Auditorio Jacales, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
This coming Friday Mexico is the place for our attention as unbeaten Filipino Jade Bornea (16-0, 10) takes one the once beaten Mohammed Obbadi (22-1, 13), an Italian based fighter from Morocco, in an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator. Potentially setting up a bout with Jerwin Ancajas for later in the year. Of the two men the one we've followed the most is Bornea, who turned professional along with brother Jake Bornea, who were both tipped to be future stars following successful runs in the amateurs. Sadly neither of the Borena brothers has really lived up to the expectations, yet, but this is a great chance for Jade to move onwards and upwards to something big. He's a huge talent with solid power, good movement, but a bit a lazy attitude and loose defense, which could be an issue here. As for Obbadi he is a former multi-time European Union Flyweight champion who has bounced back really well since losing in 2017 to Cristofer Rosales. Sadly, though like many fighters in Italy, his competition hasn't been great over-all, with his most notable win coming in 2016 against former world title challenger Silvio Olteanu. Despite that it's clear he's got talent, some lovely quick hands and sharp movement and footwork. He's slippery and he makes people pay.
If we're being honest Bornea should be the betting favourite, but Obbadi is a very, very, very live under-dog, and he has the tools to upset the touted Pinoy here.