We've known for a while that Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (31-4-1, 16) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] would be travelling to Cebu City to face Filipino Milan Melindo (34-2, 12) in a bout for the IBF "interim" Light Flyweight title on November 26th. Now we know a fair bit more about the card with the announcement of several under-card fighters.
Among those fighters are the Pagara brothers, Albert Pagara (26-1, 18), returning from his July loss to Cesar Juarez, and his older brother Jason Pagara (39-2, 24), as well as the highly touted Kevin Jake Cataraja (4-0, 3), former OPBF title challenger Jimmy Paypa (18-3-1, 6) and the heavy handed Jeo Santisima (11-2, 10).
The card, dubbed "Pinoy Pride 39" is the next in the long standing ALA series and if good opponents can be brought in for the undercard fighters then the show could be good. It's clear that Albert Pagara will be matched easier than he was last time, when he suffered his first career loss, but the other fighters could all be in interesting tests, with Jason Pagara needing a bout of note after facing limited opponents in recent years, Paypa looking to build on a career best win, Santisima looking to continue a 9 fight T/KO run and Cataraja looking to build on his exciting reputation.
Hopefully opponents will be named by the end of October at the latest.
Earlier today Filipino fans in Pasig City had the chance to see a double title show at the Yñares Sports Arena, and whilst the show did lack international attention it did feature some semi-notable fighters.
Arguably the most well known was former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion (34-7-2, 20) who actually came up short in an attempted defense of the WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title. The 28 year old 2-time world title challenger was dropped in the opening round before being narrowly out-pointed by former OPBF title challenger Jimmy Paypa (18-3-1, 6), who scored his second win since being stopped by Shingo Wake. Paypa, a 22 year old southpaw, claimed his first professional title with this win and will be looking to get into the WBO world rankings in the near future.
On the same card Roberto Gonzales (27-2, 17) claimed the GAB Lightweight title by scoring a stoppage over the previously unbeaten Arjan Canillas (13-1-2, 10), who was stopped in round 7 due to a cut. The loss for Canillas will be a notable setback but at just 22 years old it's not even close to the end of the line for the still promising "Spartan". As for Gonzalez sees him scoring a 7th straight win as he claimed his first career title.
Earlier today was the official weigh in for tomorrows show at the Korakuen Hall. The show's most notable bout is an OPBF Super Bantamweight title bout between defending champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10), defending the belt for the 5th time, and Filipino challenger Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6), who is challenging for his first title.
On the scales Wake was heavier man weighing in at 122lbs exactly, bang on the limit. Wake's weight was pretty consistent with what he's been in recent years and in 6 of his previous 7 bouts he was the same, the one exception was his bout with Jaesung Lee where he was ¼lb lighter than he was today.
As for Paypa he was 121¼lbs. This was his lowest weight since October 2011, when he was 119lbs for his victory over Anthony Sabalde. Notably this is almost 4lbs lighter than he was in last bout, last July against Gadwin Tubigon, and more than 4lbs lighter than his only previous bout in Japan, a technical last May against Tsuyoshi Tameda.
What was probably more interesting however was the height advantage enjoyed by Wake who looks to be 3" if not 4" taller than his challenger.
For Wake this is a huge fight and a win is expected to move him on to a world title fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux in the summer. For Paypa it's an opportunity to upset the applecart and possibly land himself a major bout down the line.
Gary Hyde indicates Wake Vs Rigondeaux is likely later this year!
Wake battles Paypa as he continues his hunt for a world title [preview]
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Second poster released for Shingo Wake Vs Jimmy Paypa, makes clear hint Wake wants Rigondeaux next!
Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) is less than 3 weeks away from the 5th defense of his OPBF Super Bantamweight title, a bout that will see him take on Filipino challenger Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6). Despite that he's been clear in his intentions to chase WBA "Super" and WBO Super Bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10) and although he's not over-looked Paypa he's been open that he is eager to fight for a world title.
Today Wake posted up an image for a second poster for his bout with Paypa, and this poster has a very clear message at the top. "The road to the Strongest".
Rigondeaux is the man widely regarded as the strongest fighter in the division and for Wake it seems that this bout is the next step on the road to Rigondeaux. In many ways this makes Wake different to every other notable fighter in the division in that he actually wants a fight with the much avoided Cuban "Jackal".
Although Rigondeaux is highly skilled and widely regarded as the clear #1 in the division he has really struggled to secure fights in recent times. This has partly been due to American TV effectively blackballing him for his style and also down to other fighters avoiding him, suggesting he is high-risk and low-reward. This has seen fellow champions, such as Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, all put off fights with the Cuban. Instead it's been down to fighters from the east to challenge the Cuban, in fact 3 of Rigondeaux's last 4 opponents have been Asian including Hisashi Amagasa, who really increased his standing in the sport with his brave effort against Rigondeaux on New Year's Eve.
Incidentally Wake was supposed to be the man in the ring with Rigondeaux at the end of last year though promotional issues and problems with television saw Amagasa getting the chance instead of Wake.
(Image courtesy of Shingo Wake's blog)
Earlier this month we reported that OPBF Super Bantwamweight champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) would be returning to the ring on February 27th to defend his title for the 5th time. When we reported that we noted that no opponent had been named though there had been strong suspicion that Filipino fighter Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6) was the most likely candidate for the fight. Today it turns out we were right and Paypa has officially been named as Wake's up coming opponent.
The match up has been a strange one to make with the men originally trying to get a fight made for December 30th last year before various issues forced that to be cancelled and, at one point, it seemed that Wake was heading to retirement following a real fall out with his promotional team. The result of their cancellation last year saw Paypa being contacted by a Korean promoter, Andy Kim of AK Promotions, who then lined Paypa up for a fight with Korea's Jaesung Lee for the beginning of March. That fight was it's self cancelled when Wake's team came calling for Paypa for late February.
Although this bout has only been officially announced a month before fight night it's very unlikely either man will have complaints about the notice for the fight. Paypa was, as mentioned, set to fight in March and so he'll have been in a training camp already whilst Wake has been posting up training pictures on his blog in recent days and was well aware that he would have a bout early in the year.
As well the announcement of this particular bout it was also restated that Wake would be aiming for world honours later in the year with a world title bout his clear aim for 2015. He will, of course, need to defeat Paypa for that dream to continue.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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