Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans saw an enthralling contest between two young fighters each looking to establish themselves as one of the leading Featherweight prospects in Asia.
The bout pitted hard hitting local favourite Tsuyoshi Tameda (12-1-2, 10) against unbeaten Filipino visitor Mark Bernaldez (15-1, 10) in what looked like one of the best match ups of the week. In the ring it proved to be a bout that lived up to expectation with both men landing their share of bit shots, before Tamada eventually over-came the Filipino.
Early on it was Bernaldez who was having the more notable success landing hard shot to the head of Tameda. In round 3 and 4 however the bout started to turn in favour of Tameda as he began to up the pace and break down the body of the Filipino. The change in tactics saw Bernaldez being slow ground down and eventually being dropped in round 7. The knockdown spurred on the Filipino though he was swiftly down again before being stopped.
At 23 years old this will be a hard loss for Bernaldez but one that he can rebuild from, time is certainly on his side. As for the 21 year old Tameda, this is a really oustanding win and should push him on to the verges of a regional title bout.
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We've had a few announcements today though arguably the most exciting was one regarding a match up between two young and promising young fighters who have agreed to face off on August 5th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The bout is unlikely to elicit major interest in the West but it's one of those match ups that should have local fans genuinely licking their lips.
The match up pits once beaten Japanese puncher Tsuyoshi Tameda (11-1-2, 9) up against talented and fast rising Filipino Mark Bernaldez (15-0, 10). There's no title up for grabs but the winner will have notched the most notable victory of their career so far, and will have "proven" themselves as a serious "one to watch".
Tokyo's very own Tameda is a 21 year old who is viewed as the hope of the Yonekura gym. He began his career in 2011 and won his first 4 bouts before suffering a split decision draw to Masayuki Ito, and regular fans of the site will know how highly we rate Ito. The draw with Ito was then followed by a majority draw against Joji Senba, in the East Japan Rookie of the Year final. Since his sole loss Tameda has gone 7-0-1 (6) with his only mark coming via a technical draw with Jimmy Paypa in May 2014. Although not the most polished fighter Tameda is strong and powerful and appears to be improving with every fight.
Bernaldez, a 23 year old from Cebu City, has long been considered as a prospect with real potential, though hasn't really turned that ability into notable results as of yet. The talented Filipino is unbeaten through his career, which also began in 2011, though his most notable wins to date have come against the likes of JR Mendoza, Marvin Tampus and Cristian Abila, domestic journeyman. This is a big step up in class for the Filipino but a win really would move him towards an OPBF title fight later in the year and help him move to more testing match ups in the near future.
At the moment no other details regarding this card have been released, though this really is a brilliant main event to the show an hopefully we'll get a solid under-card to help support it.
Earlier today the Cebu Daily News reported the expected match ups from the ALA show "Pinoy Pride XXII".
The show held at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino is to take place on October 26th and feature two major bouts.
In the headline bout the unbeaten Genesis Servania (22-0, 8) faces former world title challenger Rafael Concepcion (18-6-1, 8). Filipino fans may remember Concepcion giving Nonito Donaire a hard time a few years back and we'd expect him to give Servania an equally tough contest.
In the co-main event the very promising Arthur Villanueva (23-0, 13) defends his unbeaten record and like Servania he is also facing a former world title challenger as he battles Mexican Jose Cabrera (22-3-2, 10). Cabrera, who fought Omar Andres Narvaez last year for the WBO Super Flyweight title should prove to be a good test for Villanueva.
The chief undercard bout sees former OPBF champion Roli Gasca (20-4-1, 5) taking on Indonesian Lande Olin (11-4, 7). Olin, who was stopped last time out in the Philippines by Diarh Gabutan will be fighting for the first time in just over a year.
The rest of the details on the undercard have mentioned that Mark Vincent Bernaldez (11-0, 7) will face Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (10-5-1, 5) and the very promising Jessel Mark Magsayo (3-0, 2) will face fellow Filipino Hagibis Quinones (3-10-1, 2). Saying all that however Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth is also thought to be on a card, the following week, in Korea.
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