Although in boxing plans are never what we expect them to be we have to admit we are becoming excited about Pinoy Pride 28 which was all but announced this past weekend by ALA patriarch Michael Aldeguer.
The show is currently pencilled in for November 15th and, hopefully, will take place at the Pacific grand ballroom of the Waterfront-Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Originally though the plans seemed to be to hold the show in the US, we assume those plans have changed, like many in boxing, due to money, timing, logistics or marketing.
When the date and venue are only pencilled in for now the main fighters appear to be all but set in stone with the show rumoured to be a quad-header.
The men expected to co-feature on the show will be Bantamweight contender AJ Banal (31-2-1, 22), highly regarded Flyweight Milan Melindo (31-1, 12), unbeaten Super Bantamweight prospect Albert Pagara (21-0, 15) and 2-weight world champion Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19).
At the moment no opponents have been selected for the 4 Filipino fighters though it's expected to be Nietes's final fight at Light Flyweight and will be a show used to celebrate the 7th anniversary of his career defining victory over Thailand's Pornsawan Porpramook, a win that first saw Nietes becoming a world champion. From what Aldeguer has suggested Nietes will be moving up early next year with the intention of challenging unified Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada though it does appear that this may be another plan that doesn't quite come off as hoped given that several other fighters are interested in an Estrada fight.
For now the show all sounds good though of course it will all depend on which opponents will be fighting the Filipino foursome. If they end up in mismatches then our excitement will wane massively though if we get a few competitive bouts we'll have to hand it to ALA for putting together one of the, if not the, best Pinoy Pride show so far.
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