Over the last few years Filipino Ricky Sismundo (31-9-3, 13) has earned a reputation as genuine test and upset minded fighter who fails to recognise reputations and goes into the ring with the intent of derailing other fighters. That intent was on show again last night when he upset Canadian based Congolese fighter Ghislain Maduma (18-3, 11), who had come very close to getting a world title fight in 2014.
Sismundo had come into the bout with a growing reputation. In his last two bouts he had fought to a very controversial defeat to the touted Jose Felix Jr and an equally controversial draw with Dierry Jean, with many feeling Sismundo deserved wins in both of those bouts. That reputation grew throughout last nights bout as he out boxed the powerfully built Maduma and dropped him in the 9th round, essentially securing the win with scores of 97-91 and 95-93, twice.
Whilst Sismundo's recent run has brought him attention in the west he had been building traction in Asia well before this year began with Japanese fans seeing him score notable wins over Shuhei Tsuchiya, Akihiro Kono and Yoshitaka Kato following his May 2015 loss to OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani.
For Maduma the future is really bleak, as this was his third loss in in 5 bouts, but for Sismundo it was another great performance on the road and perhaps secures his place as a fringe world level fighter, and a potential future world title challenger, something no one would have expected 5 years ago following his KO loss to Dante Jardon in Mexico, with that loss seeing Sismundo's record fall to 22-7 (8).
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