Earlier today at the Mega Mart Burgos Poblacion Norte, in Paniqui we got the first Filipino show of 2021, with the event being streamed live on the Powcast YouTube channel and the VSP Facebook pace. It was a small show, with 5 bouts, but it did feature some interesting contests and was worthy of a watch, even if the production values were somewhat limited.
The show kicked off with a scheduled 6 rounder between Ali Canega (2-0-1, 2) and Glenn Bismanos (6-1-4, 4), who were clashing at Light Welterweight. The strong and powerful looking Canega was aggressive through out, pressing forward and loading up some huge bombs, though credit to Bismanos for toughing it out, picking his spots well and having moments himself, in fact Bismanos seemed to often be picking the better shots though there simply wasn’t enough of them at times. After 6 rounds we went to the scorecards and the first score was 59-55 to Canega, that judge was, however, over-ruled by the other two judges who scored the bout 57-57 giving us a majority draw.
The second bout on the show was another 6 rounder and saw Lorenz Ladrada (8-1-1, 2) battle Remon Basas (5-5, 4) in a Featherweight bout. The well polished Ladrada was under some pressure from Basas in the opening round, but the touches of class from Ladrada showed through in round 2 and even more so in round 4, when he began to look much, much more classy than Basas. Despite looking less skilled Basas looked the stronger man and pressed early on, but seemed to slowly noticeably as was hurt in round 5. We again went to the scorecards here, and this time we ended up with all 3 judges agreeing on the winner, with Ladrada taking a clear and wide decision over Basas. Despite looking impressive here, we do worry about when Ladrada takes on a better opponent as he showed nice touches but little in the way of stopping power.
The third bout on the card was an 8 round Super Flyweight bout between Prince Andrew Laurio (11-3-1, 8) and Ranelio Quizo (7-2, 1). On paper this was one of the most interesting looking matchups and it certainly had its share of drama. Laurio was dropped in round 3, from a big 1-2 from Quizo, but he recovered well, showed no quit and later took the fight to Quizo. Despite Laurio having success at times he was often coming off second best against the more skilled Quizo who seemed to buzz him several times as the fight went on. Despite the success of Quizo it was Laurio’s power that decided the fight and a huge counter right from Laurio buckled Quizo’s knees, before he backed onto the ropes. A follow up flurry from Laurio forced the referee to step in and save Quizo at 1:19 of round 5, in a solid upset win for Laurio. By the time of the stoppage it seemed Quizo had won pretty much everything and appeared to be well on the way to a clear win.
The chief support bout was a Filipino Flyweight title bout, as the once beaten Bienvenido Ligas (13-1-1, 9) faced off with the often under-rated Alphoe Dagayloan (14-4-6, 5) in a bout many fans who follow the Filipino scene had been excitedly anticipating. This started hot and in the first round Dagayloan was rocked and Ligas looked for the quick finish. Credit however to Dagayloan for spoiling and getting a chance to clear his head, seeing out the round and showing his experience. Despite Dagayloan surviving the early storm Ligas looked sensational through the first round, rocking his man several times. Dagayloan had a much better round 2, as his pressure began to have some success and that pressure continued to have success as the bout went on, though Ligas’s power looked like it could change the fight at any moment.
As the rounds went on this began to turn into a Dagayloan fight, with messy action, and a lot of close combat. This definitely saw Dagayloan making life uncomfortable for Ligas, and taking some rounds along the way. Whilst it looked like it was becoming Dagayloan’s bout he still seemed to take a lot of clean power shots from Ligas, who was timing him coming in and even pushing him around in the clinch in the later rounds. At the final bell Ligas’s team loudly celebrated whilst Dagayloan’s team were much quieter and reserved.
After 12 rounds we went to the judges who all had the bout 115-113, giving the unanimous decision, and the title, to Ben Ligas with a narrow decision.
The final bout on the show saw former amateur standout Charly Suarez (5-0, 4) take on the hard hitting Jon Jon Estrada (11-8-1, 10). Coming in to this one Suarez had blown away his first 4 opponents in a combined 8 rounds, but here Estrada had come to test him and managed to survive the 10 round schedule with. Not only did Estrada survive but he had moments himself, though in the end he lacked the skills and speed needed to really push Suarez.
After 10 rounds Suarez was announced the unanimous decision winner, taking pretty much every minute of the fight against a game, but over-matched, Estrada. Credit to Estrada for giving his all here but the scores of 99-91 and 100-90 in favour of Suarez really were indicative of the contest. Though the best win of Saurez’s professional career, it was a pretty dull and uninteresting contest overall.
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.
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