Asian fighters are tops in lighter weight classes

Inquirer Libre - - SPORTS - By Teo Medina Reynoso

FOR the nth time, Asian fighters proved that they are tops in the lighter weight classes of professional boxing by whipping highly regarded opponents from Latin America including Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales, still acclaimed in the West as the best boxer pound for pound in the planet despite an earlier loss.

Thailand’s Wisaksil Wangek, better known as Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, lambasted in the West for his being a recipient of an alleged “gift” title winning majority decision victory over Chocolatito Gonzales last May, erased all doubts by decking the Nicaraguan once again then after he rose up, flattening him for the full count in the fourth round of their twelve round main event bout for the WBC super flyweight title at the Stub Hub Center in Carson City, California Saturday night, Sunday morning Manila time.

Meanwhile, Naoya Inoue made a rousing US debut by dominating his erstwhile undefeated Mexican foe, Antonio Nieves from the first round until Nieves corner decided to throw in the towel before the start of the seventh round to spare him from further brutal punishment and an imminent knockout. With the win, “Monster” Inoue once again successfully defended his WBO superflyweight crown he won by knockout over another Latin American legend Omar Narvaez.

On the other hand, Filipino American Brian Viloria stopped Colombia’s Miguel Cartagena in the sixth round of an eight round super flyweight fight underneath the much publicized main event and supporting bouts billed as Super Fights as Super Flyweight, completing the Asian domination of the event. Viloria thus gained a measure of revenge for the Philippines as it was the same Cartagena who pinned top Filipino campaigner Jobert Little Pacman Alvarez a shock kayo loss early this year. More importantly, Viloria also put himself back in the mix as far as mastery in the division is concerned.

A Latin American shutout did not happen only because two Mexicans fought in a WBC title eliminator bout with Juan Francisco Estrada, erstwhile conqueror of Viloria in the flyweights, scored a close but unanimous decision over compatriot Carlos Cudras. Estrada thus earned the mandatory challenger status for the WBC title held by Wangek.

From the early days of pro boxing, Western publicists and experts have always proclaimed either American, South American and European boxers as the best in the flyweight division from the time of UK’s Jimmy Wilde in the 1920s Argentina’s Pascual Perez in the 1950s , Mexicos’s Humberto Chiquita Gonza- les in the 1980s, Russia’s Yuri Arbachakov in the 1990s up to the recent heydays of Nicaragua’s Chocolatito Gonzales.

But they were time and again proven wrong by little fighting men from Asia as the Philippines’s Pancho Villa and Rolando Pascua and Thailand’s Pone Kingpetch, Saman Sorjaturong, Chartchai Sasakul and now, Wisaksil Wangek.

Next time, before they ordain fighters from the USA , South America or Europe as among the world’s best pound for pound especially in the lower weight classes, they better test them first against the best from Asia.

Lest they get caught once again with their foot in their mouth.

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