IPI Compound, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
This coming Friday attention turns to Mandaue City in Cebu for a Filipino card featuring some really promising and fun to watch fighters. Sadly the bouts aren't all great match ups, but in some cases it's a case of a guy getting a run out before bigger and better things down the line.
The biggest name on this card is fringe world title contender Christian Araneta (20-2, 16), who will be up against Arnold Garde (10-10-3, 4) in what should be little more than a confidence building, stay busy bout for Araneta. The talented Pinoy puncher was unlucky in April, when he lost a razor thin decision against Sivenathi Nontshinga, and this will be his second bout since that loss as he continues to tick over. Garde on the other hand was, once, a serviceable fighter but has started to pick loss after loss and is 1-6-1 in his last 8, with 4 of those losses coming inside the distance.
In a much better looking bout we'll see the exciting Tomjune Mangubat (14-2-1, 11) take on the once beaten Allan Villanueva (11-1, 8) in what looks like a genuinely excellent match up. The talented Mangubat is an exciting fighter to watch, has solid power and is in good form, having won his last 3 since a thrilling loss to Jong Seon Kang in 2019. Villanueva on the other hand will see this as a chance to give his career a huge shot in the arm, something he likely feels he needs following a loss last time out to Carlo Bacaro, this past March. He had won his first 11, but then took a lengthy break from the ring, and the loss on his return to Bacaro will hopefully fire him up coming in to this one.
Lower down the card we'll see the once beaten Franco Serafica (6-1, 3) take on John Kenan Villaflor (8-7-4, 2), who is much better than his record suggests, and the unbeaten Benny Canete (3-0, 2) taking on Mark Jequinto (4-7-1).
Cotabato del Sur, Philippines
In the Phillipines fans will be getting a show featuring a couple of very notable Filipino fighters, though both look to be in mismatches.
The main event of the show will feature the talented Randy Petalcorin (30-3-1, 23), in what looks like a very easy confidence building win against fellow Filipino Reymark Taday (9-10-1, 4). The very talented Petalcorin is looking for his second win since being stopped by Felix Alvarado and will be expected to go through Taday rather easily here. Although perhaps not a legitimate world class fighter Petalcorin isn't far off that level and should run through Taday here with absolutely no issues at all.
In a major supporting bout the unbeaten Dave Apolinario (11-0, 6) will take on local veteran Arnold Garde (10-8-3, 4). The unbeaten Apolinario is one of the very best prospects in Filipino boxing, and he has been very impressive in recent bouts. Garde isn't as bad as his record suggests, but it's still hard to imagine this being anything more than an easy win for the very talented and quick rising Apolinario. Aged 20 there is no rush with Apolinario but they really could let him off the leash a little bit in 2020.
On paper the best of the bouts on this card will see punchers collide. The bout will see Presco Carcosia (6-0-1, 6) take on Jayar Aliasot (6-2, 5) in what looks like an excellent and explosive contest on paper. The 23 year old Carcosia has only seen the final bell once, in his draw against Renerio Arizala, with all 6 of his wins coming in the first 3 rounds. He will be out there looking to get another quick win.The 24 year old Aliasot had scored 3 wins in the first 2 rounds, and is 3-2 (2) in bouts that go beyond 4, so he will likely also look to go for it earlier. Expect this one to be explosive, and potentially very short.
Compostela Valley, Philippines
The most notable card this coming Friday is in the Philippines where we get a small but interesting card with several notable domestic clashes taking place on the show.
The main event will see PBF Flyweight title bout between Arnold Garde (10-7-3, 4) and Renz Rosia (14-8-1, 7), in what is easily the best bout of the show. Garde was last seen going 8 rounds with Hayate Kaji in Japan, and show he was tough and a little awkward. Despite that showing it needs to be noted that he has only scored 1 win in his lat 5 and it's hard to know what ambition he really has. Rosia, of course, is no world beater himself but another loss for him really could be the end of any hopes he has of landing another big fight, and would leave him win-less in 5. For both guys this is essentially a must win bout.
In a supporting bout we'll see talented Light Flyweight Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2-1, 9) look to bounce back from a recent loss to the world ranked Samuel Salva. The talented Cuarto will be expected to get a relatively straight forward win here, as he takes on the limited Mike Kinaadman (6-9-2, 4), who has lost his last 7 in a row.
One other fighter on this card worthy of a note is Aries Buenavidez (13-3, 7), who will be expecting to pick up his 14th win as he takes on limited domestic foe Kim Lindog (5-6-1, 4).
As well as the Filipino card there is also a small card in Toyko thanks to Flash Akabane. Sadly the most interesting fighter scheduled for this card, Zirolian Riku (8-0, 3), has had his bout cancelled and won't be on the card despite being announced for the show to begin with.
The main event of this card will see Akihiro Yamanaka (7-7-2, 3) battle against Yuki Uchida (6-6, 1), in an 8 round bout. Given the records of the two men it's clear neither is a world beater. However both are well matched and this should be a very competitive and well contested bout between two men with very similar records, and two men who will be coming into this with the belief they can pick up a win.
The co-feature will see Ken Achiwa (11-15-5, 4) take on Hikaru Ota (9-9, 5), in another bout that should be competitive, but not an incredibly high quality bout. Achiwa may have the worse looking record on paper but he has been matched incredibly hard and run guys like Suguru Muranaka and Yuki Nasu and Yuku Fukimoto close, and he could have had a very, very different record with a little bit of luck through his career.
One other card, that we got late notice of, was a show in Thailand, set to be headlined by OPBF Flyweight "silver" champion Panya Pradabsri (25-1, 14), who will be looking to get past tough Filipino Robert Onggocan (12-5, 8) before beginning a run for a Light Flyweight world title later in the year. His team had planned to petition the WBO for a shot at Angel Acosta before Acosta's recent loss, and will likely still push forward with their desire for a world title fight at 108lbs.
In the US we'll see Uzbek fighter Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (11-2-1, 5) look to rebuild his confidence after losses in 2 of his last 3. Having started his career 10-0-1 Rakhmanov has really faltered in recent fights, losing to Marquis Taylor and Keith Hunter in the last 12 months. He's not a bad fighter, but we don't expect him to be one of the stars of Uzbek boxing in the future.