Samartlek, pictured, is the better known of the two men. Aged 29 he has been a professional since 2010 and holds several noteworthy victories, including decisions over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr and Muhammad Rachman. Despite those two big victories however Samartlek is probably better known for his losses to Yuki Chinen, Denver Cuello and Randy Petalcorin, all of which came on foreign soil.
Although somewhat unknown Mabao has had an interesting career and faced a genuine whose who of who. This has seen Mabao sharing the ring with Wisanu Kokietgym, Kwanthai Sithmorseng, Paipharob Kokietgym, Merlito Sabillo, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Ryo Miyazaki, Mateo Handig and most recently Florante Condes. Whilst he has lost to most of those men he is actually on a 4 fight winning streak with victories over Handig and Condes.
Unfortunately for Mabao he has several issues going in to this bout. Firstly he has been inactive since December 2012, when he upset Condes, and second he is 0-9 on the road. He has never won outside of the Philippines. With this fight taking place in Pathum Thani, Thailand it's hard to see him changing that run, especially considering he lacks power with just 4 stoppages in 41 bouts.
Although not a big hitter himself Samartlek will feel that his home field advantage as well as the fact he has been active more recently than Mabao will see him through to victory.
Having fought 4 times in 2013, including bouts for the interim PABA Minimumweight and WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title Samartlek will be rust free and confident, even more so when you consider he's on a 6 fight winning streak. Despite this we believe the fight will be very competitive, much more so than the records of the two men would have you think. With that in mind we'd favour Samartlek to claim the title in a hard fought decision.
On the same card we expect to see a PABA Super Featherweight title fight featuring Terdsak Kokietgym in what looks like a much more predictable contest.