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
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.