WEIGHTS FOR “KUMBATI 12” IN CEBU
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Mark Vicelles (15-0-1,8KO’s) of the Omega Gym will be gunning to keep his unbeaten record when he is pitted against Richard Claveras (19-8-2,16KO’s) in the ten round main event of a four bout card held at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City.
Vicelles, who stepped on the scales at 109.8 lbs., won by the short route in three of his last four fights. He previously held the WBA Asia South light flyweight title by winning a close one against fringe contender Jesse Espinas in 2019.
Claveras, who weighed in at 110.2 lbs, will try to bounce back from a devastating opening round TKO loss to Christian Araneta last year in Talisay City,Cebu.
The main supporting bout will feature Franco Serafica (126.3 lbs) vs. Rimon Rama (126.3 lbs) in a six rounder. Serafica (7-1,4KO’s) has won four straight bouts since losing a split verdict to Jimboy Rosales in Bohol. Rama(6-4-1,4KO’s) did not lose in his first seven fights then lost four in a row.
Up and coming Benny Canete (4-0,3KO’s) will face flamboyant journeyman John Kenan Villaflor (8-8-4,2KO’s) in an eight round contest. Canete weighed 118.5, Villaflor at 119.3lbs. The opening contest will be the four rounder between Ramil Roda and Norman Marvin Rusiana. Roda weighed in at 114.7 lbs. while Rusiana was at 114.4 lbs.The 12th edition of the “Kumbati” fight series is promoted by Omega Promotions.
Photo- Richard Claveras and Mark Vicelles (right) shake hands after the weigh-in.
At the start of Friday there was a number of bouts we were really interested in for this weekend. On paper the best of those looked to be an IBF Flyweight eliminator between Giemel Magramo (23-1, 19) and Komgrich Nantapech (25-5, 16), aka Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking. Sadly however that bout was cancelled today, due to Komgrich coming down with a medical issue.
Originally it was unclear what the problem with the Thai was, though it didn't take long for the issue to be revealed as food poisoning, with Thai sources reporting that he had had terrible diarrhea from the issue.
As a result of Komgrich pulling out Magramo will instead face off with countryman Richard Claveras (18-6-2, 15), in what looks like a much less interesting match up for the talented, and very exciting, Magramo.
On the scales both Magramo and Claveras scaled 112lbs, the Flyweight limit,
At the moment it's unclear whether or not Magramo will be granted an IBF mandatory title shot, due to him not being to blame for this bout falling through. For Komgrich however it's certainly an unfortunate way to lose out on an eliminator, who also pulled out of an eliminator in 2018 due to injury in the build up to a bout against Masayuki Kuroda.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka had the chance to see former world title challenger Sho Ishida (26-1, 15) [石田 匠] take on Filipino puncher Richard Claveras (18-5-2, 15) and score stoppage win over the visitor.
The talented Ishida, who is best known for losing a decision to WBA Super Flyweight champion Kal Yafai, fought well behind his jab, despite taking some shots from Claveras, for the first 3 rounds. Early in round 4 however Ishida got through with some powerful right hands, that hurt the visitor and a follow up forced the referee to stop the bout.
After the bout Ishida spoke to the press and stated that he was was wanting to to have another challenge at a world title, and it seems like he's looking to work his way back into contention, something that today's win will certainly help him with. The Super Flyweight division is a stacked one right now, but Ishida does seem to be more confident in his ability following the loss to Yafai and it does seem like he is really maturing fight by fight.
Interestingly Ishida did speak about a possible showdown with former stablemate Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔], who is set to return to the ring as a Super Flyweight in September. Ishida stated that he was happy for Ioka to return, but that he would have to make sure he didn't if he did take on his former gym mate. Saying that however he said the possibility of the bout taking place is very low.
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Earlier today we had the chance to catch an Australian show thanks to FITE TV, who broadcast the show on a PPV basis. The card was an interesting one for us as it featured a number of notable Asian fighters.
The first of those was former world title challenger Richard Claveras (18-4-2, 15), who took on Andrew Moloney (17-0, 10) in a bout for the WBA Oceania Super Flyweight title. Claveras went out aggressively but the more technically skilled Moloney proved to be too smart and too quick on the whole, and even fought southpaw at one point as he racked up the rounds. The Filipino was always dangerous, and showed that by dropping Moloney in round 7, sadly though the Australian was pretty much able to avoid Claveras's power in the final 3 rounds to take home a clear and wide decision.
The second bout saw former 2-time WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (33-12-1, 14) [河野 公平] move up to Bantamweight to face off with unbeaten Australian prospect Jason Moloney (17-0, 14). Kono fought like he always does, looking to force a high tempo war, and to begin with Moloney tried to avoid a fire fight, using his better boxing skills to land at range. Both men landed some great though remarkable Kono was dropped by a jab in round 3. Kono suffered a cut in round 4 that worsened through the fight and in round 6 it was a mess, covering the ring and Moloney in claret. Kono managed to get past a doctor's inspection in round 6 but was stopped at the very start of the following round, with the cut ruled to have come from a punch.
With the win Moloney is thought to have secured his spot in the Bantamweight World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) whilst Kono will be expected to think hard and long about his future. This is only the second stoppage loss of Kono's careeer, but it does seem like he's looking his age now.
Before either Claveras or Kono fought there was also a loss for Korean fighter Dong Young Kang (3-5-2), who was dropped in round 2 before losing a decision to Tim Hateley (4-4-1)
This coming weekend fight fans will be able to see former world title challenger Richard Claveras (18-3-2, 15) go up against WBA Oceania Super Flyweight champion Andrew Moloney (16-0, 10). For Claveras the bout is his third away from the Philippines, as he continues to look to score his first win on foreign soil, and is potentially a chance to put himself back into the world title mix. As for Moloney the bout is a chance to take another Filipino scalp following wins over the likes of Cris Alfanta, Jether Oliva, Renoel Pael, Raymond Tabugon and Rene Dacquel in the last 2 years.
This bout, which will be shown on PPV with FITE TV, has interestingly caught the eye of British book makers who have got the bout priced up, and unsurprisingly the unbeaten Australian prospect is nigh on unbackable, thanks to his great performances.
For those who are adamant about the Aussie winning the odds on him are , at best, 1/16. Many bookies have him at 1/20 or 1/25 showing just how strongly favoured he is. So far he has looked sensational and appears to be a world champion in the making.
Claveras, who lost in a world title fight at Light Flyweight against the then WBC champion Pedro Guevara and narrowly lost in an OPBF Flyweight title fight last year, is available at 10/1 to win this bout and score a career best win. Although best priced at 10/1 he is available at 9/1 and 8/1 by other bookies, showing that no one is really giving him a chance.
As for those who expect the unexpected and think a draw is a good shout here, the odds on that are 33/1.
Sadly other than the fight result there is no other market available, at the time of writing, for this bout.
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