In a busy day of Asian action we started in Thailand courtesy of Channel 7 who televised a very promising WBA "interim" Flyweight title bout.
The action kicked off with Knockout CP Freshmart (5-0, 4) defending his WBC Youth Minimumweight title by stopping Indonesian Sammy Hagler (16-16-2, 3). The stoppage it's self was poor though Knockout was genuinely bullying his Indonesian rival around the ring before the referee stepped in.
The main event saw a minor upset as Koki Eto (14-2-1, 10) defeated Kompayak Porpramook (50-5, 35) and claimed the WBA "interim" Flyweight title. The bout, a total war from the opening round to the final bell saw what could well have been the fight of the year as both men neglected defense and just concentrated on attack.
With this victory Eto created history by becoming the first Japanese born fighter to claim a world title in Thailand and on this performance he has really thrown himsel in to the mix in the Flyweight division. A bout with any of the top Flyweights would be nothing short of thrilling for as long as they last
Following Eto's victory in Thailand the attention was turned to the Philippines as Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 17) was in action against Paulus Ambunda (20-1, 10). This bout, for the WBO Bantamweight title saw Tomoki using his hand speed and reach to neutralise the Namibian champion's relentless pressure and take a decision victory,
The bout lacked the drama of the Eto fight though, like the Eto fight, it also created history with Tomoki becoming the first Japanese fighter, in history, to claim a WBO world title. He also joins brothers Daiki and Koki in claiming world titles and joins Koki and Shinsuke Yamanaka in claiming Bantamweight titles. In fact it's the first time Japanese fighters have held 3 serpate world titles in the same division as they now hold WBA, WBC and WBO belts at 118lbs.
The Tomoki/Ambuda bout wasn't the only contest at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, in fact the show had 8 other bouts.
The most notable of those bouts saw Marlon Tapales (23-3, 9) thrust himself into the WBO rankings by defeating Fredirex Rodriguez (11-3-1, 8) and claiming the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. Tapales dropped Rodriguez in the 6th round and then went on to dominate much of the bout.
The show's biggest upset saw former WBC and Linear Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (34-13-5, 24) suffering a split decision loss to "Cinderella Man" Gerpaul Valero (15-14-3, 10). Whilst Jaro now looks to be "done", suffering a trio of losses following his career defining victory over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, the 22 year old Valero now looks like he's really on a roll.
On the undercard the very promising young prospect Jack Tepora (7-0, 5) stopped Randy Gomez (5-12, 1). Likewise there were also victories for the promising pair of Neil John Tabanao (4-0, 3) and Joey Canoy (3-0, 2).
Of the 3 unbeaten fighters it was certainly the bout of Tabano that was the most interesting as he stopped Charlie Pucdol (4-2, 3) inside a round following a rare double knockdown. Canoy's victory over Marwin Cristota (2-9-1, 1) was bit more mundane as Canoy took a fourth round stoppage.
Ardie Boyosi (7-0-1, 4) also kept his unbeaten record as he stopped Al Grumo (7-7, 1) in the second round.
On the opposite end of the spectrum Joyjoy Formentera (1-1) claimed his first victory with a decision over debutant Rizaldo Sangong (0-1) and in the remaining bout on the card Andrew Palas (2-1) scored his second victory taking a split decision over Robert Awetin (4-14-2, 4).
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