Davao del Norte, Philippines
Attention turns to Davao del Norte this Tuesday for a relatively low key card, with a few notable names involved. In total there will be 4 difference MinProBA title bouts.
On paper the most interesting bout will see youngsters clash as the once beaten James Francis Buray (7-1, 2) battle unbeaten Singaporean puncher Muhammad Ashiq (6-0, 5) in a bout for the MinProBA Super Featherweight title. This is a really interesting fight and we have been impressed by Ashiq so far, though this will be his toughest bout so far.
Another MinProBA title fight will see sensational former amateur stand out Charly Suarez (1-0, 1) take on fellow unbeaten Justin Cabarles (4-0, 2) for the Lightweight title. Given how good Suarez was an amateur, and he really was excellent, this bout seems a pretty interesting test, but one he could make look very easy. Cabarles, a 23 year old, struggled last time out and is taking on his most talented opponent so far, though he may manage to surprise us.
In a supporting bout the 23 year old Marvilo Aballe (7-1-2, 3) will be facing off with Rocky Sardido (8-22-5, 3), in another bout for a MinProBA Featherweight title. Despite a huge edge in experience Sardido is the much smaller man and has gone 1-14-2 in his last 17 bouts, showing what sort of form he's in. Aballe is far from unbeatable but shouldn't struggle against Sardido, who looks to be turning up happy to lose in recent years.
In a 10 round non-title bout the once very decent Glenn Porras (31-8, 19) will be taking on journeyman Ramel Antaran (3-12-1). Porras was genuinely a promising fighter once, but has lost 5 of his last 8, with KO losses last year, and it's hard to know what he has left. Antaran shouldn't ask many questions of Porras here, sadly.
Attention turns to Singapore this coming Friday for a small card feature a pair of title bouts.
One of those title bouts will see the unbeaten Muhammad Ashiq (5-0, 4) face off with experienced Indonesian journeyman Jason Butar Butar (28-24-1, 19) in a bout for the WBC International Silver Super Bantamweight title, which is currently vacant. The unbeaten fighter from Sinapore is one of the country's more promising fighters and at 23 he does have a long career ahead of him, if he dedicates himself to the sport. A win here would put him in the mix for bigger and better fights in the new year. Butar on the other hand has essentially become a local whooping boy and is win-less outside of Indonesia, with stoppage losses in his last 7 bouts away from home.
The other title bout will see local female hopeful Nurshahidah Roslie (9-2, 7) taking on Thai visitor Nongmuay Kokietgym (13-4-3) in a bout for the vacant World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council Female Super Bantamweight title. This is a much more serious fight than the other, with the visitor being a genuinely credible fighter, who is a former WBC interim champion and has never been stopped. Roslie isn't some world beater, but if she wins here she will be in the mix for a world title in 2019.
As well as the card in Singapore there will also be a small card in Toyama. This card will feature 6 bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds. The card is a very low key one and none of the fighters on the card are notable names.