Ciso Morales will try to become the latest young Filipino fighter to capture a title when he faces Fernando Montiel.
Latimore was originally scheduled to face Lucas Konecny in an eliminator, but the corrupt IBF kicked Konecny out of the eliminator because he took a stay-busy fight before the eliminator. The winner would become the mandatory to face Cory Spinks. The first time the two faced off, Latimore knocked out Powell in the seventh round.
I could have sworn that Munroe-Maludrottu was an eliminator, but I guess not. Anyway, the British binman would face the 25-1-1 Terrazas, who doesn't have many wins of note, for the honor of facing Toshiaki Nishioka. If a mandatory has yet to be assigned, hopefully that gives Teiken more time to try putting together a Nishioka-Hasegawa fight. Terrazas' camp is trying to make the fight in Guadalajara.
"Made in Hell" (one of the best nicknames in boxing, in my opinion) has long been one of the most avoided fighters in boxing, as he brings absolutely no name recognition and is a very dangerous puncher. He's slowly built his way up the ranks, and will be facing Miranda in an eliminator for the middleweight belt held by Sebastian Sylvester. Miranda was spanked by Giovanni Lorenzo in his last major bout, so who the heck knows what he's done to actually deserve this shot. As previously reported here, this one will be on Friday Night Fights.
Actually, there are a number of fights promoter Branco Milenkovic is working on. Purse bids soon to become due: Mzonke Fana versus Robert Guerrero in an IBF title bout; Nkosanthi Joyi versus Raul Garcia in a title bout between undefeated strawweights; Celestino Caballero versus Takelani Ndlovu; and Zolani Tete versus Richard Garcia in a flyweight title eliminator. Milenkovic also promotes Simphiwe Nongqayi and Simphiwe Vetyeka, both of whom have to make defenses of their interim titles in the near future.
In a random fight that wasn't even picked up by Boxrec, against an opponent who's supposedly 14-0 but wasn't listed on Boxrec until a couple of days ago, Victor Cayo scored a third round knockout of Julio Reyes, in an apparent attempt to clean out the 140 pound division of fighters named Julio. After the fight, Cayo called out Marcos Maidana, making him the only fighter on the planet who actually WANTS to fight Maidana.
This one's all kinds of tragic. Montiel was knocked out his last fight, but then the commissioner came into the ring and declared it a technical draw, and it appears that the official result has been changed back to a knockout loss. Still, he's getting another shot at a vacant title. Z Gorres had won the right to fight for that title, but had to pull out as his career is likely over after having brain surgery. Ciso Morales, a 21-year old Pinoy with a 14-0 record, will get the shot instead. Also on the same "Pinoy Power III" card, Nonito Donaire will face Guerson Guerrero, Gerry Penalosa will face Eric Morel and Bernabe Concepcion will face Mario Santiago.
19 year old Johnriel Casimero pulled the upset of the weekend when he knocked out Cesar Canchila with the WBO president sitting ringside. Now that he's ranked highly by the WBO, he wants a crack at the Iron Boy. The article also profiles a few other up and coming Pinoy prospects who may be getting title shots in the next year.
Ron Foster, the matchmaker for MMA outfit Shine, shares some thoughts on Ricardo Mayorga. While it's not mentioned in this article, it seems like a bout between Mayorga and Din Thomas is all but official.