Earlier today fans in Singapore saw the latest show from Cartel International Promotions, and like the previous Singaporean shows by Cartel the card had a number of notable fighters involved.
The main event of the card was the most interesting match up on paper and saw Uzbek hopeful Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7) score the biggest win of his career, as he stopped Charles Manyuchi (20-3-1, 12) inside a round to claim the WBC "silver" Welterweight title. Manyuchi looked good at times but looked like he got cocky and dropped his hands trying to lure a mistake from the Uzbek. Instead of drawing a mistake it was Manyuchi making the mistake and he was dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown and was dropped a second time with the referee being forced to stop the bout.
Abduqaxorov wasn't the only Uzbek to claim a win as Azizbek Abdugofurov (6-0, 4) took a 10 round decision over Argentinian tough guy Martin Fidel Rios (21-11-4, 11). Although on paper it was a tough match up for the Uzbek it was a well matched test with Abdugofurov doing more than enough to win, but knowing he had been in a fight, and being forced to work through the 10 round bout. Coming in to this the Uzbek had only gone beyond 4 rounds twice so he will take a lot from this win and will continue his development towards a world title fight.
Talking about world title fights it is worth noting that former world title challenger Daud Yordan (37-3-0-1, 24) made light work of Thai teenager Campee Phayom (11-3, 7). Yordan, who has stated that he is interested in world title fights at 140lbs or 135lbs, stopped the Thai in 2 rounds to score his 7th straight win and it's clear that he's looking to have a big year, even if he has essentially fallen off the international boxing map.
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