Earlier today we were informed that Filipino veteran Donny Mabao (22-24-3, 4) would be off to Japan, for the third time in his career, for a bout with Japanese based Colombian Pablo Carrillo (18-4-1, 11).
The Filipino, who is 0-2 in Japan having lost to Ryo Miyazaki and Ryuji Hara, will be looking to build on a string of positive results, including a shock win over Michael Enriquez in February. That strong of results has seen him score two draws and a win following 4 straight losses in 10 months.
Although an experienced fighter, and one who is better than his record indicates, Mabao is only 27 and has got time left to turn his career around if he can continue to build some career momentum, something that has been a problem though his career with his biggest win, a decision over Florante Condes in 2012, being following by 15 months of inactivity. He can be a handful on his day, but has been matched hard and picked up losses Warlito Parrenas, Wisanu Kokietgym, Kwanthai Sithmorseng, Paipharob Kokietgym, Merlito Sabillo, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep and the aforementioned Miyazaki, which have all resulted in leaving him with a messy record.
As for Carillo the bout will also be his third in Japan, following a loss in 2014 to Kazuto Ioka and a win last year against Jaipetch Chaiyonggym. Incidentally Kazuto Ioka's uncle, Hiroki Ioka, is now Carillo's manager in Japan and it will be Mr Ioka who will be promoting this bout, which will take place on April 17th at the EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka. In fact the bout will be one of the key under-card bouts on a show headlined by a Japanese 154lb title fight between Yuki Nonaka (28-8-3, 9) [野中 悠樹], the defending champion and a stablemate of Carrillo's, and mandatory challenger Yuto Shimizu (11-2-2, 4) [清水 優人].
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