The next major card from ALA Promotions was announced earlier today, and is set to be a triple header, with the top 3 bouts all being affiliated with the WBO, albeit for a trio of their minor titles.
One of the title bouts will see the once touted Albert Pagara (30-1, 21) defending his WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title against Ghana's George Krampah (14-3, 12). This really should be a straight forward win for Pagara, given the that visitor has been relative inactive in recent years and was stopped in 2 of his last 3, including stoppage losses to Thabo Sonjica and current world champion Isaac Dogboe. Sadly though it doesn't seem like the step forward that the Filipino deserves given his talent and the promise he has.
A much better looking match up will see KJ Cataraja (8-0, 7) take on Victor Hugo Reyes (9-1-1, 7) in a mouth watering match up for the WBO Youth Super Flyweight title. The unbeaten Cataraja is very highly regarded in Asian boxing circles and he has been tipped for major success since turning professional. Despite being highly regarded he hasn't been matched particularly hard, with this being a notable step up in class. Reyes has been matched relatively easily but has been impressive on the Mexican domestic scene, with a good win last time out against Julio Castillo. This really could be the stand out show on the card.
The third title bout will see the hard hitting Jeo Santisima (16-2, 14) take on Mexican Victor Uriel Lopez (13-6-1, 6) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title. The 22 year old Santisima has been one of the most explosive Filipino prospects in recent years and will be favoured here, especially given he is riding a 14 fight winning run. The visitor however is no push over and in 2016 he scored a major upset over Ryo Matsumoto.
Others on the card include Jonas Sultan (14-4, 9) and Ardin Diale (34-12-4, 16), who will be facing against each other, and Arthur Villanueva (32-3, 18), though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
Later today we'll see IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20) defending his title against Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9) in the first all-Filipino world title fight in 93 years. The bout is a highly anticipated one, and despite being a mandatory title defense is actually one of the better bouts made by IBF for their champions, unlike other mandatory mismatches like Ancajas's 2017 bout against Teiru Kinoshita, which always seemed liek a mismatch.
Despite beign an interesting contest it is worth noting that the bookies see it as being pretty one sided. The champion is priced at 1/5 to retain his title with a victory over his countryman, whilst Sultan 51/10 with one UK bookmaker, whilst the draw is available as high as 25/1.
The "To Win" market isn't the only one available for this particular bout isn't the only one available on this bout. There is also a method of victory market. The most likely outcome, according to the bookies, is a decision win for Ancajas, with that result priced at 19/29. A stoppage for the champion is 11/4, which is saying a lot about Sultan's toughness given that Ancajas has stopped 15 of his last 16 foes. Sultan to win by stoppage is a huge 14/1 whilst you can get a massive 20/1 on Sultan to win by decision.
Given the odds on a stoppage a stoppage by either man are quite low it shoudl come as no surprise to learn the bout is expected to go the distance, with odds of 4/7 on the bout going the 12 scheduled rounds, compared to 15/8 on the bout to be stopped inside the distance.
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Later today we'll see IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20) make his 4th defense, and battle in the first all-Filipino world title fight in over 90 years, as he faces Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9) in the US.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the Super Flyweight limit with some room to spare.
On the sclaes the champion was 114.8lbs and looked great on the scales of confidence. Suyltan on the other hand was a little bit lighter at 114.4lbs, though looked in equally impressive shape.
The bout will be the first all-Filipino world title fight since 1925, when Pancho Villa defended the world Flyweight title against Clever Sencio.
At the weigh in Ancajas stated the bout would be a fierce one whilst Sultan stated he had studied Ancajas and that he had dreamed of being a world champion since he was a child. It seems both men are confident here, and both are likely to fight with passion than we typically see from them, given the historic nature of the bout.
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IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20) has had a couple of great years, winning the IBF title in 2016 with a win over McJoe Arroyo and scoring 3 defenses in 2017, beating the likes of Teiru Kinoshita and Jamie Conlan, before adding another defense this past February. He'll be looking to continue that form through the rest of this year.
Next for him is a mandatory defense on May 26th against countryman Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9), in a bout set to be held the US.
The bout will be the 5th defense by the champion and it will see him taking on a Filipino for the first time since his November 2015 victory over Paul Apolinario, a win which has been followed by a 5-0 (4) run at world level. Interestingly Ancajas is riding a 16-0 (15) unbeaten run at the moment, dating back to majority decision loss to Mark Anthony Geraldo way back in March 2012.
As for the challenger Sultan comes into this bout on a strong run of his own, with 5 straight wins, including stoppages on the road over Tatsuya Ikemizu, in Japan, and Makazole Tete in South Africa, and notable victories in the Philippines over Sonny Boy Jaro and John Riel Casimero. He has looked really good in his recent wins and has earned this title fight on the back of the win over Casimero, in what was an IBF world title eliminator.
Interesting the same card is set to feature WBA champion Khalid Yafai (23-0, 14), who defends his title against Mexican challenger David Carmona (21-5-5, 9), who is best known for losing a wide decision to a Naoya Inoue in 2016. Since facing Inoue Carmona has gone 2-1 (1) with losses to Carlos Cuadras and Daniel Lozano. Yafai willis seeking is third defense, following victories over Suguru Muranaka and Sho Ishida. The long term plan is to have the winners of the two bouts face off in a world title unification bout.
Were just over an hour away from "Pinoy Pride 42 Clash for Glory" and the card has two really interesting match ups on it, with both of those bouts having been priced up for British Bettors.
The more significant of those bouts will see Milan Melindo (36-2, 13) defending his IBF Light Flyweight title against former WBA Minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler (31-2, 10). The defending champion is the clear favourite, but it seems like his issues at the weigh in yesterday have seen the odds close more than expected with Melindo being priced at 4/9. The champion, who won the title last time out, looked tremendous in his title win and has home advantage, which is worth noting given he has never lost in the Philippines. Budler on the other hand has been priced at 7/4, showing that whilst he is an under-dog, he is certainly seen as a live one, and there is real respect being shown to his career so far. Budler has never previously fought in Asia, and that could be an issue here for the challenger.
The other bout of note is an all Filipino clash between former 2-weight world champion John Riel Casimero (24-3, 15) and the under-rated Jonas Sultan (13-3, 9). On paper the bout looks like a straight forward win for Casimero, who is now chasing a third divisional weight title, and that seems to be the view of the bookmakers who have him best priced at 2/7. Sultan, who has impressed in recent fights with a string of notable wins, is a 3/1 under-dog and for fans who have seen Sultan's rise in recent times that could be a very attractive price.
Melindo takes on Budler in first defense, but can he come through the stiff test?
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