Urdaneta Cultural Sports Complex, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, Philippines
This coming Saturday attention turns to the Phillipines for a small card in Pangasinan, which features several noteworthy Pinoy fighters all looking to tick over before bigger and better things in the future. Hopefully the not too distant, future.
The most noteworthy name on the show is former Filipino amateur standout Charly Suarez (7-0, 5), who seemed destined for big things when he turned professional in 2019, but is still very much facing lower level domestic talent as he takes on Lorence Rosas (9-5-2, 3). Suarez had all the talent to make a mark on the world rankings, though sadly turned professional at an advanced age, and saw his climb though the rankings slowed by the on going pandemic. He should have absolutely no issues with Rosas here, especially given that Rosas has lost his last 4, is without a win since March 2018, and has been stopped in 2 of his last 3. A really disappointing bout for Suarez, who really needs bigger bouts in 2023.
In one of the supporting bouts the heavy handed Arnel Baconaje (13-4, 11) will be up against Danny Tampipi (9-12-2, 5). The 27 year old Baconaje is now world beater, but he's someone who could mix on the regional title level over the next few years. Sadly however he is going over old ground here, having stopped Tampipi back in 2018, before a career best win over Tomjune Mangubat. It's a real shame he's not managed to kick on and really push his career forward since 2019, just as it seemed there was something bright on the cards.
The once beaten Lorenz Ladrada (10-1-1, 3) is another fighter worthy of some attention, as he takes on Gary Tamayo (4-1, 3) in a 6 rounder at Featherweight. Ladraba is unbeaten since his secnd bout, a close loss to Reymark Taday in 2015, and has looked like a fighter with the potential to go far over the next few years. Tamayo on the other hand was beaten just 2 fights ago, by Lienard Sarcon, and has only fought once in the last 24 months, not a good signing coming in to a bout like this.