This coming Saturday is certainly not one of the busiest days for Asian boxing during September, but there is still some pretty noteworthy action taking part through the day.
The main bout of the day, for us, is a clear mismatch, despite looking good on paper. The bout in question will see WBO Super Bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete (28-1, 24) take on Filipino challenger Juan Miguel Elorde (28-1, 15). On paper they have very similar records, but in reality Navarrete is one of the best fighters in the division, and is a physically imposing, power punching, aggressive monster, who despite being ultra-aggressive is actually an intelligent fighter. Elorde on the other hand is a very limited Filipino fighter who enters at the WBO #1 ranked challenger but really isn't even the best Filipino fighter in the division. Elorde was pushed all the way last time out, by Japan's Shohei Kawashima, and we can't see anything but a blow out win for the Mexican. A full preview of this bout can be read here Under-dog Elorde challenges Navarrete for WBO title
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As well as the world title bout we'll also see former WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (24-12-3, 13) take on Australian Billel Dib (23-3, 11). The 32 year old Magali is an inconsistent fighter and is 4-5 in his last 9, but has been mixing a really good level with losses to Emmanuel Tagoe, Pavel Malikov, Hironori Mishiro, Masao Nakamura and Pungluang Sor Singyu. Magali can be a legitimate banana skin, but will enter as a clear under-dog here. Dib on the other hand enters as a clear favourite and will be seeking a third straight after back to back losses in 2017-2018. Dib is no world beater, but will fancy his chances here.