JOE Noynay will defend his Philippine Games and Amusements Board (GAB) welterweight strap against former regional champion Argie Toquero in Elorde International Productions’ “Night of Champions XXX” on Oct. 7, 2023, at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Noynay, a native of Bogo City, Cebu, is fighting his third fight as a welterweight since moving in weight last year. After a second-round knockout loss to Liam Wilson in a rematch, Noynay moved up three divisions and took on journeyman Adam Diu Abdulhamid. He outclassed Abdulhamid by unanimous decision to win the Philippine GAB belt.

The 28-year-old Noynay then fought for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Pan Pacific welterweight strap and stopped Indonesian veteran Larry Siwu in four rounds last June 17 in Parañaque City.

Meanwhile, Toquero is eager to bounce back after losing his last two fights. He lost to Rodel Wenceslao by unanimous decision last year in Cebu and was stopped by undefeated Faizan Anwar in the fourth last July 22 in Dubai.

Noynay is 21-3-2 with nine knockouts, while Toquero is 13-7-3 with 10 knockouts.

Meanwhile, veteran Roldan Aldea is up against Japanese Masahiro Suzuki for the vacant Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) lightweight title in the main event.

Aldea is coming off a unanimous decision win over former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Leonardo Doronio last April 22 in Parañaque City.

Suzuki, on the other hand, beat former world champion Panya Uthok by a second-round knockout in his last fight last April 18 in Japan.

Aldea is 18-9-1 with 10 knockouts, while Suzuki is 9-1 with six knockouts. / EKA