In recent times the OPBF title has given us some amazing bouts, and some less than great bouts. Sometimes we've seen fights we expected to be good, but ended up being mismatches like Daigo Higa's win over Ardin, and other times we've had bouts surprise and be much better than expected. Sadly though we can't see any way in which the upcoming OPBF Welterweight title bout will be anything but a disappointment.
The bout in question will see once beaten 25 year old champion Jack Brubaker (12-1-1, 6) battle against 35 year old Filipino journeyman Mark Sales (22-40-4, 8). We're sorry if we sound like we're being harsh, but this is little more than a sham defense for the very talented Brubaker.
The champion won the title back in 2015, when he stopped China's Xing Xin Yang in 4 rounds. He has since defended the belt twice, stopping Paddy Murphy in 6 rounds and taking a split decision win over Suyon Takayama in what was a genuine classic last July.
Brubaker is a million miles away from becoming a world champion, but he's a really good fighter, with good stamina, genuine grit and under-rated power. He's far from a puncher but has stopped 3 of his last 4, having only been forced to go the 12 round distance by the tough Takayama.
With two defenses under his belt we could really have Brubaker looking to either establish himself as a real champion and face some other top Oriental contenders, such as Czar Amonsot, Cammeron Hammond, or even a promising prospect like Yuki Beppu or Takeshi Inoue, though not fighting Inoue is fair enough given he will himself be fighting for a Japanese title later this month. Instead however he's up against Sale, who is at best a journeyman.
The 35 year old Sale has been a professional since 1997 , when he fought way down at Light Flyweight, and remarkably he picked up his first win as Minimumweight! Since then however Sale has filled into a bigger fighter, fighting all the way up the weights to Light Welterweight, where he has fought the last few years. During his long career he has faced a who's who of the Oriental scene. That has seen him face the likes of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Fahlan Sakkreerin, Nonito Donaire, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Terdsak Kokietgym, Allan Tanada, Romeo Jakosalem and Al Rivera. Sadly for Sale he has lost to almost every notable name he has ever faced.
It's worth noting that Sale does have some good wins on his record, the last of which came in 2005, when he beat Bernabe Concepcion. Interestingly that win was the last time Sale beat an opponent with a winning record. That bout, fought around the Bantamweight limit, should tell you why we think this is such a horrible mismatch. Sale hasn't beaten a fighter with a winning record in over a decade, he hasn't scored a notable win above Super Bantamweight and isn't fit for an OPBF title fight, especially not at Welterweight, which he has never fought at.
Given Sales recent results it's hard to see him having any success here. He's proven his durability, with just 6 stoppages losses in 66 bouts, but it's hard to see him lasting the distance with Brubaker, who has shown respectable power in recent fights.
For many in the west Thai Terdsak Kokietgym (51-4-1, 33) is best known for his first name. Unfortunately for him many fans don't seem to realise that he's actually a genuinely talented fighter who has been in and around the world stage for the better part of a decade.
Having fallen short in world bouts with Juan Manuel Marquez, Steve Luevano and Takahiro Ao some may feel that Terdsak will never win a world title. The Thai however appears confident that he will get another chance somewhere down the line. Though of course that does depend on his future results.
This coming Friday sees Terdsak returning to the ring for his first fight of 2014 as he defends his PABA Super Featherweight title against Filipino southpaw Mark Sales (20-35-3, 6).
Unlike the Thai champion Sales is much less well known. He doesn't have the humorous name or the world level experience though he is certainly an experienced fighter with 58 bouts and 432 rounds on his ledger. Unfortunately for Sales he also doesn't have the world level skills, despite being a man who has shared the ring with numerous high level fighters.
In a career dating back to 1997 Sales has shared the ring with genuinely talented fighters including Pongsaklek Wongkam, Fahlan Sakkreerin, Nonito Donaire, Sod Kokietgym, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and Ji-Hoon Kim. All of whom have either won or challenged for a world title.
Whilst Sales having lost to pretty much every notable name he's fought, other than Bernabe Concepcion, it's fair to suggest that he hasn't really got the talent to push Terdsak all that hard. Though what Sales certainly does have is toughness. In his 58 fight career Sales has been stopped just 4 times, the most recent of which came back in 2004 against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo. With this in mind we think he could give Terdsak some decent rounds, though it's hard to see anything but a Terdsak victory.
Ranked #11 by the WBA Terdsak will know that he could get one more world title fight somewhere down the line, though at 32 years old he hasn't got long to earn it and will know that a loss to Sales will see his world title dreams over, with that in mind he'll have his game face on and get the job done here. He'll use his skills and power to slowly grind down the tough Filipino and either take a clear decision or a late stoppage as he looks for his 6th straight victory since losing to Ao back in 2012.
Having canned the old "Full Schedule" of Asianboxing we have instead decided to concentrate more on the major bouts. This section, the "Preview" section will look at major bouts involving OPBF and national titles. Hopefully leading to a more informative style for, you the reader.