We here at Asian boxing are slowly growing to love the rather eccentric Yemeni boxing scene and we love our readers from Yemen. We were shocked however when we found out there had been a card in Yemen earlier today that did not feature the cult KO star Ali Raymi (12-0, 12) a fighter who has been slowly making his name heard around the world.
For those who are unaware Raymi will be returning to the ring on August 16th to face unbeaten Indonesian Espinos Sabu (9-0-1, 3) in what looks to be the toughest fight of Raymi's career.
Despite their being no Raymi today there was still 6 Yemeni Minimumweights in action in Sanaa.
The shortest of the 3 bouts saw Wesam Maqrami (2-0, 1) taking a 7th round stoppage over Sadeg Al Khulani (0-3). This was Khulani's second stoppage loss having also been stopped on his debut by Ali Dridi (Raymi's most recent opponent).
Maqrami's stoppage was one of two as Mustafa Humaidi (4-0, 2) also managed to see his opponent off. Humaidi was taken into round 9 though finally got to Hasan Sabra (1-2) who was stopped at the 2:36 mark of the 9th round.
The show did have a sole fight that managed to go the distance as Omar Awdan (5-0, 2) claimed a 10 round decision over Ali Al Ahdal (2-2, 1).
With all 3 of the winners having unbeaten records there is every chance they will be throwing their hats into the Raymi sweepsteaks if "The Yemeni Valero" can get past Sabu in mid August.
As well as the fights in Yemen there was also a show in the Philippines thanks to ALA Promotions.
The main fight on the card saw Jimmy Paypa (13-2, 4) scrape past domestic journeyman Cristian Abila (9-12-3, 1) via a hotly debated split decision. Paypa was surprisingly knocked down by the light hitting Abila and we've got to admit this is a worry.
Things were much less tricky for the unbeaten prospects on the card with Juren Labordo (10-0, 5) stopping Ricky Sabia (10-10-2, 5) inside 90 seconds counting as the most impressive. Though with victories also coming for Rolando Servania (4-0, 1) earning a decision over over Jonas Sultan (2-1, 1) and Junjessie Ibgos (5-0, 5) forcing a stoppage over Mamark Siano (1-3).
The show also featured the long awaited return to the ring of John Rey Melligen (2-0, 1) who ended a break of almost 2 years away from the ring by stopping the debuting Jemart Amlani (0-1).
Amlani was one of a number of debutants on the show. For Roniel Parcon (1-0), Alvin Sibugan (1-0) and Raul Yu (1-0, 1) things got off to a good start.
Parcon out pointed fellow debutant Albert Campilan (0-1) whilst Sibugan out pointed Steven Recaborda (1-3). Yu was the only debutant to score a KO though it did come against another debutant in the form of Romel Rodondon (0-1).
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