Love it or hate it the Yemeni boxing scene really does seem to be very much alive in the wake of Ali Raymi's success. For the 6th time this month and the 12th time this year, the country hosted a boxing show.
Whilst the card may not have featured Raymi, the body punching KO king, it did featured 6 bouts and a staggering 11 men went in to their bouts with unbeaten records.
The only man who had a defeat on his record going in to the show was Mawj Abdulrezak (2-2) from Somalia. Abdulrezak had suffered 2 losses already this month but prevented a trio by out pointing fellow Somalian Bahr Slyman (1-1), who lost his unbeaten record as a result.
Slyman was one of 3 men who lost their unbeaten records via unanimous decision with both Alwan Hawshabi (1-1) and Ali Sanabani (2-1, 1) also dropping clear decisions. For Hawshabi it was a clear shut out to Othman Qasim (2-0) that saw his "0" vanish whilst Sanabani was dominated by Asam Dolbhante (2-0).
The luckiest man to hold on to his unbeaten record was Ali Salem (2-0, 1) who scraped a majority verdict over Saeed Asam (1-1, 1).
There was no questions to be asked of either Moxamad Abdu (2-0, 1) or Yasin Abdulkhalik (3-0, 3) who both finished their bouts inside the distance. For Abdulkhalik his victory came in the 3rd round, stopping Egyptian Ali Saber (1-1), whilst Abdu claimed his victory in round 2 stopping Raydan Shameeri (1-1).
In Japan we had 2 cards, the most noteworthy of which was at the Sambo Hall in Kobe.
The main in Kobe saw Teiru Kinoshita (18-0-1, 3) defeating Junichi Ebisuoka (23-16-5, 10) by decision and defending his Japanese Super Flyweight title in the process. Although Ebisuoka did give his all he was pretty clearly out pointed on all 3 cards.
Surprisingly on an 8 bout show Kinoshita was the only man to claim a unanimous decision and in fact one of just two men to claim a decision on the entire show. The only other man to win a decision was Hiroki Yamamoto (6-8-1, 1) who took a split decisionover Munehito Kijima (4-4-1).
Whilst there were only 2 winners in contests that went the distance there was also a split decision draw between debutant Kensuke Fujita (0-0-1) and Yasuyuki Otagaki (1-1-2).
Shockingly the most common result on the card was T/KO 1 with 3 opening round victories. The quickest of these came in just 20 seconds as Ryoma Yasuda (2-0, 2) quickly despatched Yuki Ide (0-1). It didn't take Shota Yamamoto (3-0, 2) much longer at 38 seconds to stop Takeshi Kamino (0-1). The other opening round victory took 144 seconds as Kenta Shimizu (4-3-1, 2) beat the previous unbeaten Ryoki Hirai (3-1-1, 1).
The cards two remaining bouts also ended early with Jun Tamura (4-1, 3) stopping Yosuke Shimagawa (2-5, 2) in the fourth and final round of their bout and Kazuhiro Nishitani (11-2, 5) stopped Takashi Oda (8-12-2, 5) at the very end of round 7.
The other card in Japan took place at the Aioi Hall, Kariya, Aichi, Japan. This card featured 8 bouts.
This show opened with 3 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These bouts saw Masaru Urata (2-0, 1) claim a split decision over Masatsugu Ito (0-1); Jun Takigawa (1-0, 1) taking a second round stoppage over Takuro Sato (1-3) and a draw between Nao Iwata (3-10-3) and Toru Matsumoto (1-4-3, 1).
As well as the 4 round contests the show also featured a trio of 6 round bouts. These included a stoppage win for Yuji Iwata (6-4-1, 2) who stopped the relatively undurable Takahiro Hori (4-7-1, 3) in the 4th. The other two bouts over 6 rounds both went to decision as Ryosuke Maruki (6-1-1, 4) almost shut out Ronnel Esparas (10-11-1, 2) and Akito Hoshi (7-5, 2) took a clear and dominant decision over Kazuki Fukakura (5-6-2, 2).
The sole 8 round contest on the show saw Daiki Koide (20-5-2, 9) stopping the over-matched Shinichi Tsukahara (7-6-2, 3) in the 4th round.
In the main event Kazuya Maruki (14-2, 9) claimed a clear but yet competitive 10 round decision over the game but limited Rufino Mante (8-16-2, 4). Mante may not have had the skill to defeat Maruki but he refused to just lie down and lose and it made for a genuinely interesting bout.
We also had a show in South Korea at the Puno Boxing Gymnasium in Gimpo. This card featured 6 bouts.
The card kicked off with it's 3 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These saw victories for Da-Won Suh (1-3) who out pointed Dawit (1-2) and Ji-Hwan Bang (2-0, 1) who lived up to his name and banged out Jung-Ho Kim (0-2) in just 40 seconds. The other 4 round contest on the card ended in a draw as debutant Soo-Jin Park (0-0-1) was held by Sung-Hwan Kim (0-0-2).
The remaining contests were all scheduled for 6 rounds.
Cruiserweight In-Ho Cha (4-0, 4) managed to rack up his 4th stoppage this year as he took out Dong-Uk Kim (2-4, 2) inside a round. This was an impressive victory for Cha given that Jae-Chan Kim, the former Korean Heavyweight champion, couldn't stop Dong-Uk Kim in 6 rounds.
In Welterweight action Sang-Joon Park (4-3-1) managed to move to a 50% winning record as he out pointed Yong-Soo Kim (2-3-1, 2) in a clear decision.
At Super Flyweight Ji-Hoon Kim (3-4, 1), obviously not the Ji-Hoon Kim we all love and know, was out pointed by the unbeaten Joo-Hyun Kim (4-0-1, 1). Interestingly this was the lightest weight Joo-Hyn Kim has fought at having previously fought as high as Super Bantamweight.
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