Resorts World Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The most notable action of the day for us comes from Las Vegas, where unbeaten Kazakh fighter Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7) clashes with unbeaten Englishman Danny Dignum (14-0-1, 8), for the WBO interim Middleweight title which is likely to be upgraded to the full title later in the year. The bout has come about after Demetrius Andrade felt like testing the water at Super Middleweight, rather than face Alimkhanuly in a mandatory defense, and other fighters in the division also turned down a fight with Alimkhanuly. At times, early in his career, Alimkhanuly struggled to settle into a professional style, with his performance against Vaughn Alexander being a notable example, but recently he has looked like one of the best Middleweights on the planet, and had a string of impressive performances. As for Dignum, the Englishman is stepping up massively for this bout, especially given a 2021 draw against Andrey Sirotkin, but will feel like he's being over-looked and could end up being a potential banana skin for Alimkhanuly. The winner of this will find themselves in the mix for big divisional bouts, but sadly the division is a weak one at the moment. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Alimkhanuly and Dignum battle for WBO interim title!
Davies Boxing and Fitness, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Staying in the US we'll also see Korean fighter Bo Mi Re Shin (11-1-3, 6) in action in Texas, as she battles Mexican Iranda Paola Torres (13-6-1-1, 4) for the WBC International Female Super Featherweight title. The 28 year old Shin made her debut in 2016 and had a very weird 3-0-3 start to her professional career, before getting some momentum and winning 6 in a row. Sadly her winning run came to an end in 2020, but she has bounced back with back to back wins to get her career back on track. Torres on the other hand is 32 years old and began her career well, with 6 straight wins, but has struggled since then, going 7-6-1-1. In fairness to her however she has faced some very notable fighters, with notably losses to Cindy Serrano, Heather Hardy and Jelena Mrdjenovich. For both this is a great chance to claim a minor title, and potentially move towards a world title fight in the next year or two.
As well as the action in the US we also get a small Filipino card in Cebu, with a number of promising youngsters looking to secure their next wins.
One of those youngsters is 21 year old John Paul Gabunilas (6-1, 5), who looks to build on a March win over Clyde Azarcon as he takes on Jomar Caindog (11-2-1, 4), in what could end up being a really good domestic clash. Gabunilas will go in as the prospect in form, and has won his last 4, however Caindog is no push over, and was unlucky in 2019 when he faced Jing Xiang. One notable here however is the fact Caindog has been out of the ring for more than 2 years, whilst Gabunilas will be having his 4th fight in less than a year.
Other promising youngsters on this card include Berland Robles (3-0, 2), who clashes with Reymark Alicaba (7-2, 5); Bryan James Wild (7-0, 6), who faces Jason Dogelio (10-6, 3), Rodex Piala (4-0), who clashes with Alan Alberca (11-5, 6); April Jay Abne (8-1, 4) who's un against Arnold Garde (10-12-3, 4); and Ian Abne (5-0, 4), who battles Ronald Ewican (5-3, 2).