Earlier today Filipino sources reported that two Filipino fighters would be in the ring this coming weekend to fight for titles in Victoria, Australia.
One of those Filipino fighters is the under-rated, Cinderella man, Gerpaul Valero (21-17-4, 15) whilst the other is former world title challenger Jether Oliva (24-6-2, 11).
Valero, who began his career 1-13-1 before winning 20 of his following 27 bouts, will be fighting for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, as he takes on heavy handed Aussie Jason Moloney (9-0, 8). This will see Moloney seeking the second defense of his title, a title that he won back in December 2015 against the then unbeaten Markquil Salvana and although a mismatch on paper it is actually a relatively interesting bout.
Moloney has, on the whole, faced opponents going to Australia to lose. For this bout Valero won't be turning up to roll over, and he has the power to make life uncomfortable for the unbeaten beaten man. Sadly though the odds are stacked against Valero who isn't a natural Super Bantamweight and does't appear to have had much notice for this bout. Had the bout been at 118lbs it would be really be really interesting, but we won't complain too much as it's great to see Valero getting a big chance for a title, even if it is just a regional title.
As for Oliva his bout comes against WBA Oceania Bantamweight champion Andrew Moloney (9-0, 5), Jason's brother. For Moloney this will be his first defence of the title he won this past March, when he beat Ryohei Takahashi, and a chance to score a win over a former world title challenger. On paper that sounds great however Oliva's world title bout came at Light Flyweight has lost 4 of his last 6, including defeat last time out to Muhammad Waseem, and he has scored a win ove a fighter with a winning record in more than 3 years. On paper this one looks better than it is, whilst the other bout should be better than it looks.
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