Earlier today the IBF announced that they would be holding a special card to celebrate their 36th anniversary, with a small but notable show in Macau.
The big fight for local fans comes at Light Heavyweight, where the unbeaten Chinese hopeful Meng Fanlong (14-0, 9) [孟繁龙] will face unbeaten German Adam Deines (17-0-1, 8), in a bout for an IBF minor title, rumoured to be the IBF Inter-continental title.
Another unbeaten fighter on this card will be Australian Steve Gago (10-0, 4), who takes on Filipino fighter Adam Diu Abdulhamid (14-7, 6). This will be for a regional IBF title, and although it looks like a mismatch we're actually really interested in this one, with Abdulhamid being much better than his record suggests.
A third bout of note will see former world title challenger Richie Mepranum (33-7-1, 9) take on Chinese fighter Sen Chen (11-1, 2). This will also be for a regional IBF title, and looks like a tough bout for the Chinese youngster, though Mepranum is certainly not the fighter he once was.
At the moment full details of the card haven't been revealed, though we are hoping that the show will be given a free legal stream though some of the Chinese sites.
Panamanian website critica.com.pa have reported that former WBA Bantamweight "super" champion Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno (36-6-1, 12) will return to the ring at the end of April for his first bout since being stopped in 3 rounds by Julio Ceja in May 2017. By it's self that's quite an interesting story though it becomes particularly interesting for us when his opponent for the bout is named as Chinese fighter Sen Chen (11-1, 2).
For years Moreno was one of boxing's best kept secrets. going on an excellent 27 fight winning run from 2003 to 2012 whilst notching wins over the likes of Tomas Rojas, Volodymyr Sydorenko, Rolly Lunas, Mahyar Monshipour, Nehomar Cermeno and Vic Darchinyan. Sadly Moreno lost 4 of his last 5 bouts, including stoppage losses to Shinsuke Yamanaka and Julio Ceja in his final 2 bouts.
As for Chen he is set for a huge step up in class This will be his first bout outside of Asia and he comes into the bout on the back of 3 wins, including a win last time out against Indonesian veteran Ricky Manufoe. That's pretty much been the level he's been fighting at, showing just how much of a step up in class he's having here.
The bout will take place in Panama City on April 30th at 126lbs and will be scheduled for 8 rounds.
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