This coming Monday we'll be getting action in the Philippines thanks to Hardstone Boxing Promotions. It's not a huge show, but it's one with a very notable fighter involved, as they look to tick over and move towards a world title fight later in the year.
La Union, Philippines
The main event on this card will see IBF #1 ranked Bantamweight contender Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1 20), who will be the mandatory for the winner of April's bout between Naoya Inoue and John Riel Casimero, taking on Thailand's Chaiwat Buatkrathok (33-3, 21), aka Kongfah Nakornluang. The talented Dasmarinas has everything to lose here and little to gain, but does need to be kept active and this is only his third bout since his controversial draw with Manyo Plange in September 2018. On paper the Thai looks like a dangerous risk, but in reality Chaiwat is very limited, has one of the most padded record in the sport and has lost 2 of his last 3. What looks like a test on paper should be a super quick win for the highly ranked Dasmarinas.
The only other bout worth of some attention on this card will see the heavy handed Ryan Torres (9-2-1, 8) taking on Kyota Otsuka (6-6-2, 4). The 24 year old Torres, dubbed "Barracuda", has been out of the ring for almost a year and will be hoping to make up for lost time, with only a single fight in 2 years. Filipino based Japanese fighter Otsuka showed some early promise but has gone 1-6-2 in his last 9, and has lost 4 in a row. On paper this is intriguing, more than anything else, with us curious as to how Torres looks after his inactivity, and whether or not Otsuka can roll back the clock and claim another win.