This past Saturday may not have been one of those "great" days of action in Asia but it was however a solid day of action with solid bouts made in both Indonesia and the Philippines as well as two notable names fighting on foreign soil in the west.
We'll start in Indonesia where Mikdon Tanaem put on a small but interesting card.
The headline bout in Indonesia saw Roy Mukhlis (26-3-2, 20) defeating Filipino visitor Weng Haya (17-7, 9) over the 12 round distance to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. On paper we were very interested in this one and with Mukhlis scoring the win it's fair to say that he may find a door opening for him to have another notable bout in the near future.
In the other bouts from the Indonesian card there was a victory for Rivo Rengkung (32-16-5, 12) who forced a towel stoppage of the previously unbeaten Otnel Negrito (2-1, 1) and also a victory for Rochmad Santoso (3-2, 2) who out pointed Delio Fernandes (1-2).
In the Philippines we had two separate cards. We'll start our look at those shows by looking at the ALA show at Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. A show that was headlined by the very promising Juren Labordo (11-0, 7) stopping Marzon Cabilla (9-10-1, 4) in the third round of a scheduled 10.
Cabill wasn't the only prospect taking a victory on this show as Rolando Servania (5-0, 1) out pointed Marlon Macayan (1-1-1) and John Rey Melligen (3-1, 2) stopped Arnel Acebuque (1-1, 1), bouncing back well from his decision loss to Mark Magsayo.
The rest of this card saw Alvin Sibugan (2-0, 1) stopping Glen Contiveros (1-2-1) in the second round, Roy Sumugat (9-8-1, 3) stopping Arlon Batingal (7-8, 4) and the debuting Ruben Sibugan (0-0-1) fighting to a draw with the unbeaten Joven Torres (1-0-1)
The other Filipino card, at Pagsanjan, Laguna was also an ALA show headlined by a promising prospect. This time it was the turn of Ernesto Saulong (13-0, 5) who was fortunate to defeat the very under-rated Alie Laurel (10-3, 6) via a split decision. Although Laurel did get the short end of the decision he did drop Saulong and perhaps knows that had he been the politically connected fighter his record right now would actually be 13-0 as he's been very unfortunate in all 3 of his losses.
Saulong's victory over Laurel was one of two bouts scheduled for 10 rounds. Sadly the other one ended in very disappointing fashion as Joan Imperial (9-3-6, 4) and Albert Alcoy (14-16-7, 4) had to settle for a third round technical draw after both men were busted open from a hard head clash.
Amazingly the Imperial/Alcoy draw was one of three draws on the show as Just Bornilla (5-1-1) and Rey Ramos (4-4-2, 1) fought to a 6 round majority draw and Rogelio Pancho (0-0-1) fought to a 4 round draw with Mac Canisio (2-3-1). Even more amazingly we almost had a fourth draw on the card as Lester Abutan (3-1-1, 1) took a very narrow victory over Jeven Villacite (2-2-2). Villacite dropped Abutan though went on to lose by a point on two cards to drop a split decision.
Thankfully despite the close calls and draws there was a decisive bout on the card as Danny Manosa (1-1-2) took out the debuting Jerwin Lorenzo (0-1) in just 165 seconds, the only stoppage on the entire show.
For young Filipino Jun Doliguez (17-0-2, 13) the night was incredibly memorable as the promising Featherweight not only made his US debut but also left a lasting memory as he stopped tough Mexican Giovanni Caro (24-24-4, 19) in a bloody but enjoyable contest. Doliguez's power was evident from the off as he bust up Caro before twice dropping him in round 6, forcing referee Vic Drakulich to call a halt to proceedings with 7 seconds of the round left.
The international action wasn't limited to just the US with Mexico playing host to Thai teenager Buakaew OnesongchaiGym (6-2-1). Unfortunately for Buakaew she couldn't replicate the performance of Doliguez and was instead out pointed by female legend Mariana Juarez (38-7-3, 16).
For Juarez this was a fourth successive contest with an Asian fighter having out pointed Tenkai Tsunami last year and splitting 2 fights with Riyo Togo previously this year. For Buakaew however it was her first fight outside of her native Thailand and her first fight at this extremely high level, saying that however it will have helped her improve.
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