Parkmall Mandaue City, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
This coming Wednesday Mandaue City plays host to an interesting all Filipino card.
Arguably the best bout on the card will see rising contender Mark Vicelles (16-0-1, 9) take on the teak tough, and criminally under-rated, Jaysever Abcede (21-10, 13). The unbeaten Vicelles has won his last 13 in a row, including notable wins over the likes of Jesse Espinas, Jerven Mama, Toto Lander and Richard Claveras. A win over Abcede here would put him very much in the mix for a big international fight, potentially against a world ranked fighter or a regional title level fighter. As for Abcede, the Filipino tough guy isn't a world beater, but he's tough, rugged and makes for tough bouts against good competition, giving the likes of Nhlanhla Tyirha and Kento Hatanaka fits in recent bouts, and also scoring notable upsets vs Stamp Kiatniwat and Seigo Yuri Akui. He will be there to upset Vicelles in what could be a really exciting match up.
In another really solid match up, despite the records of the two men, we'll see fringe world title contender Christian Araneta (21-2, 17) take on former world title challenger Toto Landero (11-7-2, 2). On paper this looks like a straight forward win for Araneta, and he should rightfully be favoured here, though Landero is a solid fighter who has lost to some of the best in the lower weight classes, taking the likes of Knockout CP Freshmart, Simpiwe Konkco, Melvin Jerusalem and Tibo Monabeda the distance. Landero can be beaten but he's very much a gate keeper at 105lbs and 108lbs and we suspect that's the role he will be playing here against Araneta, who's a huge puncher but someone who could do with some rounds, and we suspect that's the focus here, rounds for Araneta.
One of the more exciting prospects on this card is the unbeaten Benny Canete (5-0, 4) , who takes on Mark Glen Antaran (4-4-3, 3). The 21 year old Canete is an exciting, explosive youngster and he's going to be a lot of fun to follow, though we suspect it could be a while before we see him being genuinely tested. Antaran is no push over, and recently went the distance with Edrin Dapudong, though he's also not the most testing of fighters and is win-less in his last 3. He makes for an interest for Canete, who will be looking to blow him out, and this should serve as a chance for Canete to test his power, and his ring IQ.
The once beaten Franco Serafica (8-1, 4) looks to continue his on going winning streak, which currently sits at 5, as he takes on Remon Basas (6-7, 4). Serafica lost in 2019 to Jimboy Rosales, but since then has rebuilt well and is slowly developing his resume and abilities. Sadly Basas doesn't appear to be any kind of a step up in class for a man who will hopefully take on a stiff test in the near future. As for Basas he's tough enough to go rounds with hopefuls, but is 2-5 in his last 7 and shouldn't be a test for Serafica here.
Another prospect on this card is the unbeaten Carlo Bacaro (8-0, 6), who will seek to continue his unbeaten run as he takes on the limited Jimmy Borbon (7-10-4, 4). The 22 year old Bacaro scored a career best win last time out, beating the then 11-0 Allan Villanueva, but has sadly been out of the ring for well over a year now. As for Borbon he's not becoming something of a whipping boy and has gone 0-5-1 in his last 6, which his most recent win coming more than 4 years ago