In Malaysia tomorrow we get a number of very interesting match ups. One of those is a WBA "interim" Featherweight title bout as unbeaten Filipino Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16) steps up in class to face Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12). The match up looks excellent on paper, especially given the styles of the two men involved, and has the potential to be the show stealing contest on what looks to be one of the best shows of 2018.
Earlier the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men successfully came in under the 126lb Featherweight limit
On the scales Tepora was the lighter man, weighing in at 125.4lbs. The Filipino, who began his career as a professional back in 2012 as a Flyweight, appeared to have grown into his frame and he looked strong and powerful at the weigh in, not looking like a fighter who had moved up several divisions in such a short amount of time. It's worth noting that this was one of the heaviest weights of his career, though he has been 126lb exactly on the scales before, and he is 3-0 (3) in bouts above the Super Bantamweight limit of 122lbs.
Mexican fighter Ortega weighed in at 125.6lb, which is also comfortably under the limit. Liek Tepora we've seen ORtega's weight vary a lot, he's has fought as high as Lightweight, early in his career, and as low as Super Bantamweight. Saying that however he does seem most natural at Featherweight, where he has beaten the likes of Tomas Rojas and Drian Francisco.
This bout has been priced by the bookies and they have ut as somethign of a mismatch, with Tepora the favourite, priced at 1/3. A win for Tepora would seriously put hm on the map and help him rise to becoming one of the names in Filipino boxing, and would come less than 48 hours after countryman Vic Saludar claimed the WBO Minimumweight title, out pointing Ryuya Yamanaka in Japan. Ortega on the other hand is best priced at 5/2 to win, suggesting he's the under-dog, but a live under-dog all the same.
Relayed - Tepora and Ortega clash for interim crown!
Professional boxing can be a cray sport to involve yourself in at times. It can also be a wonderful one, with surprises, excitement, anticipation and some amazing times. One of those amazing times was waking up today to see that the bout sheet for the WBA Welterweight title bout between Filipino challenger Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38) and Argentinian champion Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-0-1, 36) had been released.
Not only had the bout list been made public but that it was set to be a special show with 3 really good bouts on it.
Two of those bouts had been known about for a while.
One was an IBO Featherweight title bout between unbeaten Filipino Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16) and once beaten Mexican Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12). This bout has the ingredients to be a very memorable fight with both men being exciting southpaws who come to fight. Tepora is currently riding a 5 fight stoppage run win includes a big KO last September against Lusanda Komanisi for the IBO's Inter-Continental strap, in what was Tepora's first fight outside of the Philippines. Ortega on the other hand has bounced back will from his sole loss, a 2016 defeat to Eduardo Ramirez, and comes into this bout on the back of wins over Tomas Rojas and Drian Francisco.
Another bout that had been in talks was an IBF Flyweight title bout between former champion Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24) and Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6). This bout was ordered originally as an eliminator but when Donnie Nietes left the division the title got put on the line and progress was made quickly to get it on this card. This should be a great test to see how good Waseem really is and what Mthalane has left. If the South African is half the fighter he was he is still a major threat at Flyweight whilst Waseem has promised a lot but has failed to get the financial backing needed to deliver on that promise.
Along with the bouts we already knew about was a huge surprise, stating that newly crowned WBA Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16) would be defending his title against Chinese novice Lu Bin (1-0, 1) [呂斌]. Canizales won the title this past March, taking a very hotly contested decision win over Reiya Konishi in Japan and looked like a man who could box or bang in a really good fight. Bin on the other hand made his professional debut last September before returning to the amateur ranks and winning a Chinese national title earlier this year.
With a record of 1-0 going in to the fight Bin is looking to set a new male world record for the fewest fights to win a world title, breaking the joint record of Saensak Muangsurin and Vasyl Lomachenko. It is however a huge ask, no matter how good the Chinese fighter was in the amateurs and various AIBA off shoots of professional boxing, including the APB where he did win a world title. He is a divisional wildcard, given how strong his pedigree is, but this is still a monster test for the 23 year old from Jinan.
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