Yesterday in Bang Phun, on the main event event of a WP boxing show, fans were given a genuine upset as Thai based Dutchman Nick Frese (10-1, 8) suffered his first professional loss, which came to China's unheralded Kenbati Haiyilao (6-2-1, 1).
From the opening round Haiyilao looked like he was up for it, and hungry for the upset. He quickly established himself behind his jab and used his size excellently to keep Frese from using his power. The activity and accuracy of Haiyilao kept Frese at range and stopped the local favourite from establishing himself early on.
As the bout went on Haiyilao ran up a bigger and bigger lead, fighting a very controlled fight and even dropped Frese, despite not being a puncher. By then the bout was essential over in regards to the scorecards, and it was a case that if Haiyilao stayed up to the final bell he was going to get the upset win.
Credit though needs to be given to Frese who tried to salvage the bout late, coming on strong in the later rounds to claw back some points. By then however it was too little too late, and Haiyilao had done enough to earn the decision on the scorecards of the judges.
Given how WP Boxing has worked in the past with some rematches, we wouldn't be massively shocked by a rematch here, if Frese wants one, but it may not be a wise decision for him given how bad he looked here compared to the Chinese fighter.
The show also included wins for Saenganan Sithsaithong (26-1, 7), aka Thiranan Matsali, who defeated Suradech Ruhasiri (6-1, 5) with a 6 round decision, Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (20-6-1, 13), aka Siridech Deebook, scores his second decision win over rugged Filipino Romshane Sarguilla (7-5-2, 4), and teenager Yodtanong Chaepet (3-0, 1), who took a decision win over Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (2-2, 1)
This coming weekend unbeaten Indonesian prospect Ari Agustian (7-0, 7) will battle in a regional title fight against Suntorn Panhom (3-3, 2). Interestingly it's now been revealed that Agustian has changed his training set up in the build up to this bout.
The unbeaten Indonesian had previously been working with Damianus Yordan, the older brother of Daud Yordan. Apparently however they have split in rather odd circumstances, with Agustian said to have had problems and wanted to be independent, suggesting that Yordan wanted to instill a sense of discipline in the unbeaten 23 year old.
Despite leaving the guidance of Yordan the unbeaten fighter isn't going alone, and has joined up Cosmas Radias, his former amateur coach. He's been training in Pontiak for this bout and stated that he was ready for this bout, and was sure he would win.
Another young Indonesian fight on the same card is Andika "D'Golden Boy" Sabu (15-0, 8), who will be expecting a real test as he takes on the tough Romshane Sarguilla (7-2-2, 4), and he, like Agustian, sounded confident in comments made to the Indonesian press.
In a clear step up today Filipino youngster Dave Apolinario (10-0, 6) took on Romshane Sarguilla (7-2-2, 4) in a bout televised on ESPN5.
In the opening round Apolinario looked razor sharp, using his southpaw stance brilliantly and landing numerous right hooks as well as some crisp straight left hands. Sarguilla had some moments but they were few and far between with all the really eye catching shots coming from the unbeaten man. Apolinario would continue to land the better shots through round 2 and 3, but Sarguilla, to his credit, took the shots well and seemed to begin biding his time a little more, hoping for the quicker Apolinario to slow down.
Early in the 4th round, not long after Apolinario landed one of his best shots of the fight, Sarguilla tried to slow Apolinario down with a pretty clear low blow, and was given a clear telling off. The unbeaten fighter was in pain but would get his own back landing one low himself not long after, after if to suggest he can play dirty too if that was the fight that Sarguilla wanted. Sadly for Sarguilla the low blow was about the only hurtful shot he landed in the round, whilst Apolinario went on to land some very eye catching combinations.
Saguilla looked to be out boxed, out sped and out fought, but was relying on his toughness. As the rounds went on however it became more and more of a test of how tough he was, as he could never really change the fight of have any sustained success. Despite being clearly beaten Sarguilla was continually pressing the fight, coming forward and trying to make a fight of it. In round 7 that did cost him however, as he was dropped whilst rushing forward. He claimed it was a slip but it did seem that a punch did at least help him down.
In the end the bout was a clear win on all 3 cards for Apolinario, who looked good and certainly got his biggest win so far. There will however be much stiffer tests to come in the future.
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