Earlier today it was announced that the unbeaten Filipino Adones Cabalquinto (15-0, 8) has been forced out of his proposed bout with Japan's Keita Obara (10-1, 9). The bout, which was set to be for the OPBF bout, has sadly been forced off and Cabalquinto won't be able to make the most of the opportunity that he appeared set to get.
Thankfully Obara will still be in action on the card and will still be able to claim the OPBF title himself as he meets replacement opponent Jay Solmiano (17-2-1, 13), also from the Philippines and also, like Cabalquinto, a southpaw.
Ranked #1 by the OPBF Obara is a former Japanese champion who was ear marked for success early in his career. Although he lost on his debut he has quickly rebuilt his career with 10 straight wins and has never gone the full schedule of a fight de to his power*. In those 10 bouts he won the Japanese title and defended it twice as he rose through the ranks to become one of the top 25 Light Welterweights according to boxrec and a top 20 fighter according to the IBO.
Proposed opponent Cabalquinto was the OPBF #2 ranked fighter and had a perfect unbeaten record. Unfortunate though Cabalquinto hadn't really faced anyone of note with his best wins coming against Dan Nazareno Jr, Jaypee Ignacio and Romeo Jakosalem.
In Solmiano was actually have the OPBF #3 ranked fighter and although he has two losses he has faced the better opponents than Cabalquinto. The most notable name on Solmiano's record is Nihito Arakawa who narrowly beat the Filipino in 2011 in a split decision. Having seen more of Arakawa since then it's fair to say that Solmiano isn't a bad fighter at all.
Although this is a fight with a "replacement" we've got to admit it's still a really good bout and not one that we can complain about getting. It's a great match up and the winner should be on the verges of a world ranking.
(Image courtesy of Misako Gym)
*Obara's only none stoppage victory was a 5th round technical decision
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