Whilst November looks like arguably the busiest month of the year for Asian boxing fans we've got to admit that we were surprised by just how quiet Saturday November 2nd really was. We only had two major cards in Asia and only really one bout outside of Asia worth talking about.
The one, really notable, card we did have was in the Korakuen Hall as Teiken put on a 8 fight card headlined by a former world title challenger.
The aforementioned former world title challenger was Ryo Akaho (21-1-2, 14), a man who unsuccessfully challenged Yota Sato just two back. The rebuilding process for Akaho continued today as he defeated Filipino Jecker Buhawe (14-10-1, 9) via sixth round TKO. This was Buhawe's first stoppage loss in over 2 years though it was highly impressive for Akaho considering Buhawe had gone the distance with both Tepparith Kokietgym and Ryosuke Iwasa in his two previous bouts this year.
As well the main event we had two more really noteworthy bouts on this Teiken show. In the Super Featherweight division we hard hitters colliding as Kenichi Ogawa (10-1, 8) took on Yuki Miyoshi (11-4-2, 9). Unfortunately for Miyoshi he can't take a punch as well as he can deliver one and he suffered his fourth stoppage defeat as he was stopped after just 134 seconds by Ogawa.
In the other of those notable bouts Tetsuma Hayashi (23-2-1, 7) was forced to work extremely hard to overcome Shuji Hamada (12-6-3, 2). Although on paper this looked like a bit of a mismatch Hamada was highly competitive en route to dropping a unanimous decision.
Although not as notable as the previously mentioned contests we did see a somewhat high profile debutant defeated in the show's sole 6 round contest. Kensuke Sasaki (0-1), a former amateur standout who won 43 of 52 bouts in the unpaid ranks, was upset by Kenta Okumura (11-1-1, 2). Sasaki started well though was out boxed over the latter half of the fight as Okumura took a well earned majority decision.
Sasaki, whilst the highest profile debutant on the card, wasn't only man making his debut and both Teppei Kayanuma (1-0, 1) and Naoki Mochizuki (1-0, 1) had more memorable days. Kayanuma defeated Nobuya Sugimoto (1-3-1) in the second round of their bout whilst Mochizuki needed just 21 seconds to take out Yuta Oda (0-2).
The two remaining bouts both went to decision. These saw Kenta Taguchi (2-5-1) scoring his first win in over 2 years courtesy of a unanimous decision over Tatsuya Matsumoto (2-3) and Takaki Sakurai (4-4-1, 1) balancing off his record with a narrow victory over Yu Kinjo (3-3, 3) who incidentally also saw his record balancing as a result of the contest.
The second show we had was in Russia where the headline bout saw Gennady Martirosyan (23-3, 11) out point novice Omar Marabayev (1-1). Unfortunately this mismatch was probably the only noteworthy bout on the show.
The rest of the card, which featured four other contests, was all debutant actio and saw Sergey Martirosyan (1-0) taking a decision victory over Artem Zorin (0-1), Vitaly Aleshin (1-0) out pointing Vasily Tyan (0-1), Sergey Goryainov (1-0) defeating Sergey Arbuzov (0-1) and Evgeny Tsukanov (1-0, 1), the only man on the show to score a stoppage, defeating Vagif Mekhraliev (0-1).
The highest profile bout of the day however wasn't in Asia, though did feature an Asian as the hard hitting Middleweight Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25) successfully retained his WBA Middleweight title. Golovkin, fighting in America for the fourth time, was given a trickier than expected bout by American Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18). Although tricker than expected Stevens was retired by his corner after the eighth round with Golovkin just beginning to pound him.
On the same card as Golovkin's victory over Stevens there was also successful return to action for Cruiserweight hopeful Isa Akberbayev (11-0-0-1, 7) who overcame Brian Clookey (4-1-2, 2) via a very wide decision. Whilst Akberbayev is technically unbeaten he won't have felt like an unbeaten man following his previous contest, a 10th round No Contest with Anthony Ferrante, a man who left Akberbayev out cold on the canvas in one of the early KO of the year contenders.
It wasn't all great for Asian fighters in the US unfortunately as big hitting Heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (18-1, 18) suffered his first defeat. Matched against talented Cuban Mike Perez (20-0, 12), "Mago" was simply too slow and clumsy allowing the Cuban to tag him with various eye catching shots. Although Perez was marked under the eye by the end of the bout he looked like a clear winner with "Mago's" face showing signs of serious damage. This bout, for the USNBC Heavyweight title, will have been a a very sore loss for "Mago" who showed his toughness though was a clear loser.
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