By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES – Boxing action continues in the central island of the Philippines with up and coming prospects featured in a nine bout card.
Berland Robles (5-0,2KO’s) and Jerven Mama (12-1-1,7KO’s) will serve as the main bout. Mama will try to bounce back from the tenth round stoppage loss to Mark Vicelles last year. That fight, his lone career defeat, was also held here in Cebu.Robles will be making a step up in competition in this match-up. Both weighed in at 113 lbs for this ten rounder.
Bryan James Wild (9-0, 6), will try to keep his unbeaten streak against the tough Carlo Demecillo (15-6-1, 8). Wild weighed 122.5 lbs while Demecillo was at 121.75 lbs. They are also set for ten rounds.
April Jay Abne (10-1, 5) will take on Ramel Antaran (5-18-2).Abne weighed 113 lbs while Antaran was a pound heavier for this ten round bout. Abne avenged his only loss to Garen Diagan. He is also coming off a tough win against Christian Bacolod. Antaran has a 1W-3L slate this year.
Ramil Macado (3-0, 2) will also take a huge step up when he faces off with Renoel Pael (23-12-1, 12) in an 8 rounder. Both weighed 114 lbs.
For the other bouts - Rodel Wenceslao 147 lbs vs. Edison Berwela 144.5 lbs -10 rounds, John Vincent Pangga 111.5lbs vs. Virgilio Silvano 113 lbs - 8 rounds, Brix Piala 127 lbs vs. Rhonvex Capuloy 127 lbs – 8 rounds, Ian Abne 106 lbs vs. Charlie Malupangue 106 lbs -8 rounds and Yerogge Gura 115.75 lbs vs. Anthony Gilbuela 114 lbs -8 rounds. The 7th edition of “ENGKWENTRO” will be held in Consolacion, Cebu and promoted by ARQ Promotions.
Photo -Jerven Mama and Berland Robles pose during the weigh-in.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see regular Japanese Welterweight Keita Obara (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] battle against interim champion Takeru Kobata (12-5-1, 5) [小畑 武尊]. Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made the 147lb limit without any real issues.
Obara, who weight in first, came in bang on the limit for what will be his first bout in 10 months. He was scheduled to fight back in April, against Yuki Nagano, but was forced to pull out of that bout due to an injury to his right leg. Notably he stated that he hasn't really used his legs to train, and instead rested them as much as he could. Despite that he did say training had gone well, but was a "little worried psychologically". He also admitted that Kobata was taller than expected but that his own experience was going to be key here. If he wins he intends to move onwards and upwards and fight world ranked opponents from overseas next.
As for Kobata he was well under the limit, at 146.5lbs. He explained that he had sparred a lot, and that he was relying on scoring a stoppage here, admitted "so I can't see a vision of winning by decision. I'm aiming for KO."
Related - Obara and Kobata battle for unified Japanese crown
Tomorrow fight fans at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka will get the chance to see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Nishida (5-0, 1) [西田凌佑] defending his title against Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-1, 6).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the 115lb limit with easy. In fact they did so with some room to spare, as both men came in at 114.75lbs and both looked confident and comfortable at the weight.
Whilst both men made weight it was interesting to see Nishida looked the bigger man. In fact he looked a weight class bigger than Pelesio. It was somewhat like a natural Bantamweight weighing in along a natural Super Flyweight.
After making weight Nishida, who not only enters as the regional champion but also a world ranked contender, explained that he struggled to make weight and that the cut to 118lbs was hard this time. A couple of days ago he was around 0.6lbs over the limit, and although he had made it with some room to spare it seems his days at 118lbs are somewhat limited. In regards to the fight he suggested he was going to stop Pelesio in the second half of the bout.
Dubbed "Kansai's Cinderella Boy", Nishida is looking to defend his title here and climb up the rankings towards a potential world title fight over the next few years.
As for Pelesio, he stated he going to be aggressive but had respect for the champion.
Related - WBO Asia Pacific champion Nishida takes on Filipino challenger Pelesio
Tomorrow we'll get the chance to see IBF Super Flyweight champion Fernando Daniel Martinez (14-0, 8) take on the man he beat for the title earlier this year, Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (33-2-2, 22). Today, ahead of their rematch, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made the 115lb Super Flyweight limit. In fact they both made weight at an identical 114.75lbs.
On the scales "Pretty Boy" Ancajas looked in good shape, though it did appear that he was perhaps a man who could have done with a move up in weight. His frame has always been big and wiry though it does look like he is maybe struggling to make the weight without it taking a toll on him. He didn't look bad, not by any stretch, but Martinez, looked the more filled out and solid looking fighter.
For Martinez this will be his first defense, and he'll be looking to solidify his reign as the champion, and prove his win over Ancajas earlier this year wasn't a fluke. Notably their was a lot of Argentinian fans at the weigh in and as the men stared down after making weight their was a very loud "Argentina" chant. As for Ancajas this is a chance to recapture the belt he had held from 2016 to earlier this year, when he was widely beaten on points by Martinez.
Related - Repeat or Revenge as Martinez and Ancajas face off again
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (16-6-1, 14) [栗原慶太] defending his title against Kai Chiba (13-3, 8) [千葉 開] in an interesting looking match up.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weight in for the contest, and both men made the 118lb weight limit with no issues.
On the scales the champion, who looked in excellent condition, was 118lbs and he looked really good whilst also looking naturally bigger than the challenger, who was slightly lighter at 117.8lbs. Despite being the naturally smaller man, Chiba looked in incredible shape, looking ripped and ready.
At the weigh in Kurihara explained that he was in the best shape of his career, telling the made he "finished better than ever", in regards to his preparation. He also explained that he spoke well of Chiba, and has clearly scouted his challenger, whilst also explaining that he wanted to break Chiba and leave him feeling like he can't do anything.
As for Chiba he explained that he was full of motivation for the bout, which is his second OPBF title fight following a loss in 2021 to Kazuki Nakajima. He also spoke about knowing Kurihara following sparring sessions together, and it seems like he feels that sparring will give him the edge here.
Related - OPBF king Kurihara clashes with Chiba
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