BEN LIGAS v ANDRES CAMPOS TONIGHT
Watch Philippines national champion Ben Ligas assault on the IBO Intercontinental belt tonight when he takes on hot South American boxer Andres Campos. Campos was unbeaten in 15 fights before dropping a points decision to world champion Sunny Edwards in June. Ligas has plenty of local support, attracting the attention of Andrew and Jason Maloney. The Philippines champ is flanked by master trainer Jetro Pabustan. The live stream of tonight's bout will be posted here later.
BEN LIGAS IN IBO TITLE BID DOWN UNDER
"The Sniper" Ben Ligas is in career best shape to shock them at the beautiful coastal town of Burleigh Heads in Australia tomorrow night. Ligas 15-3 takes on Chile's Andre Campos 15-1 for the IBO Intercontinental Fly title, and is expected to be easy pickings for the South American. Campos had been destroying everything in his path in a 15 fight winning streak, before a points loss to world #1 Sunny Edwards in June of this year. The Chilean was only a fraction behind in that contest, and surely The Sniper represents a far easier task for him !! But the Philippines national champion Ben Ligas will have other ideas, and as you can see from today's weigh in, he cuts an imposing figure and looks set to create a major upset in Australia tomorrow night.
MARK JOHN YAP IN WBC ASIA TITLE BID
Breaking news is the announcement that Philippines Mark John Yap will fight in Bangkok later this month for the WBC Lightweight crown. Cagayan de Oro product Yap will challenge Thailand champion Apichet Petchmanee (15-1) for the belt that he secured back in late 2022. Petchmanee has been very dominant at home, and suffered his lone points loss abroad at Korakuen Hall against the outstanding Japanese boxer Katsuya Yasuda (10-0) Mark John Yap has been a revelation since fighting Charly Suarez in Manila one year ago. He had previously done his best work at Bantamweight and was contemplating retirement, but rose to meet Suarez at 130lb. Despite losing that contest, Yap looked in great touch, and is unbeaten in 4 subsequent fights. He has defied the stigma of increasing weight, but Petchmanee looms as his first serious test at 135lb. Mark John Yap v Apichet Petchmanee WBC ASIA TITLE September 30th Bangkok, Thailand
SUAREZ IN HAND CAST FOR 6 WEEKS
The King's Warrior will have his broken right hand in a protective cast for the next 6 weeks, but the good news is, he is expected to make a full recovery. Suarez staged an amazing effort to stay composed after injuring the hand early in round one, and being put under constant pressure by excellent Dominican Yohan Vasquez. It was a bitter sweet US debut for the Philippines best boxer, who will be hoping for a ring return later this year.
SUAREZ WINS ON USA DEBUT
Charly Suarez turned away a scrappy challenge from Yohan Vasquez to enjoy a successful U.S. debut. after a ten-round, unanimous decision victory over Dominican Republic’s Vazquez. Scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93 for Suarez in the opening bout of the evening. Action from bell to bell was entertaining and competitive, to the point where Vasquez (25-4, 20KOs) was disappointed when he heard the lopsided scores. Suarez landed the crisper combinations and cleaner punches but was forced to fend off Vasquez who effectively cut off the ring in the middleweights. Suarez—a 35-year-old from General Santos City, Philippines—regained control late in the fight to advance to 16-0 (9KOs). The bout was his third straight on the road, having previously posted wins in Vietnam last December and a come-from-behind 12th round stoppage of unbeaten Paul Fleming on March 15 in Sydney, Australia.
CHARLY SUAREZ BREAKS HIS HAND
Despite a dominant win at his USA debut, the King's Warrior Charly Suarez was the victim of misfortune. Suarez broke his hand early in round one, forcing him to turn to his amateur skills and box his way to victory. The Philippines star turned southpaw frequently in the bout to ensure he survived the ten rounds against his rugged opponent Yohan Vasquez.
SUAREZ IN VEGAS PREP FOR AUGUST RETURN
The King's Warrior Charly Suarez is enjoying quality sparring in Las Vegas in preparation for a ring return later this month. Davao boxer Suarez (15-0) will head to Oklahoma to take on Yohan Vasquez (25-3) in a ten round non title contest. The match represents a "stay busy" bout for Suarez, who was last seen fighting in Australia in March. He won in spectacular fashion on that occasion, defeating unbeaten champion Paul Fleming by last round knockout, and picking up 4 regional titles in the process.
WILL THIS MAN PUT AN END TO SLAIN PINOY ?
This is the man that stands in the way of emerging Japanese star Mikito Nakano maintaining a perfect kill rate of pinoys on his unblemished fight record. Arnel Baconaje "The Silencer" meets Nakano next Tuesday night at the iconic Korakuen Hall, and flew out from Manila today with coach Toto Laurente. Mikito Nakano boasts a record of 7-0 with 6 knockouts, and most tellingly, he has been as brutal as he has been flawless with his pinoy body count. Arvin Yurong, KJ Natuplag, Juanito Paredes and Lorenz Ladrada - all quality boxers in their own right, but were slain and dispatched in body bags at the hands of the ruthless Japanese technician. But Arnel Baconaje is cut from different cloth, and having sparred numerous top opponents such as Naoya Inoue in Japan previously, he is better equipped than his predecessors for the impending battle. The Silencer's most recent outing was a RP title win over Jhon Gemino in May, so he will be heading to Japan confident that Nakano's dominance over pinoy fighters will be tested to the limit next Saturday.
WE'VE GOT A FIGHT IN YOKOHAMA JAPAN
Philippines Ronnie Baldonado just made weight for his Inoue Fulton undercard bout in Japan. Ronnie Baldonado 53.3kg 16-4 Yoshiki Takei 53.9kg 6-0 Best of luck to both fighters.
BALDONADO IN JAPAN ON INOUE UNDERCARD
Ronnie Baldonado and trainer Jetro Pabustan have touched down in Tokyo in advance of Tuesday night's mega clash between Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton. Baldonado, who many remember for giving Wonder Boy Carl Jammes Martin a torrid battle, takes on unbeaten Yoshiki Takei (6-0) Takei is a bona fide killer - all 6 wins have come by knockout, but Baldonado is a mad dog with plenty of firepower of his own. The match will take place at Ariake Arena in "the Monster" Inoue's hometown of Yokohama.