Filipino fans are in for a treat at the end of the month courtesy of the recently announced "Tibay Ng Pinoy 8" card.
The main event of the show features GAB Light Welterweight champion Adones Cabalquinto (19-0, 12) defending his title against limited compatriot Jonel Gadapan (9-7-2, 5).
Cabalquinto is genuinely talented fighter with solid power and an impressive looking record, at least on paper. Sadly however the 26 year old appears to be toiling his career away with nothing bouts becoming all too frequent and helping pad out his record which has been lacking in term of quality wins in recent years. Cabalquinto claimed his title in March 2012 when he out pointed Dan Nazareno Jr. He has since defended it 3 times, including a good win against Romeo Jakosalem. Unfortunately however the other wins have been against poor opposition.
As for Gadapan he's won just 1 of his last 4 bouts, scoring an upset over Yuji Itani in Japan last year. Notably 2 of his recent losses have been by stoppage, and 5 of his 7 defeats have come early. Unfortunately he's been beat every time he has stepped up in class and we expect that to continue here.
Hopefully a win for Cabalquinto will see him moved towards an OPBF title fight or a bout with more intrigue than this apparent mismatch.
The rest of the card features some solid name, such as Jerwin Ancajas and Aston Palicte however they are both in mismatches. On paper the best bout of the show will see Drian Francisco (27-2-1, 21) take on Jason Canoy (23-5-2, 17) in what appears to be a really good looking match up, much better than the title bout that will act as the headline contest.
(Image of Cabalquinto courtesy of boxrec.com)
In recent months we've seen both Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev really begin to make a mark on the US boxing scene. In the coming months several other highly regarded Asian fighters will be looking to join them.
On July 12th Filipino puncher Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19) travels to Las Vegas and fights on ESPN "Friday Night Fights". This will be Francisco's second fight in the US though his opponent, Chris Avalos (21-2, 16), is much better than Javier Gallo who Francisco faced back in November 2012.
Just a day later Japan's Takahiro Ao (23-3-1, 10), a former WBC Super Featherweight champion, fights in California. Ao faces American based Chilean Hardy Paredes (16-11, 10). For Ao this will not only be his first fight since losing his world title to Gamaliel Diaz but will also be his US debut.
We've got to admit that we hope this starts a bit of a movement of Asian fighters regularly trying to make a name for themselves stateside. Of course we love the domestic scenes through out Asia but it's still nice to see the fighters testing themselves, likewise we love it when we see international faces fighting in Asia.
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