Earlier today RealFight PH broke the news that WBO Oriental Bantamweight champion Vincent Astrolabio (15-3, 11) would be defending his title against world ranked Flyweight contender Genisis Libranza (19-1, 11) on February 27th.
For Astrolabia this will be his third defense since winning the title in April 2019, when he stopped previously unbeaten Indonesian Patrick Liukhoto in 9 rounds in Jakarta. Since then he notched defenses against Kevin Aseniero and Wilbert Berondo, stopping both men.
The 23 year old champion has turned his career around well after suffering 3 defeats in 5 fights, including a decision loss to John Mark Apolinario, a TKO loss to Yuki Strong Kobayashi and a narrow decision loss to ZongLi He in China and will be coming into this bout with some genuine momentum.
Libranza on the other hand is a 27 year old challenger who turned professional in 2014 and was unbeaten until he challenged the then IBO Flyweight champion Mortui Mthalane in 2017., with Mthalane stopping him in 4 rounds. Since that loss he has has reeled off 8 straight wins, including victories over Michael Enriquez, Ryan Rey Ponteras and Renz Rosia. Those wins have seen him climb into the
The current winning run of Libranza has seen him break into the WBO, WBC and IBF world rankings, and he currently has a very high IBF ranking. Despite that he will be moving up in weight for this bout, and we do wonder if he can really compete up at Bantamweight.
This bout has been added to the February 27th card headlined by IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2-1, 11), who will be defending his title against fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto (18-2-2, 11) in General Santos City.
A huge thanks, as always, to Ian Melodillar for bringing this story to our attention.
Back in November news broke that IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2-1, 11) was lining up a fight with fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto (18-2-2, 11), with talk being that the contest could take place as early as December.
As it turned out the bout wasn't on for December, but it now appears there is date and location set for the bout, as reported by the brilliant Ian Melodillar earlier today.
For Taduran the bout will, as Ian say's, be his second defense of the IBF title which he won last year when he stopped Samuel Salva in an absolute thriller. His first defense was a headclash marred technical draw against Daniel Valladares back in February this year and it will actually be more than a year between his first and second defense, though we all understand why.
As for Cuarto this will be his first world title fight, though interestingly he did lose to Samuel Salva in 2019, and hasn't scored a win of note since then. Despite that he shouldn't be over-looked and does have solid domestic wins over the likes of Clyde Azarcon, Ian Ligutan and Jerome Clavite. Admittedly all fighters a long way removed from Taduran.
Whilst maybe not the best match up the division could give us, this is certainly a very interesting looking all Filipino world title bout and something to b excited about for the new year.
Earlier today news broke regarding the future of IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2-1, 11) and his next defense, with @PeledoresSN and Asian Fight Scene both reporting that Taduran was lining up a fight with fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto (18-2-2, 11), who is ranked #3 by the IBF, for December.
For Taduran, who won the title in September 2019, this will be his second defense and he will be looking to bounce back from an ugly technical draw with Daniel Valladares, which occurred this past February. The aggressive and exciting 24 year old has sadly been out of the ring since that draw with Valladares, though given what's been going on in the world in 2020 that'll not be a surprise,
As for Cuarto this will, if the bout is sorted, be his first world title bout and will see him looking to extend a 3 fight unbeaten run. It will also be his first bout since December 2019, when he stopped Jayson Francisco. Interest his last loss was a 12 round decision to Samuel Salva, the man Taduran beat for the title last year.
At the moment it's unclear what date the bout will be taking place, but it will be one of the first world title bouts in the Philippines since the sport began it's slow restart in the country. It will also be a potentially huge moment for the Philippines as it will be a super rare all-Filipino world title bout, and will, seemingly, be on Filipino soil.
Earlier today in the Philippines there was two world title eliminators, both of which were all Filipino fights, and both of which were IBF eliminators streamed live on the GAB facebook page.
The first of those bouts was an IBF Minimumweight title bout, which saw the unbeaten Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) put on a career best performance to out point Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2-1, 9) over 12 rounds. Salva, who hadn't really looked that rounded before today, showed good technical ability and out boxed Cuarto through much of the bout. The longer the bout the more ragged Cuarto became as exhaustion became an issue, and although he put up a good effort, he was clearly the loser.
The official cards were 116-112, twice, and 117-111, all in favour of Salva who is now inline for about with Deejay Kriel.
The second was at Bantamweight, where Michael Dasmarinas (29-2-1, 19) out pointed Kenny Demecillo (14-5-2, 8) to become the new mandatory challenger, though will be expected to wait to the end of the WBSS before getting a shot at the belt. The bout saw Damarinas starting well, and he did look quite clearly the better fighter early on, landing particularly solid body body shots. As he slowed however Demecillo came back into the bout and ran him close in the final few rounds, with a particularly exciting final round.
After 12 rounds Dasmarinas got the decision with scores of 115-1113, 116-112 and 117-111. Despite the win, he did fail to really impress, and none of the top Bantamweights will be too worried by his performance here.
Earlier today we were sent the full bout card for the MP Promotions show on March 23rd.
The card will be headlined by an IBF Bantamweight world title eliminator, as Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) battle to become the mandatory for the IBF title. This bout had previously been announced for a different show, in Singapore, that appears to have fallen through.
A second world title eliminator will be at Minimumweight, and will see Samuel Salva (16-0, 10) taking on Rene Mark Cuarto (16-1-1, 9).
Other bouts of note on this show will see Ronnie Baldonado (13-1-1, 9) battle Elias Joaquino (12-3-2, 6), in a mouth watering domestic battle and another great domestic clash between Orlie Silvestre (12-5-1, 8) and Joel Taduran (8-10-2, 2).
On the international stage we'll see Singaporean fighter Muhamad Ridhwan (11-1, 8) and Landy Cris Leon (11-18-5, 5) battle in a supposed showcase for Ridhwan and a great match up touted Chinese prospect Lei Wang (2-0, 1) taking on the under-rated Adam Diu Abdulhamid (13-7, 5) in a really tough looking bout.
(A huge thanks to Ian Melodillar @iaknows for the image)
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