On June 26th Elorde International Productions will put on their next show under the "Night of Champions" banner, and it's set to be a domestic triple header with a regional title fight along with two Filipino title bouts. It's not a massive card but it's certainly something interesting and something worthy of some attention as boxing in the Philippines continues to slowly get back off the ground.
The main event will be for a WBC regional title, at Super Bantamweight, with the limited but heavy handed Alvin Medura (9-5, 7) taking on veteran Ardin Diale (35-16-4, 17). On paper this looks like an excellent match up, though we do wonder what sort of success Diale can really have at 122lbs given most of his career was fought at Flyweight.
In a Filipino Featherweight bout Jhon Gemino (21-12-1, 11) will battle against the once touted Virgel Vitor (15-2, 9). Although not an amazing bout the match up should be a competitive and both fighters have got under-rated ability to make a mark on the domestic, and fringes of the regional scene.
The other Filipino title bout will be at Super Flyweight and will be another interesting match up between fighters with weak looking records. The 28 year old Cris Paulino (21-5, 8) was once touted as one to watch, but he's gone 11-5 in the last 8 years and lost all momentum he once had. His opponent is Renza Rosia (16-9-1, 8), who was once a contender, before a poor run of form. Despite his limited looking record he can be a tricky customer, having given Makazole Tete a competitive bout and beating Aston Palicte last time out. This could genuinely end up being a gem of a bout, if both turn up in good condition and hungry to prove a point.
It's hard to believe just how much the on going global situation has really affected every part of the globe. Today it's July 8th 2020, tomorrow it would be exactly 4 months since the last boxing card in the Philippines. The sport has essentially been on a hiatus in the country for a 1/3 of the year so far.
Thankfully there now appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel with an Elorde card pencilled in for July 31st at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, in Paranaque City.
The card hasn't yet been fully announced, but it seems like the main event will be a WBC regional title bout, pitting Alvin Medura (9-5, 7) against under-rated veteran Edison Berwela (18-44-8, 6). On paper this may seem a mismatch, but Berwela is well known in Asian boxing circles as having one of the sports most misleading records.
It's amazing to think that boxing hasn't been in a Filipino ring for so long, and we are certainly looking forward to seeing the sport return, right across Asia in the coming weeks.
Just moments ago on the latest WP Boxing event, streamed live by Workpoint and DAZN in the US, we saw fast rising Thai prospect Chainoi Worawut (8-0-1, 8) score his biggest to date, stopping Filipino tough guy Alvin Medura (9-5, 7) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title.
The opening round saw Worawut go out with the intention of making this a short night, and was all over Medura with bombs being thrown from very early on. The intention was clear, become the first man to stop Medura. The aggression saw Worawut looking in control, before being tagged by a counter shot very late in the round and being dropped himself. It swung what could have been a 10-8 round in his favour to a probably 10-9 to Medura.
The knockdown seemed to effect the Thai in the second round, and he looked very unsure of himself for the first 90 seconds or so as Medura came forward. It wasn't until the later part of the round that Worawut began to have success of his own, though even then Medura seemed like he had the power to fire back and hurt the Thai.
In round 3 we finally saw the Thai go for it fully again, with his confidence rebuilt Medura wasn't going out without a fight though and every time he seemed to be hurt he would fire back with a big shot, forcing Worawut to back off and reconsider things. This was particularly notable in round 4, when both just unloaded bombs on each other. The power was certainly with Worawut, who landed a series of huge right hands, but the toughness. Madura though had toughness and experience to see out the storm and keep coming.
It wasn't until round 5 that we finally saw Medura begin to look tired, right at the end of the round it looked. It looked like the pressure and pace of the bout was starting to get to him, but he was still firing back in round 6, despite his face now having a second cut, leaving his left eye cut above and below.
The doctor would take a look at the cut, and whilst it wasn't terrible, he did decide to wave it off, with no argument from the Filipino. We suspect that whilst the cut alone wasn't worth stopping the fight for Medura realised he had missed his opportunity and was running out of steam.
With this win Worawut showed, again, that he is naturally a heavy, heavy handed fighter and not someone who should be taken lightly. He did however show that his chin could be an issue, that he was impatient and a little reckless, all things to work on. For Medura the bout, again, showed what an excellent test he is for prospects, and he will not be an easy night for any young hopeful.
Tomorrow fight will be able to see fast rising Thai prospect Chainoi Worawut (7-0-1, 7) take on Filipino foe Alvin Medura (9-4, 7) in Thailand, with the two men battling for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters hit the scales under the Super Bantamweight limit with absolutely no issues at all.
For fans who haven't seen much of Worawut, also known as Thattana Luangphon, he is regarded as one of the top prospects in Thailand and has genuine power. He's not that polished, yet, but with wins over Yuya Nakamura and Muhammad Ashiq there is real potential with him and the hope is that he can go on to become a major force for Thailand. At the weigh in he was 121.7lbs for the bout and looked in good shape.
Medura on the other hand is a tough Filipino who is riding the biggest win of his career into this bout, a shock upset win in August over Mugicha Nakagawa. He was 121lbs at the weigh in, a full 1lb under the divisional limit.
The bout, which will take place in Bang Phun, will be available on Workpoint in Thailand DAZN in the US.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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