It's not too often we can say this but Asian boxing really stole the limelight today with not only the only world title bout of the day but also the return to the ring of two modern legends who both fought for the first time today.
Firstly lets all say well done to Kompayak Porpramook (50-4, 35) who scored the biggest victory of the day by stopping Venezuelan Jean Piero Perez (20-6-1, 14) in round 6 to claim the WBA "interim" Flyweight title. This bout, in detail can be read about here in our new "World Title Results" section.
On the same card in Thailand we saw the return to the ring of the legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (88-5-2, 47) who fought for the first time since being stopped by Rey Megrino back in November 2012. Wonjongkam scored a very easy win over debutant Nimroj Daniel (0-1) who lasted just 78 seconds against the former Flyweight kingpin (who was fighting at Super Flyweight here).
Nimroj Daniel wasn't to be the only debutant on the card who was wiped out quickly as Petchchumpol Sor Visetkit (0-1) lasted just 11 seconds longer in his bout with Morakot CP Freshmart (3-0, 2). This bout, like the Wonjongkam bout, was a total mismatch but at least this one on paper looked competitive.
Morakot CP Freshmart was one of two "CP Freshmart" fighters on the card with the amazingly named Knockout CP Freshmart (3-0, 2)defending his WBC Youth World Minimumweight title for the second time. "Knockout" stopped Filipino Mark Anthony Florida (8-3, 7) via 5th round TKO.
"Knockout" wasn't the only WBC Youth champion defending his title as Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (29-2, 18) successfully defended his Light Flyweight title claiming a 5th round technical decision over Jerry Tomogdan (11-4-2, 7) after a nasty clash of heads.
The only other bout on the card saw the world ranked Noknoi Sitthiprasert (42-4, 24) score his 41st straight win as he claimed a decision over Morakote Patanakan Gym (1-3). It really is a matter of time before Sitthiprasert gets a world title fight.
Whilst Thailand may have had the return of Wonjongkam, Japan welcomed former 2-weight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa (32-4, 14) back to the ring for the first time this year (and just the second time in 12 months). Hasegawa, like Wonjongkam was matched very softly and it showed as Hasegawa blasted away Veerapol Sor Chantasith (3-4) in just 3 rounds.
On the same card Haegawa's return there were 4 other bouts including victories for 2 uneabeten prospects in the form of Masayoshi Nakatani (5-0, 4) and Kyohei Okutani (2-0, 2) who both stopped their opponents in the second round with Okutani's stoppage of Takashi Kii (1-2) being a genuine highlight. There were also victories for the hard hitting Kota Fukuoka (13-3-2, 11) and the promising Shota Yamaguchi (9-1, 6) as they too scored early wins against limited opposition.
There was a second card in Japan and whilst much of it looked evenly matched it was mostly a case of novices fighters against fellownovices. The most notable fight saw Kuninobu Shimamura (15-2, 10) wipe out Yusuke Kikuchi (11-5, 4) inside a round. It was the 5th time Kikuchi was stopped and the second successive opening round loss.
The rest of the card saw wins for Hiroyasu Shiga (1-0, 1), Hiroya Yamamoto (7-0, 3), Naoki Koishi (2-0), Haruaki Kamiya (2-0, 1), Yuji Okinori (4-0, 1), Masashi Odaira (3-2-2, 1), Yuya Nemoto (1-1) and Takenori Ohashi (10-3, 7). The only man on the card more experienced than Ohashi (other than the fighters in the main event) was Dragon Jun (4-10, 2) who was stopped by Yamamoto.
The final card of any real note was in the Philippines as former world title contender Ardin Diale (20-7-3, 7) successfully defended his Filipino (GAB) Flyweight title stopping the previously unbeaten Cris Paulino (10-1, 3) in the 11th round. Despite the loss for Paulino the card wasn't all bad for unbeaten fighters as Joebert Alvarez (12-0-1, 6), Richard Claveras (3-0-2, 3) and Joel Taduran (2-0) all maintained their unbeaten records.
The Filipino card also featured victories for Jaymart Toyco (12-3, 8) who stopped Jovel Romasasa (10-10, 4), Virgil Puton (9-3, 3) who out pointed Rex Olisa (9-19-1, 7), Angelito Merin (6-2-2, 1) who beat Jonathan Ligas (4-5-1) and Robert Udtuhan (19-1-2, 12) who was unexpectedly tested by Edison Berwela (11-26-6-, 2) and had to settle for a split decision.
On the road and away from Asia we saw a victory to Chinese born kazakh Kanat Islam (12-0, 11) claim a split decision in Ecuador over Eduardo Flores (15-9-3, 11). Although the decision was split it is worth noting that Flores was fighting in his home town.
Sadly for Filipino Ronald Pontillas (15-6-3, 7) he wasn't so lucky in his opponents home town as Emmanuel Tagoe (21-1, 8) seemed to get favourable officiating in Accra, Ghana. Reports are that Pontillas was genuinely the better fighter and was really badly done to by the referee and the judges in a majority decision loss.
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