Good morning! Or good afternoon, if you're reading this later. Or good different day, if you're reading this way later. I'M FROM YOUR PAST! Here are the Ring of Gold results and recaps from this morning's show in Macao. (All preliminary bouts will be recapped here, with the post updating after each fight.
7. Light Heavyweights: Egor Mekhontsev TKO-2 Atthaporn Jaritram
Probably the worst of the prelim fights in that Jaritram couldn't even really give moments of fighting back. He was just totally overwhelmed by Mekhontsev (2-0, 2 KO), a 2012 gold medalist from Russia, who put him down early in round two and stopped him shortly after that. Jaritram (4-1, 1 KO) didn't avoid a fight, but the fight was way over his head.
6. Featherweights: Marvin Sonsona TKO-3 Akifumi Shimoda
I didn't like the way Sonsona was looking for the first couple of rounds, but the former can't-miss prospect still has that big power, and he landed a vicious, short, crushing uppercut in the third round that put Shimoda down and flat out. I thought Shimoda (28-4-2, 12 KO) pretty well controlled the first two rounds, with Sonsona (18-1-1, 15 KO) looking a little awkward, sort of stumbling away a lot of the time, pulling back really quickly, almost avoiding real exchanges, but he may have simply been looking for that one big opening, knowing that Shimoda's been stopped before. He found that shot, and it was a beauty. Sonsona, who turns 24 in July, still has youth on his side, and a lot of time to live up to his billing from four years ago.
5. Super Flyweights: Rex Tso TKO-8 Mako Matsuyama
A competitive, exciting fight, but Tso was able to overpower Matsuyama, who did some things well but just didn't have the punching power to deter his opponent. Tso (12-0, 8 KO) got the stoppage at 1:27 of round eight when the corner of Matsuyama (7-8-1, 3 KO) threw in the towel with their guy reeling. It was a really gutsy performance by Matsuyama, he was simply outgunned. Tso had the heavier artillery and used it.
4. Middleweights: Ryota Murata TKO-4 Carlos Nascimento
Nascimento, a 36-year-old veteran, isn't good at all, but for a third pro fight, this was a solid step for Murata, the 2012 middleweight gold medalist in London. Murata improved to 3-0 (3 KO) after putting Nascimento (29-4, 23 KO) on the canvas in round three, then stopping him early in the next round on another unanswered flurry of shots when the referee stepped in to call a halt to the action. Murata, 28, is being moved somewhat quickly, it would appear, as he's faced three veterans who at least know their way around the ring, and had his way with each one of them. He's a very promising prospect.
3. Junior Middleweights: Kuok Kun Ng TKO-3 Rocky Alap-Alap
Ng (3-0, 1 KO) scored his first pro stoppage in his hometown, as I think he's Macao's only homegrown fighter right now, and given that this is becoming a fight hub, he has a potentially lucrative career ahead of him, even if he levels out at Special Attraction rather than world stage performer. He's got plenty to work on still, but he's 23 and just getting started, and there's going to be a lot of time to get him experience and move him up these cards. Alap-Alap (5-11, 0 KO) came to fight, but he was overmatched and undersized here. Ng towered over him, flooring him in the second round, and then battering him around the ring. Though the Indonesian made it out of the round, it was clear his time was limited. After a series of shots ending with a short right hand to the jaw, Alap-Alap went down again in the third, and it was over.
2. Super Featherweights: Harmonito Dela Torre KO-1 Yakobus Heluka
20-year-old Filipino Dela Torre (12-0, 7 KO) made his second appearance in Macao, the first coming on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard, and made quick work of another opponent. Heluka (7-6, 3 KO) came out swinging and ready to fight, but since Dela Torre is a lot better schooled and far more physically gifted, that led to Heluka loading up on a right and getting flattened with a right hand from Dela Torre. It was like level two of a boxing video game.
1. Super Flyweights: Jerwin Ancajas TKO-2 Inthanon Sitchamuang
Pretty much a slaughter to open the show, but an entertaining slaughter, at least. Ancajas, from the Philippines, got tagged once in round one, then immediately fired back by putting Inthanon on the canvas. The southpaw Ancajas (19-1-1, 11 KO) couldn't miss with his left hand, and halfway into the second round, he floored Inthanon (20-7, 11 KO) again, this time followed by the referee stopping the fight, which was fair enough.