July 18th 2014- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Gakuya Furuhashi (16-5, 6) Vs Akihiko Katagiri (14-7-2, 5)
Last July we had hoped to see Gakuya Furuhashi battle against Hidenori Otake in a Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight. Unfortunately Otake suffered a rib injury that forced that bout to be cancelled however Furuhashi stilled appeared on the show as he sparred with Akihiko Katagiri instead. Here is the footage of that sparring session which took place the the Korakuen Hall
*Notes-At the time of this public sparring sessions Furuhashi went by the name "Daisuke Furuhashi"
(Video courtesy of YUforSKB)
November 19th 2011-People's Stadium, Tianjin, China
Ma Yi Ming (6-5, 3) Vs Hanuman Sithluangporphun (0-1)
Earlier this week we were informed that China's Ma Yi Ming would be fighting for the WBA interim title. That lead to us hunting down footage of the Chinese fighter, including this bout against the Hanuman Sithluangporphun who was fighting for just the second time as a professional. At the time neither fighter was well known though since then Ming has become a world ranked fighter whilst Hanuman has slowly built up a record and claim an interim PABA title.
August 26th 2014- Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai, China
Ma Yi Ming (10-5, 6) Vs Morakote Patanakan Gym (8-4, 4)
Over the past day or so it's been announced that Chinese fighter Ma Yi Ming will be fighting Randy Petalcorin for the WBA interim Light Flyweight title later this month. As a result of that we've been trying to hunt down some footage of him and come across this recent contest against Morakote Patanakan Gym.
Incidentally this bout was fought on the under-card of Petalcorin's title triumph against Walter Tello.
Ma Yi Ming Vs Takaaki Kitagawa II
April 21st 2012- Marriott Hotel, Beijing, China
Ma Yi Ming (7-5, 3) Vs Takaaki Kitagawa (0-1) II
In December 2010 Chinese fighter Ma Yi Ming claimed the WBO China Zone Flyweight title. It was his first professional title anbd one he defended several times. One of those defenses saw him battling against Japanese fighter Takaaki Kitagawa, a man he had blown out inside a round in 2011, in what was Kitagawa's debut. In their rematch, the following year, things were much more competitive.
Zhankhozh Turarov vs Dunis Linan
March 23rd 2015- Estudios de Telecaribe, Barranquilla, Colombia
Zhankhozh Turarov (16-0, 11) Vs Dunis Linan (23-25-2, 17)
In the last few years Kazakhstan boxing has come to everyones attention due to the excellent Gennady Golovkin. Of course Golovkin isn't the only Kazakh fighting right now and there's obviously Beibut Shumenov and Kanat Islam among others. Another Kazakh, and one who hasn't had much attention, is the heavy handed Light Welterweight prospect Zhankhozh Turarov. Turarov was recently in action in Colombia as he took on the experienced and tough Dunis Linan. Coming in to the bout Linan had proven he could punch and survive having gone the distance with Breidis Prescott, Miguel Acosta, Darleys Perez and Roberto Ortiz
March 28th 2015- Poliforum Zamna, Merida, Yucatán, Mexico
Rommel Asenjo (26-3, 20) Vs Juan Francisco Estrada (31-2, 22)
When we talk about the best fighters on the planet it's hard to swoon over Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada who really is something special. This past Saturday we saw Filipino fighter Rommel Asenjo attempt to over-come the outstanding Mexican and claim unified Flyweight world titles.
Pigmy Kokietgym vs Heri Amol
March 28th 2015- Thailand
Pigmy Kokietgym (55-7-2, 22) Vs Heri Amol (35-22-4, 14)
Thai veteran Pigmy Kokietgym came up short last year when he challenged WBA Minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler, since then he has fought 4 times with the most recent of those bouts coming against fellow veteran Heri Amol, of Indonesia.
(Video courtesy of tko.in.th)
Samartlek Kokietgym vs Jack Amisa
March 28th 2015-Thailand
Samartlek Kokietgym (19-5, 5) Vs Jack Amisa (20-34-2, 14)
Last year Samartlek Kokietgym got a very unexpected world title shot and although he came up very short against the sensational Naoya Inoue he has since he has fought three times with the most recent of those bouts coming this past Saturday when he took on Indonesian Journeyman Jack Amisa.
(Video courtesy of tko.in.th)
March 23rd 2015-Thailand
Dennapa Kiatniwat (3-0, 1) vs Petchrungrueng Manopgym (?-?)
In 2014 we were impressed by Stamp Kiatniwat, a promising young teenager. This year we're expecting his stablemate Dennapa Kiatniwat to impress us and he began the year with the intention of impressing fans as he showed some very promising traits against Petchrungrueng Manopgym.
(Video courtesy of tko.in.th, name translation thanks to Oliver Fennell)
March 5th 2015- City Hall Ground, Chonburi, Thailand
Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (34-3, 20) vs Pongpan Pattanakarngym (0-5)*
In 2013 Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep claimed the WBA interim Flyweight title with an excellent win over Koki Eto. That win was an outstanding one though unfortunately in his first defense Yodmongkol got a bit lucky to over-come Takuya Kogawa in a 2014 FOTY contender. To end last year Yodmongkol came up short against Juan Carlos Reveco in WBA unification bout. Those 3 hard fights were damaging and when Yodmongkol fought for the first time in 2015 there was no issue with him being matched easily as he took on Pongpan Pattanakarngym. The bout was supposed to be a walk in the park but things weren't as easy as expected and Pongpan didn't get in the ring to just make up the numbers.
Note-We believe Pongpan's record is 0-5, though that may be the name of a very similarly named fighter
(Video courtesy of tko.in.th whilst we also want to thank Oliver Fennell for transcribing Pongpan's name)
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