Ligas, Victoriano, Diagan lose in international title fights

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BEN Ligas, Jules Victoriano and Garen Diagan failed in their bid for regional belts after losing their respective international fights on July 30.

Ligas lost to a close unanimous decision to World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 3 ranked flyweight Olimjon Nazarov in a WBO Oriental flyweight title fight at The Grand Ho Tram Strip in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

South Korean judge Jung Taek Lee and Thai judge Surat Soikrachang had identical scores of 115-112, while the other South Korean judge Charlie Choi saw it closer at 114-113 in favor of the 36-year-old Nazarov.

With the win, Nazarov is now 28-5 with 15 knockouts and is closing in on a world title shot against WBO flyweight champion Junto Nakatani. Ligas fell to 14-3-2 with nine knockouts.

Victoriano, who also fought on the same card as Ligas, also lost by unanimous decision to International Boxing Federation Asia lightweight champion Hong Quan Dinh.

Choi and Thai judge Sawaeng Thaweekoon had it 115-113, while the other South Korean judge Jae Hoon Kim scored it 117-111.

Dinh is now 9-1-1 with four knockouts, while Victoriano fell to 11-5 with eight knockouts.

On the other hand, Diagan also lost by unanimous decision to Thai Danai Ngiabphukhiaw at the Suanlum Night Bazaar in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai judges Wanchai Pongsri, Chaiyuth Kamnares and Supap Boonrawd all scored it 96-94 in favor of Ngiabphukhiaw.

Ngiabphukhiaw upped his record to 12-3 with six knockouts, while Diagan slumped to 8-3 with four knockouts.

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