Today's action comes thick and fast around the boxing world with a card in Indonesia, two in the Philippines, one expected in in Dubai and international action expected in Australia, Mexico and the US. Really, what more could we want?
We'll start in Indonesia where we're expecting a 5 fight card headlined by the experienced Roy Mukhlis (25-3-2, 20) taking on Filipino Weng Haya (17-6, 9) in what could be an explosive fight. With the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title on the line both will know perfectly well what a victory really means theywould be in or around the WBO world rankings.
Interestingly the Mukhlis/Haya bout sees both men moving up from lower weights. For Mukhlis this is his first title fight at Lightweight after having previously held titles at Super Featherweight and for Haya it's his first title fight since failing to claim the interim WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title last year.
In the co-main event the highly experienced Rivo Rengkung (31-16-5, 11) takes on novice Otnel Negrito (2-0, 1) from Timor-Leste (East Timor). Negrito is thought to have been in over 50 amateur bouts and will need to use that experience if he's to upset Rengkung here.
The other bouts on the card will see Benigno Nino (1-0-1) fighting Hanif Yogya (0-1); Rochmad Santoso (2-2, 2) fighting Delio Fernandes (1-1) and Yacob Ton (4-9, 2) in action against the debuting Benny Lindu Aji (0-0).
In the Philippines we have two seperate cards, but we'll start by looking at the card Lugana, a show headlined by an excellent match up between the unbeaten Ernesto Saulong (12-0, 5) and the twice beaten Alie Laurel (10-2, 6), a man many feel should actually be unbeaten himself. Outside of the Philippines this is a bout many will over-look though we'll be very interested in the bout as the winner will be tipped to go on to much bigger things than just a Filipino national title.
Unfortunately it's only really the main even that stands out herw with the second most interesting bout on the show being a much less interesting contest as Joan Imperial (9-3-5, 4) faces journeyman Albert Alcoy (14-16-6, 4).
The rest of the Lugana card features Just Bornilla (5-1) taking on debutant Ariel Pampuan (0-0), Mac Canisio (2-3) fighting Javen Villacite (2-1-2) in an even looking contest, debutant Rogelio Pancho (0-0) fighting Stephen Sayson (0-2) and an all debutant bout between Jerwin Lorenzo (0-0) and Melvin Jakaran (0-0).
On the other Filipino card, held at Negros Occidental, we have another 6 bouts. On the card the headline bout sees the unbeten Juren Labordo (10-0, 6) putting his "0" on the line against Marzon Cabilla (9-9-1, 4) on what, at least on paper looks like an easy nights work for the unbeaten man.
Labordo isn't the only unbeaten preospect on the card with two interesting 6 round bouts also on the card. The most interesting of those sees the unbeaten Rolando Servania (4-0, 1), the younger brother of Genesis Servania, taking on fellow unbeaten Marlon Macayan (1-0-1) whilst the other bout sees Arnel Acebuqye (1-0, 1) fighting John Rey Melligen (2-1, 1).
For Servania, who will be fighting for the 5th time this year, he'll be hoping to win with a bit more breathing space than he did in his most recent contest, a split decision over Jonas Sultan back in July, however Macayan will go in with an upset in mind. For Melligen his bout will be his first since being beaten by Mark Magsayo in August. Although Acebuqye is unbeaten he's not thought of as being anything like Magsayo who is generally regarded as a special talent.
The unbeaten fighters continue on the card with Alvin Sibugan (1-0) fighting Glen Contiveros (1-1-1) and Ruben Sibugan (0-0) making his debut against the unbeaten Joven Torres (1-0).
In fact the only bout on this card not featuring an unbeaten fighter is a bout between Roy Sumugat (8-8-1, 2) and Rolly Llino (5-9-1, 2). We'll admit it's a little difficult to get too excited about this one though it should go the distance with neither guy have any great pop on their shots.
In Dubai we expect to see a contest with a debuting Amin Saad AlSwayni (0-0) however no other details of the show have filtered through to us as of yet.
Now on to the intereational action, the earliest of which takes place in Australia as Filipino Jayson Mac Gura (1-17-3, 1) takes n the unbeaten Dylan Emery (6-0, 1). This is unlikely to be anything but a loss for Mac Gura though hopefully he'll manage to put on a solid effort despite losing.
Over in the USA the unbeaten Jun Doliguez (16-0-2, 12) faces Mexican Giovanni Caro (24-13-4, 19) in what will be Doliguez's US debut. Although Doliguez does enter this bout on the back of a draw with Ruben Tamayo he will be expected to over-come Caro over the 8 round schedule.
The final internationla bout sees Thailand's Buakaew OnesongchaiGym (6-1-1), the current WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Flyweight champion, fighting in Jalisco, Mexico. Buakaew takes on Mexican boxing queen Mariana Juarez (37-7-3, 16) in a battle for the WBC International Flyweight title. This is by far the toughest contest in the career of the Thai teenager and it'd be hard to see her winning, though we wish her the best of luck as she gets to share a ring with one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in female boxing.
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).