EXPECT an all-out war and bodies to fall when hard-hitting Jason Canoy trades blows with Jestoni Autida in the headliner of “Uptown Rumble” at the One Mango Avenue tomorrow night.
“It is a fight that can go either way. Yes, Canoy is experienced but his team has only seen a couple of footage of his (Autida’s) fights. Autida is a last-minute replacement and just like any young and hungry fighter, we can’t expect him to get intimidated by Canoy’s resume as a fighter. This kid has dreams of making a name in the sport as well,” Omega Pro Sports International (OPSI) vice president Chad Cañares told Sun.Star Cebu. “As for Canoy, he always comes to entertain and we expect him to do so. It’s going to be interesting.”
Canoy is eager to bounce back after dropping his last fight, a unanimous decision defeat to Japanese newbie Hinata Maruta last November in Osaka, Japan. A fight before that, Canoy captured the biggest win of his career following an upset first round stoppage of former interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight champion Drian Francisco.
Canoy, one of the more experienced fighters of the Omega Boxing Gym, is 24-6-2 with 18 knockouts.
The 25-year-old Autida, on the other hand, is also looking to put his career back on track after losing his latest fight, a second round technical knockout against Ryo Matsumoto last December in Tokyo, Japan.
Autida has wins against promising fighters like Thai Ratchasak KKP, Jeffrey Francisco and Marlon Arcilla. He has also fought but lost to unbeaten World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth champion and No. 7 ranked bantamweight Petch Sor Chitpattana. Autida is 9-4 with four knockouts.
Jerry Castroverede (8-2, 4 KOs) faces Hagibis Quinones (5-17-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round main supporting bout.
“OPSI is excited as well and will always accommodate fighters not just from the Omega Gym but whoever wants to fight in our promotions will always be welcomed. We also give them a venue to showcase their talents and skills and we take care of them well,” said Cañares.