By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
DUBAI,UAE- Dubai based Nigerian Aliu Bamidele Lasisi (14-0,8KO’s) will make the first defense of his WBC International Super Flyweight title this Friday at the Rotunda of Caesar’s Palace Bluewater. He will clash with Norbelto Jimenez (29-9-4,16KO’s) of the Dominican Republic in the ten round main event. This will be third installment of the Rotunda Rumble series which has boosted pro boxing here in the Emirates.
This will be step up for Lasisi. Jimenez has already fought for a world title, having lost to Khalid Yafai for the WBA crown by unanimous decision last June. Lasisi won a hard fought unanimous decision last year against Nicaraguan Ricardo Blandon for the WBC International belt. He traveled to Kazakhstan last December and beat Indonesian Hamson Lamandau by unanimous verdict.
During the official weigh-in Thursday, Lasisi was at 114.8 while Jimenez stepped on the scales at 114.6lbs. Lasisi is based in the Round 10 Boxing Club in Dubai.
Another local attraction to his card is Emirati boxer Sultan Al Nuaimi (1-0,1KO), who will look forward to his second pro win against Indonesian journeyman Sulis Barrera (4-8), who is coming off a second round KO loss to Lito Dante in the Philippines. Another UAE boxer in the Round 10 Boxing Club is Majid Al Naqbi (4-0,2KO’s). Together with Al Nuaimi, they could trailblaze a boxing boom in this region. Al Nuaimi stepped on the scales at 112.4 lbs while Barrera was at 113.5lbs.
Another interesting attraction in this card is former IBF world junior featherweight champion TJ Doheny of Australia who will be pitted against Ionut Baluta of Romania. Rounding up the card are Cesar Mateo Tapia (Australia) vs. Steve Collins Jr (Ireland), Heavyweights Zhan Kossobutskiy of Kazakhstan vs. Abraham Tabul of Ghana, Rohan Date (Ireland) vs. Rivo Kundimang (Indonesia), Nurtas Azhbenov (Kazakhstan) vs Jay-R Magboo (Philippines), Faizan Anwar (India) vs Gideon Agbosu (Ghana)and Lalrinsaga Tlau of India vs Tanzananian Haidari Mchanjo.
Photo – Aliu Lasisi and Norbelto Jimenez shake hands during the weigh-in
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see the unbeaten WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] making his next defense, as he takes on Japanese challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁].
The bout, which will be shown on Thai CH7 HD, is one of the few big boxing events still set to take place in Asia, which has seen the sporting calendar being put on hold in some countries, and is one of the few real highlights set to come from the regional this month.
Today the two men engaged in their weigh in for the bout, and both men hit the scales bang on the divisional limit of 105lbs, whilst looking in good shape. Neither looked shredded but both looked very solid on the scales.
For Tanaka this will bee his first world title fight, and the 35 year old isn't expected to get another shot if he loses here. As for Knockout this will be his 8th defenses, and history is very much on his side as no Japanese male fighter has ever won a world title bout in Thailand.
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Later today we'll see unbeaten, and rapidly rising, Uzbek Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4) [Исроил Мадримов] taking on world ranked veteran Charlie Navarro (29-9, 22) in a WBA world title eliminator.
The match up, part of a deep card in Frisco on DAZN, is seen as the next step on Madrimov's journey to stardom, and whilst it is a step it's expected to be his next win as begins to position himself as a future star of the sport.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and neither man pushed the Light Welterweight limit, with both fighters coming in at 153¼lbs for the bout, well under the 154lb.
The winner of the bout is expected to be taking a huge leap towards a world title fight, and there's a very real chance that Madrimov could be fighting for a world title in his 6th or 7th professional bout. Given how his first 4 bouts have gone there's no doubting he has the ability to be matched with a world class foe before the end of 2020.
As for Navarro this is very much last chance saloon for the big punching 40 year old Venezuelan who is looking to secure one more shot at the big time after coming up short against the likes of Vyacheslav Senchenko and David Avanesyan.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BAVET,CAMBODIA- The Felix Hotel and Casino will be hosting an intriguing sports event this Saturday in this border town known for casinos. Professional boxing is alien to this place and it will host two regional title contests.
Olimjon Nazarov (21-5, 12KO’s) of Uzbekistan will face Filipino Orlie Silvestre (15-5-2,8KO’s) for the WBO Oriental Flyweight title while on the distaff side,Vietnamese Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (3-0,1KO) will fight Thai Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (7-4,4KO’s) for the vacant WBO Female mini-flyweight title.
There were no problems at the weigh-in held at the fight venue with Nazarov at 111.5lbs and Silvestre stepping on the scales at 110.75lbs. Nguyen was at 104.75 lbs while Yoohanngoh was a quarter pound lighter.
Nazarov won the title last August against another Filipino, Ivan Soriano by unanimous decision but has not defended it till now. Silvestre is a natural light flyweight and is the Philippine champion. He has lost in previous overseas campaigns in Japan and Thailand.
In another fascinating non-title match,Uzbek boxer Abdurasul Ismoilov (7-1,4KO’s) will be testing himself against grizzled Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-20-2,23KO’s). For the rest of the card – two Vietnam vs Thailand matches - Hong Quan Dinh (4-1-1,1KO) vs Roonayut Boonraksa (8-8,1KO) and Minh Phat Sam (5-3,4KO’s) vs. Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-5,3KO’s).
Van Thao Tran (12-1,8KO’s) of Vietnam will fight Filipino Aries Buenavides (13-4,7KO’s) and in another female match, Vietnamese Tran Thi Linh will make her debut against Bo Mi Re Shin of South Korea. This fight card is supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC),International.
Photos - OLIMJON NAZAROV AND ORLIE SILVESTRE,THI THU NHI NGUYEN AND KANYARAT YOOHANNGOH
Tomorrow we'll see both of the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament semi finals.
On paper the more exciting of the two bouts is set to see Korean visitor Jae Woo Lee (7-2, 6) [이재우] taking on Shingo Kusano (12-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟], with both men being in action packed quarter final bouts to set up this clash.
At the weigh in today both men hit the scales at the 126lb Featherweight limit, and both looked in good shape.
At the weigh in Kusano spoke about his confidence growing, following his quarter final win over Qiang Ma. Lee on the other hand stated that he would definitely beat Kusano.
For fans who failed to secure tickets ahead of the event, the bout will be aired live on Boxing Raise.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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