Earlier today we were informed of a brilliant match up which has been made for February 18th in the Philippines.
The match up will see the unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-0, 3) battle against the criminally under-rated Alie Laurel (14-4, 9) in a bout for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
The unbeaten Noynay, also known as Joe Misako, is a 20 year old who debuted back in September 2013, scoring a win over fellow debutant Jestoni Autida. Since then he has piled up the wins and, last year, claimed the WBC EPBC Super Bantamweight title, with a decision win over Edison Berwela. Whilst unbeaten, and touted, it is hard to say much about him from his record with Autida, who subsequently went on to face Petch Sor Chitpattana, Ratchasak KKP and Ryo Matsumoto, being the most notable opponent on his ledger.
Laurel doesn't have a great record on paper but he is better than the numbers suggest and holds notable stoppage wins over Tiger Tor Buamas and Nobuhisa Coronita Doi whilst his losses have all been very close, with two coming to Ernesto Saulong, one to Ason Palicte and one to John Paul Batista. Aged 24 years old Laurel has been a professional since August 2010 and certainly hasn't been matched as softly as Noynay.
On paper Noynay will be the favourite however it is an interesting fight. Noynay is unbeaten and naturally he's the bigger man, however Laurel is more proven and could well prove to be too much for Noynay given his power, strength and style.
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