With March 7th now just a few weeks away we were awaiting updates regarding the bouts set to be featured on the "Showdown at the Sands" card headlined by the IBF Flyweight title fight between unbeaten champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5) and unbeaten Chinese star Zou Shiming (6-0, 1). Thanks to the excellent Mark Butcher and Boxing Monthly we now have more details on the card and the bouts that are confirmed for it.
We've known for almost a month that China's Ik Yang (18-0-0-1, 13) would be fighting in an IBF Light Welterweight eliminator against Thailand's Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-2-1, 18). That bout was one of two undercard bouts that we knew were set. The other was a Light Middleweight clash between Glen Tapia (22-1, 14) and Daniel Dawson (40-4-1, 26) which also appears set to go ahead.
Although we hadn't been sure of his opponent we had known that Hong Kong's Rex Tso (15-0, 9) was penciled in for the show. Today we've been informed that Tso will be up against Michael Enriquez (10-2-1, 6) of the Philippines. Tso is thought to be defending his WBA International Super Flyweight title in this bout though there is also the rumour that this will be a final eliminator for the WBA world title, currently held by Kohei Kono.
A surprise addition to this card is Filipino banger Aston Palicte (16-1, 14) who will be up against Ismael Garnica (13-5-1-1, 5) of Mexico. British fans may recall Garnica as being the tough fighter that Paul Butler fought late last year and going on the evidence of that bout he could give Palicte a difficult bout here in what is a huge opportunity for the exciting Filipino fighter.
At the moment we also believe that Abner Lopez (22-4, 19), who notably upset Aik Shakhnazaryan earlier this year, Macau's very own Kuok Kun Ng (6-0, 2) and Zhou Yun Fei (4-0, 1) will be featured on the show though none of these fighters have had their opponents announced as of yet.
One man who won't be on the card, despite being scheduled for it, is unbeaten Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (24-0, 17) who has been taken off the card following an ankle injury that he's recently suffered.
Huge thanks to Mark for the updates.
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