This past Thursday in Japan fans at the Korakuen Hall got a treat as they saw a world title unification bout, a Japanese title bout, a world ranked contender and several promising prospects in a show that went somewhat under-the-radar.
The main event of the card was the Japanese title fight, which took place at Featherweight and saw former title challenger Satoshi Hosono (29-2-1, 20) narrowly retain his title with a majority decision win over the tough and very game Takuya Watanabe (26-6-1, 12). Watanabe came to win and through the first 5 rounds was more than holding his own however Hosono's pressure managed to see him come on strong in the latter rounds to just claim the victory.
In the other title fight fans saw the tough Momo Koseki (21-2-1, 7) over-come an opening round knockdown, and a bloodied nose, to unify her WBA Atomweight title with the WBC title held by rival foe Ayaka Miyao (20-6-1, 4). Miyao got off to a good start but Koseki showed her champions quality and claimed a narrow win. This was Koseki's 16th defense and finally saw her unifying titles to cement her legacy as the greatest Atomweight of all time.
The chief supporting bout saw the world ranked Ryo Matsumoto (16-0, 14) continue his unbeaten run as he scored a 5th round TKO win over the game and gutsy, but completely over-matched, Saensak Sithwarunee (1-5), who has now been stopped in a successive trio of bouts.
Ryo Matsumoto's bout was one of three scheduled to go 8 rounds. Another saw Lightweight puncher Yosimichi Matsumoto (9-1, 7) score a 4th round TKO win over Genki Maeda (2-1, 1), who tried to bite off too much too soon. The other saw Kenichi Miyazaki (10-1-1, 3) score a 4th round TKO win over Thai visitor Chaloemkiat Kiatprapat (0-1).
To open the card fans get a couple of 4 rounders. One of those saw Toru Kiyota (2-0, 2) score an 81 second victory over Akira Watanabe (2-5-1, 2) whilst the other resulted in a 3rd round TKO win for Naoki Koishi (4-2, 1) who beat Yuichi Kitayama (3-3-1, 3).
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This past Wednesday Japanese fans saw a small but notable show at the Korakuen Hall. The card didn't feature a title but did feature some very interesting fighters.
In the main event fans saw Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (13-1, 7) score his first stoppage win in over a year as he took out Mexican slugger David Torres Garcia (10-2, 9) in just 3 rounds. On paper this one looked interesting but at the weigh in Garcia looked out of shape and unmotivated, which showed in the ring.
Whilst the main event was decisive the two supporting bouts were both very competitive. The most competitive of those saw former Japanese Welterweight title challengers fight to a draw as neither Nobuyuki Shindo (16-3-1, 6) or Moon Hyun Yun (16-4-3, 3) did enough to a claim a win over each other. The other support bout saw Yuta Nakagawa (16-4-1, 9) being taken to the wire by Yutaka Kamioka (9-4-2, 5) in a split decision bout.
The top 3 bout were all 8 rounders with a couple of 6 rounders underneath them. One of those 6 rounders was incredibly close as Koji Okubo (4-1-2) narrowly saw off Yuta Itagaki (3-3-2, 1), via a majority decision. The other 6 rounder saw Koji Kase (6-5, 3) score a 5th round TKO win against Tomoyuki Yokota (5-5, 2)
To open the show fans had a couple of 4 rounders. One of these saw Daichi Yamamoto (4-3-1, 3) score a 2nd round TKO over the previous unbeaten Kentaro Omori (2-1, 1) whilst the other saw Jun Muto (2-0) narrowly over-come Kenji Matsumoto (1-6).
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This past Monday only saw a single Asian show that took place at the Korakuen Hall.
In the main event Japanese fans saw history being created as they saw the first 3-weight female Japanese world champion being crowned as the brilliant Naoko Fujioka (14-1, 6) claimed the WBO female Bantamweight title. The former Minimumweight and Super Flyweight champion easily over-came tough but limited Korean fighter Hee Jung Yuh (15-3, 6) in what was a near shut out by the fabulous Fujioka. Aged 40 it seems likely that Fujioka is in the twilight of her career but given her ability there is certainly plenty left for her to achieve before her career.
In the co-feature fans saw a thriller as the much touted Hikaru Marugame (5-0-1, 3) fought to a split decision draw with the highly experienced Jonathan Baat (30-6-4, 14), who was celebrating his 40th professional bout. Baat, who entered this bout on a 3 fight winning streak, was seen as being a calculated risk for Marugame though it's one that almost came back to bite the 25 year old who was really tested here.
Another of the feature bouts saw former amateur star Naoto Uebayashi (8-1-1, 4) claim an 8 round decision win over Atsushi Hosogai (7-10). This was Uebayashi's first bout since he was stopped by Giovanni Escaner in April. Although back to winning ways we do suspect that Uebayashi's career is going to fail to reach the heights expected of him.
In another 8 rounder Yuki Nakai (7-4-2, 2) defeated Hisashi Owada (6-10-1, 1). The only 6 rounder saw a shock as Wataru Seino (5-3, 5) blasted away Akihiro Furukawa (12-7-1, 9) inside a round whilst the only 4 rounder saw Wataru Ikegami (1-0, 1) stopped Natsuki Matsumoto (0-1) in 2 rounds.
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This past Sunday was a busy day for Asian boxing with a trio of shows.
The most notable of the shows, at least in our eyes, was in Fukuoka where a number of interesting fighters were in action.
One of those was world ranked Minimumweight Takumi Sakae (13-0, 8) who recovered from a knockdown to defeat Munehito Kijima (6-8-1). The knockdown, which came early, was a real surprise given Kijima's lack of power but it was just a flash one and Sakae recovered excellent to score his own knockdown en route to a clear win.
Another of those notable fighters was Welterweight puncher Yuki Beppu (10-0, 10) who continued his destructive form as he stopped Indonesian Yasmet Star (3-5, 3) in just 70 seconds. Beppu, who won Rookie of the Year last year, dropped Star twice with Star staying down for the 10 count after the second knockdown.
A third notable fighter was former amateur stand out Yuki Konami (1-0, 1), who we had previously referred to as Yuki Koha, who made very light work of Indonesian visitor Rian Cobra (2-2, 1).
It wasn't all good for unbeaten fighters however with Kotaro Ishibashi (3-1-2, 3) suffering his first loss courtesy of an opening round TKO defeat at the hands of Shota Aikawa (5-4-2, 2).
The under-card here featured 5 bouts. One of those saw Daichi Ono (4-2, 3) score an opening round KO win against Kazuya Fukai (0-1), it took Ryusuke Ushihara (1-0-1, 1) two rounds to see off Kazuhiro Ota (0-3) and Ryuji Kido (2-0, 2) scoring a 4th round KO of Takahiro Maeda (1-3, 1). In bouts that went the distance Takeshi Oishi (2-4) took a razor thin win over 17 year old Tomoyuki Saita (0-1) whilst in an all debutant bout Yutaka Hasegawa (1-0) took a decision over Yuta Otsubo (0-1).
Another Japanese show took place in Osaka.
In the most significant bout of the show fans saw former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (42-13-5, 20) score his second win in Japan as he stopped Shota Kawaguchi (18-7-1, 8) in a second meeting between the two men. They had fought, earlier this year, with Jaro taking a narrow win in a bout that he failed to make weight for, this time however there was no controversy with Kawaguchi simply being beaten up with the Filipino.
Although Jaro was the name that many fight fans would have heard of, he wasn't the main event. Instead that honour was given to Shingo Kawamura (11-2-1, 6) who scored a 7th round TKO win against Shun Ishibashi (10-18-1, 4). This was Kawamura's second win since he was beaten by Kongthara KKP in what was, at the time, an eye opening win for the Thai.
The only 8 rounds on the show saw Kazuhiro Nishitani (15-3-1, 7) take a decision win against Junki Oura (6-7, 2). Interesting since the result it's been announced that Nishitani will challenge for the Japanese Lightweight title in December against Kota Tokunaga in what will be seen as a huge step up on class.
The only female bout on the card saw Shione Ogata (5-5, 1) defeat Cesar Manopgym (0-1) with a 4th round TKO, in a bout scheduled to be the show's only 6 rounder.
The undercard here consisted of 5 bouts all scheduled for, and all going, the 4 round distance. These included a debut win for Naoki Minami (1-0), who beat Kodai Yamamoto (0-1) and Daichi Kato (1-0) who kicked off his career with a decision win over Masanari Iwane (1-6). It wasn't all good news for debutants however as Yuya Watanabe (0-1) suffered a debut defeat to Koichi Sumiya (1-2-1) and Riki Kakazu (0-1) was beaten by Daiki Tomita (3-0, 1). The only opening bout on this card not to feature a debutant saw Ryuji Hayashi (3-4) beat Yasutaka Yamaguchi (0-4).
Metro Manila, Philippines
As well as the action in Japan there was also a show in the Philippines.
The main event here was a relative mismatch that saw Monico Laurente (27-12, 6) defeat Prell Tupaz (8-29-5, 1) with a 10 round decision. Another 10 round decision saw Glenn Suminguit (17-2, 9) take a majority win over Edison Berwela (13-32-8, 3).
In an 8 rounder Wilbert Berondo (8-0, 3) scored a decision over Roy Lagrada (3-11-1, 3) to continue his perfect record.
Much of this card was scheduled for 6 rounders. One of those bouts saw Rene Patilano (14-1-2, 7) take a decision over journeyman Arjet Caballes (6-35-5, 3), another decision saw Jetlee Formentera (5-0, 1) defeat the tough Dodoy Alapormina (1-25) with a split decision.
In the other 6 rounders Raymond Yanong (5-1, 4) scored a stoppage win over Daffy Dempo (3-5, 2) whilst another saw Marlon Paniamogan (4-0, 3) stop Diover Mangayaay (1-8-1).
In 4 rounders Arvin Yuroung (4-0, 1) beat Jerry Kalaw (0-3) whilst Bryan Ascano (5-0-1, 1) fought to a draw with Robin Dingcong (1-3-2, 1).
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This past Saturday was an incredibly busy day in Asian boxing
New York, USA
It was in New York that we had the two highest profile bouts of the day to feature Asian fighters.
The first of those saw saw Filipino-American Brian Viloria (36-5-0-2, 22) put in a brave showing against the sensational Roman Gonzalez (44-0, 38). Viloria, who was attempting to claim the WBC Flyweight title, came out looking for the upset and did have plenty of success of his own, including hurting Gonzalez with a hard body shot in round 9. Sadly for Viloria that body was his last success of note before the referee saved him as Gonzalez went on the offensive.
Following the Viloria/Gonzalez bout we then saw Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31) add the IBF belt to his collection of titles as he stopped Canadian fighter David Lemieux (34-3, 31) in the 8th round of a very 1-sided bout. Golovkin showed his boxing ability early on, breaking down Lemieux with just his jab for the first few rounds before picking up the pace and eventually forcing the referee to stop a damaged Lemieux.
Another major show from the US saw ALA make their US debut and take some of their best fighters to American soil for the first time.
The main event here saw talented WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21) take a clear win over the limited, but very tough, Juan Alejo (21-4, 13). Alejo was on the receiving end of a beating but never once looked like quitting as he repeatedly fought back, albeit with mixed success against the Filipino.
Another fighter who impressed was the much touted Albert Pagara (25-0, 18) who claimed the WBO Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title with a 6th round KO win against former world title challenger William Gonzalez (27-6, 23). The Nicaraguan was stopped for just the third time in his career and it seems clear that Pagara is preparing himself for a world title fight in the not so distant future.
Another youngster who shined was Mark Magsayo (12-0, 10) who saw off Yardley Suarez (13-1, 8) in the early stages of their fight, whilst retaining the IBF Youth Featherweight title. On paper this one looked competitive but was totally one sided in favour of the brilliant Filipino prospect.
Another quick blow out saw Jason Pagara (37-2, 23) easily over-come Santos Benavides (25-8-2, 19) in the 2nd round as he moved a step closer to a potential world title fight of his own.
One other bout on this show saw Filipino-American Bruno Escalante (14-1-1, 6) take a 6 round decision win over Nestor Ramos (6-3-1, 2).
Yet more US action came from Massachusetts where a couple of promising Chinese fighters both scored wins.
One of those winners was touted Lightweight hopeful Wang Zhimin (5-0, 2) who scored a 6 round win over the experienced Guillermo Sanchez (15-17-1, 6). This was the second time that Zhimin has gone 6 rounds and it's likely than an 8 rounder bout will in the not so distant future.
The other was Meng Fanlong (4-0, 2) who scored a quick blow out win against the debuting Devonte Hopkins (0-1). This bout lasted less than a round with the Chinese fighter being too good, too strong and too talented
In Gifu Japanese fans had a small profile show headlined by one of their most promising prospects in the lower weights.
That prospect was Genki Hanai (5-0, 4) who scored a 2nd round TKO win against Junya Nishikawa (7-7-2, 2). Following the win Hanai's team hinted that he would be fighting for a title next time out.
In the chief support bout Reiko Sugiyama (6-5-3, 4) scored a 6th round TKO win against Takuya Yamamoto (6-4, 3).
The under-card for this show, which featured 6 bouts, were all scheduled for 4 rounds. Of those two failed to go the distance. They saw Masaki Sasaki (1-0, 1) take an opening round KO win against Hidemitsu Yokoyama (0-1) whilst Yuto Nakamura (2-1, 2) took a 4th round TKO over Michitaka Umemoto (1-2, 1).
The most competitive bout of the show saw Tom Hamaguchi (3-3) take a majority decision over Seiya Kaga (1-1). Another competitive fight saw Takayoshi Mizoguchi (1-1) take a competitive win over Kiyoshi Nakamura (2-3, 1). Mizoguchi was one of 3 fighters to pick up their first win. Another was Kizuki Yamazaki (1-1), who beat Takashi Kagamihara (2-3) whilst Takayuki Sakai (1-0-1) claimed a win over Shohei Iwamoto (0-3-1).
Another Japanese show took place in Ishikawa.
This card featured a genuine upset as Yudai Tamagawa (8-6-1, 2) claimed a split decision win over once touted Filipino Mark Gil Melligen (21-6-1, 12) For Melligen, who fought for an OPBF title earlier this year, this was a second successive set back and it's hard to see where he goes now.
The Tamagawa/Melligen bout was one of 3 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. Another saw Yudai Arai (7-3-3, 3) scored a wide decision win over Yukiya Hanabusa (8-3-2, 2), in a fight that looked good on paper, whilst the other saw boxing nomad Omrri Bolivar (3-0, 1) defeat Xinghua Wang (11-13-1). Bolivar, from Venezuela, has fought in China and Japan in recent weeks and seems likely to continue his interesting career on the road.
In a 6 rounder Hurricane Futa (20-5-1, 11) blow away Ik Soo Han (7-5, 2) inside a round whilst Mika Iwakawa (4-3-1, 1) out pointed Aiko Yamagishi (4-3-1, 2) in a female bout, also over 6.
Another female bout saw Asami Jinnari (3-1, 1) score a 3rd round TKO win over win-less Thai Petchluksor Sor Praithong (0-3), in a bout scheduled for 4 rounds. The only other 4 rounder was a narrow win for Yohei Fukui (3-0, 1), who defeated Dong Yang (1-5).
Staying with Japanese fighters there was a win for foreign based Japanese fighter Aniya Seki (29-3-2, 4) who defeated the heavy handed but crude Carolina Schroeder (8-2, 7) by a clear decision in a but for a couple of lowly recognised female world titles.
There was also action in China with a small card in Suzhou.
In the main event Shunkai Xia (5-0, 2) claimed the WBO China National Cruiserweight title with an 8 round decision against Samoan fighter Falani Tavu'i (4-2, 1). We're not sure how a Somoan, making a Chinese debut, was allowed to fight for a China national title though it certainly seems like Xia is missing details from his record, that could mean bouts or just small inaccuracies.
In another 8 round contest fans saw teenager Jian Wang (1-0) take a decision win over Zhan Gupo Sun (0-1-1). The win, a clear one for the 19 year old Wang, was an impressive debut but it will be interesting to see how far he can go.
The card also featured a couple of 6 round bouts. One of those saw 17 yeard old Light Heavyweight Fei Hu Wang (1-0) claim a clear win against Yu Qu (0-1). The other was a very wide win for Wen feng Ge (1-0) who took a 60-52 win, across the board, against, Xu Gao Yan (0-1)
In a female 4 rounder YuanYuan Zhao (1-0) took a 4 round decision win over Ling Wang (0-1).
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This past Friday wasn't a busy day in Asian boxing but it was one that saw headlines being written, particularly due to a fight on US soil.
The biggest, and best, Asian fight of the night took place in the US where the under-rated WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) scored a unanimous decision win over the more esteemed Koki Kameda (33-2, 18), who failed in his attempt to be a 4-weight world champion. The bout was a 12 round war which featured everything, from a knockdown against Kameda to several point deductions, from the over-zealous Celestino Ruiz. The bout has been talked about as a FOTY contender and whilst a rematch would certainly hold some interest there is now big options out there for Kono, including a likely bout with Rex Tso.
As well as the big bout in the US there was also a card in Thailand.
In the main event of the card fans saw Hanuman Sithluangporphun (12-4, 3) successfully defend his PABA interim Light Flyweight title with a decision win over Indonesian veteran Heri Amol (37-25-5, 15). For Hanuman this was his second defense of the title that he won last November and he has now won 9 successive bouts.
In the chief supporting bout Thong Sithluangphophun (15-0, 9) extended his winning record and over-came Indonesian "loser" Boido Simanjuntak (18-31-1, 7), who has now lost 13 straight bouts and hasn't recorded a win since late December 2012.
A notable fighter on the under-card was Yodsingdaeng Jor Chaijinda (10-1, 6) who scored a great KO win against Vichannoi Srisaketpattana (0-1), who was stopped in round 3.
The two remaining bouts on this show were both all debutant affairs. One of those saw Yodthong Sor Sompotgym (1-0, 1) score a 2nd round TKO win against Dansiam Manoprungroj (0-1) whilst the other saw Pornsak Sor Praithong (1-0) score a 6th round decision win against Petcharas Sithluangporphun (0-1).
This past Tuesday saw a small card take place at the Kobe Central Gym. The card, put on by Shinsei Promotions, wasn't the most notable but dud feature 8 bouts, half of which were scheduled for 8 rounds.
The main event, one of those 8 rounders, saw 22 year old fighter Ryo Kosaka (11-3-1, 5) take a decision win over Japanese based Filipino fighter Dado Cabintoy (15-6-2, 8), who suffered his second straight loss. The bout was a clear win on the cards for Kosaka who appears to view 2016 as his break out year and he's mentioned climbing through the rankings over the next 12 months.
Another of the main bouts that went the distance saw Takahiro Murai (11-6-2, 4) take a decision over light punching southpaw Hiroshi Konoura (7-5, 1), in what was a very competitive bout. Saw for Konoura this loss ended a 4 fight winning streak that had seen him show some real improvement.
The other two 8 rounders were clear mismatches. One of those saw Eita Kikuchi (18-4-4, 8) take out the horribly over-matched Thanuthong Chor Kangwal (0-2) in the second round whilst the other saw Shun Kosaka (11-2, 2) stop Kongkrung Tor Kongkil (0-1), also in the second round.
The remaining bouts on the card were 4 rounds. The only one that failed to go the distance saw Naoki Tanaka (2-0, 1) score a 3rd round KO win over 18 year old Shintaro Yano (1-3). The only other clear win on the under-card saw Yusuke Hiranuma (3-2) take a unanimous decision over Shohei Matsuo (1-3-1). In a split decision Retsu Kosaka (4-0) out pointed Takahiro Shinoda (1-3, 1) whilst Shintaro Ryuko (2-0, 1) struggled past Yuya Shibahara (0-1), also with a split decision.
For those wondering, we have been told that the three Kosaka's on the card are brothers, meaning it was a great day for the family!
On Monday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had a treat as they got a number of really good match ups on the most recent of the Dangan shows.
In the main event fight fans saw rising star Ken Shiro (5-0, 3) score a 10 round unanimous decision win over Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (9-1-1, 4) to claim the WBC Youth Light Flyweight crown. The bout saw Ken Shiro being dropped in round 2 before fighting back hard to claim a clear decision win over the Filipino, who was deducted a point in the final round for biting Ken Shiro.
Following the win Ken Shiro announced that he would be fighting for the Japanese national title in December against Kenichi Horikawa.
In the chief support bout fans saw a minor upset as Japanese based Filipino Ricky Sismundo (30-8-2, 13) took a narrow decision win over Yoshitaka Kato (29-6-1, 9). Sismundo looked better than ever as he out boxed Kato through large swathes of the bout, though was dropped in round 8 as Kato looked to turn the fight around. Despite scoring the late knockdown Kato still came up short, losing 76-75 on all 3 cards.
In another supporting bout fans saw Shota Hayashi (26-5-1, 16) scored a 7th round TKO win over former Japanese title holder Koji Umetsu (22-17-3, 10), who now seems likely to retire given that he is 39 and has lost 4 of his last 6 bouts.
Another of the supporting bouts was a bout between former title challengers and saw Koshinmaru Saito (22-7-1, 11) score a 5th round TKO win over Takehiro Shimokawara (19-11-3, 6). This was a third successive loss for Shimokawara who has now won just 1 of his last 6, and may well walk away from the sport.
Another supporting 8 rounder saw Hayato Yamaguchi (13-6-1, 2) celebrate his 20th professional bout with an 8th round technical decision win over Seiya Fujikita (8-2, 1). This bout, a majority technical decision, was a minor upset for Yamaguchi.
The first of the supporting 8 rounders was another close one as Masashi Odaira (6-4-2, 2) narrowly over-came Yuki Fukumoto (17-11, 5) with a razor thin unanimous decision win. This saw Fukumoto suffer his 5th loss in 7 bouts.
The only 4 rounder on the card saw Yusuke Moriya (2-2, 1) score a 4th round TKO win against Seita Shimaniya (1-5, 1), who has now suffered 4 straight losses. The win for Moriya sees him ending a 2 fight skid.
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This past Saturday saw a lot of action, much of it very low key.
Lancashire, United Kingdom
In the UK fans saw the professional debut of former Indian amateur star Vijender Singh (1-0, 1) who kicked off his professional career with a 3rd round TKO win against Sonny Whiting (2-2, 1). Singh looked nervous to begin with though by the end looked like he was full of confidence and we're genuinely looking forward to his ring return, in just a few weeks time.
Chucheon, South Korea
Possibly the most significant Asian show of the day was a Rookie show in Korea with 7 bouts.
In the main event, and the only bout scheduled for more than 4 rounds, fans saw Sang Hoo Kil (4-3-2, 1) blow away Jung Min Pyun (1-6) in just 115 seconds.
Kil's win was one of 3 stoppages. Another saw the debuting Anthony Rome Nunez (1-0, 1), an American who debuted in Korea, score a 3rd round TKO win over Min Young Kim (1-1-2) whilst the other stoppage saw the unbeaten Hyun Min Gang (3-0, 3) stop Suk Yun Hong (1-2, 1) in the 2nd round.
On paper the most notable name in action was female fighter, and former WBC interim female Minimumweight champion, Eun Young Huh (7-3-1) who ended a 3 fight skid with a decision win over the debuting Hee Jun Shin (0-1).
Shin was one of a number of debutants who came up short, like Kyung Min Kim (0-0-1) who fought to a draw with Kyung Hee Han (0-0-2), in a bout that saw both men being dropped, and Dong Woo Kim (0-1), who was out pointed by Kyung Gun Choi (1-0-1). Interestingly, in an all debutant bout, Young Je Kim (1-0) claimed a narrow decision win over Ho Young Yuh (0-1).
In China fans had their own Rookie show with 10 bouts in total. From those 10 bouts 4 ended in stoppage.
The shortest of the bouts lasted just 138 seconds as Tong Hui Li (2-0, 2) stopped debuting teenager Guang Yang (0-1) in double quick fashion. Another early victory saw Leshan Li (4-1, 3) defeat the debuting Lu Hua Chen (0-1) in the second round, another second round TKO saw Qi Xiu Zhang (2-1, 1) stop Jun Fu Chen (0-2). The only other stoppage was a 3rd round TKO win for Zhong Jie Niu (3-0, 1) who stopped Ming Jin (0-1).
In bouts that went the distance one was a split decision, that saw teenager Jin Xiang Pan (2-0) narrowly over-come Cai Yong Liu (2-3, 2), another teenage who picked up a win was 18 year old debutant Wei Fang Li (1-0) who beat Zheng Zhang (0-2) in a clear win. Another clear decision went the way of Jiyan Gao (1-1)m who out pointed Maierdan Siyiti (0-1), in a shut out Qiang Luo (2-0, 1) beat the win-less Maimaiti Keyimu (0-2), a man who claimed his first win was Tao Weng (1-0-1), who defeated the previously unbeaten Dilixiati (1-1-1, 1). The most experienced man on the card, Tao Ji (9-5, 2), also picked up a win as he defeated Bao Fei Ye (1-1-1)
Baja California Sur, Mexico
In Mexico we saw Filipino puncher Rolando Magbanua (25-4, 17) suffer his second stoppage defeat as the talented Alberto Guevara (21-3, 9) stopped him. This was Guevara's 4th win, and third inside the distance, since he was stopped by Shinsuke Yamanaka in a WBC world title fight around 2 years ago.
One of two Thai shows this past Friday came from Bangkok where fans had the chance to see a number of local fighters continue their careers.
The main event saw the promising Nop Kratingdaenggym (13-0, 3) retain his PABA Super Bantamweight title with a 4th round KO win against Indonesian veteran Nouldy Manakane (29-19-2, 18). For Nop, who scored just his third win, this was a good name on his record and came against a former world title challenger, saying that however Manakane has been stopped in 3 of his last 4 and it seems clear he's little more than an opponent now a days.
In the co feature we saw Amin Sor Wangmoo (12-1-2, 10) fight to a technical draw with Julio de la Basez (20-18-8, 12), due to a nasty cut suffered by Basez following a head clash in what was a bout marred by clashes.
In a clear mismatch Taiwo Ali (18-3-1, 13) made light work of Mikado Jittigym (0-2), with Ali taking an opening round KO. The Thai based Nigerian fighter is certainly one to keep an eye on and proves that foreigners can make a name for themselves in the land of smiles.
Another mismatch saw Dennapa Kiatniwat (7-0, 4) score a 2nd round KO against Petchmanee Kor Kaewket (0-1) whilst the very promising Montree PKT College (3-0, 2) scored a 4th round KO win against Yodduangjai Lookmingkwan (0-1). It is worth noting that we know Montree's current boxrec record is incomplete due to the fact he has fought under an alternative name.
The other show in Thailand, put on by Kokiet Group, featured two of Thailand's most promising prospects along with a former world title challenger.
Thet former title challenger was Samartlek Kokietgym (23-5, 8) who stopped Fanther Ndahiuw (7-5-1, 3) to claim the WBC ABCO Minimumweight title. Samartlek, best known for his bout with Naoya Inoue, has now reeled off 6 straight wins since his defeat to the Monster.
Samartlek's stablemate Norasing Kokietgym (17-0-1, 13) made very light work of Indonesian teenager Kichang Kim (6-3-1, 1), who was stopped in the 2nd round of a regional title bout.
Another unbeaten prospect in action here was Kongthara KKP (10-0, 8) who continued his unbeaten run with a 5th round KO over Ricky Morales (4-4-1). This was a step down in class for Kongthara who does look like a genuinely promising prospect. Another unbeaten fighter on this card was Petchsiam Sor Kulawong (3-0, 2) who beat Khunsuk Laos PDR (0-1) with a 6 round decision.
In China fans had the chance to see a number of novices in action with 10 bouts, all set for the 4 round distance.
Of the 10 bouts on the show 3 failed to reach the final bell. The shortest of those bouts saw Chang Su (4-0, 3) score a 1st round TKO win over Baolin Li (0-1), who was one of numerous debutants on the card. Another stoppage saw Aizi Aili (1-0, 1) defeat Yubo Ruan (0-1) in the second round whilst Yongle Feng (1-0, 1) stopped Nan Zhao (0-1) in the third round.
The most competitive bout ended in a draw as Alimu Tuersun (2-0-1) was unable to over-come Ju Xiang Huang (0-2-1). Another close bout saw Yeerduosi Jieensi (1-0) take a narrow majority decision win over YunFeng Zhou (0-1). A third close decision saw Xian hai Zhan (1-0) take a majority decision over Guo Ji Lin (0-1-1).
The other bouts were all unanimous decisions. These included a win for Peng Chao (1-0), who beat Bo Hao Sun (1-1, 1), Zhi Quan Xia (1-0-1) who beat Zheng Peng Young (0-1), Li Quan Lin (3-1-1, 1), who beat Jun Zhao (0-1) and Yelieqiati Nihemaituola (4-0), who extended his perfect record with a win over Chenan Lu (0-1).