Mark the date: July 3

AFTER that huge win by Mike Plania, another Filipino pug is looking to score an upset in Las Vegas.

Mark Bernaldez hopes to follow his teammate’s lead and win his 10-round fight against another heavily-favored unbeaten fighter Albert Bell on July 3, 2020 (RP time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Nothing is impossible. Unlike Plania, who had only three weeks to train, Mark had six weeks. He’s in good shape,” Sanman Promotions CEO JC Manangquil, Bernaldez’s handler, told SunStar Cebu.

Last June 16, 2020, Plania beat World Boxing Organization No. 1 rated bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr., knocking him down twice en route to a majority decision at the MGM Grand.

Bernaldez also trains out of the Moro’s Boxing Gym in Miami, Florida. He trains alongside Plania and other Sanman fighters John Vincent Moralde, James Bacon and former interim World Boxing Association bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo.

The 26-year-old Bernaldez fought three times in the US last year. He made his debut in American soil last March 22, 2019 and won a unanimous decision over battle-scarred veteran German Meraz. He followed up that win with a first round technical knockout of David Berna, before losing by unanimous decision to Top Rank prospect Andy Vences by unanimous decision.

Bernaldez returned to the Philippines to win a first round knockout over Renan Portes before moving back to train in Miami.

The 27-year-old Bell, on the other hand, won all three of his fights in 2019. He outclassed Edward Kakembo, Frank De Alba and Vences all via lopsided unanimous decision.

Bell is currently ranked No. 12 by the World Boxing Council in the super featherweight division, wherein fellow Top Rank fighter Miguel Berchelt is the current titleholder.

Bernaldez is 20-3 with 14 knockouts, while Bell is 16-0 with five knockouts. (EKA)