The last 12 months have been a really frustrating one for Filipino boxing. There have been some triumphs, but on the whole it's been a frustrating year with more bad than good for the country that is regularly regarded as the second most significant boxing country in Asia.
Thankfully however the nation has a lot to be excited by over the coming years, with a lot of emerging fighters and hopefuls. Among those is 21 year old Super Flyweight Ranelio Quizo (7-0, 1), who takes a step up on February 7th as he takes on John Mark Tihuk, and is the subject of this week's "Introducing...".
The youngsters made his debut on August 23rd 2018, in a bout that was actually streamed on the GAB's facebook page. The youngster took on fellow debutant Sannyboy Esquilona and although Quizo didn't blow anyone away in his debut he took a very clear decision win over his opponent. The bout saw him show some very nice touches, using his footwork well, controlling the range well and showed himself to be a promising fighter.
By the end of 2018 Quizo had moved to 3-0, and was forced to battle to get past both Rustom Medes, who was unbeaten himself, and Rolando Plaza, who dropped Quizo before the youngster regrouped and earned a close decision. Those bouts coming so early helped to show that the young man could battle through adversity and come out on top.
Having established himself with 3 wins in 2018 Quizo began to be stepped up, having his first 6 round bout in March 2019, when he stopped Lowell Saguisa in 3 rounds. That was a total farce, as is almost every Saguisa bout now and he's merely getting in to the ring pad records it seems, but he then backed it up with good decisions against Alvin Defeo and Vincent Bautista.
In his most recent bout Quizo looked very impressive as he out boxed, out fought and generally controlled Ronel Dela Cruz over 8 rounds. Quizo boxed well to keep Dela Cruz at bay, used his sharp jab well and found space for some lovely straight right hands down the pipe. His movement was light, and he managed to go 8 rounds at a good pace against a solid fighter with some ambition of his own.
The man from Las Pinas City hasn't had much attention so far in his career, but if he can get past Tihuk on February 7th Quizo is likely to end up in some good developmental fights through the year. He's only young, and is certainly not a puncher, but with his boxing brain, jab and movement there are tools there for him to go a very long way. There is however a need for him to develop a more physical side to his boxing down the line.
Dubbed "Bagwis" Quizo is a young fighter to keep an eye on and someone we're interested in following long term, whether he beats Tihuk, who is a very solid fighter himself, or not.
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