Earlier today we were informed that former WBO interim Lightweight title challenger Jimrex Jaca (39-7-4, 22) will be back in the ring on March 16th as he sets foot in the Japanese holy land of boxing, the Korakuen Hall. Jaca, an exciting and hard hitting Filipino fighter will be hoping it's 5th time lucky at "The Hall" where he is currently 0-3-1, including a 7th round defeat to Shinya Iwabuchi last February. Since the loss to Iwabuchi we've seen Jaca in the ring once, fighting to a technical draw with Masayoshi Kotake,
This time around Jaca will be fighting against former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo (20-5-1, 9) and the bout will certainly be a major crossroads bout with both desperately needing a win. As mentioned Jaca has gone 0-1-1 in his last two bouts with Kondo is 1-2 in his last 3 with losses to nemesis Nihito Arakawa as well as the unheralded Tomoya Yamada.
At the moment no other bouts for this card have been announced though this main even does look really interesting and there is a chance we could see Kondo's stablemate, and former world title challenger, Oscar Blanquet (32-9-1, 23) also featuring on the card following his relocation to Japan.
It was announced earlier today, by ALA president Michael Aldeguer, that the Pagara brothers will headline the upcoming "Fist of Fury 26" show on June 21st.
Although we don't believe the full card has been announced we are aware of 4 bouts from the show, all of which look very interesting.
The main event is set to see Jason Pagara (33-2, 30) take on Mexico's Mario Merez (20-3, 16). The bout, a defence of Pagara's WBO international Light Welterweight title, will see Pagara putting his #4 WBO world ranking on the line against an opponent whose record indicates he's a big power puncher. We need to be honest and say that Meraz hasn't fought anyone of note but he will come in to this bout feeling confident following 5 straight victories.
Whilst Jason Pagara will be defending his WBO title his young brother, the unbeaten Albert Pagara (20-0, 14) will be hoping to claim his first title as he takes on Hugo Partida (21-4-2, 16) in a bout for the IBF inter-continental Super Bantamweight title, a title last held by Carl Frampton. Although Albert, known as "Prince", is unbeaten this is expected to be the toughest fight of his career so far. Unlike his brother's opponent we do actually know a few things about the guy Albert is fight. Unlike Merez Partida has faced a notable name or two with the most notable of those being Akifumi Shimoda. Shimoda won that fight, in 2012, with a 9th round TKO so we'd not be shocked if Pagara took out the 26 year old Mexican inside the scheduled distance.
As well as the Pagara brothers we've also been lead to believe that former world title challenger AJ Banal (30-2-1, 21) will be fighting unbeaten Indonesian Defry Palulu (10-0, 9) in a very interesting 10 round affair. Unfortunately this isn't the first time Palulu has been linked to a fight in the Philippines and we'd not be that shocked if Banal's opponent was changed before fight night.
One other bout that has been mentioned for this show, and one we are confident will take place as announced, will see Jimrex Jaca (39-7-3, 22) taking on Masayoshi Kotake (9-8-1, 5). This bout does look to be a mismatch on paper but Jaca is returning to the ring for the first time since being stoppage by Kotake's compatriot Shinya Iwabuchi back in February and Kotake is much better than his record indicates, as shown in his bout with Hiroki Okada back in April. Oddly this bout was known about around a week ago when we first reported it.
(Image, of "Prince" Albert Pagara, courtesy of boxrec.com)
It was announced earlier this week that Filipino Jimrex Jaca (39-7-3, 22), a former interim world Featherweight title challenger and former OPBF champion at Super Bantamweight would be returning to the ring on June 21st in Cebu.
Jaca, who really needs a win following his 7th round stoppage loss to Shinya Iwabuchi in February, will be facing another man coming in to the bout in the need of a win in the form of Masayoshi Kotake (9-8-1, 5).
Kotake was last seen in the ring losing in a Japanese Light Welterweight contest to the hard hitting and fast rising Hiroki Okada. Although Kotake became the first fighter to see out the distance with Okada he was fairy adjudged to have been the loser of the bout.
The two men may have hugely differing records but we'd say this was much closer than the raw numbers suggest and Kotake, whilst the under-dog, could well be a banana skin for Filipino veteran.
(Image, courtesy of boxrec, see Jaca pictured with Bernard Hopkins)
World ranked Filipino Jimrex Jaca (39-7-3, 22) saw an 11 fight winning streak come to an end earlier today as he was stopped in Japan by the big punching Shinya Iwabuchi (23-4, 19).
The bout, the main event of "Dangan 94", saw Jaca starting very well and in fact he managed to score a knockdown early in the fight. Unfortunately for the Filipino he was unable to keep up his early success and Iwabuchi managed to come back in to the fight himself, eventually forcing the referee to save the brave Filipino in round 7.
Jaca, who began the day ranked #12 by the WBO, didn't have his WBO Oriental title on the line, with the bout being fought at 141lbs though will almost certainly lose his world ranking even if the bout was fought "over the weight". Unfortunately for the 30 year old this loss could be the end of his dreams of getting another world title fight, having previously lost to Juan Manuel Marquez in a WBO interim Featherweight title bout.
For Iwabuchi, who lost last time out to Min-Wook Kim in an OPBF title bout, this was the perfect come back fight. He was forced to question himself, he was forced to work hard and he had to show that real fighting character. It's this character that could see him getting another big bout before the year is out. We'd not be shocked at all if he fought for either the OPBF or the Japanese title before the end of 2014.
(Picture courtesy of Dangan Boxing and Boxmob)
Over the past few hours we've been reading numerous reports stating that the proposed fight between Shane Mosley and Anthony Mundine has been called off due to contractual issues.
Whilst this news doesn't directly effect an Asian boxers it may effect both Jimrex Jaca and Michael Correa who were both scheduled to be on the undercard. We're not certain if those two men will still fight on the show or not, though we are hoping that they will.
Hopefully more news on this situation will be available before Wednesday, the proposed date of the show.
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