ARJAN Canillas gets a perfect opportunity to grow as a fighter as he faces his first foreign opponent – experienced Indonesian Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus.
The 21-year-old Canillas has been fighting in his past three fights in small boxing events. This time he has a chance to put on an impressive performance in front of a huge crowd in the undercard of Pinoy Pride 29 – “Fist of Fury” on Feb. 7 at the
University of South Eastern Philippines in Davao City.
Canillas should have his hands full in an eight-rounder with Ferdinandus, a 34-year-old Indonesian who is a former Pan Asian Boxing Association (Paba) light welterweight champion. He has fought some credible names like Czar Amonsot, former world title challenger Terdsak Kokietgym and world-rated Chad Bennet. He has lost two of his last four in the last two years.
Canillas is unbeaten with a 9-0-2 record including seven knockouts, while Ferdinandus is 15-7-1 with eight knockouts.
Also in the undercard, Vic Saludar (8-1, 7 KOs) faces off with Lester John Pronco (9-8-1, 6 KOs) and hard-hitting Rafael Sueno (3-1, 3 KOs) takes on Rod Michael Sarguilla (2-1, 1 KO).
Jason Pagara (34-2, 21 KOs) defends his World Boxing Organization International light welterweight title against Mexican challenger Cesar Chavez (24-7, 12 KOs) in the main event, while Genesis Servania also defends his WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight belt against Juan Luis Hernandez (17-3-1, 9 KOs) in the co-main event.
Arthur Villanueva (26-0, 14 KOs) faces his toughest test to date against former world champion Julio Cesar Miranda (38-11-2, 29 KOs), while 19-year-old prospect Mark Magsayo (9-0, 7 KOs) trades leathers with Thai Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-2, 8 KOs).