Undefeated Jr. Bantamweight Aliu Lasisi was held to a ten round split decision draw with a very determined Norbelto Jimenz on Friday night at Caesars Palace Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At times a tactical and uneventful bout, Jimenz consistently brought the fight to the unbeaten prospect Lasisi. As the fight progressed, even though Jimenz seemed to get the better of most of the exchanges particularly when the two fighters would fight on the inside, Lasisi was able to be effective in landing periodic counter punches on his opponent. Jimenz was sent down to the canvas in round seven, but it was ruled a slip due to the fighters’ legs becoming tangled. Although one could make an argument that Lasisi’s effectiveness over the second half of the fight in countering Jimenz mY have been enough to sway the judges, the three official judges ended up deadlocked as two judges turned in scores of 96-94, splitting for each fighter while the third turned in an even score of 95-95 resulting in a split decision draw. Aliu Lasisi advances to 14-0-1, with 8 Knockouts. Norbelto Jimenz advances to 29-9-5, with 16 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Middleweight Rohan Date scored a fourth round stoppage of Rivo Kundimang. Date was able to stagger Kundimang periodically throughout the fight with hooks to the head and combinations. The end came in round four with a body shot caused Kundimang to turn from the combat and the bout was stopped at 2:19 of the round. Rohan Date advances to 12-0-1, with 9 Knockouts. Rivo Kundimang falls to 9-3-2, with 5 Knockouts.
In an upset Featherweight Ionut Baluta scored an eight round unanimous decision over former IBF Jr. Featherweight world champion TJ Doheny. Baluta appeared to outwork Doheny in the early rounds. Doheny was able to pick up his pace over the second half of the fight and was deducted a point in the final round for throwing Baluta to the ground. Despite the point deduction, Doheny appeared to be the effective aggressor throughout most of the fight. The three judges however, felt otherwise as all three judges scored the fight in Baluta’s favor. Ionut Baluta advances to 13-2, with 2 Knockouts. TJ Doheny falls to 22-2, with 16 Knockouts.
Undefeated Super-Middleweight Cesar Tapia scored a brutal fight round knockout over Steve Collins Jr. The bout began at a fast pace. Tapia connected with a flush left hook to the head of Collins, the son of former two-division world champion Steve Collins. A short, but brutal barrage of unanswered punches to the head followed that sent Collins down along the ropes. The bout was immediately waved off at 1:54 of round one. Cesar Tapia advances to 12-0, with 7 Knockouts. Steve Collins Jr.falls to 14-4-1, with 4 Knockouts.
In the Heavyweight division undefeated prospect Zhan Kossobutskiy scored a second round knockout over Abraham Tabul. Kossobutskiy dropped Tabul with a right hand to the body in round one a d scored a second knockdown of Tabul in round two with a combination to the head. Tabul took the full ten count following the second knockdown. Official time was 1:32 of round two. Zhan Kossobutskiy advances to 13-0, with 12 Knockouts. Abraham Tabul falls to 17-4-1, 14 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Jr. Lightweight Nurtas Azhbenov scored a first round knockout over JR Magboo. Nurtas Azhbenov advances to 9-0, with 4 Knockouts. JR Magboo falls to 18-5-2, with 9 Knockouts.
Undefeated Featherweight Lalrinsanga Tiau scored a six round decision over Haidari Mchanjo. Lalrinsanga Tiau advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Haidari Mchanjo falls to 11-8-4, with 5 Knockouts.
In the Jr. Middleweight division, undefeated Faizon Anwar scored a fourth round stoppage over Gideon Agbosu. Faizon Anwar advances to 3-0, with 3 Knockouts. Gideon Agbosu falls to 12-5, with 10 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Bantamweight Sultan Nuaimi scored a four round decision victory over Sulis Barrera to remain unbeaten. Sultan Nuaimi advances to 2-0, with 1 Knockout. Sulis Barrera falls to 4-9, with 0 Knockouts.
This card, which was presented by MTK Global serves as an illustration of the global appeal of the sport of Boxing in bringing a worldwide televised Boxing card to Dubai. It also showed what is great about Boxing and by extension all combat sports. A look at several prospects on the rise, some quick knockouts, as well as some unexpected results. This observer believes two of these fights the main event between Aliu Lasisi and Norbelto Jimenz as well as the Featherweight bout between Ionut Baluta and TJ Doheny could see rematches at some point later this year. The question for MTK Global might be whether they will stage those encounters on the same card or if those rematches will take place on separate cards under the MTK Global umbrella. Clearly a rematch of both fights is warranted.
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