Earlier today fans in Tanzania saw local fighter Twaha Kassimu Rubaha (16-6-1, 9) potentially end the career of former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (97-5, 62), who was stopped for just the second time in his very long career.
The 43 year old Thai, who first made a mark on the boxing world as the WBC Bantamweight champion in the 1990's, was fighting up at Super Middleweight for this bout, some 50lbs above the weight that he first found major success. He was also some 15 years older than Rubaha, who entered as the very, very clear favourite.
The Thai looked horribly out of shape through out. He was jiggling in places where people shouldn't be jiggling and he looked exhausted mid way through the bout.
After wobbling around late in round 7, seemingly out of exhaustion, Sirimongkol walked over to his corner and rather than sitting on his stool he kneeled in the corner, had a mouthful of water and made it clear he had had enough. Before climbing up 2 of the corners to thank the fans for turning up and congratulating his opponent.
It was a weird ending, to a fight that should never have been made, and thankfully it seems likely to be Sirimongkol's final bout.
Interestingly some of the local fans even saw the funny side of the bout, laughing the local man beating up an old men, and at least one fan suggested he should stop beating the elderly.
Given how good Sirimongkol was at Bantamweight and Super Featherweight this was embarrassing, and we now need to question the sanity of anyone letting him climb in the ring again.
Tomorrow former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (97-4, 62) will be back in the ring, as he takes on Twaha Kassimu Rubaha (15-6-1, 8) in Tanzania. Thogh that bout won't be without it's share of controversy.
Originally he bout was supposed to be for a WBC Asia title though news out of Thailand today state that that title will no longer be on the line after issues with officials.
On October 28th the Asian Boxing Council issued an order to cancel sanctioning of the bout due to the failure to approve in according to the WBC's rules and today they have made a statement regarding the bout.
Komthai have been told by the Executive Secretary of the Asian Boxing Council, Col. Thanapol Bhakdibhumi, that:
“The Asian Boxing Council has been following this matter closely. It is coordinated with the President of the ABU Africa Boxing Council and personnel assigned to perform various duties known to
The organizer does not have any arrangements for ABU judges and supervisors.
Rather, it will establish its own judging and controlling committee. This violates the WBC requirements and standards, and may not be transparent, fair and unsafe for athletes. Which may cause damage to the institution However, even the championship Such will not happen then. But for the competition between Sirimongkol and Kidougou May be able to continue They are not affiliated with the Asian Boxing Council and the WBC. "
Despite this issue with the WBC sanctioning of the bout, the contest will still go ahead, though will now be a non-title bout.
On October 30th former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (97-4, 62) will be back in the ring, as he looks to score his first victory of the year. The Thai veteran will be in action in Tanzania, where he will take on local foe Twaha Kassimu Rubaha (15-6-1, 8).
Today it was revealed that the Thai had arrived in Tanzania for the bout, arriving at mid-night on Friday, and was welcomed into the country by local press.
The 43 year old Thai veteran debuted way back in 1994, and made a mark on the sport rather early on. After around a dozen fights he was the WBC Bantamweight champion, and made a number of defenses before losing in a sensational fight to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi. Having lost that title he moved up in weight and in 2002 claimed the WBC Super Featherweight title. Since losing the Super Featherweight title in 2003 Sirimongkol has moved up the weights, and has fought as high as Light Heavyweight.
His opponent here is a 28 year old from Tanzania. Rubaha, also known as Twaha Kiduku, has lost 5 of his last 8, including a 2018 shut out loss to Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. He might be the younger fighter, and the man with home advantage, but his recent form has been poor and he was stopped just 2 fight back,
It's worth noting that this will be for a WBC regional title.
Earlier this week it was announced that former WBC Bantamweight champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (96-4, 61) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา] would be returning to the ring in the near future, in a bout up at Heavyweight!
The 41 year old veteran, who debuted back in 1994, made his name back in the 1990's and early 00's. He is well known for his early career, which saw him win the WBC Bantamweight title, and defend it until losing in FOTY contender to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in 1997. He would bounce back from that loss and claim the WBC Super Featherweight title in 2002, and make a single defense before losing the belt to Jesus Chavez in 2003.
After losing the WBC Super Featherweight title Sirimongkol's career went through a strange spell. He would win a WBC Lightweight title eliminator, be caught in a bizarre story he was featured in a photo shoot for a gay magazine, arrested for possessing drugs and served 4 years, of a much longer sentence. Despite the troubles Sirimongkol's career would continue and he would reel off an incredible looking 51 straight wins, following the loss to Chavez.
The winning run saw Sirimongkol moving through the weights, and his most recent bout, in 2018, saw him claim the Thai Light Heavyweight title. Despite still being a talented fighter, he has lost 2 of his last 4, including a decision loss to the talented Azizbek Abdugofurov.
At the moment the full details of his Heavyweight bout haven't been disclosed but they are expected to be announced in the very near future.
This past weekend fans saw a notable show in Singapore, thanks to Ringstar Management who put on 6 title fights.
The bouts weren't the best, but they did show case some notable talent from the region.
Among those involved was former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (92-3, 57) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา], who claimed the UBO InterContinental Light Middleweight title as he over-came Indonesian Larry Siwu (24-9, 20) with a split decision. The Thai 39 year old looked his age towards the end of the bout, but had done enough to earn the win by the end.
Malaysian fighter Muhammad Meeraj (6-2, 3) came up short against Chase Haley (4-1, 1) in a bout for the UBO InterContinental Light Heavyweight and IBO Meeraj was dropped early but battled back to drop Haley in round 5, though couldn't do enough to gain the win.
In a battle of veterans Tommy Browne (34-6-2, 13) saw off Alexander Bajawa (41-4-4, 14) in 3 rounds, and claimed the UBO International Light Middleweight title. Bajawa was well over the limit here, but even that didn't help against Browne who was too good, too powerful and too strong.
Restoring a bit of Indonesian pride was Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (25-13-1, 12), who claimed the IBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Cairo George (12-1, 6), despite being deducted a point in round 5 for holding.
In a good competitive Light Heavyweight bout we saw Canadian Ryan Ford (12-0, 7) retain his unbeaten record and defend the UBO Light Heavyweight title with a 7th round technical decision over Robert Berridge (29-7-1, 21), with Berridge being cut by the head clash.
For local fans the big attraction was local star Muhamad Ridhwan (8-0, 7) who shone as he claimed the UBO Super Featherweight title and took a 4th round TKO over the usuually durable Fadhili Majiha (20-9-4, 9). Ridhwan was the naturally bigger fighter here, and that certainly helped him, but credit to all the same and he does appear to be building quite a fan base in Singapore.
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