Just moments ago we saw former world title challenger Randy Petalcorin (30-3-1, 23) get on the comeback trial, as he scored a 3rd round win over Thai journeyman Worawatchai Boonjan (14-22-1, 13), aka Phupha Por Nobnom.
The match, Petalcorin's first since losing in an IBF world title fight to Felix Alvarado, was a mismatch from the off and the Filipino showed no real sign of being gun shy as he quickly figured out the Thai.
Worawatchai was dropped in round 2, as Petalcorin began to hunt an early finish, and finished off the following round, being dropped again and looking very sorry for himself.
Although this was clearly a confidence building match up for Petalcorin he did what he was supposed to do, and it clearly going to be moved into bigger fights going forward. For the Thai he did his job of losing, and making Petalcorin look great. Fingers crossed Petalcorin steps up quickly and gets better tests than this before fighting at world level again.
Yesterday Filipino promotional outfit Sanman Promotions announced their next card to feature on ESPN5 in the Philippines, set for June 8th, and it's a pretty interesting one with several notable names, mixing top Filipino prospects with a former world title challenger and a former world champion.
The most notable fight on the card will see unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (12-0, 6) take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Ekkawit Songnui (49-6-1, 26), aka Kwanthai Sithmorseng, in a 10 round bout. This looks interesting on paper, given the gulf in experience, but it's hard to see past the younger, bigger, fresher Mama.
Another world level name on this show is Randy Petalcorin (29-3-1, 22), who is taking on Thai journeyman Worawatchai Boonjan (14-21-1, 13), aka Phupha Por Nobnom.
For Petalcorin this will be his first bout since losing to Felix Alvarado in an IBF Light Flyweight world title fight last October, whilst the visitor will look to end a 2-fight losing streak.
Another of the top prospects on this card is the all action Carl Jammes Martin (12-0, 11), who returns to the ESPN5 screens as he takes on unbeaten Indian visitor Rakesh Lohchab (6-0, 2). Martin made his TV debut last time out, stopping Petchchorhae Kokietgym in thrilling fashion and looks like a true "made for TV" fighter, so fingers crossed he puts on another showcase here.
One other bout set for TV is an all-Filipino show down between the unbeaten Dave Apolinario (10-0 6) an the once promising, though now very much faltering, Dexter Alimento (13-6, 9). Apolinario has shone on ESPN5 shows in the past, and looked an elite level prospect earlier in the year when he defeated Romshane Sarguilla, and he appears to have all the tools to go a very, very long way. Alimention on the other hand has been stopped in his last 3, is win-less in in his last 4 and is 2-6 in his last 8.
As with the other ESPN5 cards this is expected to be streamed around the globe courtesy of ESPN5's youtube account.
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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(Image courtesy of Sanman Promotions)
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).
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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