The ongoing saga over the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title bout between Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) and Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) took another turn on Friday as Bebot Elorde, the promoter of the planned bout, announced a delay to the contest, which was scheduled for January 30th.
The bout, which is said to be the the 5th All Filipino "world" title bout, was originally announced for December 5th last year, before being pushed to January 30th due to Covid19. The latest announcement regarding the contest is that it is now being pushed back to February 20th, following a request from Saludar and his team.
Sadly Mindanao, where Saludar is, is currently on lockdown due to Covid19. This would have meant the 14 day quarantine period he would have needed for the January 30th date wouldn't be possible, according to Elorde.
Not only has the date of this bout changed but it seems that the venue might as well, with the Elorde facility in Paranaque City now being under a general community quarantine (GCQ), essentially ruling out the venue for sport. As a result Elorde is looking to secure a venue in Binan as a backup, in case the GCQ isn't modified in time for the February 20th date.
Elorde revealed to the Manilla Bulletin that issues with this fight actually pre-date the announced December 5th date, telling the paper that the plan was originally to hold this bout in September, but due to the pandemic things are always changing. He does, however, seem determined to put this bout on, stating it was a "good vacant title fight", and it's hard to disagree.
It also appears that the Filipino title bout between Bienvenido Ligas (12-1-1, 9) and Alphoe Dagayloan (14-3-6-1, 5), will be pushed back to the February 20th date, continuing the show as a title double header, with 4 round bouts expected to be added to the show to give some more depth to the event.
The brilliant Ian Melodillar, who is obviously well worth following in twitter for breaking news from the Philippines, informed us earlier today that the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title bout between Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) and Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) would be partnered with another excellent all-Filipino bout for the Philippines Flyweight title.
That title bout, as reported above, will see the once beaten Bienvenido Ligas (12-1-1, 9) take on the criminally under-rated Alphoe Dagayloan (14-3-6-1, 5), in what should be a genuinely enthralling encounter.
The talented 22 year old Ligas made his debut in late 2016 and reeled off 6 straight wins before running into Joseph Ambo in March 2018. That bout saw the two men clashing heads and the bout ending in a 2nd round technical draw. A rematch 3 months later saw Ambo take a narrow win over Ligas. Since then Ligas has bounce back, scoring 6 straight wins, including 5 by stoppage, to get his career back on track.
Daygayloan on the other hand had a very, very messy start to his career, going 4-2-4-1 (1) to begin his career. Since then however he has gone 10-1-2 and notched notable wins against Madiyar Zhanuzak and Esneth Domingo, lost a razor thin one to Ryota Yamauchi and fought to a draw in February against Carlo Caesar Penalosa.
The show, on January 30th, is set to be one of the first major Filipino boxing shows of 2021, and although it's main event is a WBA "regular" title bout it's still a brilliant match up to headline the event. Despite that main event being an excellent match we dare say the co-feature could, potentially, outshine it and should be a real thriller.
Earlier today at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City fight fans had an interesting double header.
The first of the two notable shows turned out to be the better of the fights, and was a very hotly contested and interesting one at Flyweight, as Alphoe Dagayloan (14-3-6, 5) and Carlo Caesar Penalosa (14-2-1, 7) battled for 12 rounds. The fight was hotly contested early on as Dagayloan looked to dictate the tempo whilst Penalosa looked to land the cleaner, more accurate and eye catching shots.
As we entered the middle rounds it seemed like Dagayloan's pace was getting to Penalosa, who seemed to be slowing down, but he bounced back well, getting his second wind as the pace from both dropped. Despite Penalosa getting some success, and keeping himself in the bout, he seemed to be very much on the wrong end in the final rounds as Dagayloan started to take control again, racking up the later rounds with his work rate and physicality. Penalosa dug in deep in the final round, but it felt like too little too late.
After 12 rounds we felt Dagayloan had done enough, but the judges struggled to split the two men, with two judges having the bout even 114-114, and the third judge having a clear win for Penalosa, 116-1112. Resulting in a majority draw.
The other bout on the show was much less interesting, with Roldan Aldea (15-8-1, 9) scoring an early win over Monico Laurente (30-17, 7). Laurente was dropped in the first round then pulled out after round 2 in what was a bit of a farce. Although Laurente was once a solid regional level fighter at Super Bantamweight, but this is his 4th loss in 12 months and he's fighting at Lightweight now a days. The reality is that it's probably time he thinks about hanging them up. As for Aldea there's little he can take from such a hollow win.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw local hopeful Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] score his best win so far, as he narrowly out pointed the world ranked Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (13-3-5, 5) in an excellent 8 round contest.
On paper this had the making of an excellent bout and it quickly lived up to expectations with Dagayloan getting up close and working his straight left hand on Yamauchi who fired back with combinations, despite being backed up.
Whilst Dagayloan's physical strength pushed Yamauchi back the Japanese fighter began to land the more eye catching blows, especially in the later stages, as he managed to work with distance whilst Dagayloan's accuracy began to falter, just a touch. It was those accurate punches that seemed to impress the judges who managed to have the local favourite taking the bout, albeit narrowly.
After 8 rounds the score cards were 76-76, level, and 78-74, 77-75, giving Yamauchi the majority decision win.
Following the bout Dagayloan seemed to accept defeat, though seemed to hint that it was close, whilst Yamauchi hinted that he felt more relaxed here than he had in his loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi earlier in the year.
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Tomorrow Japanese prospect Ryota Yamauchi (4-1, 4) [山内涼太] will attempt to bounce back from his first defeat, a decision loss to Wulan Tuolehazi, as he takes on world ranked Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (13-2-5, 5) at Korakuen Hall.
Whilst this is Yamauchi's first bout since his loss the Filipino will be looking to extend his current unbeaten run, which includes 9 wins in his last 10 bouts.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both looked in great shape.
On the scales Yamauchi was bang on the 112lb limit for the bout, and seemed full of confidence, he explained "Last time, it was a good experience for 12 rounds in the first foreign match," and seemed like a man who was confident of winning against Dagayloan, despite admitting that Dagayloan had a tight guard and a good body attack.
Dagayloan on the other hand was well under the limit, hitting the scales at just under 109.8lbs. Despite being much lighter than Yamauchi he looked confident and seemed in great shape himself. He's obviously travelled to win and is in some great forum coming into this bout.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be made available over Boxing Raise in the coming days and is expected to be uploaded by the promoter to Youtube in September.
Related - Yamauchi and Dagayloan set to battle in intriguing 8 rounder!
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