Earlier today it was announced that ALA Promotions, the Filipino promotional power house that controls many of the top Filipino fighters, would be staging their 29th "Pinoy Pride" show on February 7th in Davao City. The card, although not the most stacked of the Pinoy Pride cards, does look like an interesting one and is likely to be a "gateway" show of sorts with with several fighters needing to prove themselves in impressive fashion as opposed to just scoring the win.
One such fighter who will need to impress is world ranked Light Welterweight Jason Pagara (34-2, 21) who will be up against Mexico's Cesar Chavez (23-7, 11). This really is a mismatch and Pagara shouldn't struggle past Chavez, who has been stopped in all 7 losses. However the pressure is on Pagara to look good with ALA promising him bouts in the US if he looks good here. A win may not be enough and instead he may need an impressive knockout against the Mexican visitor.
Another man fighter who will be hoping to impress is the highly touted Genesis Servania (25-0, 11). Servania is in line for a world title fight and appears to be in a contest that is little more than a stay busy bout against Mexico's limited Juan Luis Hernandez (17-3-1, 9). On paper this looks like a decent test but Hernandez's recorded is incredibly padded and Servania is taking a huge step backwards here. Although the pressure is on the 23 year old Filipino to impress he does seem confident and is likely to pursue a bout with WBO/WBA "super" Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux if he wins in impressive fashion here.
A third man who has been signed up for this card and is in desperate need of an impressive performance is Arthur Villanueva (26-0, 14). The very highly ranked 25 year old known as "King Arthur" has been very unimpressive in his last 2 bouts and knows that a slip up here could cost him a potential world title bout in summer, however what he doesn't yet know is who he will be fighting on this show. Unfortunately for Villanueva, who is ranked #1 by the WBO, his clearest shot at a world title would likely see him fighting wunderkind Naoya Inoue and it's a bout that he would clearly be the under-dog in.
ALA Promotions, the biggest promotional outfit in the Philippines, seem set to take their banner shows "Pinoy Pride" global this year.
The first "Pinoy Pride" of the year will be on March 1st in Pasay City and then we then expect ALA to head to Davao City on April 5th.
With talks about Donnie Neites's rematch with Moises Fuentes still on-going no venue has been set, but if it is the Philippines then that would take place in Bay City in early May.
After those cards all take place their is plans to take Pinoy Pride on the road with a show on June 20th in Dubai before they cross over to the US for a show in San Diego in July.
Whilst no bouts have been set for those shows on foreign soil we'd expect them to feature some of the fighters who have been training in San Diego recently. So that could be Genesis Servania, Arthur Villanueva, Merlito Sabillo or Donnie Nietes. Also it's possible that Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo, who, alongside Servania and Villanueva will be on the March 1st card, could be willing to travel and expose themselves to US conditions at an early stage in their careers.
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