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.
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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