Just over a week removed from the excellent "Pinoy Pride XXI" card ALA promotions get back to work as they put on a low level show at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports Center in Bacolod City.
With 8 bouts on the show it's a pretty deep card in terms of fights though in terms of quality match ups there little that that will actually catch the attention.
The most notable bout on the show sees the 20 year old Jimmy Paypa (12-2, 4) facing Cristian Abila (9-11-3, 1) a former Filipino Super Bantamweight champion. Although the records are a stark contrast to each other it does have to be noted that Abila has faced the significantly better competition including Kaewfah Tor Buamas, oddly up at Super Featherweight, Allan Tanada and Daud Cino Yordan. This could be much harder than it looks on paper for Paypa.
The chief support bout sees former amateur standout Juren Labordo (9-0, 5) battling Ricky Sabia (10-9-2, 5). Again the bout looks like a mismatch on paper but Sabia is better than his record indicates. Of his 9 career losses many have come to fighters like Jether Oliva and Fernando Lumacad, solid fringe guys. Labordo hasn't faced anyone near that sort of quality so far but is expected to go far and should manage to impress here.
ALA appear to be wanting to keep their prospects busy and that's what they seem to be doing with the rest of the card.
In a noteworthy contest Rolando Servania (3-0, 1) fight Jonas Sultan (2-0, 1). Whilst the obvious thing here is that "somebody's 0 must go" it's worth noting that Rolando is the younger brother of Genesis Servania a man many are tipping to claim a world title in the near future. Roloando is also the brother of Jake Servania, one of the trainers at the ALA gym. With those two facts in mind it'd be a shock not to see Rolando have success here.
Servania isn't the only "brother" of a more famous fighter on the card with John Rey Melligen (1-0) also in action. Melligen, returning to the ring for the first time in well over a year faces the debuting Jelmart Amlani (0-0) just week after older borther Mark Jason Melligen was caught on a drugs bust.
Also on the card is the promising Junjesie Ibgos (4-0, 4) who will be hoping to take out Lyndon Castillo (2-3, 2). In his 5 bouts to date Casillo has been stopped just once, so he'll be wanting to stop the wrecking spree of the man dubbed the "Tornado".
The card completes with 3 more bouts featuring novices. In an all debutant bout Romel Rodondon (0-0) battles Raul Yu (0-0), whilst Alvin Sibugan (0-0) looks for a winning start to his career against Steven Recaborda (1-2) and Roniel Parcon (0-0) does the same against Vonjeryl Gino (2-1, 2).
The only notable fight that we've gotten details of so far is a surprisingly promising 12 round bout in Thailand as the unbeaten, but very much untested Kaewfah Tor Buamas (10-0, 7) defends his interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Featherweight title
The 26 Tor Buamas has been a professional since November 2009 though in his 10 fight career has faced 8 debuting opponents. Of the other 2 opponents one was 0-4 entering the ring against him and the other, Falazona Fidal was 15-25 so we'll be honest his record doesn't tell us anything at all.
Whilst Tor Buamas has a perfect record on paper his opponent, Filipino Cristian Abila (9-10-3, 1) has the exact opposite. Yes he's a fighter with a losing record though there is a reason to that with him having faced much, much stiffer competition than the Thai. In fact having faced fighters like Daud Cino Yordan and Allan Tanada it's clear that Abila would have picked up a fair few losses.
Although Abila has lost to weaker opponents than the 2 listed above he has also shown that he can be the guy to cause an upset here and there. He has scored a draw with Rene Bestudio back in 2010 and most recently he upset Ariel Delgado with a KO (the first and only KO victory on Abila's record.
On paper it's a mismatch but we wouldn't be massively shocked if Abila made life very difficult for the defending champion who is facing his first test of any value.