faizan Anwar (India) vs Gideon Agbosu (Ghana)and Lalrinsaga Tlau of India vs Tanzananian Haidari Mchanjo.
Photo – Aliu Lasisi and Norbelto Jimenez shake hands during the weigh-in
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
CEBU CITY,PHILIPPINES – Bryan James Wild kept his clean sheet by stopping Margarito Moya in front of a very animated crowd at the Barangay Apas Sports Complex in Lahug, Cebu City.
Moya tried to make a fight out of it in early going and made Wild exert a lot of effort. But in the fourth, the southpaw Wild began to connect hard lefts in succession. In the fifth round, Wild launced a torrid offensive and eventually sent Moya to the canvas. He got up and still turned his back to the referee who called a halt at the 1: 24 mark.
The junior featherweight Wild is now 5-0,4KO’s. Moya (9-11,3KO’s) drops to his eleventh loss. This served as the main event of a six bout card promoted by Wild Boxing Promotions.
Another hot prospect, Criztian Pitt Laurente delivered a hard fought unanimous decision against the more experienced Boyce Sultan in a six rounder. Laurente peppered Sultan with shots to the body and head but Sultan proved durable and heard the final bell. The scores were 59-55 twice and 60-54.
The junior lightweight Laurente is now 5-0,3KO’s while Sultan drops to 10-13-1,5KO’s.
In 2016, Laurente was chosen as the best junior amateur boxer in Asia. The best performance of his amateur career was a bronze medal at the 2018 AIBA World Youth Championships. Sultan has faced local prospects like Ralph Lulu, Tomjune Mangubat and Jeo Santisima.
For the rest of the bouts – Maurino Agum beat Rolien Getalada by TKO in round two. A flurry of punches sent Getalada down hard on the canvas. He remained conscious but was attended to by medical personnel at ringside before he got up and left the ring on his own two feet. Christopher Caburog won by unanimous decision against Joshua Unabia, Kenneth dela Pena beat Anthony Tunacao by unanimous decision and Jimpol Dignos beat Miguel Semblante who did not answer the bell for the second round.
Photo - Brian James Wild victorious against Moya
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Mike Kinaadman stunned former world champ Vic Saludar with an early knockdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Saludar looked more surprised that hurt but he had to rely on his experience to hold off Kinaadman’s sudden boost of confidence.
But Saludar’s edge in power slowly unraveled and in the sixth, a hard shot to the abdomen dropped Kinaadman on all fours. Referee Tony Pesons counted him out at the 2:04 mark.
Saludar (20-4,11KO’s) was awarded the Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) minimumweight title. He returned to the win column after losing the WBO world miniflyweight title to Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez last August by unanimous decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Saludar is currently ranked number 3 in the 105 lb division by the WBO. Kinaadman, who lost to Saludar twice before, moves down to 7-13-2,5KO’s.
Vic was the only Saludar brother to survive in this action packed card.
Jake Amparo worked behind a solid jab to bloody Jakeson Saludar’s nose and send him to the canvas in the sixth round. Jakeson was dazed on the canvas and was attended to by medical personnel before he recovered and walked out of the ring on his own two feet. He was stable after the bout.
Amparo (6-2-1,1KO) scored the first stoppage win of his career and it was a bone-chilling one. Jakeson drops to his first career loss at 4-1,4KO’s.
Justine Darap beat Van June Saludar by majority decision in their highly anticipated match-up. It was a tactical battle from start to finish, with both corners yelling themselves hoarse in voicing their adjustments.
Darap however, had a strong finish for his narrow victory in on the cards – Judges Edward Ligas and Noel Flores had it 58-56 while Edgar Olalo scored 57-57.
Going into this bout, Darap (9-1,5KO’s) has knocked out his last two opponents and he holds a WBF Asia Pacific super flyweight belt. Saludar drops to 5-3-2,3KO’s.
Former world title challenger Casey Morton (9-2-3,2KO’s) knocked down Thai Saowaluk Nareepangsri (8-18,2KO’s) in round four. Nareepangsri was competitive early but the complexion of the fight changed after the knockdown. The Thai looked spent but wanted to fight one more round. Morton proceeded to land more hard shots prompting Referee Nic Banal to stop it in the fifth.
The Lady Hawaiian Punch lost in her attempt to win the WBO Female world junior bantamweight title against Miyo Yoshida of Japan last June by unanimous decision. Four years ago, Nareepangsri lost to Filipina Gretchen Abaniel for the vacant IBA Women’s world minimumweight title in Australia, by unanimous decision.
For the other undercard bouts – Bryan James Wild needed only 25 seconds and a hard hook to the jaw to stop Melanio Torremocha,April Jay Abne dropped Isagani Llaban in round one and finished the job in the second.
Abne recently ruled over the flyweight division of the TV boxing tournament Ultimate Boxing Series.
Jesriel Bonghanoy got a majority decision win over Marlon Alejandro after 4 rounds. This was Bonghanoy’s pro debut. Kevin Nemenzo also got a majority nod against Marvin Laping, John Paul Gabunillas beat Gary Rojo by second round TKO and Ian Abne decked Marvin Campo twice in round one for the TKO win.
BRAWL IN NAGA:BAND OF BROTHERS was held at the Enan Chiong Activity Center and presented by the Naga City local government, Thai Promoter Naris Singwangcha and the Championship Boxing Development of the Philippines.
Photo – Vic Saludar poses with the ring girls after his win
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