The announcement was that a Filipino puncher Junjesie Ibgos (11-1, 9) would be battling with Australian Valentine Borg (13-2, 8) for the title, with the two men set to meet on March 4th at the Club Punchbowl in New South Wales. For both men it will be the biggest fight of their career and could, potentially, set up a match up with the destructive Al Rivera, the current OPBF champion.
For 22 year old southpaw Ibgos the bout will be his first outside of the Philippines, and his first title bout. Although heavy handed his last 3 bouts have gone the distance, including a loss to the then unbeaten Jerry Castroverde in early 2015 and a win last time out against William George. Although relatively unproven Ibgos has shown some nasty power on the domestic scene and will be looking to use that power here against Borg to secure the biggest win of his career.
For Borg the bout sees him looking to claim the most notable title of his career, though he has previously held a national title and minor regional titles, including the IBO Asia Pacific Youth title. Notably all his previous titles have been won at Lightweight and this bout will be his first real test as a Light Welterweight. Notably he has twice suffered stoppage losses, including a frightening one back in 2014 to Joebert De los Reyes.
The bout is set to be one of 3 title contests on the show, along with an OPBF "silver" Middleweight title fight between Mark Lucas (7-0, 3) and Samuel Colomban (24-9-1, 11). In theory the winner of this would be set for a shot at Japanese puncher Koki Tyson (11-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝], who will be defending the OPBF title in April.