Over the last few years we have seen boxing branch out from the typical Asian strong holds of Japan, Thailand and the Philippines with numerous shows in China, a world title fight in Sri Lanka and the growing expectation that India, Pakistan and Vietnam will develop boxing stars of the future. Another country slowly making a mark is Singapore where their appears some hope of becoming a bit of a hub for boxing, much like Macau was supposed to be.
Singapore is of course a small country in terms of population, with a little over 5.5 million people, but given the high wealth of the country and it's gambling sector it's thought that the country could be a major player down the line and it seems that promoters are envisaging a future where Singapore is big.
Earlier today we were informed of a card set for the country for July 23rd, with the card in question featuring 4 title fights and some very good match ups.
One of the key match ups, reported today, will see fast rising Uzbek Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (7-0, 5) battle against experienced Filipino Adones Cabalquinto (23-1, 15) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. This will be a serious test for Abduqaxorov but a win could, potentially, see him take a huge step towards a world title fight. For Cabalquinto the bout sees him taking on a dangerous fighter after facing two very limited foes since being stopped by Al Rivera last November.
Another promising Uzbek on the card is Azizbek Abdugofurov (2-0, 2), who fights for the third time in as many months. The unbeaten Uzbek is scheduled to face unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (17-0, 13), AKA Chaloemporn Singwancha, in a bout for the WBC ABC Middleweight title. For the Thai this is a real text, having had a very underwhelming career so far, whilst the Uzbek could well score a genuinely notable win.
At Cruiserweight Malaysian novice Muhamad Farkhan (1-0 1) will face Indonesian Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in a bout for the WBC ABC Silver Cruiserweight title, essentially allowing the Malaysian fighter to become a novice champion. Whilst down at Super Bantamweight Jeson Umbal (10-5, 7) will face former OPBF Super Flyweight title challenger Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-6-3, 15), in an all Filipino bout.
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