Last October we saw Filipino fighter Rolly Sumalpong (9-1-1, 4) travel to Japan for a bout with the highly touted Ken Shiro [拳四朗]. Although Sumalpong came up short against the Japanese youngster we were impressed and decided that he was another fighter worth keeping a very close eye on going forward.
We now know the next step in Sumalpong's career will come on February 18th back home in the Philippines as he takes on the unbeaten Toto Landero (7-0-2, 2) in the first defense of Sumalpong's WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Minimumweight title
For Sumalpong this is his first bout since that loss to Ken Shiro and is another tough bout on paper for the 22 year old "Bomba", who has under-rated power and is a real prospect despite his loss last time out.
For the unbeaten Landero this is a great chance to extend his unbeaten run and continue building what is becoming an impressive, though under-stated record. In his last few fights the 20 year old has over-come the likes of Philip Luis Cuerdo and the then unbeaten Jerome Clavite.
Incidentally this will also be the second bout between these two men who fought to a draw back in June 2014, when Sumalpong entered 4-0 and Landero was 3-0. With their history in a very competitive bout we suspect that this one could be a very, very good match up and a real treat for fans at The Atrium, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
For thoe who missed the Sumalpong Vs Ken Shiro bout, we've featured the video below.
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