Earlier today ALA held a small, yet notable, card in Bohol where a number of top prospects picked up their latest wins.
The least experienced of the prospects to pick up a win was 22 year old Regie Suganob (3-0, 1), who over-came fellow young hopeful John Paul Gabunilas (2-1, 1) with a 6 round unanimous decision. Suganob had won the Philippine National Games title last year as an amateur and is regarded as a genuinely promising youngster and taking on a fellow unbeaten this early shows the belief his team have in him.
The very highly regarded Japanese-Filipino Go Hosaka (4-0, 3) scored his latest win as he took out the over-matched Kim Lindog (5-8-1, 4) in 3 rounds. Whilst this was a mismatch the result is a very impressive one for Hosaka given that Lindog had only been stopped once before in his career. Coming in to this Lindog had lost his previous 4, but had gone the distance with the likes of Ben Mananquil and Ronnie Baldonado, so for Hosaka to stop him this early in his career is noteworthy to say the least.
Another mismatch saw the incredibly talented KJ Cataraja (11-0, 8) score a 3rd round TKO over the experienced, but limited, Crison Omayao (24-21-5, 8). The talented Cataraja was fighting for the second time this year and this bout was more a case of keeping him busy rather than developing on what he'd done last year, including an excellent win over Victor Hugo Reyes. For Omayao this was an 10th stoppage loss in 50 bouts, and we really need to wonder why his team keep allowing him in with fighters who are so out of his depth.
An even bigger mismatch saw the world ranked Christian Bacolod (12-0, 9) take out domestic journeyman Michael Camelion (10-13-2, 8) inside a round. Despite Bacolod struggling past Christoval Furog last November we don't see any excuse for him to be taking on an opponent like Camelion, who has now been stopped 8 times in his 13 losses.
Earlier today ALA held a press conference to announce Idol 4, the next show in their second tier series of cards. The shows isn't a huge one, and is clearly a level behind their premier Pinoy Pride cards, but is still an excellent one set to take place at the Minglanilla Sports Complex in Minglanilla on November 10th.
The main talking point from the announcement was ALA matching together two former world title challengers, Melvin Jerusalem (13-2, 8) and Toto Landero (10-3-2, 2). Although it's not a world title fight it is an amazing match up between two fighters who have ran world champions incredibly close on foreign soil.
In 2017 Jerusalem pushed Wanheng Menayothin all the way in a WBC title fight. Despite losing to Wanheng, and then losing again to Joey Canoy, he is a genuine world class fighter who is almost certainly going to get a second world title fight in the near future. Landero on the other hand came up short to WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart this past March. This is about as a good of a domestic match up that the Filipino scene could give us.
Another interesting match up on this card will see Esneth Domingo (10-0, 6) risk his unbeaten record against Reymark Taday (9-6-1, 4), in what should be a solid test for Domingo. The 19 year old Domingo, who will be 20 by the time this show rolls around, has been gradually stepping up his competition and this looks to be a very credible step up in class Taday has gone 1-4-1 in his last 6 but is tough and should be a very interesting assignment for the youngster.
One other really good domestic match up will see the highly touted Christian Bacolod (9-0, 7) risk his unbeaten record against Christoval Furog (5-0, 2) in what could turn out to be the bout of the show.
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