One of those youngsters is Rene Patilano (12-1-2, 6), a 23 year old Filipino who is already world ranked #12 by the WBC and on his way to major bouts somewhere down the line. Sadly however his next bout will certainly not be a big one as he fights in what appears to be little more than a stay busy contest as he continues to develop his skills and maturity.
The next step in Patilano's development will come on February 28th when he battles limited domestic foe Aroel Romasasa (11-8, 5) at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Paranaque City.
Sadly the bout is a complete mismatch with Romasasa bring a 0-8 run, including 7 stoppage losses, into the bout. Whilst some of those losses, including reversals to the fantastic Melvin Gumnban and the very promising Michael Dasmarinas, are defendable others are more telling, including defeats to Ryuta Wakamatsu and Rogen Flores. Even worse than that run is the fact Romasasa hasn't won a bout since March 2012 and hasn't score a win of real note since he out pointed a then debuting Benezer Alolod in September 2009.
Patilano will likely learn very little from this bout but the fact he's being kept busy and returns to the ring just 4 months after a victory over Lionel Legada is worth noting.