Rancho Los Aldana, Garden City, Kansas, USA
This coming Sunday US based Azeri fighter Ramal Amanov (16-5, 5) take on unbeaten puncher Richard Acevedo (5-0-1, 5) in a bout for the USA Kansas State Light Middleweight title. The 37 year old Amanov has been a professional since 2013 and managed to win his first 16 bouts before going on a 5 fight losing streak, albeit against good fighters like Brian Ceballo, Jesus Alejandro Ramos and Harold Calderon. Axevedo is no world beater, but is explosive, and won his first 5 bouts, before being held to a draw in 2019. Sadly however he has been out of the ring for close to 3 years and is clearly targetting an easy win here on his return to action.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Saturday attention tuns to Korakuen Hall for the next Dynamic Glove show, and whilst it's not the most star studded show under the illustrious Dynamic Glove banner, it is a show that is set to showcase the new generation of Teiken Gym fighters. The card features one of the fighters who has established himself as a rising contender at 108lbs, taking on a true veteran, and 3 bouts featuring former top Japanese amateurs making their professional debuts.
The main event of the show will see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Shokichi Iwata (8-0, 6) take on OPBF champion Kenichi Horikawa (41-16-1, 14) in a bout which will not only see the two men looking to defend their titles, but also claim the currently vacant WBO Asia Pacific title. The bout is a good step up for the 26 year old Iwata, who will know that if he wins here he could open up the door for a world title fight in the not too distance future. Aged 42 Horikawa will go into the bout knowing that a loss here is likely the end of his career, despite that however he has had almost all of his most notable success in the later stages of his career, winning the Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles since turning 35. Given the styles of the two men this should be a very, very interesting match up. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Iwata and Horikawa battle for triple crown!
One of the debutants on this card is Reo Saito (0-0), who went 70-11 in the amateurs with 6 titles whilst in High school. The 24 year old Saito will be up against 18 year old Thai visitor Samart Surakhan (1-0). It's hard to see this as being anything but a showcase for Saito who has all the tools to be fast tracked, and Teiken know it.
A second touted debutant who is expected to be moved aggressively over the coming years is 24 year old Super Flyweight hopeful Riku Masuda (0-0), who faces Thailand's Worraphon Yothika (1-0, 1), who scored his professional win in May against a very, very poor local foe. Matsuda isn't as highly regarded as Saito, but having scored more than 50 wins in the unpaid ranks he is experienced as a fighter and should have more than enough in his arsenal to deal with his visiting foe here.
Another debutant expected to be moved quickly is Kyosuke Takami (0-0), a 20 year old who went 43-4 in the unpaid ranks. He will be up against fellow youngster Wutthichai Montri (2-0, 1), who debuted in 2020 and will be fighting outside of Thailand for the first time. It's hard to read much into Montri's 2-0 record, but it's also hard to imagine him being a test for someone with Takami's ability and strong amateur background.
One other novice professional on this card is 28 year old Featherweight hopeful Kenji Fujita (1-0, 1), who takes on Jestine Tesoro (6-3, 2), in what will be Fujita's first bout in around 15 months. The talented Fujita went 153-21 in the unpaid ranks, and had it not been for the pandemic we suspect he would be knocking on the door of a title fight by now, especially given his impressive he looked in his debut against Motosuke Kimura. Sadly given his lay off it makes sense he's being matched softly here, as he takes on 22 year old Filipino visitor Jestine Tesoro, who is unlikely to put up much of a test for Fujita.
July 1st-Cuarto defends IBF title, Yordan and Saknosiwi look to impress in Indonesia
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
The main bout of interest this coming Friday comes from Monterrey where we'll see IBF Minimumweight champion Rene Mark Cuarto (20-2-2, 11) defending his title against Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares (26-3-1, 15). The tricky Cuarto won the title last year, in a controversial decision over Pedro Taduran, and recorded his first successful defense in February, when he again beat Taduran in a controversial bout. Despite those wins he is not getting an easy second defense and needs to travel to face a dangerous and aggressive fighter. For Valladares, who has a technical draw with Taduran, this is his second shot at a title, and he seems likely to make the most of this one with his busy, aggressive style and home crowd support. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here IBF king Cuarto takes on Valladares in Mexico!
As well as the world title bout we also have some Asian action in Indonesia, where we'll see a number of bouts, including two notable bouts between notable Indonesian locals and Thai fighters.
The most notable match up on the show will see former world title challenger Daud Yordan (41-1, 29) take on former 2-time world champion Panya Uthok (54-10, 36), aka Pungluang Sor Singyu. Given the Thai is a former 2-time world champion one would assume he's got a decent chance here, however he is a former Bantamweight who has moved through the weights in his post-prime years and is unlikely to post much of a threat at 140lbs, where this bout will be taking place. Yordan, still the most notable active Indonesian fighter out there, is 35 and his career is coming to a close, but he should be too big, too strong and too powerful for the Thai visitor here.
Whilst Yordan is the most notable fighter in Indonesia, there are one or two chasing at his heels, including the talented 27 year old Ongen Saknosiwi (9-0, 8), who will be looking for his second win of the year, as he takes on fellow puncher Jirawat Thammachot (9-3, 9). Saknosiwi looked set for a huge break out in 2020, before the pandemic killed the moment he was building, but now it looks like the 27 year old will begin to move his career forward again. He is genuinely one of the biggest, brightest and best hopes in Indonesia, and we are looking forward to seeing where he can go in the coming years. The 24 year old Jirawat has been a pro since last 2019 and lost his first two bouts, against top domestic prospects, but since then he has gone 9-1 (9) and stayed busy with 6 fights already this year. Sadly though this is a big step up for the Thai and it would be a huge surprise to see him surviving 8 rounds with the local hopeful.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Wednesday we get the next notable card from Ohashi Gym, who have a mouth watering card with two title bouts and a host of young, emerging, prospects.
The main event will see unbeaten fighter Masayoshi Hashizume (19-0-2, 11) look to make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, as he takes on former 3 weight world champion Kosei Tanaka (16-1, 9), in what is an incredibly important bout for both men. Hashizume scored his most notable win last time out, when he took a decision over Akio Furutani to claim the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF titles, and despite long being touted as one to watch he still lacks that B+ type win. A win he however would change that massively, and would really help him establish himself as a legitimate contender on the world stage. As for Tanaka this will be his second bout since losing to Kazuto Ioka at the end of 2020, and will see him looking to build on his 2021 win over Sho Ishida. Notably this will only be Tanaka's second bout at Korakuen Hall, and will see him return to the venue where he claimed his first professional title, way back in October 2014. He'll go in to this knowing he needs a win if he's to get a second shot at a Super Flyweight world title, and the pressure is all on Tanaka, despite the fact he's the challenger. Our preview of this bout can be read here Tanaka challenges regional champion Hashizume!
The other title bout on this card will see Yoshiki Minato (10-5, 5) and Yasuhiro Kanzaki (7-2-1, 2) battle for the Japanese Youth Super Flyweight title. Coming in to this we have seen Minato really struggling, losing 4 of his last 6 including one to Masayoshi Hashizume last year, though he is a talent and aged just 23 we wouldn't write him off at all. Sadly though he does need time to build so momentum and his 2020 win over Kohei Oba is easily forgotten now. As for Kanzaki he's 21 years old and reached the All Japan Rookie of the Year final in 2020, losing in the final to Akira Hoshuyama. Despite that loss he showed the level he can compete at and he should come into this bout thinking this is his time to shine. Going in to this we expect to see both men putting on a great show in what should be a very good technical bout between two talented youngster looking to make their mark on the sport. Our preview of this bout can be read here Minato and Kanzaki battle for Japanese Youth title
The leading support bout from the under-card will see the touted Keisuke Matsumoto (4-0, 4) look to extend his perfect record as he faces his first international opponent, Thailand's Nakharin Hangyu (4-1, 2). The promising Matsumoto looks like a kid with natural power, and very good size, but we're still yet to see anything close to he can really deliver and he is clearly a work in progress, albeit a very advanced work in progress and more well developed than most 4-0 fighters. The Thai visitor is someone who's untested, and is taking a big step up here, and we don't expect him to offer much competition to someone with the promise of Matsumoto.
In another notable under-card bout Japanese ranked 154lb hopeful Rikuto Adachi (16-3, 12) taking on Hisashi Kato (10-10-2, 6). Aged 24 Adachi has time on his hands, and even with 3 losses to his name there is no reason to write him off, though he is very much a work in progress and really needs to develop defensively given his last 2 losses have both come by stoppage. He is someone with a lot of potential, but his team do need to let him develop slowly, and he needs to be given time to fill out his frame. As for Kato the 36 year old southpaw is no world beater but should have the tools to ask some questions of Adachi, especially with his lefty stance.
The card also feature the much anticipated debut of former Japanese amateur standout Taiga Imanaga (0-0), who kicks off his professional career with a bout against Takahiro Hamazaki (3-8-3, 1). The 22 year old Imanaga is tipped for big things, and whilst his debut isn't a tough one, at least on paper, the bout will give him a chance to show what he can do and hopefully help settle him into the pro-style of boxing before bigger and better bouts later in the year. As for Hamazaki, the 36 year old is 1-5-3 in his last 9 and isn't expected to do much more than survive a few rounds with the talented former amateur.
Tech Port Arena, San Antonio, Texas, USA
The main show this coming Saturday takes place in Texas, where we see one of the best looking shows of the year thanks to Matchroom, which give us a genuinely stacked card, including two world title bouts involving Asian fighters.
One of those bouts, arguably the more interesting, will see WBC Super Flyweight champion Jesse Rodriguez Franco (15-0, 10) make his first defense, as he takes on former 2-time champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43), in a mouth watering bout. The bout has come about after "Bam" Rodriguez was a late replacement for Srisaket earlier this year, when Srisaket was forced to pull out of a bout with Carlos Cuadras on medical grounds, with Rodriguez making the most of his opportunity and beating Cuadras. A win here over Rungvisai would put Rodrgiuez as the front runner for the 2022 Fighter of the Year. As for Srisaket the hard hitting Thai will be looking to become a 3-time champion, though sadly he has looked like a man on the slide the last few years, and at 35 he is certainly on the older side for a Super Flyweight. Our preview of this bout can be read here Rodriguez faces Srisaket in first world title defense
The other world title bout featuring an Asian fighter will see Uzbekistani fighter Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7) look to defend his IBF and WBA Super Bantamweight titles as he takes on exciting American challenger Ronny Rios (33-3, 16). The bout, which was planned for last year, though fell through with Rios suffering Covid on the week of the fight and being replaced by Jose Velasquez. In the end Akhmadaliev took and easy win over Velasquez but Rios was left looming and finally gets his shot here. The talent Uzbekistani fighter will know that a 4 title unification bout is out there for him, with Stephen Fulton, but he will need to get past Rios here and score his third defense for that bout to stay alive. As for Rios this is his second world title fight and comes 16 months after his most recent bout, a win over Oscar Negrete. In fact Rios has fought just once since the pandemic started and we wonder whether that lack of activity will be an issue for the 32 year old. Our in depth preview of ths bout can be read here Unified champion Akhmadaliev faces Rios!
Sale Memorial Hall, Sale, Victoria, Australia
As well as the action in the US we also get some Asian interest down under in Victoria.
The most notable of the Asian fighters on this card is highly experienced Filipino fighter Czar Amonsot (35-6-3-1, 22), who looks set to pick up an easy win as he takes on Thai visitor Surachet Tongmala (9-16, 6) in a 12 round Welterweight bout. Notably for Amonsot he has lost 3 of his last 4, and it's fair to assume his career is coming to an end, with that in mind it's hard to complain too much about this bout, and hopefully a win here will allow the 36 year old Amonsot to retire into the sunset with a win. As for Tongmala, also known as Fonluang Sor Singyu, he has been stopped in 14 of his 16 losses, including a loss in May against Miles Zalewski, making it a bit of a worry that he's back in the ring only around 6 weeks after that loss.
Another bout of note on this card featuring an Asian fighter will see limited Australian fighter Jake Gathercole (7-7-1, 2) take on unbeaten Thai visitor Banpot Khaoiam (4-0-1, 4), in a bout for the lightly regarded WBF Australian Cruiserweight title. On paper this looks like a mismatch, but it's actually set to be an interesting one. Gathercole is certainly limited, but has competed at a much, much higher level than Banpot, who has scored all his wins over total novices. We do not expect this one to go the distance or to be a show case of what pure boxing is, but it should be entertaining.
Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, USA
The main bout this coming Friday comes from Florida where WBO Light Flyweight champion Jonathan Gonzalez (25-3-1-1, 14) makes his first defense, and takes on highly skilled Filipino challenger Mark Anthony Barriga (11-1, 2), in a really interesting match up. The talented Gonzalez won the title in an upset last time out, when he out boxed Elwin Soto, and used a lot of moving, counter punching and ring IQ to neutralise the hard hitting Soto. Here he's up against a genuinely tricky, technical and quick Filipino, who will likely see this opportunity as now or never, having previously come up short in another world title bout. We expect this bout to be very much a case of high speed, technical chess with some of the highest level boxing we'll see in a ring this year. Our fiull preview of his bout can be read here Barriga gets shot at WBO champion Gonzalez!
Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
As well as the world title bout in Florida we also get a card in the Philippines, albeit a rather weak one, with not a single bout that actually looks competitive.
Despite the card being a bunch of mismatches there are some interesting prospects on the show, including 21 year old hopeful Roslan Eco (7-0, 4), who looks to score his third win of the year as he takes on Mike Kinaadman (7-15-2, 5). Eco made his debut in 2019 has slowly been making a name for himself, and whilst still a novice, he has done a 10 rounder recently, and has wins over the likes of Michael Camelion and Rodel Tejares, who are well known names on the Filipino domestic circuit. As for Kinaadman the 26 year old has become something of a domestic journeyman, taking on pretty much all the notable domestic fighters in an around 105lbs. Eco should have the tools to deal with Kinaadman, but this is very much a good step forward for him.
Another notable hopeful on this card is 22 year old James Pagaling (5-0, 3), who will also be seeking his third win of 2022. Pagaling will be taking a major step up here as he takes on the highly experienced Crison Omayao (24-24-5, 8), who has faced a who's who of regional fighters including the likes of Naoya Inoue, Wanheng Menayothin and Kosei Tanaka, to name just a few. Pagaling recently went 8 rounds and with some luck will be moving into 10 rounders in the near future. As for Omayao he'll hopefully put up a legitimate effort here and ask questions of the youngster, but we don't think he'll have the size or skills to be overly competitive here.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Thursday attention turns Korakuen Hall once again as we get a Japanese title fight and a relatively notable under-card.
The main event of the show will see Japanese Bantamweight champion Kyosuke Sawada (15-2-2, 6) seek his first defense as he takes on the unlucky Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4). Sawada won the title earlier this year, with a 5th round technical decision win over Kenshin Oshima, in what was his second shot at the belt. The talented and technically very solid Sawada has long been under-rated due to suffering back to back losses to begin his career, but has rebuilt remarkably going 15-0-2 since then. Sadly though he is now 34 and there's a good chance he's on the slide already. As for Tsutsumi he is one of the most unlucky fighters in the sport, having been denied against Kazuki Nakajima and Daigo Higa, with those bouts resulting in draws when he had a great shout of winning both. Amazingly this will be his first title bout, despite the competition he's faced, and he'll know this is his chance to win a title, and make for lost time, given he's been out of the ring since October 2020. Despite not having a win in over 3 years Tsutusmi should not be written off here, and the 26 year old is some one with the potential and the tools to go all the way. This will be high action, between two well trained fighters, and could well have some serious drama as both men can hurt fighters, with Tsutsumi being heavy handed and Sawada being a wonderfully clean and accurate puncher. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Japanese champion Sawada takes on unbeaten Tsutsumi
In the chief support bout former world title challenger Shingo Wake (27-7-2, 19) takes on Naoto Mizutani (9-7-2, 3), in what really is a mismatch. The 34 year old Wake isn't the fighter he once was, and is a shadow of the fighter who claimed the OPBF Super Bantamweight title in 2013 and is even diminished from the fighter who won the Japanese title in 2018. Despite that he's a capable boxer-puncher who can turn it on, and should be levels above Mizutani. As for Mizutani the 33 year old had been a regularly on the lower part of the Japanese domestic scene, and whilst isn't a bum or anything like that, he's also not close to the level of Wake. Sadly we suspect Wake's retirement isn't too far off, but he should still have far, far too much for Mizutani at this point in time.
Further down the card we'll see former Japanese title challenger Seigo Hanamori (7-4, 5) take on Hiroshi Takaki (6-9-1, 2). Hanamori was last seen in August, when he was stopped in 3 rounds in a Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight against Gakuya Furuhashi, but that loss saw him make some new fans with a gutsy, exciting, aggressive and determined performance. We expect to see that same aggression here as he faced a rather limited 36 year old foe in the form of Takaki. This should be little more than a showcase for Hanamori, who is limited, but very fun.
One other bout on this card worth being aware of will see the durable Taiga Higashi (7-5-1, 2) take on unbeaten puncher Shori Umezu (7-0, 6). Although not a stand out fighter Higashi has served as something of a domestic tester for prospects, going rounds with the likes of Matcha Nakagawa, Kazuki Nakajima, Kantaro Juri and Yusuke Mine. He's not going to spring many upsets but he will make fighters work for their win. As for Umezu he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year back in February, in his only bout to go the distance, and we suspect he will be asked some tough questions here by Higashi.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Wednesday we see a small but relatively notable card at Korakuen Hall, with the show being the 100th under the Over Heat Boxers Night banner.
The main event will see Makoto Kikuchi (1-1, 1) and Marina Sayama (4-3-1, 2) battle for the vacant OPBF female Bantamweight title. The 35 year old Kikuchi made her debut last year, losing that bout before bouncing back with a TKO win this past March. She enters this bout ranked #3 by the JBC and went 7-3 in the amateurs. As for Sayama, she is ranked #2 by the JBC, albeit at Flyweight, and has lost her last two bouts, leaving her without a win since 2018. This really isn't a great title bout, or a particularly interesting main event, sadly. Our full preview of this bout can be read here Kikuchi and Sayama clash for OPBF female Bantamweight title
Another female bout on this card will see former WBA Atomweight champion Yunoka Furukawa (9-2-2, 6) return to the ring for the first time in more than 4 years, as she takes on Michiko Abiru (3-6, 1), in what looks like being a rather straight forward comeback bout. The hard hitting Furukawa won the WBA title at 102lbs back in 2016, when she stopped Satomi Nishimura, she made a single defense before moving up in weight, from 102lbs to 112lbs, and lost to Leonela Paola Yudica in October 2017 before vanishing from the sport. Given that long lay off it's hard to complain about her getting an easy one here against Abiru, who has won just one of her last 4 bouts.
In a really good looking supporting bout we'll see the once beaten Tomonori Nagao (5-1-1, 2) take on the unbeaten Kanta Kawamura (4-0-1, 3). For Nagao the bout will see him looking for a 4th straight win, and open the doors to breaking into the domestic rankings later this year. As for Kawamura, who's also looking for a 4th straight win, he'll be looking to build on a busy 2021, which saw him going 3-0-1, and the 22 year old will likely be looking to move his career forward here. It's certainly not a massive bout, but it is a very, very well matched one and a very interesting match up.
Arguably the most interesting bout on this show is the debut of Jinya Yamaguchi (0-0), with the 22 year old debuting against Shunpei Kubo (7-2-1, 5), who won the All Japan Rookie of the Year in 2020. The debutant went 22-11 in the unpaid ranks and is regarded as a bright young prospect from the Misako Gym. Kubo on the other hand is a hard hitter who has got potential, but was stopped last time out by the limited Musashi Yoshino and it's going to be interesting to see whether that loss affects him here, especially given that was the second time he'd been stopped. This should be the one that has eyes on it, and could end up being an explosive bout with the novice looking to make an impression
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA
The most notable bout with an Asian fighter this coming Saturday takes place in the US in what is essentially a world title eliminator at 122lbs. The match up in question will see unbeaten American hopeful Ra'eese Aleem (19-0, 12) take on once beaten Filipino Mike Plania (26-1, 13) in what is a genuinely match watering match up. The 31 year old Aleem is incredibly fun to watch, and comes into whilst being regarded as a top 15, is not top 10, contender following notable wins over Vic Pasillas and Eduardo Baez. As for Plania he looked set for something big in 2020, when he beat Joshua Greer Jr, but has lost that momentum coming into this bout, and will know that he needs to perform like he did against Greer if he's going to reinject some much needed fire into his career. We expect this to be a barn burner, given the styles of the two men, but Plania will need to be at his very best to over-come Aleem.
World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
As well as the major fight in the US we also get some pretty notable action in Dubai, with several notably prospects in action.
On paper the best of the bouts on the Dubai card will see unbeaten Filipino fighter Jayson Vayson (9-0-1-1, 5) take on exciting Indian fighter Nutlai Lalbiakkima (4-0, 4), in what could be a very special bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title. Vayson comes in to this on the back of a very controversial bout with Tibo Monabesa, which saw the WBC declare the bout a no-contest due to the controversial decision that went to Monabesa. He also holds a very notable draw against Rene Mark Cuarto. As for Lalbiakkima he comes into this having been a wrecking ball on the Indian scene, with his 4 wins so far coming in just 7 rounds. The winner of this won't get a world title fight immediately, but will certainly become one to watch.
Lalbiakkima isn't the only unbeaten Indian hopeful on this card, another is Laldingliana (3-0, 2), who also takes a step up in class as he battles Kazakh fighter Alimzhan Tursunov (4-1, 3), who was beaten last time out and has been out of the ring for around 18 months. Hard to say much about this one, given neither has really faced anyone of any note, but it should be a very interesting bout, and given it's scheduled for 8 we should see the two men needing to prove their stamina and resolve.
Another Indian fighter on this card is Manish Ahlawat (3-2-1, 2) who battled unbeaten Pakistani hopeful Muzafar Khan (9-0, 8). On paper this looks like an easy win for Khan, but his opponents so far have been absolutely awful, and this is the first time he's faced someone with more than 2 bouts to their name. As for Ahlawat he has lost his last 2, but has gone 6 rounds in those losses and will be desperate to get back to winning ways here.
One other bout worthy of some attention is a 6 Heavyweight bout pitting unbeaten American Norman Neely (12-0, 8) against Azeri novice Surat Garayev (1-0), who is taking a huge step up this early in his career. Neely has a nice looking record, but really hasn't beaten anyone of note, and is something of an untested fighter, which is disappointing for a 33 year old with 1 bouts. As for Garayev he debuted in December, beating a 5-0 fighter, and will be looking to record another win here and put himself on the fast track to facing a notable foe.
As well as the action in the US and in Dubai we also have action in the Philippines, with two shows in the country. One of those is in Masbate, with a mouth watering main event
That main event will see two unbeaten men collide, as Criztian Pitt Laurente (9-0, 6) takes on Richard Bulacan (8-0, 6), in what is a real test for both fighters. The 22 year old Laurente has long been tipped as one to watch by those who followed him in the amateurs, and whilst clearly talented he hasn't yet set the world on fire and a lot of his competition has been poor, Ernesto Saulong being the only real exception to that. As for Balucan he has scored a few solid, low key, wins such as beating Rimon Rama, Vergel Deguma and Anthony Sabalde. The winner of this really should be looking at a title fight later in the year, whilst the loser can certainly bounce back.
In a supporting bout we'll see Prince Andrew Laurio (11-3-1, 8) in action against Mark Jequinto (4-9-1). Laurio was once 10-0-1 but has struggled in recent years, going 1-3 in his last 4 and he will be looking to rebuild. It's hard to imagine Jequinto to put up much of a fight here given he has lost his last 4.
Kitaotao Gym, Kitaotao, Bukidnon, Philippines
The other Filipino show takes place in Bukidnon and is less interesting than the Masbate one.
One of the main bouts here will see Ryan James Racaza (11-0, 7) look to extend his unbeaten record as he takes on the very limited Romulo Ramayan Jr (7-18-5, 3). Typically this is a bout that we would complain about, but Racaza has been out of the ring since the end of 2019 and it's clear the focus is on him shaking some ring rust and getting back in to action. Ramayan on the other hand has only a single win in the last decade and has gone 1-12-4 in his last 17 bouts dating back around 10 years.
The only other bout worthy of some attention here will see the one beaten Christian Bacolod (13-1, 9) take on Jay R Tulinan (4-5, 2). Sadly Bacolod has been relatively inactive since his 2019 loss to Thanongsak Simsri, with just a single bout since that one, and this bout is about getting him some ring time, against someone who has lost their last 4 bouts. A bit of a nothing contest for a talented 27 year old hopeful.
Parkmall Mandaue City, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
This coming Wednesday Mandaue City plays host to an interesting all Filipino card.
Arguably the best bout on the card will see rising contender Mark Vicelles (16-0-1, 9) take on the teak tough, and criminally under-rated, Jaysever Abcede (21-10, 13). The unbeaten Vicelles has won his last 13 in a row, including notable wins over the likes of Jesse Espinas, Jerven Mama, Toto Lander and Richard Claveras. A win over Abcede here would put him very much in the mix for a big international fight, potentially against a world ranked fighter or a regional title level fighter. As for Abcede, the Filipino tough guy isn't a world beater, but he's tough, rugged and makes for tough bouts against good competition, giving the likes of Nhlanhla Tyirha and Kento Hatanaka fits in recent bouts, and also scoring notable upsets vs Stamp Kiatniwat and Seigo Yuri Akui. He will be there to upset Vicelles in what could be a really exciting match up.
In another really solid match up, despite the records of the two men, we'll see fringe world title contender Christian Araneta (21-2, 17) take on former world title challenger Toto Landero (11-7-2, 2). On paper this looks like a straight forward win for Araneta, and he should rightfully be favoured here, though Landero is a solid fighter who has lost to some of the best in the lower weight classes, taking the likes of Knockout CP Freshmart, Simpiwe Konkco, Melvin Jerusalem and Tibo Monabeda the distance. Landero can be beaten but he's very much a gate keeper at 105lbs and 108lbs and we suspect that's the role he will be playing here against Araneta, who's a huge puncher but someone who could do with some rounds, and we suspect that's the focus here, rounds for Araneta.
One of the more exciting prospects on this card is the unbeaten Benny Canete (5-0, 4) , who takes on Mark Glen Antaran (4-4-3, 3). The 21 year old Canete is an exciting, explosive youngster and he's going to be a lot of fun to follow, though we suspect it could be a while before we see him being genuinely tested. Antaran is no push over, and recently went the distance with Edrin Dapudong, though he's also not the most testing of fighters and is win-less in his last 3. He makes for an interest for Canete, who will be looking to blow him out, and this should serve as a chance for Canete to test his power, and his ring IQ.
The once beaten Franco Serafica (8-1, 4) looks to continue his on going winning streak, which currently sits at 5, as he takes on Remon Basas (6-7, 4). Serafica lost in 2019 to Jimboy Rosales, but since then has rebuilt well and is slowly developing his resume and abilities. Sadly Basas doesn't appear to be any kind of a step up in class for a man who will hopefully take on a stiff test in the near future. As for Basas he's tough enough to go rounds with hopefuls, but is 2-5 in his last 7 and shouldn't be a test for Serafica here.
Another prospect on this card is the unbeaten Carlo Bacaro (8-0, 6), who will seek to continue his unbeaten run as he takes on the limited Jimmy Borbon (7-10-4, 4). The 22 year old Bacaro scored a career best win last time out, beating the then 11-0 Allan Villanueva, but has sadly been out of the ring for well over a year now. As for Borbon he's not becoming something of a whipping boy and has gone 0-5-1 in his last 6, which his most recent win coming more than 4 years ago