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.
Over the last day or so news has broke that Filipino fighter Cris Paulino (21-4, 8) would be getting another notable fight.
Paulino, a former OPBF title challenger, will be facing off with once beaten South African fighter Yanga Sigqibo (13-1-1, 3), who is riding a 10 fight winning run. That winning run has seen Sigqibo claim a number of titles, including the WBO Inter-Continental title at 115lbs, which he'll be defending here.
Whilst many of Sigqibo's opponents are local fighters he does hold wins Filipino Rene Dacquel and former world title challenger Keyvin Lara.
Paulino on the other hand will be seeking a third straight win since a March 2019 loss to the excellent Jason Moloney. Sadly he's win less on the road since a 2013 split decision over Yuki Fukumoto in Tokyo. Since then he has been stopped in all 3 fights on foreign soil.
The foreign soil point is key here as the bout will be taking place in South Africa on a Rumble Africa promotions card at the Orient Theatre, East London, Eastern Cape in South Africa.
Tomorrow in the Philippines fight fans in Benguet City will get the chance to see a pretty interesting card featuring several all Filipino bouts. Two of which have been picked up by Polish betting website STS, who have priced them up, for the hardcore of the hardcore boxing fans in Poland.
One of those bouts is a contest between Cris Paulino (18-3, 7) and Jomar Fajardo (16-11-2, 7). Coming in to this Paulino is priced at 1.4 with STS, which is 2/5 for fans who use the traditional fractional odds. Fajardo on the other hand is 2.5, or 3/2, to pick up the upset. Interesting this bout is 1.55, or 11/20, to go under 9.5 rounds and 2.15, or 23/20, to go over it.
The other bout is a really interesting looking contest between the under-rated Ryan Rey Ponteras (22-13-2, 11) and the hard matched Cris Alfante (14-7-1, 6). Notable Ponteras is the very clear favourite, at 1.27, or 27/100, whilst Alfante is a huge 3.10, or 21/10, to pick up the win
Earlier today fans around the world had the chance to see a live Japanese card from the Korakuen Hall as the excellent Gushiken channel streamed the card live around the planet with fans watching from as far afield as the UK, Argentina and the US.
The main event of the show was an OPBF Flyweight title bout between the usually exciting Koki Eto (16-3-1, 12), the defending champion, and the gutsy but light punching Filipino challenger Cris Paulino (14-2, 4), who entered the bout as the #1 ranked contender for the title.
Early on the bout was a chess match of a contest with Paulino boxing on the back foot whilst Eto came forward. At times it seemed like the champion was unable to judge the distance and timing of his challenger who won the only clear early round, round 3, as he managed to pin Eto in the corner unleashed on him before Eto taunted his Filipino foe. The assault from Paulino was eye catching though showed his lack of power as Eto seemed to pretty much shake it off. Despite the clear round being Paulino's the cards oddly favoured the champion with cards reading
In the middle of the bout we saw more of the same as Paulino impressed with his back-foot boxing, his movement, timing and feisty raids that appeared to be catching the eye time and time again, at least they caught our eye. Amazingly however the judges all had Eto well in the lead on the cards with some mystifying scoring in favour of the champion who appeared to be working very hard to just get close to the Filipino.
Sadly for Paulino his spirit appeared to begin breaking in round 9 as Eto began to land with more frequency and in round 10 an assault by Eto was punctuated by a body shot that dropped Paulino. The Filipino started to rise at 9 though by then it was too late for the challenger who had the bout waved off as he arose to his feet.
After the fight Eto dedicated the win to his wife, who he married to in March, and stated that he had no intention in defending his OPBF title any longer preferring instead to focus on a world title in 2015. On this performance we would assume Eto would struggle to really make an impact on any of the world champions at Flyweight though if Roman Gonzalez is looking for an opponent we dare saw he could pick a lot worse than Eto who generally is exciting to watch,m even if this wasn't the most fun to watch bout that we've seen Eto in.
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Earlier today we got confirmation that "The Kanmuriwashi Fight Vol 50" will be streamed legally and for free over the Gushiken Ustream channel allowing fans world wide to see the OPBF Flyweight title bout between the always fun to watch Koki Eto (15-3-1, 11) and once beaten Filipino hopeful Cris Paulino (14-1, 4).
The bout will be Eto's first since the winning the title back in June with a FOTY contender against Ardin Diale. That bout showed up all of the limitations of Eto as a boxer, and in fact he was 68-63 down on all 3 cards going into the 8th round, but also showed off his mentality as a fighter with a never say die attitude that saw him stopping Diale in an amazing 8th round that deserves to be considered a round of the year contender.
As for Paulino this is his first OPBF title fight and sees him progressing from the Filipino domestic scene. His sole loss came came more than 18 months ago to Diale though since then he has strung together 4 straight wins and moved to the #1 ranking with the OPBF making this a mandatory title fight for Eto.
For those who haven't streamed over Gushiken channel before they can do so here.
The quality, at times, can be hit and miss however the streams have gotten progressively better as the promoter has gotten more experienced at using them and they have all, so far, been well worth watching with bouts like the Koki Eto Vs Ardin Diale OPBF title contest and the Naoka Fujioka Vs Naoko Yamaguchi female world title bout both being streamed exclusively over this channel. We hope that these are a success for the promoter because we'd love to see more promoters offering a similar free service, especially those promoters with out TV who want to help their fighters get more exposure.
We would like to thank Shirai Gushiken Sports Gym for offering this service and we hope others will make the effort to tune in.
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