Earlier today we were informed of the 3 headline bouts for the upcoming "Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai" card.
The show, ALA's international debut, will take place on August 29th at the Dubai International Convention Center and will be headlined by the sensational Genesis Servania (24-0, 10). Servania, one of the most promising fighters in the Philippines, will be defending his WBO Inter-continental Super Bantamweight in a battle against former world title challenger Jose Cabrera (22-4-2, 10). Cabrera, for those who have a good memory, lost in a WBO Super Flyweight title fight to Omar Andres Narvaez back in 2012 but has filled into a Super Bantamweight for recent bouts.
The co-feature will feature another unbeaten ALA fighter as "King" Arthur Villanueva (25-0, 14) takes on Nicaragua's heavy handed Henry Maldonado (19-3-0-1, 14). We believe this bout will be for the IBF International Super Flyweight title and it promises to be a tough bout for Villanueva who was pushed all the way in his recent bout with Fernando Aguilar. Interestingly Maldonado stopped Aguilar in 6 rounds just a few short weeks ago and he is dangerous.
The chief support bout will be another interesting looking contest as the popular Rey Bautista (35-3, 25) battles Mexican slugger Juan Jose Martinez (19-1, 15). This bout has the ingredients, at least on paper, to be a show stealer and we're hoping that it lives up to that expectation.
Other bouts for the show have yet to be announced but so far this card is looking very good with about 5 weeks left to announce the rest of the card.
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Filipino promotional powerhouse ALA have announced three of the fighters who will appear on their upcoming Dubai show on August 29th.
The main event will feature the extremely popular and fun to watch Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (35-3, 25) who we expect to see fighting in a 12 round contest. Alongside Bautista will be the unbeaten pairing of Genesis Servania (24-0, 10) and Arthur Villanueva (25-0, 14), who will both be expected to fight in either 10 or 12 round contests.
Although none of the three men have yet had their opponents named it would seem likely they will all be trying to impress in what will be the first ALA show to be fought outside of the Philippines. This could mean that all three face hand picked opponents to make them look good, or they could be matched with skilled opponents to try and move them all towards world title fights. Our guess is only of the 3 will be in a competitive match up though hopefully they will all be moved on next year.
This show, which will be at the Dubai World Trade Center, is the first of two international shows that ALA have planned for this year with the company putting together a November card for the US at the Stub Hub Centre in California. Hopefully shows like these coming ones will help give Filipino boxers some major international exposure and prove there is more to Filipino boxing than just Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire.
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Earlier today the hugely popular Filipino banger Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (35-3, 25) secured a massively important win as he over-came Mexico's Sergio Villanueva (26-4-2, 13) via a unanimous decision.
Bautista, who was returning to the ring for the first time since his upset loss, in April 2013, to Jose Ramirez was in dire need of a victory having gone more than 18 months without adding a victory to his record. Thankfully however he managed to show his skills to over come Villanueva.
Bautista's victory came in 1 of 3 "Filipino Vs Mexico" bouts at the SM Mall of Asia earlier today and whilst his performance wasn't the most impressive it'll have been a huge relief for him to just get back to winning ways after so long out of the ring and so long without a win.
We're hoping to see "Boom Boom" return sooner rather than later and hopefully this victory will reinvigorate his love of boxing which, from what we've heard, had dissipated in recent years.
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It's been announced by ALA Gym that former world title challenger Milan Melindo (30-1, 12) will face the world ranked Mexican Martin Tecuapetla (11-5-2, 8) on the Pinoy Pride XXV card.
Although Tecuapetla is't one of the division's most well known names the Mexican is in good form and holds an excellent recent win over Gilberto Parra. That Parra win had helped secure the Mexican fighter a WBA #5 ranking. Interestingly the WBA don't currently rank Melindo so he will be hoping that a victory over Tecuapetla will help him in their rankings.
For Melindo this will be his second bout since he was defeated by Juan Francisco Estrada in a very well fought Flyweight world title fight in Macau. That bout may have been a loss but was an excellent showing from Melindo and we're hoping to seeing him at the top level once again in the next year or two.
The card, which which will be held on May 10th, is headlined by the long awaited rematch between Donnie Nietes (32-1-4, 18) WBO Light Flyweight world champion and Moises Fuentes (19-1-1, 10) and will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It's also set to include a bout with the very popular Rey Bautista (34-3, 25).
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Last week we reported that WBO purse bids for Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes's (32-1-4, 18) rematch with interim Moises Fuentes (19-1-1, 10) had been called off with the parties themselves agreeing terms for the fight. It appears those terms seem to have been favourable to Nietes who has got the much wanted home advantage.
The bout, pencilled in for May 10th, hasn't yet got a venue set though we're now confident to announce that is will be in the the Philippines. At the moment the two venues that are being spoken about are the Mall of Asia Arena and the Araneta Coliseum. Of the two it does appear the Mall of Asia is the most likely at the moment.
This bout, a rematch of a controversial draw in 2013, is going to be a must watch contest and better yet it appears to be joined by an interesting looking under card.
Not only will the show have the WBO Light Flyweight world title bout as it's main event but the card is set to also feature the once beaten Milan Melindo (30-1, 12) and there is a rumour that it could have the hugely popular Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (34-3, 25).
Bautista and Melindo are bother former title challengers. Although both fell short at the top level Bautista is still a huge fan favourite due his style and Melindo is expected to challenge again for a world title somewhere down the line. A big win for either man on this card could put them immediately back in to the title picture.
We're awaiting more details on this show though it looks likely to be a very good "Pinoy Pride" card and hopefully it'll feature some of ALA's young and emerging prospects such as Mark Magsayo and Reymi Castellano Aleye.
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