On Saturday night in the US Genisis Libranza (17-1, 10) will be taking a huge step up in class as he takes on multi-time world title challenger Carlos Buitrago (30-4-1-1, 17), as part of the under-card for Manny Pacquiao's bout with Adrien Broner.
The little known Filipino prospect, is fighting outside of the Philippines for just the third time in his career, and is facing his second more notable opponent to date, following a 2017 bout with Moruti Mthalane. Despite being relatively unknown, even by those who follow the Asian scene, Libranza is the clear betting favourite, with UK bookies pricing him at 1/16 to win the bout.
Nicaraguan fighter Buitrago, who's losses have all come to world class fighters in the form of Knockout CP Freshmart, Hiroto Kyoguchi and Angel Acosta, is a huge 8/1 to win. That's a huge price given that level he has fought at, even if he has suffered some serious damage in the losses to Kyoguchi and Acosta.
The draw is a huge 33/1.
On the same card we'll also see another once beaten Filipino hopeful, with Jayar Inson (18-1, 12) taking on American foe Jonathan Steele (8-2-1, 6). Inson, like countryman Libranza, is the clear betting favourite here, and is priced at 1/8 to win, whilst Steele is a 7/1 under-dog. As with the other bout, the draw is available at 33/1
Earlier this year we saw Filipino fighter Jhack Tepora (22-0, 17) announce himself on the world stage, winning the WBA "interim" Featherweight title in Malaysia by stopping Edivaldo Ortega in 9 rounds. He's been out of the ring since that win, in July but now looks set to defend the title in January.
The unbeaten Filipino will be part of the January 19th PBC card as the MGM Grand, which will be shown on Showtime and headlined by Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) facing off with Adrien Broner (33-3-1-1, 24).
Until today Tepora's opponent was totally unknown, though Linea Directa have now reported that the front runner is big punching Mexican Hugo Ruiz (38-4, 33), who is just waiting to get his visa sorted before being confirmed for the bout. Ruiz is training for the bout and has signed to fight Tepora on the card, with the bout agreed in principle.
Ruiz is a former WBA "interim" Bantamweight champion and WBC "super" Bantamweight champion, who has lost to Koki Kameda, Julio Ceja and Hozumi Hasegawa and will be looking to become a "3-weight champion". It's also been revealed that he really struggled to make the 122lb Super Bantamweight limit, hence moving up in weight for this bout.
It's also been reported that Filipino hopefuls Jayar Inson (18-1, 12) and Genesis Libranza (17-1, 10) will be on the card, though their opponents haven't yet been confirmed.
The Spanish article about Ruiz challenging Tepora can be read here on the Linea Directa website.
Exciting Filipino boxer-puncher Jay-ar Inson (18-1, 12) put his name on the map in 2016 when he bullied Ryota Yada en route to a 7th round TKO to win the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title. Since then he has continued to build his reputation and today he successfully defended the GAB Welterweight title by stopping former OPBF Super Featherweight king Allan Tanada (15-8-3, 7).
The bout started with Inson using his size and reach advantage well, landing his jab and making the most of his powerful straight left hand. Tanada had moments, but really struggled with the dimensions of the champion, who simply looked too big. Due to the reach advantages of Inson it looked like Tanada had to take risks, and in round 2 he began over-reaching and trying to force things things to happen. That had some success, but more often than not he was left hitting air and being backed up. One of the few times Tanada landed, with a big right hand, it just seemed to tick off Inson who found a new level of intensity to his work.
To begin round 3 we had a bit of a firefight, with both throwing big shots. Neither landed too much clean to begin with but Inson would again take over the round and land some clean body shots and a vicious combination with Tanada on the ropes. By now it was becoming clear that Tanada was out of his depth, but game and he managed to land some solid right hands as Inson tried to crank up the aggression. In round 4 Inson almost paid for his aggression as he got caught by a big counter as he followed when he thought Tanada was hurt. The shot from Tanada that seemed to buzz Inson was little more than a shot of desperation whilst he was on the ropes. Soon after freeing himself from the ropes Tanada would be caught by a looping, wild, left hand from Inson and a follow up would send him down.
Tanada's team knew he stood little chance and quickly got in to save their man, who looked like he would have continue given the chance but would have done so for little more than extra punishment, with his team sensibly saving him for another day.
For Inson this is a 5th straight win, and follows good victories over Yancheng Jin, Romeo Jakosalem and Tessy Tzouramanis. As for Tanada this is his third stoppage loss and his 6th defeat in 8 bouts. At the age of 26 Tanada is already a man who has seen better days, and we wonder how much he has left in his career.
Last year we saw Filipino puncher Jayar Inson (13-0, 9) impress as he stopped Japan's Ryota Yada and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight, putting himself on the boxing map in the process. The bout wasn't the most well officiated bout, with the referee trying to give Yada verious breaks, but Yada took it out of the officials hands with a 7th round TKO in a bout that was featured on the excellent Boxingraise.
It now seems like Inson will again be on the road and fighting in hostile territory with reports suggesting the "Hitman" will be back in the ring on May 23rd to take on fellow puncher Thulani Mbenge (9-0, 9), who has stopped his 9 victims in a combined 15 rounds.
The bout does have one issue to over-come before being a done deal, it will depend on Mbenge getting past his April 23rd foe Shaun Ness (10-1-2, 5) in a bout for the South African Welterweight title. If Mbenge gets through that, as his team are expecting, he will be added to the the Gauteng card headlined by a contest between Melvin Jerusalem (11-1, 7) and Simphiwe Khonco (17-5, 7), who will trade blows for the IBO Minimumweight title.
For those who haven't seen Inson's big win over Yada that is featured below from Fan Cam footage of the contest.
Earlier today Japanese fans in Osaka saw a WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title bout as local hopeful Ryota Yada (12-4, 10) [矢田 良太] took on Filipino puncher Jayar Inson (13-0, 9), with Inson fighting as a Welterweight for the first time during his career.
Although Inson was going up in weight, having made his name at Lightweight, it was he who came out on top and looked like the puncher through out the bout, en route to scoring a 7th round TKO over the Japanese fighter.
From the early stages it looked like Inson was the more rounded fighter, as well as the man with the heavier hands. That was clear in round 3, when Yada suffered his first knockdown of the fight. Yada managed to recover, and fight back, but never looked comfortable with Inson's power hurting him repeatedly. That hurt was seen again in round when Yada was cut over the right eye from a punch and again in round 7 when he was dropped again.
Although Yada was allowed to continue after being dropped for the first time in rouns 7 the bout didn't last much longer with the Japanese fighter being dropped for a third time, and ultimately being stopped.
For Yada the loss was a massive set back but for Inson the win has really put him on the map and will likely result in a fringe world ranking with the WBO, a genuine reward for an upset win.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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