Tomorrow in Davao City fans will get the chance to see the next chapter in the career of several promising Filipino fighters as they take part in Pinoy Pride 29. Today those fighters took part in their weigh-in, and thankfully they all made weight.
Among those at the weigh in was fast rising prospect Mark Magsayo (9-0, 7) who was on the Featherweight limit of 126lbs for his fight with Thai visitor Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-3, 8), who was 124½lbs on the scales. For Magsayo this is a big step up in class though seems to prove he is a Featherweight fighter, something that can't be said of the Thai who was 132lbs last time out, when he was stopped by China's IK Yang in 8 rounds.
Possibly the most exciting the fighter on the card is Super Bantamweight hopeful Genesis Servania (25-0, 11) who was 121lbs just like his Mexican opponent Juan Luis Hernandez (17-3-1, 9). For Pagara this was the same weight as he was last March when he beaten former world champion Alexander Munoz whilst Hernandez was 3lbs lighter than he was last time out, when he beat Pedro Palma with a 6 round unanimous decision.
Another of the exciting fighters on the card is Light Welterweight Jason Pagara (34-2, 21) who was 138lbs on the sclaes, a full 1lb lighter than his Mexican opponent Cesar Chavez (24-7, 12). This was Pagara's lightest weight in over 4 years, in fact his lowest since he was the same weight for his October 2010 fight with Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat, Chavez has also come in lighter than usual who has only been lighter 3 times in his career, with the most recent of those being his opening round blow out to Sergio Thompson on December 2013, when he weighed 138¾lbs.
Although we have quickly mentioned 3 bouts we need to admit that one other bout really stands out. That's the Super Flyweight clash between the unbeaten Arthur Villanueva (26-0, 14) and former Flyweight champion Julio Cesar Miranda (38-11-1, 29). Villanueva, who brings a very strong selection of world rankings, was 115lbs on the scales just slightly more than his Mexican foe who was 114½lbs. For the Filipino this has been his general weight though he is ½lb heavier than he was when he struggled past Henry Maldonado last year and 1lb lighter than he was when he struggled to over-come Fernando Aguilar. Miranda on the other hand who is 3lbs lighter than he was in his last 2 bouts, though he is also 3lbs heavier than he was when he won his world title back in 2010, when he stopped Filipino Richie Mepranum.
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