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Vegas, Atlantic City, New York, Tokyo…And Singapore

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Singapore gets back into the boxing fray June 15th for the first time in 17 years when Indonesia’s Daudy “The Bali Boy” Bahari (28-1-1, 11 KOs) takes on Filipino fighter Bart Abapo (17-5-3, 12 KOs) at the Swissotel The Stamford for the PABA super lightweight title. The Black Tie Fight Night is the first professional boxing event to be held in Singapore since 1989 when Indonesia’s Ellyas Pical scored a split decision over Mike Phelps of the United States and is only the second professional fight card in the country’s history.

“Boxing is a high-octane sport and boxers display tremendous skills and courage when they are in the ring. The sport has a rich history here and we are extremely proud to be able to bring the sport back to Singapore. It is our aim to promote both amateur and professional boxing as an established sport, and a newly revitalized entertainment and tourist attraction in Singapore. The title clash between Bahari and Abapo is definitely a fight not to be missed,” said Mr. Mark Powell, Managing Director of Meridian Promotions.

Daudy Bahari, 22, is making the seventh defense of the PABA title he won in September 2003 but is coming off a controversial technical decision win over Filipino Dennis Laurente. He dropped the fight before this to Motoki Sataki so he needs an impressive win over Abapo if he’s to have any chance of getting back into the world rankings.

Bart Abapo is a rugged fighter who’s only been knocked out once in his twenty-five fight career, against Gary St. Claire two years ago. In December of last year Abapo was punished for six rounds and dropped twice by former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai but ended the bout on his feet.

Abapo’s trainer, Edito Villamor has publicly stated his charge wasn’t worried about Bahari, but was more worried about the two Indonesian judges and Thai referee. However the Secretary-General of PABA, Alan Kim, will be in attendance and has guaranteed he will make certain all of the officials are fair.

An auction for two pair of boxing gloves worn by Sugar Ray Leonard will be held during the event. Proceeds from the auction go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund in Singapore and the Debra Charity in the UK.

The title fight will be televised live on STAR Sports at 10 PM on Thursday, June 15.

Scheduled bouts

Mohammad Nor Rizan vs. Hendrik Borneo
Tia Koswara vs. Kuichi Shiniya
David Alexus vs. Yasser Khadafi
Moses Seran vs. Chatchai Sor Chitalada
Daud Jordan vs. Narong Sot Chitlalada

Main Event
Daudy Bahari vs. Bart Abapo
PABA Super Lightweight Championship

Promoted by: Meridian Promotions
http://www.meridianpromotions.com.sg

Sidorenko vs. Kratingdaenggym

Vinai Singhsnaeh, manager for Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym has boldly guaranteed a knockout victory in the July 15th bout against WBA interim champion Wladimir “Ukranian Mini-Powerplant” Sidorenko. Kratingdaenggym has adopted his former Muay Thai nickname “The Tank” for the bout and plans to dismantle the Ukranian in swift fashion. Before adopting boxing as his profession, Kratingdaenggym fought ninety fights in Thailand’s national sport of Muay Thai, winning all but ten of them.

An unmistakable aura surrounds “The Tank”; it’s the aura only an undefeated fighter can have. There is hunger in his eyes and he is giddy with excitement. He is clearly looking forward to his bout with Sidorenko and desperately wants to win. Kratingdaenggym trains with a vengeance and thinks like a fighter ought to – he wants to test himself against the best and doesn’t take the easiest route available – in contrast to some Thais who are content to fight taxi drivers in their country on a regular basis while claiming to be the best.

He’ll be in Germany for a full week before the fight to get over the jet lag and unlike some Thais, who fold when fighting on the road, Kratingdaenggym won’t. Sidorenko has stated he wants to shine against the “unpronounceable“from Thailand. It’s unlikely the natural ebullience and skill the Thai possesses will be forgotten after the bout.

Kratingdaenggym via late rounds TKO.

The Saga of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

Once again, the WBC flyweight champion from Thailand has managed to avoid facing his mandatory challenger – at least temporarily. This time however, it is his opponent’s promoter, Branco Milenkovic who requested more time for his charge to prepare for the bout.

“June 30th was supposed to be the date of the fight and three weeks is not enough time to prepare for a great fighter like Pongsaklek Wonjongkam,” said Milenkovic.

“We have agreed to allow Wonjongkam to defend his title against Everardo Morales of Mexico with the stipulation that the winner must fight Monelisi Myekeni within 90 days,” he continued.

Wonjongkam’s fight with Morales is set to take place in Bangkok, but Milenkovic is hoping to lure the Thai to South Africa by “making him an offer he can’t refuse” if he wins his bout with Morales.

Thai TV stations are running daily commercial asking viewers to support their great champion as he attempts to set the record for consecutive flyweight title defenses with a fifteenth win over his next opponent. Most Thai fans don’t know and don’t care it’s been two and a half years since Wonjongkam has faced a mandatory challenger; the last being Hussein Hussein. They should but they don’t.

Wonjongkam looks forward to being inducted into the Hall of Fame – the WBC Hall of Shame that is. If he were vying for entry into the International Boxing Hall of Fame it might mean something. But the gig is up – boxing fans outside of Thailand view his championship reign as nothing more than smoke and mirrors – as well they should.

Fourteen title defenses and counting – maybe in his long reign he’ll manage garner a victory against someone of quality. Don’t hold your breath though.

Upcoming Fights in Asia

June 20th, 2006 – Bangkok, Thailand (Tentative)
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin vs. Pederito Laurente

June 30th, 2006 – Bangkok, Thailand
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam vs. Everardo Morales

July 2nd, 2006 – Areneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines
Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar Larios
WBC International Super Featherweight Title

Gerry Penalosa vs. Tomas Rojas
Jimrex Jaca vs. Adrian Valdez
Rey Bautista vs. Alejandro Felix Montiel

July 15th, 2006 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hozumi Hasegawa vs. Genaro Garcia
WBC Bantamweight Title

July 18th – Nonthaburi, Thailand
Juanito Rubillar vs. Wandee Singwancha

Sataporn Singwancha vs. Kiatchai 13 Riantower
Sirimongkol Singwancha vs. TBA

July 20th, 2006 – Location TBA
Pramuansak Phosuwan vs. Sherwin Paro

July 22, 2006 – Higashiosaka, Japan
Martin Castilllo vs. Nobuo Nashiro
WBA Super Flyweight Title

July 27, 2006 – Ratchaburi, Thailand
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai vs. TBA
Chonlataran Pariyapinyo vs. TBA

August 25, 2006 – Nonthaburi, Thailand
Veeraphol Sahaprom vs. Hidenobu Honda
Napapol Kiatisakchokchai vs. Yoichi Oguma

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Peter/Toney Ii: Peter Has The Brutal Punch

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Samuel Peter claims he has dynamites in my two hands?

Heavyweight contenders Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter and James Lights Out? Toney get it on a second time this Saturday from the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla. (Showtime).

The hard-slugging Peter, unlike Toney, is one of those strong, silent types notorious for letting their fists to the talking one the opening bell sounds, but the Nigeria Nightmare is as confident as ever and determined to turn Lights Out’s lights out for good.

I have got dynamites in my two hands,? said Peter, according the Lagos, Nigeria Vanguard, and I will crush James Toney once and for all. The Toney camp made the mistake of their lives by protesting and seeking a rematch. I am ready to teach him a bitter lesson.?

Sam Peter walked away with the W for Peter/Toney I at the Staples Center in LA last September, but it was by disputed split decision a verdict so disputed, there was even a dispute about the dispute which forced the WBC’s hand into mandating Saturday’s rematch.

Samuel Peter is the biggest thing to hit African boxing since Ghanaian superstar Azumah Nelson rocked the feather and junior welterweight divisions. The President of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, Prince Olaide Adeboye, admitted, according to allAfrica.com, We are rooting for Samuel Peter, of course. He is one boy we believe in to bring back the country’s lost glory in professional boxing. I am personally making arrangement to be at the ringside to see him fight Toney again. I was at the first fight in Los Angeles in September.

Peter has the brutal punch, and to me he was the clear winner of the first fight. But the WBC Board of Governors, of which I am a member, voted 21-10 for a rematch. There was nothing those of us Africans on the board could do in the circumstances. But I believe Peter will confirm he is better than Toney and will then go ahead to meet the champion and claim the belt for Nigeria and Africa.?

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The Sweet Science P4P Rankings for Asia

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There are claims that boxing is dying. Hogwash. The heavyweight division isn’t the only division in boxing and 2007 promises to be a banner year in boxing; especially for boxers hailing from Asia.

While Asia isn’t Vegas or Atlantic City, it is a region packed of diamonds in the rough; undiscovered gems and potential superstars who wait for their moment in the sun.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Asia

1) Manny Pacquiao – There’s no way to dispute Pacquiao is the best fighter in Asia, if not all of boxing. He’s exciting, he wins with Je Ne Sais Quois and is definitely “the man” in boxing.

2) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam – Although his competition leaves much to be desired, his longevity and skills are undeniable. He is currently Thailand’s only world champion and is undefeated in ten years. Need I say more?

3) Chris John – A victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, however controversial, shows he belongs at the top of the heap. He easily outpointed Renan Acosta to close out 2006 and should have no trouble defending against Jose Rojas in February. A fight with Pacquiao would not be a good move on his part but a rematch with Marquez would not hurt – especially if he defeats the Mexican again.

4) Hozumi Hasegawa – Hidden away in Japan, Hasegawa is a sharp punching southpaw who put former champion Veeraphol Sahaprom to sleep. He recently bested Genaro Garcia and his herky-jerky style will give fits to any one who steps in the ring with him.

5) Masomori Tokuyama – Tokuyama has never shied away from a good fight and although he only fought once in 2006 (UD12 Jose Navarro), he ledger shows wins over Katsushige Kawashima (twice), Gerry Penalosa (twice) and In Jin Chi (twice). A fight with Hozumi Hasegawa is a distinct possibility in 2007.

6) Nobuo Nashiro – With only seven fights under his belt he took on WBA champion Martin Castillo – and defeated him. Although he’s only fought a total of nine fights, nearly all have been against quality opposition. A victory in a rematch with Castillo would cement his claim as the king of the 115-pound division.

7) Yukata Niida – This light-hitting minimumweight defended his title twice in 2006, winning a technical decision against unbeaten Eriberto Gejon (Tech Win 10) and the other on points over Ronald Barrera (W 12). Scheduled to meet Katsunari Takayama early next year – the best has yet to come for this WBA belt holder.

8) In Jin Chi – Won back the title he lost to Takashi Koshimoto in January from Rudolfo Lopez. While there’s little uncertainty to his skills, at thirty-three, 2007 may provide some insight as to just how much he has left.

9) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai –Sor Nonthachai is an exciting, top-shelf fighter with an iron chin. Has no trouble making mincemeat of mid-level opposition and deserves a title shot in 2007. Time is running out.

10) Rey Bautista – He’s young, relatively inexperienced in big-time boxing, but will continue to shine in 2007. One of the better prospects in boxing, he should snag a title in 2007.

Asian Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pound for Pound:

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #2

Jr. Lightweight

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #1
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9

Featherweight

Chris John (Indonesia) #1
In Jin Chi (Korea) #3
Takashi Koshimoto (Japan) #5
Hioyuki Enoki (Japan) #7

Jr. Featherweight

Somsak Sithchatchawal (Thailand) #4

Bantamweight

Hozumi Hasegawa (Japan) #2
Veeraphol Sahaprom (Japan) #3
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (Thailand) #6
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Thailand) #10

Jr. Bantamweight

Nobuo Nashiro (Japan) #1
Katsushige Kawashima (Japan) #7
Pramuansak Phosuwan (Thailand) #10

Flyweight

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Thailand) #1
Takefumi Sakata (Japan) #7
Daisuke Naito (Japan) #10

Jr. Flyweight

Koki Kameda (Japan) #1

Minimumweight

Yukata Naiida (Japan) #2
Eagle Kyowa (Japan/Thai) #4
Katsunari Takayama (Japan) #5
Rodel Mayol (Philippines) #7

Boxing in Thailand

There’s no shortage of boxers in Thailand. With a huge pool of Muay Thai fighters to draw from and several talented amateur boxing prospects turning pro after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Thailand seems destined to remain a boxing powerhouse in Asia.

The country is known for having tough, determined and disciplined fighters who give their all whenever the step in to the ring. However, consistently losing while fighting abroad and padding their records with no-hopers has done nothing to enhance their reputation.

Whether because of a lack of marketability, a lack of funds or their unwillingness to travel abroad, the vast majority of boxers from Thailand remain a mystery to fans in the west. If anything though, the boxing scene involving Thai fighters will be active. In fact, it’s one of the most active in the world; since 2000, the number of fights has nearly doubled in the country.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand – August 2006

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
2) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym
3) Somsak Sithchatchawal
4) Wandee Singwancha
5) Sirimongkol Singwancha
6) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai
7) Veeraphol Sahaprom
8) Pramuansak Phosuwan
9) Terdsak Jandaeng
10) Oleydong Sithamerchai

Current Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Flyweight) – Definitely the top dog in Thailand

2) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (Super Lightweight) – He’s a seasoned fighter who has proven himself in the big-time. He’s one Thai who can fight outside of Asia. He has an abundance of skills and one-punch power. His overall ability and ease in dispatching anyone other than championship caliber get him the runners-up spot.

3) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Super Bantamweight) – After losing to Vladimir Sidorenko he’s bounced back. He’s young, he can punch, but the former interim champion needs to prove himself against a name fighter.

4) Somsak Sithchatchawal (Super Bantamweight) – Was his win over Monshipour a fluke or was Celestino Caballero just that good? Did Sithchatchawal catch Monshipour at the right time and can he rebound from the devastating loss? The jury is still out.

5) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

5) Sirimongkol Singwancha (Super Lightweight) – Get this guy a fight. He’s better than Jose Armando Santa Cruz and would have beat up Inada had the fight taken place. He’ll fight anyone but his biggest obstacle is staying motivated fighting tomato cans in Thailand. Like many Thais, he needs a fight against a name opponent.
6) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

7) Pramuansak Phosuwan (Super Flyweight) – A genuine tough guy. Always calm and focused no matter how heated the battle. But at thirty-eight, he’ll be in trouble should he fight one of the division’s elite.
8) Veeraphol Sahaprom (Bantamweight) – Will be lucky to get another crack at the title. Although he has a puncher’s chance of winning a belt, that’s about all he has left at this point. A third shot at Hasegawa is unlikely.

9) Oleydong Sithamerchai (Minimumweight) – He’s fought better than the usual opponents faced by Thais at his level and he moves up one spot with the departure of Terdsak Jandaeng. He lacks the punch and is in the wrong division to become a superstar. He’ll need to defeat a name opponent to convince me.

10) Saenghiran Lookbanyai / Napapol Kittisakchokchai (Super Bantamweight) – These two square-off in early March, supposedly to see who deserves a shot at Israel Vasquez. Kittisakchokchai has the edge in experience but some feel Lookbanyai has the edge in heart and is the favorite.

Neither has defeated a top twenty fighter and yet are ranked number one and two respectively in the WBC’s world.

In Kittisakchokchoi’s lone shot at the big-time, he was TKO’d in 10 by Oscar Larios. His dreadful performance against Larios and lack of quality opposition leads me to believe Saenghiran might have more of a shot at beating him than some suspect. Regardless, neither of them lasts longer than six rounds with Israel Vasquez.

Honorable Mention: Wethya Sakmuangklang, Denkaosan Kaovichit, Devid Lookmahanak, Nethra Sasiprapa, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym

Thai Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam: #1 Flyweight
Pramuansak Phosuwan: #10 Jr. Bantamweight
Veeraphol Sahaprom: #3 Bantamweight
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin: #6 Bantamweight
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym: #10 Bantamweight
Somsak Sithchatchawal: #3 Jr. Featherweight
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9 Lightweight

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Iceman Stops Tito Ortiz Win Streak

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LAS VEGAS—UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “Iceman” Liddell’s fists proved too much for Huntington Beach’s Tito Ortiz who was stopped in the third round before a sold out crowd at the MGM Garden Arena on Saturday.

The punching machine Liddell (20-3, 13 KOs) repeated his victory in UFC 66 over the much-improved grappler Ortiz who has improved his punching and blocking. Ortiz was trying to avenge his loss of April 2004.

Despite all the new weapons displayed by Ortiz it wasn’t enough as Liddell pummeled the former champion and retained his title with a technical knockout at 3:59 of the third round. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout.

“This was the most satisfying victory of my career,” said Liddell, 36, of Santa Barbara. “Tito came back real tough.”

Ortiz (15-5, 8 KOs), a former wrestler, worked on his boxing technique knowing he would need it against the former boxer Liddell. But Liddell’s experience allowed him to find the right moment to pounce on Ortiz.

“I had him hurt, I just kept throwing punches,” said Liddell who also knocked down Ortiz in the first round with a left hook.

Ortiz was gracious in defeat.

“Chuck is the best fighter Pound for Pound in the (mixed martial arts) world,” said Ortiz, 31, who suffered a gash on the side of his left eye from a punch. “I’m disgusted by myself. I let my fans down.”

Other bouts

Underdog Keith Jardine (12-3-1) knocked out Forrest Griffin (13-4) at 4:41 of the first round in their light heavyweight showdown. A right uppercut followed by a left hook wobbled Griffin who was sent to the floor by a barrage of punches. On the ground Jardine landed right after right until referee John McCarthy stopped the fight for a technical knockout.

“I couldn’t believe he was hurt,” said Jardine about Griffin who is known for his resiliency. “I was so nervous coming into this fight, but now I know I belong here.”

Canada’s Jason McDonald (18-7) choked out Chris Leben (15-3) in a middleweight bout that was up for grabs. Though Leben seemed to control the fight with stunning left hands, once the fight went to the ground McDonald managed a chokehold at 4:03 of the second round. Referee Steve Mazagatti saw Leben was unconscious and stopped the fight.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (12-5) caught Brazil’s Mario Cruz (2-2) with a sneak right hand while both were tangled on the ground. Then the Belarusian pummeled Cruz until referee Herb Dean stopped the fight at 3:15 of the first round.

Third season winner of the Ultimate Fighter television reality season Michael Bisping (12-0) of Great Britain won by technical knockout over Eric Shafer (9-2-2) at 4:29 of the first round. A knee knocked Shafer groggy then Bisping knocked him to the ground and pounded him. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bludgeoning.

Thiago Alves (16-4) caught Peru’s Tony De Souza (15-5) with a knee as he attempted to dive for his legs in a welterweight contest. After that it was pretty much over as Alves pummeled De Souza at 1:10 of the second round forcing referee John McCarthy to halt the bout.

Gabriel Gonzago (7-1) proved too strong for Carmelo Marrero (6-1) in a heavyweight bout. At 3:22 of the first round Gonzago of Massachusetts manipulated his way into arm bar forcing Pennsylvania’s Marrero to tap out.

Japan’s Yushin Okami (19-3) pounded Georgia’s Rory Singer (11-6) into submission at 4:03 of the third round of a middleweight bout. Okami seemed the more-rounded fighter with effective kicks to the head and more accurate punching.

Christian Wellisch (8-2) jumped to a quick start with an accurate left hook that rattled Australia’s Anthony Perosh (5-3) in a heavyweight bout. During the first round it seemed the Sacramento fighter might end the fight but the Aussie hung tough. Wellisch won by unanimous decision.

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