Thai fans get yet more action this month with another Channel 7 televised card.
The main event, and so far the only bout we have details about, will see the very talented Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (13-2, 9)* battle against Filipino fighter Lionel Legada (13-8-1, 6). The winner here will claim the IBF Asia Flyweight title and move towards a world ranking and possible IBF world title fight. Incidentally this will be Eaktawan's first bout since signing with Kiatkreerin, the promoter of current IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng.
In Mexico we get the rescheduled bout between former world champion Cristian Mijares (51-8-2, 25) and Filipino journeyman Vergel Nebran (13-8-1, 8). Coming into this bout Nebran is 0-5 on his travels and we'd be shocked to see that change against someone with the ability of Mijares, who was once regarded as a pound-for-pound top 10 fighter.
New York, USA
Another Filipino in action is the heavy handed Ranee Ganoy (36-12-2, 32) who faces the unbeaten Cletus Seldin (16-0-0-1, 13) in a bout for the WBC International silver Light Welterweight title. On paper this looks like a mismatch however Ganoy is much better than his record indicates and could well give Seldin a genuine test here.
*Eaktawan's boxrec record has been changed a lot in recent weeks. Previously he was listed as 8-0 (7) though there is still some questioning whether his updated record is actually correct. From what we understand Eaktawan had previously fought under the moniker Tawanrung Eausampan.
It's a day of travelling Filipino fighters this Saturday with Pinoy's fighting almost every where.
The most notable bout of the day for Asian boxing fans comes from Mexico where the heavy handed Richard Claveras (12-0-1, 12) attempts to claim the biggest upset of the year so far and over-come WBC Light Flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (24-1-1, 16). Guevara will be defending his for the first time since he claimed it last December, stopping Akira Yaegashi in Japan, and looks like he has the ability to hold it for a very long time. The unknown Claveras has looked good on the Filipino domestic scene but is leaping up massively in class for this bout and may well find himself in a bout he simply wasn't ready for. Although Claveras is, rightfully, the big under-dog it's fair to say that he will take some inspiration from last weekends win in Mexico by his compatriot Jonathan Taconing, who looked brilliant when he stopped Raul Garcia,also in Mexico.
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
In the UK we see world ranked Featherweight Dennis Tubieron (19-3-2, 8) battle against the unbeaten, and very popular, Josh Warrington (20-0, 4) in a bout for he WBC International Featherweight title. The winner here will be boosted up the rankings and whilst they won't become the mandatory for current champion Gary Russell Jr, they will put themselves in a good position to challenge for a world in the next year or two.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia there are two bouts of note, each featuring Australian based Asian fighters fighters.
In a relatively predictable bout the “professional loser” Aswin Cabuy (14-51-4, 7), of Indonesia, battles novice professional Paul Cupitt (1-0). A decade ago Cabuy was 9-2-1 (3) as a professional, since then he has gone 5-49-3 (4) and become little more than a fighter brought in to lose to prospects, something that we'll likely see here. Unfortunately Cabuy is now 0-13-1 in his last 14 and he's no longer serving much of a purpose with stoppage losses now starting to pile up alongside his decision loses.
In a much more interesting bout fans will see the rampant Jack Asis (32-18-5, 17), an Aussie based Filipino, battle against the unbeaten Kye MacKenzie (14-0, 12) for the IBO Super Featherweight title. Since 2011 Asis has really turned his career around and gone 11-0-1 (7) with a number of solid wins, he'll be hoping to claim his biggest win to date against MacKenzie. MacKenzie has won his last 10 by stoppage and looks like he could be the next star of Australian boxing however this is a small step up for the aggressive “Mr Frenzy”.
In Texas it's the turn of another Filipino fighter, as former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (18-5-3, 5), who will make his US debut, takes on the unbeaten, and very exciting, Jessie Magdaleno (20-0, 15). Apolinario comes into this bout 1-3-2 though has faced some amazing competition, including a bout with Koki Kameda for the WBA Bantamweight title, a pair of draws with former world title holder Roberto Vasquez and losses to both Hernan Marquez and Drian Francisco. On paper Magdaleno should win comfortably though a stoppage over Apolinario would be impressive and hasn't happened since 2009, when Apolinario was stopped by Marvin Tampus.
New Mexico, USA
Hard hitting American based Filipino veteran Ranee Ganoy (36-11-2, 32) continues his eventful career as he competes in his second US bout and battles against Josh Torres (13-3-2-1, 6). The Filipino is known as the “KO Kid” and will be hoping that that power helps him here against 25 year old “Pitbull” who has never been stopped. The winner of this bout will claim the WBC United States (USNBC) silver Light Welterweight title and claim local bragging, with both men now fighting out of Albuquerque.
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