Tomorrow we'll see Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22) go up against Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29) in a bout for the vacant IBF Light Flyweight title.
Interesting the bout has been priced up for Polish bettors, with Polish sports betting website STS pricing the bout up and making Alvarado the betting favourite. Alvarado has been priced at 1.40, which is the same as 2/5 or -250, with the company. Petalcorin on the other hand is 2.50, the equivalent of 3/2 or +150, to score the upset.
The website doesn't just have the "To Win" market, but also method of victory.
An Alvarado stoppage win is 3.0, the equivalent of 2/1 or +200, whilst a decision for the Nicaraguan is 2.5. A stoppage for the Filipino is 6.0, a huge 5/1 or +500, whilst a decision victory for Petalcorin is 4.0, the same as 3/1 or +300.
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Tomorrow fight fans in the Philippines will be able to see an excellent bout for the vacant IBF Light Flyweight title, as Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22) takes on feared Nicaraguan puncher Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29).
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made weight on their first attempt with no issues.
On the scales the Filipino fighter was bang on the 108lb limit, and looked in great shape. Alvarado on the other hand was under the limit at 107lbs, and was also in impressive condition, though looked slightly drained around the face.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be televised on ESPN5 in the Philippines from 7PM local time.
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Earlier today former IBF Minimumweight world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人] got the chance to kick off his Light Flyweight campaign, as he faced off against Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-1-2, 8).
On paper it was a good test for Kyoguchi at Light Flyweight, but proved to be a mismatch as the former world champion easily over-came the visitor.
The Japanese fight applied his trademark pressure from the off and got to work on the inside. Monabesa tried to fight him off, but struggled to get through the guard of the local favourite.
The Indonesian knew he had to fight back, but was punished for it in round 3 when he suffered the first knockdown of the fight, late in the round. The Indonesian got back to his feet and fought back hard at the start of round 4, but was dropped again. Monabesa showed how brave he was by trying to continue to fight back, but a vicious uppercut wobbled him hard before he dropped for the third time, and caused the referee to halt the bout. The official time was 2 minutes 20 seconds of round 4.
Following the bout Kyoguchi's promoter Hitoshi Watanabe let it be known that his was looking to face the winner of the upcoming IBF title fight between Nicaraguan puncher Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29) and slick Filipino Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22), who fight on October 21st in Manila. That appears to be a decision that will allow Kyoguchi's stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一] a chance to rematch WBA champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10).
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Back in August MP Promotions won the purse bid for an IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between former champion Lee Haskins (35-4, 14) and unheralded Filipino Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8). The winning bid was a tiny $26,000, will be split 60/40 in favour of Haskins, and it was through that the former champion would else where for his next bout. Instead it seems that the Englishman is happy to accept the pay day to face Demecillo with the two teams now said to have agreed a venue and date for the fight.
According to multiple sources the bout has been added the October 21st card in Manila, which is set to be headlined by a IBF Light Flyweight world title bout between Nicaraguan puncher Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29) and slick boxing Filipino Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22).
The bout will be a huge step up in class for the 26 year old Demecillo, though he has performed well as an under-dog in the past, beating the likes of Daryl Basadre and Vyacheslav Mirzaev in bouts he was expected to lose. As for Haskins it's a huge chance to put himself back in the title mix at the age of 35. The "Playboy", who claimed the IBF title back in 2015 by stopping Ryosuke Iwasa before losing it in his third defense, will know that a win here secures him another shot at the gold, whilst a loss likely ends his career.
The winner of the Demecillo Vs Haskins bout would become the leading IBF contender, though would certainly have to wait for a shot at the title, as it's tied up in the soon to begin World Boxing Super Series. That title is actually being defended in a mandatory bout on October 20th as part of the WBSS with Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12) defending it against Jason Moloney (17-0, 14) and the winner will progress to the WBSS semi-final before the final takes place. Only then is the winner of the eliminator likely to get a shot at the belt, which could end up being unified with the WBA and WBO titles, or could be left vacant by the winner who may decide to pursue new tests at Super Bantamweight.
Earlier this month saw news break that feared Nicaraguan puncher Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29) would be facing off with Filipino Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22) in an IBF Light Flyweight title bout in Melbourne, Australia in October. Now plans have changed, slightly, with the bout now being staged in the Philippines, with Manila expected to be hosting the bout.
The contest was set up after Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10) vacated the belt, rather than face Alvarado in a mandatory title bout with a very low purse bid. For Budler the focus seems to be on retaining the WBA "super" title which he is expected to defend on New Year's Eve in Japan against Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人].
As a result of the vacancy Alvarado and Petalcorin were ordered to negotiate with the bout originally planned for Australia, where Petalcorin has fought a number of his recent bouts. That however has been changed after a better financial offer has been made to host the fight in the Philippines, giving Petalcorin a fully fledged home advantage for the bout, which is set for October 31st.
For the Filipino this will be his first world title bout, though he is a former WBA "interim" Light Flyweight champion and sees him take on his most dangerous opponent so far. As for Alvarado the bout will be his third shot at a world title, with his only losses coming in world title bouts to Kazuto Ioka and Juan Carlos Reveco which have interestingly both both occurred on his opponents home turf, Japan and Argentina respectively.
Although the title is vacant at the moment, few will argue with the quality of the future champion. Both Petalcorin and Alvarado are highly regarded in arguably the deepest division in the sport. Petalcorin has long been viewed as one of the best Filipino hopes in the sport whilst Alvarado is a noted and feared threat in the division, who earned his shot at the gold with a scary KO win over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr in an eliminator last year.
We're not going to lie, we're incredibly excited about this one and can't wait for October 21st!
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