Tired of seeing Filipino fighters feast on their foreign foes as though they’re munching on taquitos, bulgogi or sushi?
Tonight at the Makati Coliseum, big-time boxing takes center stage as world-ranked fighters Michael Domingo and Drian Francisco square off in a ten-round bantamweight bout.
Domingo fights out of the dreaded ALA Boxing Club of Cebu, while Francisco is a protege of Elmer Anuran of Touch Gloves Boxing based in Agoncillo, Batangas.
A veteran of 60 fights, the 32-year-old Domingo is favored to deal the 28-year-old Francisco a beating.
But Dennis Canete, a high-ranking executive of ALA Boxing, said the fight is a pick ‘em.
“They’re on the same level of competence,” said Canete after the official weighin held yesterday.
Domingo and Francisco scaled in at 120 lbs.
“This is a terrific matchup, no doubt about it,” added Canete.
Francisco, rated No. 4 by the WBAin the super-flyweight division of 115 lbs, is coming off a heartbreaking loss in Thailand and a victory over the seasoned Domingo should propel him back to contention.
Domingo, ranked eighth by the IBF in the bantamweight class of 118 lbs, is fresh from stopping Richard Samsomir of Indonesia last August in Cebu.