After 42 years of absence, finally pro Boxing returned to Kuala Lumpur. WBC BoxingFest by BoxRanx ( read about the pre-event write up here ) was held over last weekend 8-9 July 2017. 1st day was 10 bouts of semi-pro boxing and day 2 was another 10 bouts; pro boxing.
|9 JUL 2017 full results|
The hi-light of the night (day2), albeit a very very short one went to bout no.6, featuring 19 year old Malaysian upstart Theena Thayalan, in his pro debut, KOed his Indonesian opponent Rudy Hartanto in a swift 25 seconds in round 1. Theena started boxing at 17 and he has amassed an impressive record of 95 amateur bouts. This win was definitely a good start for his pro career.
|Theena enroute to his swift victory ( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
The UBO Asia Pacific Welterweight Champion, Hui Keng Fai, whom is also amateur MMA (Malaysian Invasion) Lightweight Champion 2016; In this 3rd pro boxing outing met fellow MMA stylist Sam Chan, who’s making his pro boxing debut.
|Sam Chan eating punches from Keng Fai ( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
|The smiling assasin ( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
SEA Games boxing veteran, Eddey Kalai made his pro debut against American Jonathan Clemons . Clemons, unofficially has at least 3 professional bouts previously so he’s being recorded as being a pro debut as well by WBC.
Clemons won the bout via Split Decision.
|Jonathan rockin’ the ring with his Apollo Creed boxing shorts ( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
|Jonathan receiving his trophy from Datuk Nazifuddin accompany by BoxRanx Vice President AK Salvador|
In the WBC Cruiserweight category between Bukit Aman Boxing Association’s Mohd Hanafi and Sarawakian Stephen Onn Jenggieng. Hanafi being the headhunter has been charging Stephen’s head while stalky Stephen was not intimidated as he charged towards Hanafi. Soon, at after 2:40 in Round 3, the ref stop the fight and Stephen was declared the winner via TKO.
Representing Vladimir Boxing, Stephen now also trains at Rebel Fitness in Kuching.
Stephen’s compatriot from Sarawak, Daeloniel McDelon Bong faced Jackson Lee Jackson whom usually fought amatuer MMA was on his pro boxing debut. He darted in and out and circle around with karate like stance, but Daeloniel with orthodox stance kept it calm and compose and was able to land shots. Daeloniel secured his 3rd pro fight via unanimous decision win.
|Delon: “where you runnin’ to?” ( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
|Delon (L) wit his coach Fred Madangi & Stephen (R) – Picture credit Ghaz Ghazali|
|( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
Sabahan Lesley Dulamit pro debut started well in the early round 1, connecting with a hard straight left and he rushed in with another shots that backed Gerald to the ropes, but Gerald countered and drops Lesley, in the scuffle, a downward strike hit the back of Lesley’s head and the ref breaks the two apart.
|Lesley got caught rushing in ( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
|Magali victorious, hands raised by OPBF & ISUZU officials ( pic credit to David Ash of Singapore Maven )|
President of OPBF, Juan Ramon R. Guanzon said
“It is a great honour to welcome and support the Malaysian WBC association to the big league”
during his speech right before the main event.
Boxing fans at home were treated with live streaming in Facebook. In a last minute impromptu arrangement by Jack Low of BoxRanx, he managed to get Jon Nutt, the well known emcee / announcer for MIMMA & founder of Full Metal Dojo, to be the commentator.
According to Jack, they are planning for more shows in Malaysia, with probably a few smaller events to help grow the talent pool and get the interest growing and build it up towards a bigger show.
He also mentioned that crowd response was better than expected. He thanked all the boxing and fight fans that supported the show. And the support of sponsors from big brands such as ISUZU, EVERLAST, JOHNSON FITNESS and MONSTER that truly made it a historic night for Malaysian Boxing.
BoxRanx partnership with the Health, Fitness & Beauty Expo requires them to work in a very tight timeline which leave them much time to market the event. But from the learning this time, he promise that BoxRanx will progress forward and improve on upcoming shows.
Raymond Lew the president and founder of Boxranx, also the President of WBC Malaysia is the person instrumental in making this historic event a reality in Malaysia.
” I wish with the existence of WBC Malaysia, it would revive the interest of the public towards the sport of boxing, at the same time serve as a legitimate & sanctioned platform for the local boxers to step up their game and eventually bring their skills to the international level” : Raymond Lew
|Raymond Lew – President of WBC Malaysia|
Warriors of Borneo hope this WBC event will be the dawn of a new era for Malaysian boxing, not only in terms of having better boxing events but also to be able to develop local boxers to excel as a pro.
” Majulah Sukan Untuk Negara “