Between 2000 and 2012 Filipino puncher Rodel Mayol (31-6-2, 22) proved himself as one of the most fearsome fighters in the lower weight classes. He was tough, he was rought, he was aggressive and a genuinely brutal puncher. Although never the most polished, or the the most technically well schooled fighter Mayol was a little monster, with real belief in his punching power and his physicality.
For those who haven't seen much of Mayol, his career is cetainly worth a look at. He was in a number of thrilling bouts, he always had the power to turn bouts around, but he could also be out boxed, he could be hurt, and more notable than anything else, there always seemed to be drama with his career. He was the sort of fighter who was worth watching, because you never really knew how his bouts were going to end.
Today we're going to look at the 5 most significant wins for... Rodel Mayol, and strangely this is a lot easier to do than it usually is. Mayol might have more than 30 wins, but he really does only have a handful that stand out as being genuinely meaningful.
Pigmy Kokietgym (August 31st 2001)
The first win of note for Mayol is one that aged well, rather than being too meaningful at the time, and that was his 2001 win over Thailand's Wicha Phulaikhao, better known as Pigmy Kokietgym.
Going in to the bout the then 20 year old Mayol was looking to score his his 8th straight win whilst the 19 year old Pigmy was looking to build on the momentum he was starting to generate himself. It was clearly a bout where Mayol was favoured, but few would have expected him to do an absolute number on the hungry Thai teenager, who was destroyed in 5 rounds. Pigmy was down 5 times, as Mayol's power proved to be legitimate. As mentioned this one aged well, and over the 20 years that followed Pigmy would become a multi-time world title challenger, and a consistent face in the world rankings. Notably this win would have meant even more had Pigmy managed to win one of his world title bouts.
Genki Onaka (December 7th 2003)
In January 2001 Mayol made his international debut, defeating Japanese novice Ken Nakajima. It took well over 2 years for him to again use his passport and fight on the road, as he returned to Japan and faced off with Genki Onaka the then OPBF Minimumweight champion. Onaka was looking to record his first defense of the title, whilst Mayol was looking to record a 15th straight win, and pick up the traditionally significant title Oriental title.
Going in this looked like a genuine test on paper for Mayol, but proved to be a coming out party for the Filipino who stopped Onaka in just 149 seconds! This was Mayol putting down a marker on the regional scene and doing so with an impressive, destructive, cameo of a performance. Impressively he would defend the title 3 times in around 18 months, proving his dominance over the Oriental scene and prove he was ready to take a step towards a world title bout.
Lorenzo Trejo (January 28th 2006)
Having won and defended the OPBF title Mayol needed to move towards a world title bout. In January 2006 he got the chance to take huge strides towards getting a shot at the green and gold belt as he took on veteran Lorenzo Trejo in a WBC eliminator. The bout, which took place in Mexico, saw the then 24 year old Mayol looking fighting outside of Asia for the first time, and look to extend his lengthy unbeaten record.
Mayol made a positive impression almost immediately, dropping Trejo in the opening round. Trejo managed to bounce back from the knockdown but was brutally finished off in round 4, from a vicious uppercut, that secured Mayol a shot at WBC champion Eagle Den Junlaphan just over 3 months later. The win was brutal, eye catching and genuinely did set Mayol up for a career changing opportunity. Sadly for the Filipiino however he was unable to over-come Junlaphan, losing a clear decision to the Japanese based Thai.
Edgar Sosa (November 21st 2009)
Easily the biggest and most significant win of Mayol's career came in November 2009, in what was also one of his most controversial bouts, and he was involved in several controversial bouts. That bout came against excellent Mexican fighter Edgar Sosa, the then WBC Light Flyweight champion and was held in Sosa's homeland of Mexico.
At the time Sosa was one of the most under-rated fighters on the planet. At the time he was sporting a 37-5 (21) record, had won his last 25 bouts in a row, with 14 of those wins coming by T/KO, had been the WBC champion for over 2 years and a half years and had scored 10 defenses of the title.
The hard hitting Mayol started aggressively, he seemed to know that he had to get to Sosa quickly, put the Mexican under pressure, and not let Sosa settle. It was the right gameplan to start the fight. In round 2 however controversy struck as a huge clash of heads left Sosa in agony on the canvas. He got up with a swollen and bloodied face and he seemed genuine buzzed. The bout could, genuinely, have been waved off there and then as a No Contest, or a technical draw, but Sosa regrouped, gathered himself and Mayol had a point deducted. Almost as soon as the bout restarted it was clear Sosa wasn't right and Mayol went after him. Sosa managed to survive the early pressure, but it wasn't long until Mayol's power caught him, sending Sosa down with a left uppercut. Sosa got to his feet but stumbled. The ref gave him the count but he was spent and soon afterwards Mayol sent him to the ropes and unleashed a big flurry, forcing the referee to wave off the bout.
It was a monster win, on foreign soil, for Mayol. Though one marred in controversy from the headbutt, and one that saw Mayol become a much hated figure within Mexican boxing.
Julio Cesar Miranda (May 13th 2012)
Mayol's reign as the WBC Light Flyweight champion didn't last long. He made just a single defense of the title, in an ugly technical draw against Omar Nino Romero in a bout that had a confusing and messy finish. He then lost the title to Romero in a rematch between the men, with Mayol being deducted two points for headclashes in that bout. Sadly that loss was pretty much him done as a world level fighter. He was high risk, low reward and a nightmare to fight. The only real standout win following his world title loss came in 2012 when he took on former world champion Julio Cesar Miranda.
Miranda was certainly a heavy handed fighter, but also a crude fighter who had seen much better days. He had shown he belonged at world level, but losses to Moruti Mthalane and Brian Viloria were signs that he was best at Minimumweight, where his size and strength were key. Against Mayol, fighting close to the Super Flyweight limit, the heavy handed Miranda was just unable to hold his own with the Filipino who took a clear decision over the Mexican.
This result was the last win of for Mayol, who would fight once more after this, losing to Juan Carlos Sanchez in an IBF Super Flyweight world title bout, and retired afterwards. As for Miranda, this was the start of the end for him, and he went 5-7-1 after this bout before retiring himself.
Another new month and another chance to look through the annals of Asian boxing history for some unique, weird, whacky and unexpected names of fighters from Asia. This month we're doing things a little bit different, and actually have a theme...and names you'll all likely recognise! In fact this month we are bringing you 5 "fakes" from Asia!
What we mean here are 5 fighters who "adopted" monikers of much, much more famous fighters!
Muhammad Ali (0-1)
What better way to start this list than beginning with "The Greatest"! Yeah, yeah, we all know Muhammad Ali was the best but what about the Indonesian Muhammad Ali! There must have been some huge balls on this chap, to steal the name of the Heavyweight icon when he made his debut in 2013, and LOST to the limited Rengga Rengga! Ali, this Ali not the one from Louisville, apparently lost a 4 round decision on October 5th 2013 and never returned to the ring. We guess you can steal the name but not the talent!
Frank Bruno (1-0)
Oh don't worry it wasn't just American Heavyweight greats who had their names stole, as the hugely popular British Heavyweight Frank Bruno was also a recipient of name stealing Indonesian's. The Indonesian Frank Bruno fought his only recorded bout on October 25th 2003 and unlike Muhammad Ali he actually won! He scored a debut win over Anwar Solihin and then seemingly vanished from the boxing world... maybe he was worried that the affable Frank would find out what had been done to his good name!
Michael Nun (0-2)
A slight variant on a spelling here, but still a necessary inclusion is Michael Nun, who fought twice during his short career. Nun made his debut in 2005, losing to Billy Sumba and lost in a rematch to Sumba the following year. Our Asian friend here was likely aware than the American Michael Nunn, who was a fantastic fighter, was serving time for drug trafficking when he stole his name, making this mis-appropriated name one of the strangest. Fair to say this guy was certainly second to Nunn!
John Davidson (2-1, 2)
Another slightly altered spelling here, and a much more obscure reference than the first 3. John Davison was a British boxer from 1988 to 1993, best known for his loss in 1993 to Steve Robinson for the WBO Featherweight title. John Davidson, with an extra "d" in his name, was an Indonesian fighter who fought in the early 00's, with his 3 recorded bouts coming from 2002 to 2006. He reportedly won the Indonesian Boxing Commission title on debut, in August 2002, but seemingly failed to defend the belt before ending his career in obscurity.
Peter Jackson (0-1)
Name stealing isn't just a recent thing! In fact we found the case of Indonesian fighter Peter Jackson starting this trend back in the 1920's! The first Peter Jackson was the Peter "the Black Prince" Jackson, an Australian great who has been inducted into both the IBHOF and the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and was one of the finest fighters of the late 1800's. His name sake however was a man who fought just once, losing in 3 rounds to fellow Indonesian Matthias. We're not sure whether this was as deliberate as some of the other stolen names here but it certainly felt worthy of inclusion in this look at stolen names!
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