Earlier today it was reported that unbeaten Filipino former amateur standout Charly Suarez (4-0, 4) was set to return to the ring in February for a bout against fellow Filipino Jon Jon Estrada (11-7-1, 10), in Tarlac.
The news, reported by various Filipino sources, will be great news for those who followed Suarez as an amateur, and expected big things of the "King's Warrior".
In 2019, when Suarez turned professional at the age of 30, the expectation was that he was going to be fast tracked. Sadly however that never happened, and 2020, being 2020, saw him fight only once, a 3 round blow out against Dave Barlas in February. Sadly that inactivity further slowed his career progress.
Now aged 32 it really is now or never for the talented Suarez.
As for Estrada the 31 year old puncher has lost his last 3, and 4 of his last 5, and is a long way removed from the man who was once 10-3 (9), with a solid win over former OPBF title challenger Brian Lobetania. Estrada, as with Suarez, really has no momentum coming in to this, though does have the power that should do enough to get Suarez's respect, at least for a round or two.
The bout, which will be part of a show promoted by Cucuy Elorde does have some confusion over when it will take place. Some sources are reporting February 13th, a date advertised on a PowSports promotional video for the bout and a date listed by Boxrec, with others suggesting the bout will be on February 23rd.
Also set for this show is an interesting match up between Ranelio Quizo (7-1, 1) and Prince Andrew Laurio (10-3-1, 7), who are both solid fighters at this level and could end up having the best bout on the show. There is also an interesting match up between Ali Canega (2-0, 2) and Glenn Bismanos (6-1-3, 4), this should also end up being much more competitive than the main event.
.Earlier today at the Aioi Hall in Kariya Japanese fight fans had the chance to see a trio of notable prospects in action, all 3 of which managed to net wins against international opponents.
The first of the trio in action was Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心], who was forced to work really hard to over-come hard hitting and tough Filipino Jon Jon Estrada (11-7-1, 10). Coming in to this bout both men were in the the WBO Asia Pacific rankings, and the bout looked like a really good one on paper.
Given that Takeshima had had things pretty much all his own way through his first 3 fights this was a genuine test, and Estrada didn't come to lose. Instead the Filipino got in the ring and brought his typical pressure, giving Takeshima problems, though the talented Japanese youngster did do enough to rack up the rounds.
After 8 rounds Takeshima took the decision 79-73, twice, and 79-74, to gain his most meaningful win and likely put himself on he verge of a regional title fight.
The second prospect to pick up a win was the exciting Kento Hatanaka (9-0, 9) [畑中 建人], who did was expected and blitzed limited Indonesian foe Thomas Tope Hurek (3-4-1, 1) inside a round. The talented Hatanaka, who will be in action in August against Jaysever Abcede, dropped his man with a right hand and Hurek was unable to beat the count. Officially this KO was scored at 2:11 in round 1 and Hatanaka will have shaken some rust before his bout with Abcede.
The third prospect was Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉] who was given the toughest test by far, as he narrowly over-came former OPBF champion Roli Gasca (25-9-1, 8). The 24 year old Mizuno seemed to have the edge in power and size, but Gasca's experience saw him neutralise a lot of Mizuno's work, whilst doing well with his own shots, landing clean blows on the Japanese fight, especially to the body. It was a really hard one to score but in the end the home crowd seem to just help Mizuno over the line, as he took the majority decision. After 8 rounds the judges had this one 76-76 and 77-75, twice, for Mizuno.
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