The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
The main show this coming Sunday is in the Philippines, where we see two notable Filipino hopefuls in action, along with a veteran.
The most notable bout on the card will see Charly Suarez (12-0, 7) take on Carlo Magali (25-13-3, 13) in a bout for the unified GAB and WBA Asia Featherweight titles. The 34 year old Suarez is a real talented, and it's a shame, in many ways, that he didn't begin his professional journey until 2019, which was way too late and then he essentially saw his career stall due to the pandemic. Since turning professional he has looked class, but is running out of time to make a big impact. As for Magali he is a former OPBF champion and is better than his record suggests but has gone 2-4 in his last 6 and is without a fight since 2019, suggesting his hunger for an upset here might not be what it was just a few years ago.
Unbeaten puncher Weljon Mindoro (8-0, 8) will be looking to continue his current and score a 9th straight stoppage as he takes on Junjesie Ibgos (13-6, 11). On paper this looks a good test for Mindoro, however Ibgos has been stopped in his last 3, and 4 of his last 5, and is with out a win in over 4 years. The 22 year old Mindoro is one to watch, and someone to keep a close eye on over the coming years, but we would like to see him begin to face international opponents in the next 12-18 months, rather than continue against fellow Filipino fighters.
One other fight worth of attention sees veteran fighter Mark John Yap (30-17, 15) fight for the 48th time as a professional, as he takes on Junior Kauko Raka (2-1, 2) from Papua New Guinea. Raka scored a notable win over Allan Vallespin on debut but was beaten by Roldan Aldea last time out. As for Yap he's one of those fighters who has been there, fought there and has the T-Shirt, however he has lost his last 4 and 5 of his last 6, and it's unclear how badly he wants to win fights now a days, with his last win coming in March 2019.
Yuto Sogo Gym, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
In Japan we get a small card packed with 4 rounders. Hard to say much about this card, but from the 14 fighters scheduled for the show, there are 6 debutants. Notably the most experienced fighter on the card is 28 year old Masami Moriizumi (5-11-1, 4), who takes on Masashi Tokihiro (1-3-2, 1). Moriizumi has a bizarre record that saw him going 5-0-1 (4) to begin his career, before losing 11 in a row and is now without a win since 2013. Tokihiro on the other hand won his debut, but has gone win-less in his 5 fights since then.
Rangsit International Stadium, Rangsit
Over in Thailand we have a very notable bout as Saowaluk Nareepangsri (13-19, 6) clashes with Kullathida Kueasanor (3-0, 2) in a bout for the vacant Thai Female Light Flyweight title. Aged 28 the experienced Saowaluk has faced a bit of a who's who including Kayoko Ebata, Masae Akitaya, Ayaka Miyao, Cherneka Johnson and Hee Jung Yuh, however she has picked up a loss every time she's fought anyone of note. Aged 15 Kullathida is a boxing baby, but a win here would make her one of the youngest title holders in world boxing, and give her career a huge shot at such an early stage.
Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
This coming Friday attention turns to the Philippines for a really interesting card, mixing notable names and prospects. Amazingly the title has two former world title challengers on it, a long with a former Lineal Flyweight world champion making for one of the more notable Fiilpino shows of recent years.
The main event of the card will see former world title challenger Edward Heno (14-1-5, 5) take on Renoel Pael (23-11-1, 12), in what looks to be a genuinely interesting test for the talented Heno. The talented Heno was last seen in action back in October 2019, when he suffered a hotly contested loss to the then WBO Light Flyweight champion Elwin Soto, giving Soto a really close run. Sadly though that was almost 3 years ago, and the inactivity saw him fail to build on an excellent performance. Not only has he been inactive but he's also stepping up in weight for this bout, which is listed as a Bantamweight bout, as he takes on the capable Pael. The 31 year old Pael was 19-1-1 back in 2015, and whilst he has fallen off the radar since then, going 4-10, he is a naturally bigger fighter and does put up a fair effort in the ring, having pushed the likes of Suguru Muranaka, Giovanni Escander and Tatsuya Takahashi close. Sadly though he's also been out of the ring since 2019, however he will know a win here will do a lot to kick start his dwindling career.
One of the hottest young fighters on this card is the heavy handed Weljon Mindoro (7-0, 7), who's a 22 year and a rare Filipino Middleweight. The hard hitting Mindoro will be seeking an 8th straight stoppage as he takes on veteran southpaw Jason Egera (24-24-3, 11). To date Mindoro's 7 wins have come in just 13 combined rounds, and he has never been beyond the third 3rd round, leading to question marks about his stamina and his chin. Sadly we don't expect to see any questions about him being answered here given that the 37 year old Egera has been stopped 12 times in his 24 losses, including 3 stoppage losses in his last 4 bouts. If he can make it into round 4 however Egera might have the tools to ask something new of Mindoro.
The most accomplished fighter on this card is Sonny Boy Jaro (45-15-5, 32), though sadly the former WBC and Lineal Flyweight champion is no spring chicken, and aged 40 he seems to be getting rolled out to allow prospects to get a big name on their records. And that certainly seems to be the case here as he takes on 22 year old RV Deniega (6-0, 3). At his best Jaro was a tough, rugged, heavy handed fighter, who famously stopped Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for the WBC title in 2012. Since that win he has gone 11-5, which isn't terrible, but he is 2-2 in his last 4, and has been out of the ring for more than 3 years. As for Deniega this is a big step up from his last 6 fights, but it seems a calculated risk and a chance to get a win over a very faded former world champion.
Former world title challenger ArAr Andales (13-2-1, 5) will be hoping to get back to winning ways as he takes on the experienced, but limited, Bonjun Loperez (12-16-1, 6). The talented Andales was helped to a draw last time out, against Joey Canoy, and is 3-2-1 in his last 6, so him getting an easy win isn't a bad idea here, but it does feel like this bout should be a bit too easy for him. Loperez has lost his last 5, 4 by stoppage, and it's really hard to know what ambition he has here given that recent form. He did go the 8 round distance with Orlie Silvestre last year, but since then has been blown out and we wouldn't be surprised at all by Andales stopping his man here.
Another hopeful on this card is the unbeaten Jenel Lausa (10-0-1, 6), who will be fighting for the first time since September 2019, when he stopped Carlos Lopez. Given the lengthy lay off it's hard to complain about Lausa taking on a less than testing opponent, but we would have hoped he'd be facing someone with a bit more ambition than Michael Escobia (12-21-1, 3), who who has lost his last 5 bouts, and is a long way removed from his win, which came at Super Bantamweight in 2017. Notably Escobia has been stopped in his last 2, and we suspect he'll be stopped again here.