WBC International Super Flyweight Silver and Gold Champion Aliu “Lucky Boy” Lasisi of Nigeria improved to 14-0 (8 KOs) with an eight-round unanimous decision over Hamson Lamandau (10-5-1, 7 KOs) of Indonesia.
The bout took place on the “Independence Day” card at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Lasisi knocked Lamandau down in the fifth round—both boxers were working on the inside when a series of left hooks from Lasisi, capped off by one upstairs, dropped Lamandau.
The Indonesian managed to get up and finished the eight rounds but he was a decisive loser.
Lasisi was fighting for the first time since winning his WBC International gold belt against Ricardo Blandon of Nicaragua eight months ago.
He later told BoxingAfrica.com that Lamandau gave him a good fight.
“He was very difficult but I had to draw from my experience in my previous fights to win.”
“I felt good and satisfied after the fight but I must say I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted” he added.
Despite the Yuletide celebrations, Lasisi said he will be back in training soon for the challenges ahead.
“I will rest for a few weeks and get back to camp to prepare for my title defense in March 2020 in Dubai.”
“My opponent will be finalized before the end of December and I will let you know.”
The fight was part of an undercard that included lightweight sensation Viktor Kotochigov (11-0, 4 KOs) dominating Javier Jose Clavero (27-6, 5KOs) of Argentina by unanimous decision over 10 rounds to retain his WBC International lightweight title before a large Independence Day celebrating home crowd.
The card was televised live on ESPN+ in conjunction with Top Rank and worldwide on IFL TV.
–Ralph Chidozie George