Filipino fans are in for a treat at the end of the month courtesy of the recently announced "Tibay Ng Pinoy 8" card.
The main event of the show features GAB Light Welterweight champion Adones Cabalquinto (19-0, 12) defending his title against limited compatriot Jonel Gadapan (9-7-2, 5).
Cabalquinto is genuinely talented fighter with solid power and an impressive looking record, at least on paper. Sadly however the 26 year old appears to be toiling his career away with nothing bouts becoming all too frequent and helping pad out his record which has been lacking in term of quality wins in recent years. Cabalquinto claimed his title in March 2012 when he out pointed Dan Nazareno Jr. He has since defended it 3 times, including a good win against Romeo Jakosalem. Unfortunately however the other wins have been against poor opposition.
As for Gadapan he's won just 1 of his last 4 bouts, scoring an upset over Yuji Itani in Japan last year. Notably 2 of his recent losses have been by stoppage, and 5 of his 7 defeats have come early. Unfortunately he's been beat every time he has stepped up in class and we expect that to continue here.
Hopefully a win for Cabalquinto will see him moved towards an OPBF title fight or a bout with more intrigue than this apparent mismatch.
The rest of the card features some solid name, such as Jerwin Ancajas and Aston Palicte however they are both in mismatches. On paper the best bout of the show will see Drian Francisco (27-2-1, 21) take on Jason Canoy (23-5-2, 17) in what appears to be a really good looking match up, much better than the title bout that will act as the headline contest.
(Image of Cabalquinto courtesy of boxrec.com)
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