Today has been a hectic day for fight fans across Asia with a whole host of shows taking place across the continent. Those weren't all huge, but they featured at least one bout of some note.
The main event of this card saw talented Filipino Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) dominate former Thai world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu Onesong (53-7, 35). Magsayo never managed to hurt Pungluang, who is a tough old rugged lump, but thoroughly dominated him and landed some highlight reel combinations in the later stages. The win saw Magsayo claim the WBC Asian Boxin Council Featherweight title, and it's now time he got a big fight. As for Pungluang it's clear he's still a serviceable fighter at regional level, but this was a 4th loss in 5 for the former WBO Bantamweight champion.
In a hotly contested bout for the GAB Bantamweight title Giovanni Escaner (20-4, 12) narrowly over-came Renoel Pael (23-10-1, 12), with a 12 round split decision. On paper this didn't look like it'd be competitive, but the styles gelled well and in the end their was very little to split the men.
In a Featherweight bout Virgel Vitor (15-2, 9) impressively destroyed Alan Alberca (11-4, 6) in 4 rounds. Vitor's power was on show through out the bout and he really did look like a brutally spiteful puncher through out. Alberca gave a good effort but was no match for Vitor and his power.
Chinese fighter Ainiwaer Yilixiati (17-1, 11) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Asia Middleweight titles, as he took a clear decision win over Japan's Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11). This was a 6th straight win for Yilixiati, following his 2017 loss to Jayde Mitchell whilst Maruki has now lost 3 of his last 4.
The main event here saw the talented Andika Sabu (17-0, 8) pull himself off the canvas to take a decision over Filipino Richard Rosales (14-10-2, 8). The 23 year old Sabu has got potential and time on his side, but he also has a lot of areas to work on. Sadly for Rosales he is now 2-6 in his last 8, dating back 2 years.
Unbeaten Indonesian Lightweight Hebi Marapu (15-0, 11) extended his winning run as he took a 6 round decision over veteran Isack Junior (26-12-3, 9). The powerfully built Marapu has shown promise, but at 30 years old it's now or never for that promise and we would be hugely disappointed if he fails to secure a big bout in 2020.
Bang Phli, Thailand
Hard hitting Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (11-0, 11) extended KO streak, and claimed his first title, as he stopped Nattee Thongsingcle (2-2, 2) in 3 rounds to claim the Thai Light Flyweight title. The 20 year old Thanongsak has been drubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and whilst that is a big tag to live up to, he has now racked up 11 wins in just over 14 months.
On the same card veteran Mike Tawatchai (47-13-2, 30) scored a 3rd round KO win over 16 year old novice Keerati Rueangdet (0-2).
Macao S.A.R., China
Exciting young hopeful Lap Cheong Cheong (7-0, 4) shone in front of local fans as he took a dominant decision win over ShanTuo Lu (2-4). The 22 year old Cheong Cheong shut out Lu over 6 rounds, to take his second decision win of the year, following a wide decision win over Muhammad Wahid in May. Lu, who has still never been stopped, never looked competitive but did serve as good foil for the youngster to shine against.
Former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-5-2, 9) came up short in a bout against the unbeaten Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15). The match up, for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, was a clear win for Jarvis, who had too much of everything for Saulong who has now won just 1 of his last 5.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- The second day of a back to back fight card at the TSSG Center featured six bouts, two of which had titles at stake. Qiang Ma and Yu Che Li disputed the vacant WBO Greater China featherweight title. Well paced punches were exchanged in the first two rounds but it seemed Li had a slight edge. But in the third round, a short right caught Li in the jaw and he crashed face first to the canvas.
Referee Surat Soikrachang initiated a count but seeing Li was in no condition to continue, signaled the end at the 0:35 mark.
Ma is now 5-1-2,3KO’s while Li is 6-2-2,4KO’s.
The main bout saw Yilixiati Ainiwaer of China hand Ryosuke Maruki of Japan a brutal beating for ten rounds. They traded hard hooks in the first two rounds but Yilixiati had the edge in the power department.
Blood started to seep from Maruki’s left eyebrow in the third. As the rounds progressed, the Japanese developed swelling on his cheekbones. Maruki continued to go forward and had success in landing a few head punches but Yilixiati took them well.
The Chinese boxer landed with increasing frequency past the halfway mark. Going into the ninth, Maruki’s trunks was a crimson mess but he stayed on his feet till the final bell. The scorecards read – Edward Ligas (Philippines)– 98-92, Mekin Sumon (Thailand) – 100-89,Pongphan Rathanasungporn(Thailand)-98-92.
Yilixiati was awarded the IBO Asia Pacific and the WBC ABCO middleweight belts. He goes up to 16-1,11KO’s while Maruki drops to 16-7-1, 11KO’s.
In what would be the most dramatic ending of the night, China’s Tonghui Li and Maono Ally of Tanzania battled toe to toe for four rounds until Ally staggered Li in the fifth and after several attempts at finishing him off, which saw a lot of slips and holding, Ally finally scored a knockdown.
But the Tanzanian punched himself out in the process and right near the end of the round, Li knocked Ally down twice, the second knockout was more of due to exhaustion, which prompted Referee Han Hongxiang to signal the end at 2:58.
For the other undercards – Wuzhati Nuerlang won by TKO start of round three against Liu Yang whose corner decided not to let their boxer go on. Diao Jianhao won by TKO round four against Indonesian Rivo Rengkung and Gu Jingyuan and Yesihati Yeerken fought to a majority draw.
The two day card billed as FIST OF POWER was promoted by Seca and Top Rank.
Photo – Qiang Ma (left) and Yilixiati Ainiwaer during the weigh-in
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Aioi Hall in Kariya had the chance to see the latest show in the Green Dream series.
The main event of the card saw Japanese ranked Lightweights clashing in an interesting looking match up.
The contest in question saw the once beaten Masanori Rikiishi (5-1, 3) [佐藤政法] shine, as he dominated Kei Iwahara (10-6, 5) [岩原慶] over 8 rounds.
The talented Rikiishi, fighting for the third time since losing to Kosuke Saka last year, dominated the bout dropping Iwahara twice on route to a unanimous decision with scores of 80-71 and 80-70, twice. This is Rikiishi's second straight win over a Japanese ranked opponent and it seems likely that he will begin to chase a title bout, potentially getting into the title mix by the end of 2019.
On the same card former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Ryosuke Maruki (16-6-1, 11) [丸木凌介] scored a 5th round TKO win over Kun Woo Kang (4-3-3, 1) to score his first win in over a year.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Akinori Watanabe (37-7, 31) [渡部あきのり] put in one of the best performances of his long career, demolishing Ryosuke Maruki (15-6-1, 10) [丸木 凌介] in a thoroughly one-sided drubbing for the Japanese Interim Light Middleweight title.
At the weigh in both men appeared confident that their power would be the key and it seemed like both wanted to prove it. Maruki tried to lure Watanabe in, backing off and trying to set traps for the counters. In the open moments that worked, with Maruki landing a solid counter in opening moments. It seemed like it hurt Watanabe, but it didn't discourage the veteran who came forward again not long afterwards.
Maruki's plan to counter would have been fine had it not been for the fact that he was forced to cover up on the ropes and given no chance to work. He was essentially handcuffed by the aggression of Watanabe who quickly left Maruki with a cut. Maruki seemed to be broken after the cut and was dropped as Watanabe broke him up with hard shots to head and body.
To his credit Maruki got back to his feet, though looked shaken and hurt as Watanabe jumped straight back on to him, unloading once again on the shell shocked Maruki, who was tagged over and over by heavy leather until the referee mercifully jumped on and saved him.
Although only the "interim" champion Watanabe has made it clear that he's wanting to move into a world title fight and today's performance showed what he can do when everything clicks. He'll know that another loss is probably the end of his career and given the way he fought today he will be entering every bout with the intention of winning, and winning quickly. Sadly for Maruki this was a hurtful loss, and the usually tough fighter from Aichi really had no answers. This will be a very hard loss for Maruki to bounce back from.
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Tomorrow fight fans who subscribe to Boxingraise and those at the Korakuen Hall, will get the chance to see a Japanese interim Light Middleweight title bout, as heavy handed fighters collide. In one corner will be Ryosuke Maruki (15-5-1, 10) [丸木 凌介] whilst the other corner will have veteran slugger Akinori Watanabe (36-7, 30) [渡部あきのり].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made weight.
At the weigh in a flesh looking Maruki was 154lbs dead on. Despite looking fleshy he seemed confident and relaxed. He stated that he wanted to make use of the luck he has had in getting this fight, which has only come about due to Nobuyuki Shindo having broken his right hand in a win over Maruki back in May. He also went on to say that Watanabe was a big puncher, but that the stamina will be the difference and that Mrauki would use that to his advantage.
The more ripped looking Watanabe, also 154lbs on the scales, said that he is a man still chasing dreams. Despite being a veteran of the sport he's not having this fight to fulfil any dream of becoming a Japanese champion, he's been one of them before, but is still hoping to win a world title. For him this bout is a stepping stone towards a world title contest. He made it very clear that whilst he had respect for Maruki, he was going to come out on top and would continue to chase a world title.
Related - Maruki and Watanabe face off for interim title!
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