By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Berland Robles (6-0,2KO’s) remained unbeaten when he overcame the more experienced Jerven Mama (12-2-1,7KO’s) in the main event of a nine bout fight card held in Consolacion, Cebu.
It started as tactical battle but the boxers gave in to their instincts and brawled. Mama’s aggression kept him in the fight even when Robles stunned him twice in the eighth round. It was a give and take struggle till the end but Robles did just enough to win.
The scores – 96-94 from judges Edward Ligas and Noel Flores and 98-92 from Neil Papas. Mama announced after the fight a death in the family on that day kept him from giving it his all.
In what would be the best fight of the night, Bryan James Wild (9-0-1, 6KO’s), made a step up in competition and engaged hard man Carlo Demecillo (15-6-2, 8KO’s) in a ten round thriller. The showboating Wild entertained fans with his version of the Ali shuffle. But Demecillo, a former WBO Asia Pacific Youth titleholder, continued to press the action, working behind a peek-a-boo stance and launched power shots when he got in close.
Wild was more effective fighting from a distance but Demecillo’s constant pressure left him no choice but to engage in close quarter hand to hand combat in certain segments of the fight. Wild’s potshots left Demecillo with bruises on his face. Wild also was more accurate in the closing rounds. This saved him the fight,the way the scoring went.
Judges scores – Noel Flores – 98-92 for Demecillo, Neil Papas- 97-93 for Wild, Edward Ligas – 95-95.
April Jay Abne (11-1, 5) survived a series of low blows from Ramel Antaran (5-19-2) and won a lopsided unanimous decision.
Ramil Macado (4-0, 2) beat veteran Renoel Pael (23-13-1, 12) by unanimous verdict in an 8 rounder.
Rhonvex Capuloy (9-2,5KO’s) gave Brix Piala (5-1,2KO’s) his first career loss. Capuloy was bloodied by a cut on the left eyebrow due to an accidental head clash in the second canto. Capuloy was also getting winded as the fight deteriorated into a brawl. But Piala inexplicably, decided to quit on his stool before the start of the sixth.
In a clash of journeymen, - Rodel Wenceslao easily beat Edison Berwela, who decided not to continue at the end of the second round.
For the rest of the card, John Vincent Pangga beat Virgilio Silvano by unanimous decision, Ian Abne won by technical decision over Charlie Malupangue in the sixth of an eight rounder and Yerogge Gura got a unanimous decision over Anthony Gilbuela.
The 7th edition of “ENGKWENTRO” was held Saturday and promoted by ARQ Promotions.
Photo-left to right- Berland Robles, Carlo Demecillo, Bryan James Wild
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest show under the Diamond Glove banner of shows. The card was a pretty notable one with several bouts of note on it, including a Japanese title eliminator and a Japanese title fight.
The first of the notable bouts on this card saw second generation fighter Jinya Yamaguchi (2-0, 2) [山口 仁也] score a 4th round win over Filipino visitor Argelo Samson (4-2, 4). Yamaguchi started slowly, and was dropped early in the bout by a right hook. Despite being knocked down Yamaguchi recovered well and then opened up in round 3, wobbling Samson late in the round, before dropping his man in round 4. Samson beat the count but was stopped soon afterwards as Yamaguchi unloaded on him with a flurry.
The second bout of note saw Mikyo Watarai (2-0, 1) [渡来 美響] score his second professional win, as he took a 6 round shut out win over Filipino visitor Romer Pinili (5-2-1, 4). Watarai dominated the bout, but he was unable to stop Pinili, who showed real grit, determination and toughness to see out 6 rounds. Credit needs to go to Pinili for surviving, but he didn't come close to being competitive, and really was relying on his grit, especially in the later rounds.
The third bout of some real note saw another prospect pick up a win as Josuke Nagata (4-0) [永田 丈晶] out boxed and out pointed the explosive Yuki Nakajima (5-2-2, 5) [中嶋 憂輝] over 8 rounds to claim his fourth win, and his most notable to date. The talented Nagata controlled swathes of the bout behind his accurate punching and combinations, which forced Nakajima on to the back foot, somewhere he's never been comfortable. The smart up and down combinations and intelligent defense from Nagata saw him make this look easy, as he shut out Nakajima on two cards, whilst the third judge saw a wat to find a round for Nakajima.
In the chief support bout we saw a Japanese Lightweight title eliminator as Shuma Nakazato (12-2-3, 7) [仲里周磨] defeated Ken Koibuchi (8-5-1, 7) [鯉淵健] over 8 rounds. This was a genuine war with both landing big shots, and head clashes also being a factor, with Nakazato suffering several cuts from head clashes. Despite the head clashes Nakazato did enough to take home the win, though had to take some serious punishment along the way, particularly in round 7 as Koibuchi dug hard and looked to core a late stoppage. After 8 rounds the score cards were 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76 giving Nakazato the majority decision win.
In the main event we saw Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara (26-4-1, 23) [小原 佳太] over-come interim champion Takeru Kobata (12-6-1, 5) [小畑 武尊] in 3 rounds. On paper this one always seemed like a mismatch, despite the good recent form from Kobata, though the opening round was tense with both men showing a lot of respect to each other. In the second round Obara seemed to find his groove, though only landed a single notable right hand, which was essentially a warning shot. In round 3 he managed to land another right hand, which sent Kobata down. Although Kobata did recover his feet he staggered forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
Earlier today the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka played host to the latest show from the Mutoh Gym. The card wasn't a huge one but it was a notable one, with a notable debut, a touted prospect and a regional title fight.
The regional title fight saw the world ranked Ryosuke Nishida (6-0, 1) [西田凌佑] successfully defend the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, as he shut out Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-2, 6) over 10 rounds.
On paper the bout looked interesting but in the ring it proved to be little more than a show case of boxing from Nishida, who controlled large swathes of the bout behind his southpaw jab and clean right hands. He never really seemed to go into top gear as he simply never needed to. Pelesio did have moments, but they were few and far between, with little coming from them, such a right hand in round 2 that never seemed to trouble Nishida, despite landing well. By round 4 Pelesio was looking frustrated with the fact Nishida was controlling the range, and he clearly wanted things to change, but Nishida refused to change the game plan and continued to land as and when he wanted, whilst neutralising Pelesio. As the rounds ticked by Pelesio became more frustrated and in round 10 he finally had enough as he began to through caution to the wind, though still struggled to tie down the talented champion.
After 10 rounds the judges all turned in identical 100-90 scorecards. After the bout Nishida's team suggested he would be back in action in Spring and were considering fighting overseas.
Prior to the main event Kaito Yamasaki (4-0, 2) [山崎海斗] made light work of Thai visitor Adirek Meesrida (2-1, 2), with the Thai being stopped in 74 seconds, following a knockdown by Yamasaki. Fans also got the chance to see the debut of Takeru Inoue (1-0, 1) [井上彪], who broke down Piya Chaichot (1-1) in 6 rounds. The Thai put up a good effort early on, and showed some real grit and toughness, but in rounds 5 and 6 he was taking a beating and the referee stepped in after a big assault from Inoue.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw a new OPBF Bantamweight champion being crowned, as Keita Kurihara (16-7-1, 14) [栗原慶太] was upset by Kai Chiba (14-3, 9) [千葉 開], who recorded the biggest win of his career, by far.
The bout, which was streamed on YouTube, saw the two men putting on an excellent and well matched contest.
In the early going Kurihara applied pressure, taking the middle of the ring and patiently stalking his man, whilst Chiba moved around the ring, looking for angles to let his shots off. It was tense with both men waiting for the other to make the wrong move. As the rounds went on however the action began to heat up, and things slowly became more and more interesting, with both moving through the gears. It was clear through out that Chiba was the more polished boxer, the better move and the quicker man, but Kurihara's power seemed to keep Chiba full alert, and stop him from taking too many risks.
The interesting, though somewhat tense, early rounds saw Kurihara doing enough to be in the lead when the scorecards were first announced publicly after 4 rounds, leading 39-37 on all 3 cards. He would extend that lead in round 5 before Chiba began to find his groove, feeling more relaxed and getting to work, sweeping much of the middle portion of the bout to leave the cards even after 8 rounds, with all 3 judges having the bout 76-76. Chiba had managed to not just win rounds, but also turn the style of fight around, leaving Kurihara backing up and controlling the middle of the ring himself.
With momentum on Chiba's side going into the final stages of the bout it seemed things were against Kurihara, who was looking tired and seemingly breaking down mentally and physically. He was being forced to dig deep, and his moments of success were few and far between, though with his well regarded power he remained dangerous as he showed in round 10. That was until round 11, when he ended up taking a bit of a beating, staggering through the late portion of the round. He was spent, damaged and had taken a lot of punishment down the stretch, even being backed on to the ropes, where Chiba began to land numerous big head shots. To his credit Kurihara took them, and tried to fire back, but he was unable to get Chiba's respect, with the challenger's more accurate shots taking a toll, despite some fearsome exchanges.
The damage done in round 11 was something Kurihara couldn't recover from and early in round 12 Chiba was all over him, forcing the referee to step in and save him, with the stoppage coming 50 seconds into the 12th round.
Earlier today fight fans at the Mielparque Hall in Osaka got an absolute treat as Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (22-6, 19) [坂晃典] retained his title thanks to a come from behind win against Tsubasa Narai (8-2, 7) [奈良井 翼] in a bout that lived up to all expectations. And then some.
The bout, which was promoted by KWorld3, promised a lot going in to the event but few would have expected what we got. A genuine Fight of the Year contender.
The opening round saw the first of 4 knockdowns, with Narai, the challenger, dropping Saka with a straight right inside the first minute. He would drop Saka again in round 4, as his power, and tenacity seemed to be too much for the always fun to watch, but horribly inconsistent, Saka. Saka barely made it through round 4, which ended when both men spilled out of the ring. At that point it seemed it seemed like we were heading towards a new champion, as Saka's shots seemed unable to thwart the aggression of Narai who looked like a man rising to the occasion. Notably however the two men went to their corners at the end of the round it appeared that Narai was the one feeling the pace, and took the hard of the falls to the outside.
Sadly for Narai however his opportunity to close the show in round 4 was to be the start of the end for him. With Saka only just surviving the round it was clear he needed to turn things around, and he did just that in round 5, putting Narai down with a body shot. The knockdown gave Saka something of a life line, though Narai responded with a huge assault late in the round.
Although Saka had had scored a knockdown in round 5 he was down 47-45 on all 3 cards at the end of the round. Remarkably however Saka some how managed to drop Narai again early in round 6 before closing the show soon afterwards, with Narai taking shots against the ropes.
With 4 knockdowns, both men being hurt numerous times, and intense exchanges, this was something amazing to watch, but was sadly, like many Japanese shows in recent times, hidden behind a paywall, with Abema TV having the fight. What should have been a great international advert for Japanese boxing, is sadly another bout that has been hidden away making so many miss out on what was, genuinely, something very, very special.
Onn the under-card we saw Mizuki Chimoto (5-0, 1) [千本瑞規] retain her OPBF female Minimumweight title, though she had a surprisingly tough test as Hye Soo Park (6-9-3, 1) pushed her all the way in a hotly contested 8 rounder. Chimoto did enough to win the bout on two of the cards, but looked underwhelming in her second defense of the title. Park, the naturally bigger fighter, put in a performance that suggested she's much better than her record, but Chimoto also under-performed and should have made this a much clearer win than she did.
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