SANMAN Promotions is looking to position three of its fighters back into world title contention next year.
Former world champion Marlon Tapales, two-time world title challenger Aston Palicte and Joey Canoy must put on spectacular performances against their respective foes on Nov. 21, 2020 at the Sanman Gym in General Santos City to gain momentum for another world championship.
“They worked hard to be on top. A loss won’t stop them. If they are victorious on Nov. 21, we are looking again for world title opportunities in 2021,” said Sanman Promotions CEO JC Manangquil.
Tapales faces veteran Eden Sonsona in a 10-round fight at contracted 132-pound catchweight in the main event of “The Restart.”
Tapales (33-3, 16 KOs) is coming off an 11th round technical knockout in the hands of Ryosuke Iwasa in an interim International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight title fight on Dec. 7, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York.
He, however, is still close to a world title shot because he’s currently rated No. 4 in the IBF super bantamweight division, where unbeaten Murodjon Akhmadaliev is the currentl titleholder.
The most likely scenario is that he’ll be mandated to fight No. 3 rated Hiroaki Teshigawara in a title eliminator for the mandatory challenger spot.
Palicte (26-4-1, 22 KOs), in the meantime, is taking on Reymark Taday (10-12-1, 5 KOs).
Palicte dropped back-to-back contests to Kazuto Ioka and Renz Rosia before bouncing back with a stoppage win over Jonathan Francisco.
Palicte is currently ranked No. 10 in the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
Canoy (15-4-1, 8 KOs), on the other hand, trades leathers with Jovab Lucas (4-2-2, 2 KOs).
Canoy’s last fight resulted in a unanimous decision defeat in the hands of Nkosinathi Joyi for the vacant International Boxing Orgnization (IBO) minimumweight title in South Africa last year. Canoy has since dropped out of the ratings because of his inactivity.
Also in the undercard, undefeated Dave Apolinario (13-0, 8 KOs) is up against Bonjun Loperez (12-13-1, 6 KOs), and unbeaten Michael Casama (5-0, 5 KOs) slugs it out with Virgil Degoma. (EKA)