Malabon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
This coming Friday attention turns to Malabon City where we get a small Filipino card. Sadly however this card really does look like a series of mismatches, rather than competitive contests.
One of the main bouts here sees the once beaten Gary Tamayo (7-1, 4) take on veteran Mateo Handig (15-22, 9). Coming into this Tamayo has won his last 4, and bounced back really well from a split decision loss to Lienard Sarcon in 2019. The 22 year old southpaw is looking for his third win of the year and should get it. Aged 33 Handig is certainly winding down his career, and sadly that has been something said of Handig for years now, with Handig losing his last 6, and scoring only 2 wins since the start of 2013. Handig rarely turns up to win, and we don't see that changing here.
In another of the main bouts another of the Tamayo boys is in action, as Bryan Tamayo (7-3-2, 2) takes on Danny Tampipi (9-16-2, 5). The 24 year old Tamayo has lost 2 of his last 3, but they are to notable names as he narrowly beaten by Jetro Pabustan and beaten in 2021 by Arthur Villanueva. The 33 year old Tampipi has been stopped in his last 3 and has lost his last 6, and we suspect he'll suffer another loss here. Interestingly Tampipi was stopped last time out by the aforementioned Gary Tamayo in 6 rounds, and Bryan will likely be trying to stop him quicker here.
Arguably the most notable fighter on this card is Ivan Soriano (20-4-1, 10), who was once regarded as a legitimate contender, but has lost 3 of his last 5 and hasn't scored a win since 2019 and hasn't actually fought at all since 2020. That is expected to change here when he takes on the very limited Powell Balaba (9-33-1, 5), who has lost his last 8 and been stopped 4 times in those 8 bouts. This really should be an easy win for Soriano, but it's hard to know what his hunger is like given his inactivity and recent results.