Boxing: IBO champ Michael Dasmarinas also settles for draw in Singapore

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 01, 2018 10:11 AM
IBO champ Dasmarinas also settles for draw in Singapore
Filipino IBO World Champ Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas in action, as he faced his opponent, Ghana’s Manyo “Black Flash” Plange, at Marina Bay Sands, Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of David Ash)

SINGAPORE - Ringstar Boxing, Asia’s fastest growing sports media property, just staged its biggest boxing match to date, with ‘Roar of Singapore V - The Kings of Lion City’, which took place at Marina Bay Sands last Saturday, September 29, 2018, and was seen all over the world via its broadcast partners.

Filipino IBO world champion Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas’ non-title bout vs. Ghana’s Manyo “Black Flash” Plange, ended in a draw, with the scorecards showing these numbers - 93-97, 95-95, and 96-94.

Boxing analyst Mike Ochosa shared his thoughts on the match, and says, “Plange was really ready for Michael Dasmarinas.  Whatever scouting reports we saw about him, is true. Makamay, masipag,…he punched a lot, so perhaps from the judges’ point of view, it looked like he was more aggressive, and he was the busier fighter.  However, if you look at the tapes, Michael was connecting the power shots, but not throwing a lot.  While Plange was not connecting, but throwing a lot.”

Dasmarinas follows in the footsteps of fellow Filipino champions Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas, who both settled for a draw in their respective matches in September. 

Nietes and compatriot Aston Palicte battled to a split draw in their title bout for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in Los Angeles back in September 8th, while Ancajas retained his IBF Super Flyweight World Championship after figuring in a draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios last September 28th in Oakland, California. 

While Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan, faced his first defeat in his entire professional career, (11-1); with the IBO World Super Bantamweight title going to Namibian boxer Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda, at the end of the evening.  Ambunda won by split decision, with the judges scorecard showing - 115-113, 116-111, 112-115.

But Ridhwan assured his fans that he will be back, “I know Paulus is a fighter, I respect him…But I will come back.  I always come back.”

While Ringstar Founder & CEO Scott Farrell says, “Muhamad Ridwan showed that he’s ready, he may not have won the decision, but he’s ready and he will be back.  One day he will be world champion, mark my words.”

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