Yesterday in LA there was three different Asian fighters fighting on a Top Rank promoted card in LA and they had very different outcomes to their bouts.
The least well known of the trio was US based Uzbek born fighter Dmitry Yun (2-0), who scored a a 6 round decision win over Javier Martinez (4-7, 3), in a bout full of drama. Yun was dropped in the opening seconds and was down again in round 3, though that second knockdown came after Martinez was deducted a point for spitting out his gum shield. Martinez was deducted another point in round 5. After 6 rounds the judges scored the bout 57-54, twice and 56-54 to Yun, who was fortunate that this was a 6 rounder.
Filipino veteran Ricky Sismundo (35-15-3, 17) suffered his 6th stoppage loss, and second this year, as he retired in the corner against the rising Arnold Barboza (22-0, 9). The 32 year old Sismundo has been looking his age recently and this was his 4th straight loss. Sismundo was dropped in round 3, battered in round 4 then called it quits in the corner. We're really hoping that Sismundo is given a lengthy rest before his next bout, as this was his 6th contest in 12 months and they have included some pretty vicious battles.
The other was Kazakh amateur stand out Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3) [Жанибек Алимханулы], who stopped Canadian fighter Stuart McLellan (27-4-3, 11) in 5 rounds. McLellan was dropped in round 2 and in 5 as Alimkhanuly showed some of his class, and proved he could hit harder than his record suggests. Prior to the fight McLellan had posted some images of Alimkhanuly as Borat, and it appears that that may have have been a very poor decision from the Canadian and his team.
Last night in the US fight fans were able to see Filipino journeyman Ricky Sismundo (35-13-3, 17) give unbeaten Russian prospect Maxim Dadashev (13-0, 10) a bit of a scare, before being taken out in eye opening fashion.
The Filipino, who is a very credible test for any rising hopeful at 140lbs, scored a surprise knockdown in round 2, with a straight left hand, and posed Dadashev some real questions before unfortunately eating a monstrous counter left hook followed by a hard right as Sismundo was already on his way to the canvas.
Sadly Sismundo was unable to continue following the fantastic combination that layed him out flat.
Although this is the 5 stoppage loss for Sismundo, and his 13 career defeat, he will almost certainly remain a valued journeyman, capable of testing good prospects. Sadly though at the age of 32 there are going to be questions about how much longer he will remain a credible threat to fighters. He has had a genuinely under-rated career, but been in with some of the best Asia has to offer and has miles on the clock from a 51 fight, 318 round, 13 year career. In saying that however, he did test Dadashev before eating the brutal finishing combination which would have dropped anyone at 140lbs.
Over the last few years Filipino Ricky Sismundo (31-9-3, 13) has earned a reputation as genuine test and upset minded fighter who fails to recognise reputations and goes into the ring with the intent of derailing other fighters. That intent was on show again last night when he upset Canadian based Congolese fighter Ghislain Maduma (18-3, 11), who had come very close to getting a world title fight in 2014.
Sismundo had come into the bout with a growing reputation. In his last two bouts he had fought to a very controversial defeat to the touted Jose Felix Jr and an equally controversial draw with Dierry Jean, with many feeling Sismundo deserved wins in both of those bouts. That reputation grew throughout last nights bout as he out boxed the powerfully built Maduma and dropped him in the 9th round, essentially securing the win with scores of 97-91 and 95-93, twice.
Whilst Sismundo's recent run has brought him attention in the west he had been building traction in Asia well before this year began with Japanese fans seeing him score notable wins over Shuhei Tsuchiya, Akihiro Kono and Yoshitaka Kato following his May 2015 loss to OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani.
For Maduma the future is really bleak, as this was his third loss in in 5 bouts, but for Sismundo it was another great performance on the road and perhaps secures his place as a fringe world level fighter, and a potential future world title challenger, something no one would have expected 5 years ago following his KO loss to Dante Jardon in Mexico, with that loss seeing Sismundo's record fall to 22-7 (8).
The hard luck career of Filipino warrior Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3, 13) continued last night in Quebec, Canada, as Sismundo scored one of his most notable results, a draw with former world title challenger Dierry Jean (29-2-1, 20).
Sismundo, fighting for the second time this year, would have known he was up against it with the bout being held in in Jean's home city of Quebec but that didn't seem to be in Sismundo's mind in the ring. The Filipino warrior fought, as he always does, bringing the fight and managed to twice drop Jean in round 4 as he seemed on the verge of a major upset.
Sadly for Sismundo his major success in round 4 wasn't quite enough to persuade the judges to go against the home town fighter and as a result the bout ended in a split decision draw with one judge scoring the bout 76-74 for Jean, a really hard to under-stand score, another having it 76-74 to Sismundo, which seemed the most accurate card, and one judge having it 75-75, to bail Jean with a draw.
Sadly for Sismundo this was a second successive bout on the road where he will have felt hard done by, following a split decision loss to the touted loss to Jose Felix Jr in January.
Sources in Japan have informed us that Filipino fighter Ricky Sismundo (30-9-2, 13) will be back in the ring on May 13th as he travels to Quebec, Canada to face former world title challenger Dierry Jean (29-2, 20) in an 8 round bout at a contracted 140lbs.
The news was broken by Sismundo's good friend and associate Kei Nidaira, who formerly promoted Sismundo in Japan where he fought as "Mondo Harada". It was in Japan that Sismundo scored several of his most notable wins, including a victory over former OPBF/JBC champion Yoshitaka Kato, as well as wins over Akihiro Kondo and Shuhei Tsuchiya and challenge the OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani.
Although well known in Japan Sismundo also caught the attention of American fans earlier this year as he gave the highly touted Jose Felix Jr a genuine scare, with many feeling that Sismundo had been robbed against the more touted and better connected fighter.
As for Jean he's an exciting Canadian based Canadian who has twice challenged for world titles, losing to the then IBF champion Lamont Peterson in 2014 and current WBO champion Terence Crawford last year, notably this will be his first bout since being stopped by Crawford.
This bout comes on the undercard of an IBF youth title fight feature the unbeaten Steven Butler (15-0-1, 12), with Butler featuring on the poster for the show.
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