WORLD ranked light flyweight Mark Vicelles and featherweight prospect Pete Apolinar headline Omega Sports Promotions’ two-part boxing show on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City.
Vicelles takes on Kumbati 8 battle-scarred veteran Arnold Garde in the main event of “Kumbati 8,” while Apolinar slugs it out with Juanito Paredes in the main event of “Kumbati 9.”
The 25-year-old Vicelles is coming off a fourth round knockout of Junuel Lacar on Oct. 7, 2020 in the Philippines’ first boxing show since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.
“Mark trained really well. He will win for sure,” Vicelles’ trainer Jinggoy Junco told SunStar Cebu.
Vicelles is currently ranked No. 9 by both the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Organization, and No. 12 by the International Boxing Federation.
“In three to four fights, he will be ready to fight for a world title,” said Junco.
Garde is a veteran pug that has faced the likes of Dave Apolinario, Jerven Mama and former world champion Randy Petalcorin. He, however, has lost his last four fights.
Vicelles is 12-0-1 with six knockouts, while Garde is 10-10-3 with four knockouts.
Apolinar, on the other hand, is coming back from an injury.
“This will be an activity fight for Pete after injuring his knuckles,” said Junco.
The 25-year-old Apolinar last fought on Dec. 18, 2020 with a unanimous decision win over Danny Tampipi.
Apolinar is 13-1 with eight knockouts, while Paredes is 8-6-1 with three knockouts.
The most intriguing fight of the two-part event is an eight-round bout between two unbeaten former teammates in Carlo Bacaro (7-0, 6 KOs) and Allan Villanueva (11-0, 8 KOs), which will be slated in “Kumbati 9.”
Also scheduled in “Kumbati 9” is the comeback of three-time world title challenger Arthur Villanueva (32-4-1, 18 KOs) against up-and-comer Bryan Tamayo (6-1-2, 2 KOs), while former Olympian Mark
Barriga (9-1, 1 KO) also makes his ring return against Lacar (8-6-3, 6 KOs) after a two-year absence.
The other fights slated on Saturday are Tomjune Mangubat (12-2-1, 10 KOs) against Ryan Maano (5-10-2, 1 KO), Franco Serafica (4-1, 2 KOs) vs. Mark Rotilles (2-6, 1 KO), Regie Suganob (5-0, 1 KO) against Paolo Sy (6-5-1, 3 KOs), Rodel Suganob (2-0) vs. Luis Borje (5-1-2, 2 KOs) and Benny Cañete (1-0, 1KO) against fellow newcomer Reycar Auxilo.