Earlier today we were informed that Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (35-18-5, 18) was set to have one of his most important bouts on July 29th, as he travels to South Africa to face former world champion Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2, 17).
The Filipino fight will be travelling to defend his IBO Super Featherweight title against Klassen after seeing a bout with Vyacheslav Gusev fall apart, with Gusev suffering an injury.
Asis isn't a big name by any means but he has become a bit of a modern day Cinderella man turning around a 21-18-4 (10) record, which had included a 0-5 run, courtesy of a 14-0-1 (8) run over the last 5 years. That run has included wins over the likes of Brett William Smith, Josh King, Ryusei Yoshida, Kye MacKenzie and Maxsaisai Sithsaithong and has seen him move on to the verge of world rankings with the big 4.
Klassen on the other hand was once a solid name and is a 2-time IBF Super Featherweight champion. The 34 year old from Gauteng made his debut in 1999 and won his first world title 7 years later, out pointing Gairy St Clair, though lost in his first defense to Mzonke Fana. In 2009 he had his second brief reign as champion, beating Cassius Baloyi before losing the belt to Robert Guerrero. Since losing to Guerrero Klassen has gone 8-1, including a win over Paulsus Moses.
The bout will be a tough ask for Asis but he seems confident of scoring a win here and moving towards a "proper" world title fight.
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