IPI Compound, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
There isn't much action this coming Saturday, but we do have a few fights scattered around, including a SANMAN promotions card in Mandaue City. The show isn't the most interesting, but does have a few fighters to be aware of.
The main event of the card will see the unbeaten Mark Vicelles (15-0-1, 8) take on former world title challenger Richard Claveras (19-8-2, 16), in a what should be a good step forward for Vicelles, and a chance for him to answer questions about his chin. The unbeaten 26 year old has scored noteworthy wins over Toto Landero and Jesse Espinas in recent years and is moving towards a world title fight in the next year or two. As for Claveras, who is likely best known for his 2015 fight with Pedro Guevara, he is 1-5 in the last few years, though has mixed at a very high level and will look to make the most of his experience to upset Vicelles in what is a pretty solid match up
In a battle of 25 year old's we'll see the once beaten Franco Serafica (7-1, 4) take on Rimon Rama (6-4-1, 4), in what could be an explosive lower level fight. Serafica's only loss came in 2019, when he lost a split decision to Jimboy Rosales. As for Rama he's lost his last 4, after a nice unbeaten run to start his career, and will likely be entering this bout with the view that he can get a win and get his career back on track.
One other bout of note on this card will see unbeaten 21 year old Benny Canete (4-0, 3) take on John Kenan Villaflor (8-8-4, 2). The promising Canete debuted in late 2020, and picked up 3 wins last year. On paper he will be favoured, but this is a very credible step up in class and should see him being asked questions by a solid regional level journeyman, who has faced a number of promising fighters over the last few years.
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
As well as the show in Mandaue City, there is set to be an event in Cebu City, sadly however details of this show are few and far between, with the only confirmed fighter on it, at the time of writing, being Ciso Morales (19-9-1 12), who hasn't had his opponent for the show named. Despite being the only man listed for the show, the 29 fight veteran hasn't fought in around 3 years and is 1-6 in his last 7 bouts, suggesting that his career is winding down, rapidly.
Caribe Royale Orlando, Orlando, Florida, USA
As well as the action in the Philippines, we also have some action in the US, and actually have a really good looking bout as Armenian born Russian fighter Andranik Grigorian (14-0, 3) takes on American based Uzbekistani Otabek Kholmatov (9-0, 9), in a mouth watering match up. Grigorian has fought in Russia or Canada, and this will be his US debut. Despite that he has won, and defended the NABA title, and despite not fighting in front of a major audience does have a solid looking resume, and appears to be a very solid fighter moving his career forward at a steady rate. Kholmatov on the other hand has been a professional for just 7 months, but has been incredibly active with bouts in the US and Colombia, albeit at a very low level and this is a very notable step up in class for him.