Earlier this week Filipino boxing outfit ALA Promotions, the biggest promotional company in the Philippines, announced the date and venue for one of their next blockbuster shows.
The card in question will be the 36th show in the highly established "Pinoy Pride" series and has been dubbed "A Legend in the Making" with several notable fighters taking part in the event, which is set of May 28th in Bacolod City.
The main bout on the card will see long reigning WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21) defending his world title. At the moment their has been no opponent named for the contest though according to ALA CEO Michael Aldeguer they are looking at several fighters, with Ryo Miyazaki, Raul Garcia Hirales, Felix Alvarado and Juan Jose Landaeta being mentioned by name. Of course we can remove Landaeta from the running already, given that he's fighting WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi later this month, however Miyazaki or Alvarado would make for very interesting options.
Also mentioned in regards to Nietes was a planned mandatory against Moises Fuentes in the US on September 24th, contradicting a story from ESPN Desportes about Nietes being set to vacate the title to move to Flyweight. Of course when we hear "Nietes moving to Flyweight", we do feel like we've seen it mentioned too many times to really believe it now.
Whilst Nietes hasn't had his opponent named yet we are happy that the two supporting bouts have been signed and sealed.
One of those bouts will see former IBF Super Flyweight contender Arthur Villanueva (28-1, 14) test the water at Bantamweight as he takes on Juan Jimenez (22-9, 15), who has faced some notable names but been stopped by the likes of Raul Martinez and Vic Darchinyan. For the Filipino the bout will be a chance to test a new weight class and will be his second bout following his controversial loss to McJoe Arroyo last year.
The other undercard bout announced for the show will see former 2-time world title challenger Milan Melindo (33-2, 12) face off against old foe Javier Mendoza (24-3-1, 19), in a rematch of last May's controversial loss for Melindo. The bout will be Melindo's second since that loss to Mendoza, who was then the IBF Light Flyweight champion, whilst Mendoza will be looking to bounce back with a win following his recent title loss to Akira Yaegashi in Japan in December.
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