NOT just one but three Filipino boxers will be seeing action as part of the undercard in the Brian Viloria-Juan Francisco Estrada world flyweight title fight in Macau on April 6.
World title prospect Milan Melindo and fast-rising brothers Dodie Boy Jr. and Dave Penalosa will also get a share of the spotlight as they stake their unbeaten records against separate foes in the fight card presented by Top Rank at the Venetian Casino and Resort Hotel.
The 25-year-old Melindo (28-0, 11 KOs), one of the stars of the famed ALA boxing stable, squares off with Indonesian Tommy Seran, while Dodie Boy Jr. ((10-0, 10 KOs) goes up against Ngaotawan Sithsaithong of Thailand.
The other Penalosa (5-0, 3 KOs) will also be meeting a Thai opponent in Cheroenchai Sithsaithong.
“Di rin dapat mag-kumpiyansa, may lakas din siya,” said Melindo about his Indonesian opponent when Spin.ph caught up with him in the recent 13th Annual Gabriel `Flash’ Elorde Awards Night.
Seran, 29, sports an impressive 23-1 record (14 KOs), but has yet to fight outside of Indonesia.
Melindo has long been eyeing a shot at Viloria’s World Boxing Organization title, being ranked No. 1 in the flyweight division of the world boxing body.
Dodie Boy Jr., meanwhile, returns to the ring following his impressive overseas debut as part of the undercard of the fourth meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
The 22-year-old namesake of former two-time world champion Dodie Boy Sr. scored a second-round knockout of Jesus Lule in their eight-round match at super-bantamweight before a huge crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Dave will be making his international debut after coming off a fourth-round knockout of Yodpichai Sithsaithong of Thailand in Mandaluyong City last August.
The inclusion of the three Filipinos in the fight card headlined by the 32-year-old Viloria, born in Waipahu, Hawaii to Filipino parents, is the latest brainchild of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum in tapping the huge Asian boxing market.
An added attraction of the promotion is the pro debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming of China as he takes on Eleazar Valenzuela of Mexico.