Fightful Boxing Newsletter (2/21): Tyson Fury To ESPN, Billy Joe Saunders Goes To 168, Joshua vs. Miller

Asian Boxing Roundup:

- On February 16, there was a boxing card at the SM City North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City, Metro Manila in the Philippines that aired on ESPN5 featuring the return of former world champion John Riel Casimero to the Philippines. The main event saw Casimero face off against Japanese fighter Kenya Yamashita in a bantamweight bout. The fight was a one-sided bout that saw Casimero win the fight with a sixth-round stoppage. It was a proper introduction for the former champion to bantamweight, where he looks much better than when he lost to Jonas Sultan in a super flyweight bout in 2017. The card can be seen at the video below and the ESPN5 YouTube channel streams boxing cards fairly often for free and they are enjoyable events to watch for the most part, so I do recommend that any boxing fan that is either looking to branch out and watch Asian events or simply just want to watch more boxing, then the ESPN5 is a great place to check out fights outside of the United States and United Kingdom:

ESPN5 Boxing Results From February 16:

  • John Riel Casimero defeated Kenya Yamashita by TKO, round 6
  • Dave Penalosa defeated Marcos Cardenas by TKO, round 4 to win the vacant WBO Oriental featherweight title
  • Carl Jammes Martin defeated Petchchorhae Kokietgym by corner stoppage after 3 rounds
  • Carlo Caesar Penalosa defeated Watana Phenbaan by KO, round 3
  • Jenel Lausa defeated Rolly Llino by split decision (56-57, 57-56, 59-54)
  • John Mark Tihuk defeated Ruben Traza by unanimous decision (59-55, 60-54, 59-55)

- Korakuen Hall recently hosted a boxing card on February 18 that featured a 140-pound title eliminator in the main event. Apinun Khongsong knocked out Akihiro Kondo in five rounds to win the eliminator for the IBF title. The result is surprising given how close Kondo was to winning the title in 2017 when he lost a narrow decision to Sergey Lipinets. Kondo was considered the favorite in the fight and seeing him get knocked out may have destroyed Kondo’s chances of ever getting another title opportunity. Kondo is 33 years old, but has been fighting professionally since 2006 and in a deep junior welterweight division, a loss at this stage of his career is devastating for the former title challenger.

Korakuen Hall Boxing Results From February 18:

  • Apinun Khongsong defeated Akihiro Kondo by knockout, round 5 in an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator
  • Kazunori Yorimasa and Naoki Kabayama fight to a split draw (58-56, 57-57, 57-58)
  • Kosuke Ando defeated Kodai Gushiken by unanimous decision (39-36, 40-35, 39-37)
  • Kei Sugimoto defeated Michiko Abiru by split decision (39-37, 39-37, 38-39)
  • Grappler Hokuto defeated Mao Tameda by unanimous decision (40-37, 37-39, 38-39)
  • Ai Sugimoto defeated Emi Unuma by majority decision (39-38, 38-38, 39-37)

- While no official announcement has been made regarding broadcast plans for the WBO flyweight title bout between Kosei Tanaka and Ryoichi Taguchi, there appears to be plans of streaming the fight internationally. Asian Boxing, the website that covers boxing in the region for English readers, did say that they, through a working deal with CBC, will likely stream the fight. On Twitter, Asian Boxing said all will be revealed when they are given permission to do so. For those that are not aware, Asian Boxing was instrumental in streaming the excellent bout between Kosei Tanaka and Sho Kimura internationally outside of Japan. From the looks of things, it appears that CBC was happy with the numbers the Tanaka vs. Kimura did last year which is why the company is looking to stream the Tanaka vs. Taguchi fight next month.

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