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 few years Filipino fighter Jhon Gemino (21-12-1, 11) has built a reputation as some thing of a gate-keeper. He has notched up regular upsets, defeating the likes of JR Magboo, Toka Kahn Clary, Sho Nakazawa and Carlos Ornelas. He's not a world beater but he often lives up to his nickname of the "Disaster"
Gemino's upset minded tendencies struck again earlier today when he shocked unbeaten puncher Arnold Alejandro (11-1, 10) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This was supposed to be the next win for Alejandro, the next step forward in his career, as he moved towards big fights. Gemino however had not read the script and dropped Alejandro in the first round with a sneaky and sharp left hook. Alejandro got back to his feet but the warning signs were there.
Alejandro recovered well from the knockdown, but there was always a sense of danger with the heavy handed Filipino never looking in much bother. Instead Gemino was happy to bide his time, and in round 5 his time came. With Alejandro getting caught by a huge right hand that dropped Alejandro hard. This time there was no getting up.
Whilst this won't go down as a KO of the year contender it was a huge KO and a big upset win for a man who has repeatedly shown himself to be a dangerman.
Whilst Gemino is beatable he is the sort of test every prospect needs to get past, and this was another big win for the Filipino.
Last week the WBSS finally announced the date of the Bantamweight final, between Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), which will take place on November 7th at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Today we saw various small stories emerge in regards to the bout, including the fact that their will some tickets made available through the Ohashi Gym lottery system and the arena is not expected to hold it's maximum capacity, instead being configured for around 22,500 seats.
What was more interesting than the ticket lottery was what Inoue was doing in to prepare for the bout, sparring with two solid Filipino fighters as he looked to amp up his preparations for the November bout.
The Filipino fighters in question were the unbeaten Jade Borena (14-0, 10) and the under-rated Jhon Gemino (20-12-1, 10), who will both bring different things to the ring to test Inoue.
In front of the press today Inoue took part in a 4 round spar with Bornea , showing fantastic crispness to his shots, notably his left hand to the body and left hook.
Gemino and Bornea, who holds a a very notable amateur win over Kosei Tanaka, are scheduled to be in camp with Inoue for around 2 weeks, likely sparring with other Ohashi gym fighters whilst in Japan, before an American is due to join Inoue as he looks to see more styles and more partners in the ring.
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Late last night attention from boxing fans turned to the US where PBC put on their latest show, shared over Fox and Fox Sports 1. The part of the card featured 3 memorable and exciting bouts, with a two world title contests and a memorable heavyweight slug fest between Dominic Breazeale and Izuagbe Ugonoh. Following the main card the action then turned to Fox Sports where fight fans had the chance to see American based Mongolian Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 8) [Нямбаярын Төгсцогт] record his latest win, stopping tough Filipino foe Jhon Gemino (15-8-1, 7) in the 10th round.
The bout, which had been put together on short notice, was a relatively over-looked bout with many fans merely looking at Gemino's record and immediately thinking he was a tomato can. Instead the Filipino came to fight and was giving Nyambayar some genuine issues in the early rounds, with some classy combinations and a real desire showing througfh. Despite that desire it was clear that the Mongolian was the more skilled and the bigger puncher and by the end of the opening round Gemino had eaten some amazingly crisp counter shots.
The Filipino refused to show Nyambayar any respect and was made to pay at times, with Nyambayar dropping him in round 3 and then almost breaking him in half in round 4 with a sickening body shot. Although the Mongolian was hurting Gemino regularly the Filipino refused to quit and always tried to fight back, even after being dropped twice in round 6.
By the end of round 8 it seemed like the key question was whether or not Gemino's toughness would be too much for Nyambayar to actually break through. That question was eventually answered in round as Nyambayar showed a whole new gear and intensity, dropping Gemino early in the round and actively hunting a stoppage, which came when the referee eventually saved the Filipino just over a minute into the round.
Although the bout wasn't on the main PBC show it was a clear show case from Nyambayar, who seemed to fight well within himself, clocking up such much needed ring time, trying new things and then turning on the after burners late to stop Gemino. Despite being stopped Gemino himself came out with a much enhanced reputation and will likely be seen as a very viable gatekeeper for other top Super Bantamweights in the years to come.
Whilst it might be slightly too early for Nyambayar to get a world title fight it's certainly not something too far off for the Mongolian who has now proven he has stamina, as well as skills and power.
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