Later today we'll see a new WBO "interim" Middleweight champion being crowned as Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7) [Жанибек Алимханулы] clashes with Danny Dignum (14-0-1, 8) in a battle of unbeaten men.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for that bout, and both men made the 160lb limit for the bout with no issues at all, with Alimkhanuly coming in bang on the limit and Dignum coming in well under the limit.
The bout won't crown a new world champion out right, but the winner will be expected to either face Demetrius Andrade later in the year for the regular title, which Andrade holds, or will be upgraded to the regular champion if Andrade abandons the division to compete at Super Middleweight, which is widely expected to happen.
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By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- ARQ Promotions will present ten non-title bouts this Saturday May 21 in the southern town of Sibonga in the central island of Cebu. The card will be headlined by OPBF Youth Light Flyweight titleholder John Paul Gabunilas (6-1,5KO's), who will mix it up with Ricardo Sueno (10-5-4,3KO's) in a ten rounder.
Gabunilas weighed in at 109.75 lbs while Sueno tipped the scales at 110 lbs. during the official weigh-in Friday. Gabunilas has stopped his last four opponents since his lone career loss against Regie Suganob in Bohol.Sueno is on a two fight skid, having also lost to Suganob in his last bout.
Another prospect, April Jay Abne (8-1,4KO's), will go up against Arnold Garde (10-12-3,4KO’s) who struggled to make weight, at 117lbs while Abne was at 113.25lbs. Garde also lost his last six bouts. Abne is coming off 1W-1L against Garen Diagan.
For the other weigh-in results - Rodel Wenceslao - 147 lbs vs. Mark Sales - 147.75 lbs - 10 rounds,Rodex Piala - 131 lbs vs. Ivor Lastrilla - 137 lbs - 8 rounds ,Berland Robles - 112 vs. Reymark Alicaba - 112 lbs - 8 rounds,Bryan James Wild - 122 lbs vs. Jason Dogelio - 122.5 lbs -8 rounds,Ian Paul Abne - 105 lbs vs. Ronald Ewican - 103 lbs 8 rounds,Brix Piala - 126 lbs vs. Jay-ar Aliasot - 127 lbs 6 rounds,Ramel Macado,Jr- 112.75 lbs vs. Juvab Lucas - 115 lbs 6 rounds and Yeroge Gura - 115 lbs vs. Vincent Bautista - 116 lbs 6 rounds.
Bryan James Wild (7-0,6KO’s) will try to keep his unbeaten run against Jason Dogelio (10-6,3KO’s). Other undefeated prospects on this card are Rodex Piala (4-0,0KO), Brix Piala (3-0,1KO), Ian Abne (5-0,4KO’s), Yeroge Gura (2-0,1KO) and Ramil Macado (1-0,1KO).
The fights will be held at the Bonifacio R. Bacaltos Sports and Cultural Center.
File photo- John Paul Gabunillas (left) and April Jay Abne
Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] take on OPBF Bantamweight Keita Kurihara (16-6, 14) [栗原慶太], in a non-title bout. The bout, Oguni's first in over 3 years, is regarded as a major bout for both men, with Oguni knowing he needs a win to keep his career alive, and Kurihara knowing a win takes him to within touching distance of a world title bout.
Today, ahead of their clash, the two men took part in their weigh in with both men making the agreed Super Bantamweight limit with no issues at all. In fact both men came in at an identical 121.7lbs.
After making weight both men spoke to the Japanese press. During that Oguni spoke about the numerous injuries he's had in recent years, which played a major part in his inactivity with notably injuries to his right hand, which required an operation. His hand is said to be fully healed now, and he has worked on using his left hand in the build up to this fight. He also knows a win here would help him reclaim a world ranking, and potentially set up a chance to fight for another world title.
As for Kurihara, who is moving up in weight for this bout, he thanked his gym chairman for securing the bout, which he admitted was a surprise until he was told the bout had been made. He explained that he had scouted Oguni and was aware that Oguni was good at neutralising fighters, but he seemed confident that he would have too much for Oguni.
Interestingly, for those wanting to watch, the show will be aired on PPV through Zaiko, in what we believe will be their first boxing broadcast, costing 1,480 Yen.
Tomorrow at the Sumida City Gymnasium we'll see OPBF female Minimumweight champion Mizuki Chimoto (3-0, 1) [千本瑞規] battle against Kaori Nagai (6-2-3, 2) [長井香織], in what will be Chimoto's first defense of the title. Today the two women took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the 105lb weight limit with no issues at all.
The champion was bang on the 105lb limit and looked in good shape, very confident and very relaxed. She seems very much like the sort of fighter who knows that she has a very bright future in the sport and that this is just the next step for her on a journey to major success.
As for Nagai, she was under the limit, coming in at 104.75lbs and looked in good shape, but a lot more serious than Chimoto.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired live on the ABEMA Fighting Channel.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see a new OPBF Super Featherweight champion being crowned as Masanori Rikiishi (10-1, 6) [力石 政法], in his first title bout, takes on Takuya Watanabe (38-10-1, 22) [渡邉 卓也] for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the 130lb limit without any issues, and both men looked absolutely incredible on the scales.
The 27 year old Rikiishi was comfortably under the limit, at 129.6lbs, and looked genuinely in the best shape of his career. Despite that he actually explained this was the hardest weight cut of his career and that he's getting bigger, and had to come down in weight more than normal. Amazingly he was coming down from 154lbs for the bout, and had to lose 11lbs in water weight. Something that will likely force him to move back to Lightweight in the not so distant future.
Amazingly Rikiishi didn't seemed bothered about the title at all, and was more bothered about beating Watanabe, stating "Because it's a decisive battle, the title isn't worth it. There's nothing special about it, but it's more valuable to beat Watanabe, who has a proven track record." And he added that he wanted to face other notable fighters if he wins, such as Yoshimitsu Kimura and Kosuke Saka.
As for Watanabe he was 129.6lbs on the scales and, much like Rikiishi, he looked in great shape for the bout. He explained that he thought Rikiishi would be bigger than he was, but that the two men are about the same size. He also explained that he had been focusing on training for southpaws, like Rikiishi.
For fans wanting to watch this bout the contest will be aired on the ABEMA Fighting Channel.
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