We've been informed that the upcoming ALA show "Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai" has been pushed back by a week.
Originally the card was scheduled for August 29th though due to extra interest from sponsors ALA have pushed the show back by a week and it will now take place on September 5th. This gives the sponsors extra time to secure deals for the show and also gives the fighters and extra week to finish off their training and preparation for some very interesting looking contests.
The show, which will be headlined by the unbeaten Genesis Servania (24-0, 10) is expected to kick start ALA's international events with another expected in the US at the end of the year. If these go ahead without without issue then we may well see ALA becoming a major international player.
Earlier today we were informed of the 3 headline bouts for the upcoming "Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai" card.
The show, ALA's international debut, will take place on August 29th at the Dubai International Convention Center and will be headlined by the sensational Genesis Servania (24-0, 10). Servania, one of the most promising fighters in the Philippines, will be defending his WBO Inter-continental Super Bantamweight in a battle against former world title challenger Jose Cabrera (22-4-2, 10). Cabrera, for those who have a good memory, lost in a WBO Super Flyweight title fight to Omar Andres Narvaez back in 2012 but has filled into a Super Bantamweight for recent bouts.
The co-feature will feature another unbeaten ALA fighter as "King" Arthur Villanueva (25-0, 14) takes on Nicaragua's heavy handed Henry Maldonado (19-3-0-1, 14). We believe this bout will be for the IBF International Super Flyweight title and it promises to be a tough bout for Villanueva who was pushed all the way in his recent bout with Fernando Aguilar. Interestingly Maldonado stopped Aguilar in 6 rounds just a few short weeks ago and he is dangerous.
The chief support bout will be another interesting looking contest as the popular Rey Bautista (35-3, 25) battles Mexican slugger Juan Jose Martinez (19-1, 15). This bout has the ingredients, at least on paper, to be a show stealer and we're hoping that it lives up to that expectation.
Other bouts for the show have yet to be announced but so far this card is looking very good with about 5 weeks left to announce the rest of the card.
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Details on the ALA boxing US debut are scarce but the rumours about the show seem never ending.
We know that ALA will be making their US debut in November with November 8th the likely date and it will be at the Stub Hub Centre in Carson, California. We also believe that WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19) will be defending his world title on the show, likely against a Mexico opponent.
Whilst Nietes has been all but confirmed for the show we have been hearing a lot of rumours about other fighters on the show. The most interesting of these rumours is that we will see Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21) in the co-main event defending his WBA Featherweight title, possibly against the unbeaten and monster punching Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20).
Other rumours have suggested Jason Pagara (34-2, 21) and Albert Pagara (21-0, 15) could also be on the card with those two men likely to travel to the US soon for some solid level of sparring.
From what we seem to gather the show will be a great showcase of Filipino talent and hopefully it will get the televised exposure that it deserves as a lot of very good Filipino fighters seem to be getting over looked by boxing fans who seem to think that Filipino boxing starts with Manny Pacquiao and ends with Nonito Donaire.
We hope to bring you more details on this show as they become available though for now we think the focus will be on the ALA Dubai show in late August which will see the organisation promoting their first international show. Hopefully lessons from that can be used to give American fans a better show than the Dubai card.
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Filipino promotional powerhouse ALA have announced three of the fighters who will appear on their upcoming Dubai show on August 29th.
The main event will feature the extremely popular and fun to watch Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (35-3, 25) who we expect to see fighting in a 12 round contest. Alongside Bautista will be the unbeaten pairing of Genesis Servania (24-0, 10) and Arthur Villanueva (25-0, 14), who will both be expected to fight in either 10 or 12 round contests.
Although none of the three men have yet had their opponents named it would seem likely they will all be trying to impress in what will be the first ALA show to be fought outside of the Philippines. This could mean that all three face hand picked opponents to make them look good, or they could be matched with skilled opponents to try and move them all towards world title fights. Our guess is only of the 3 will be in a competitive match up though hopefully they will all be moved on next year.
This show, which will be at the Dubai World Trade Center, is the first of two international shows that ALA have planned for this year with the company putting together a November card for the US at the Stub Hub Centre in California. Hopefully shows like these coming ones will help give Filipino boxers some major international exposure and prove there is more to Filipino boxing than just Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire.
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ALA Promotions, the biggest promotional outfit in the Philippines, seem set to take their banner shows "Pinoy Pride" global this year.
The first "Pinoy Pride" of the year will be on March 1st in Pasay City and then we then expect ALA to head to Davao City on April 5th.
With talks about Donnie Neites's rematch with Moises Fuentes still on-going no venue has been set, but if it is the Philippines then that would take place in Bay City in early May.
After those cards all take place their is plans to take Pinoy Pride on the road with a show on June 20th in Dubai before they cross over to the US for a show in San Diego in July.
Whilst no bouts have been set for those shows on foreign soil we'd expect them to feature some of the fighters who have been training in San Diego recently. So that could be Genesis Servania, Arthur Villanueva, Merlito Sabillo or Donnie Nietes. Also it's possible that Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo, who, alongside Servania and Villanueva will be on the March 1st card, could be willing to travel and expose themselves to US conditions at an early stage in their careers.
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