The Flyweight division is widely regarded as one of the most stacked and exciting division's in the sport with numerous fighters of note and a host of great match ups. Some fighters however are given inexplicable rankings that really don't reflect their standing in the division, one such fighter is Filipino Renan Trongco (16-4, 9), who is currently ranked #5 by the WBC despite having never scored a win of real note or beaten an opponent of any "real" value.
Whilst we don't agree with Trongco's ranking he has satisfied the WBC over the last few years by winning, and defending, the WBC Youth and WBC international titles. Those titles of course lead to good rankings and the opportunity to move towards bigger and better fights.
On June 5th Trongco will be defending his WBC International Flyweight title for the second time as he takes on Mexico's Moises Calleros (10-6-1, 5).
Trongco won the WBC International title back in September 2013 when he defeated China's Wanx Xinghua, his sole defense has come against Japan's limited Hayato Yamaguchi, in what proved to be a trickier than expected bout for the Filipino. Despite those wins the Filipino is better known for suffering losses Hekkie Budler and Sammy Gutierrez. Calleros is also without a win of note, in fact like Trongco he is best known for his losses which have included decision defeats to the likes of Julian Yedras and Francisco Rodriguez Jr.
Whilst this isn't the greatest bout coming up it is a significant one and a win for Trongco will likely move him a step towards a potential world title eliminator.
Yesterday we reported that Filipino fighter Renan Trongco (16-4, 9) was set to get an IBF Light Flyweight world title fight against the heavy handed Javier Mendoza (22-2-1, 18). Unfortunately we were wrong and Trongco will not be getting that title fight on January 10th. Sadly it's a double whammy of sorts for Filipino fans as Mendoza will instead be defending his belt against Colombian fighter Mauricio Fuentes (17-3, 11), a man who was stopped inside a round by former champion John Riel Casimero last May.
It's not all bad news however for Filipino fans and from what we understand Mendoza will be back in action in on March 28th to defend his title against mandatory challenger Milan Melindo (32-1, 12), if he gets past Fuentes as easily as expected. At thew moment the camps from ALA, who promote Melindo, and Zanfer, who promote Mendoza, are in talks with ALA trying to get the fight in the Philippines to give their man home advantage.
Melindo is the mandatory for Mendoza, having beaten Saul Jaurez in a final eliminator late last year, and a fight against Mendoza will be his second world title bout after having previously come up short against the excellent Juan Francisco Estrada.
Having just waved good bye to 2014 we can now wave in the new year and we've got to admit it's shaping up to be an interesting one already with several bouts of note already on the calendar. For us the standout one comes on January 17th when then unbeaten Jomthong Chuwatana (8-0, 4) defends his OPBF Super Featherweight title against former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14) however a week earlier this is another notable title bout.
This one comes from Mexico as Filipino fighter Renan Trongco (16-4, 9) gets a shot at IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza (22-2-1, 18) in one of the first world title bouts of the new year. The bout is a very tough one for the 26 year old Trongco, dubbed "Little Pacquiao", though he will go into the bout with genuine confidence on the back of a 4 fight unbeaten streak and as the reigning WBC International Flyweight champion.
For Mendoza this will be his first defence. He won the title last September when he beat Ramon Garcia Hirales in a thriller, incidentally on the same card as the brilliant bout between Orlando Salido and Terdsak Kokietgym, On the performance against Garcia Hirales we would have to favour Mendoza however Trongco has been fighting at Flyweight and may feel he's the strong man in what will be a very interesting bout on January 10th.
Prior to the fight we will, of course, have an in depth preview.
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