Over the past few days it has been announced that former IBF Minimumweight title challenger Vergilio Silvano (19-4-1, 11) will be fighting against the sensational Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2, 11) in a 10 round non-title bout on November 15th in a bout that will act as part of a deep under-card on the upcoming Pinoy Pride show in Cebu City.
Rodriguez, a unified champion at Minimumweight, has really made his name this year with major wins over two Asian fighters. The first of those came when he claimed the WBO title with a stoppage victory over Merlito Sabillo before he then unified the crown with the IBF title courtesy of an exceptional win over Katsunari Takayama in a FOTY contender.
We are suspecting that Rodriguez will vacate both world titles after this bout and it appears the IBF have already opened talks for former champion Katsunari Takayama to fight for the title. As for the WBO title that's likely to be decided either later this year or early next year and with the WBO rankings set to be updated we'd not be shocked to see Kosei Tanaka's name in the running for that world title fight following his sensational victory over Ryuji Hara earlier this week.
This bout will be on the undercard of three other interesting Philippines Vs Mexico bouts headlined by a WBO Light Flyweight title contest between Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19), the defending champion, and Carlos Velarde (26-3-1, 14) and it appears very clear that this show will be a great one for fans who can make it to the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino
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