Over the last few years Filipino fighter Jhon Gemino (21-12-1, 11) has built a reputation as some thing of a gate-keeper. He has notched up regular upsets, defeating the likes of JR Magboo, Toka Kahn Clary, Sho Nakazawa and Carlos Ornelas. He's not a world beater but he often lives up to his nickname of the "Disaster"
Gemino's upset minded tendencies struck again earlier today when he shocked unbeaten puncher Arnold Alejandro (11-1, 10) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This was supposed to be the next win for Alejandro, the next step forward in his career, as he moved towards big fights. Gemino however had not read the script and dropped Alejandro in the first round with a sneaky and sharp left hook. Alejandro got back to his feet but the warning signs were there.
Alejandro recovered well from the knockdown, but there was always a sense of danger with the heavy handed Filipino never looking in much bother. Instead Gemino was happy to bide his time, and in round 5 his time came. With Alejandro getting caught by a huge right hand that dropped Alejandro hard. This time there was no getting up.
Whilst this won't go down as a KO of the year contender it was a huge KO and a big upset win for a man who has repeatedly shown himself to be a dangerman.
Whilst Gemino is beatable he is the sort of test every prospect needs to get past, and this was another big win for the Filipino.
In New South Wales earlier today fans were given an upset as unheralded Filipino fighter Rodynie Rafol (14-7-2, 7) upset local hopeful Tyson Lantry (7-2, 3), with a 3rd round TKO win.
Lantry himself has revealed he was caught late in the opening and never shook the effects of the shot. The shot saw him lose his composure and never manage get himself back in the zone before his team had seen enough and took their fighter out of the bout, rather than risk his health going forward.
For the Australian fighter this is his second loss, and his second inside the distance, ending a 6 fight winning run.
As for Rafol, the win nets him the WBF Asia Pacific Lightweight title and sees him build on last year's TKO4 win over James MacDonald. Sadly this bout was more than a year removed from his last bout, and there has to be some worries that he will again be sat on the sideline. Fingers crossed however that he can build on this win, and can get another solid bout without a lengthy wait.
It's fair to say that 2019 has had some huge upset, like Andy Ruiz beating Anthony Joshua, and on the OPBF title level Lito Dante stopping the previously unbeaten Tsubasa Koura. Today fans at Korakuen Hall got another huge upset, as the WBC #2 ranked Super Bantamweight got taken out in what was regarded as a tune up bout against a man he had previously beaten!
The fighter in question was former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-6-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] who was meant to be tuning up for a second world title bout early next year. He just had a straight forward rematch with Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (16-8-6, 9) to get through. Wake had beaten the Filipino in 2013 and seemed assured of picking up the W again here, and move one step closer to a potential showdown with Rey Vargas.
Instead the world has crumbled below Wake, in one of the biggest shocks of the year.
Wake looked in control through the first 2 rounds, using his straight left hand to tag the Filipino at will. It looked like things were going to plan, though he couldn't stop the visitor from marching forward, pressing the fight and trying to cut the distance.
In round 3 Ramonal, with coming from his right eye, got the break through he needed, landing a huge hook and dropping Wake. The Japanese fighter got to his feet but was still shaken, and took another left and was dropped again. This time the referee waved the bout off, with Wake remaining down for quite some time.
For the Filipino this was revenge for his loss, and a massive shock win. He toughness and desire proved vital. As for Wake, this leaves his career really in tough place and it's really unclear what will be next for him.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- Tanzanian Abdallah Paziwapazi upset the hometown favorite Zulipikaer Maimaitiali of China in their battle for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title.
Both boxers threw bombs after the opening bell but both also showed tough chins in the early going. Close quarter exchanges continued in the second round much to the delight of the fans who gathered at the TSSG Center.
In the third round, Zulipikaer had Paziwapazi hurt but as he moved in, the Tanzanian landed a crisp left to the jaw that sent the Chinese boxer crashing to the canvas. Zulipikaer got up on shaky legs and had saliva pouring out of his mouth. Referee Sawaeng Thaweekoon of Thailand allowed the fight to continue and Paziwapazi poured it on prompting the stoppage. The time - 1:23.
The Tanzanian corner celebrated. This was reminiscent of Paziwapazi’s win in Shanghai in 2016, a third round stoppage of Russian Andrey Kalyuzhny. Paziwapazi is now 26-6-1,23KO’s while Zulipikaer drops to his second loss at 11-2-1,7KO’s.
The WBO fight was supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo. This regional bout served as the main event of the first of a two-day fight card promoted by SECA and Top Rank.
For the undercards:
Filipino Jesson Inso (10-8-1,3KO’s) lost to China’s Mielifeier Dalielibieke (7-1,6KO’s) in round five of a six rounder. Mielifeier dropped Inso with a hard uppercut to the midsection and Referee Han Honxiang reached the ten count with Inso on all fours.
Zhang Xianhai beat Lu He by unanimous decision, Li Jiaming won by fourth round TKO against Gao Yiping, Xia Huadong lost in pro debut by unanimous verdict to Dilixiati Simayi and Morocco’s Ayoub Grine stopped Jia Xibei in the opening round.
PHOTO – Abdallah Paziwapazi celebrates his win in Qingdao
One of the most insane things about 2018 was the number of upsets we saw, and sadly for Asian fighters they tended to be on the wrong end of the upsets. We had fighters like Daigo Higa, losing to Cristofer Rosales, Ryota Murata, losing to Rob Brant, and Yoshihiro Kamegai, losing to Greg Vendetti. We also saw some near misses, with Hiroki Okada only just edging Cristian Rafael Coria and Can Xu just taking the win over Enrique Bernache.
For us however the upset of the year was the surprising win by Filipino icon Nonito Donaire in the WBSS Bantamweight quarter-final, where he defeated Ryan Burnett.
Burnett started as a 1/7 favourite. Few gave Donaire any chance. He was 35 years old, had lost 2 of his previous 3 and was dropping from Featherweight to Bantamweight for the bout. In fact not was Donaire dropping several weight classes, but was making Bantamweight for the first time since October 2011, more than 7 years earlier!
He was expected to come up short to the unbeaten Burnett, the WBSS #1 seed. Instead of coming in looking old and drained he looked strong, and tried to walk down the smooth moving Burnett. He was surprisingly holding his own through the first 4 rounds, before the bout was halted due to a freak injury suffered by Burnett.
Whilst the result was tainted, in a big way, by the injury that didn't stop it being a massive upset, and one of the very, very few upsets we've seen in the WBSS, which had the other 3 Bantamweight see progress to the semi-finals.
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