Today seems a great day to be a Filipino boxing fan with domestic action and international action.
In Cebu City, ALA Promotions have got a very exciting 7 fight card headlined by the highly ranked Roli Gasca (19-4-1, 5) facing the hard hitting Jimmy Aducal (6-1-2, 5).
Gasca's career in recent fights has slowed significantly with 3 losses in his last 6 bouts though he is very talented and looking to prove himself once again. He'll need to get beyond Aducal who is a big hitter and has stopped his last 5 opponents whilst also claiming the PBF Super Flyweight title. We should have an excellent contest here between boxer and banger.
As well as the Gasca/Aducal bout there are 4 promising Filipino prospects with Mark Andrew Acub (11-0, 9) being the most notable of them. Acub faces the experienced Rene Bestudio (15-4-4, 5) in what looks like his toughest bout to date.
The other prospects on the Cebu City card are Arjan Canillas (8-0-2, 6) who faces Rodel Wenceslao (6-6-1, 1); John Vincent Moralde (5-0, 2) who fights Rolando Navarette Jr (2-1-1, 2) and Kim Galon (1-0, 1) who is up against Ryan Canillas (2-1-2, 1).
Also on the card are bouts between Engelbert Moralde (4-1, 3) and Junior Salvador (4-15-3) and Jojo Entor (23-10-7, 8) who faces Jamjam Ungon (0-3).
As well as the Cebu City card there is also a show in Metro Manila thanks to Elorde Promotions. This show in Metro Manila features 6 bouts with 5 unbeaten fighters on the show.
The most notable bout on the card sees Randy Braga (10-0, 2) facing the experienced Rex Olisa (9-19-1, 7). This will be Braga's first 10 round bout and could well help move him to within a fight or two of a national title bout.
In the card's other 10 rounder the once beaten Rene Patilano (8-1-2, 4) faces Geboi Mansalayao (8-14-4, 3). This is Patilano's first bout since suffering a technical draw with Randy Petalcorin in February.
In 6 round action the unbeaten Giemel Magramo (5-0, 3) faces Julius Bala (2-1) and Jay Loto (4-0) faces Benjie Bartolome (1-6-1). It would be a genuine shock here if either of the unbeaten men were beaten here. The reamining 2 bouts, both scheduled for 4 rounds, see John Ray Logatiman (1-0) fighting Richard Elma (0-1) and Jomel Diocos (2-0, 2) facing Arnold Garde (3-1-2, 1). Again it would be a surprise if the unbeaten fighters were defeated here.
In Mexico the Filipino youngster Jaderes Padua (8-2-1, 5) faces his second former world champion in successive bouts as he fights the hard hitting Mexican Fernando Montiel (49-4-2, 37). Montiel, a former Flyweight, Super Flyweight and Bantamweight champion hasn't looked the same since being stopped in 2 rounds by Nonito Donaire back in 2011, though he should still have too much for Padua who was stopped by Tomas Rojas back in April.
Also in Mexico Weng Haya (17-5, 9), yet another Filipino, faces the hard hitting Mexican prospect Miguel Berchelt (18-0, 15) who has looked very good in recent bouts. This looks like a hard nights work for Haya.
In the UK the tricky Syrian journeyman Youssef Al Hamidi (12-55-2, 1) faces Chris Goodwin (16-2-1). Goodwin was earlier scheduled to face Oisin Fagan so it appears that Hamidi has been a late replacement, despite this he has the ability to make things very tough for Goodwin.
All the notable action today for Asian fans will be focused on the Philippines which hosts 3 cards with one of those really standing out as well as Filipino born fighters taking part in international cards.
The best of the 3 local cards takes place in the "University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium" in Davao City. This cards double main event are amongst the best fights anywhere on the planet this weekend.
The more notable of the 2 top fights sees former world title challenger Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (34-2, 25) taking on Mexican Jose Ramirez (24-3, 15). Although Bautista is rightfully the favourite it does need to be noted that Ramirez can bang and 2 of his losses have come controversially by split decision. The bout, a defense of Bautista's WBO International Featherweight title could end up having an explosive finish.
For us the better bout is actually the all-Filipino co-feature that sees OPBF Super Flyweight champion Arthur Villanueva (20-0, 11) defending his belt against fellow unbeaten fighter Marco Demecillo (18-0-1, 14). This could honestly be the stand out fight of the day. Both men are evenly matched, both are unbeaten and both will be wanting to prove a point.
Through the rest of the features 2 genuinely notable bouts as Rocky Fuentes (34-6-2, 20) takes on Juan Kantun (20-3-3, 15) and the explosive Lorenzo Villanueva (23-1, 21) who faces Indonesian Arief Blader (18-9-1, 7). The card also features 3 youngsters as Engelbert Moralde (3-1, 3), John Vincent Moralde (4-0, 2) and the debuting Glenn Ramos all feature against as yet unnown opponents.
The other cards are genuinely hard to split apart in terms of quality. The one in "La Trinidad Trading Post" is headlined by Japanese visitor Tosho Makoto Aoki (13-12-2, 10) taking on Ruel Suya (6-7-1, 3) in a bout for the WBC Asia Council Continental Lightweight title. Technically that's the 12 rounder though the more appealing bout is prospect Rex Wao (6-0, 5) against Dandy Toei (9-4-3, 3) in what could well be the next stepping stone for Wao on his way to title fights.
The rest of the card in La Trinidad is somewhat passable as an undercard with Remuel Obidos (7-3-1, 2) facing Arjet Caballes (6-24-5, 3); Stephen Gelawa (4-0-1, 2) facing Jestoni Pepito (7-10-2, 2) and bouts for Jonel Espineli (0-0-1) and Renato Palay (0-0-1) bot against as yet un-named opponents.
The final card, in "Lipa City Youth Cultural Center" is headlined by Cirilo Espino (18-11-3, 11) defending his Filipino (GAB) Featherweight title against the experienced Vinvin Rufino (32-15-3, 15) on paper we've got to favour the challenger.
The Lipa City card also has a battle of unbeatens as Jeffrey Galero (8-0, 4) faces Ian Ligutan (4-0-1, 2) in a promising bout. The only other completely listed bout is hard hitting James Delos Reyes (4-1-1, 4) against Baby Marfil Jr. (2-5-2) who has yet to be stopped. We're also expecting Jecker Buhawe (14-7-1, 9) to be in action and the professional debut of Mike Kinaadman, though both are fighting to be named opponents.
As well as the local stuff however it's also good to see that Roberto Lerio (14-17-1, 5) the Australian based Filipino will be able to defend the Australian Bantamweight title that he won a year ago as he takes on Brad Hore (2-0). And in New South Wales Jayson Mac Gura (1-13-2, 1) faces Joey Williams (9-1-1, 4).