On Saturday May 24 the World Boxing Federation is back in the Philippines, as local favorite Jether ”The General” Oliva and Louie Arlos, from Bacolod City, fights for the vacant WBF International Light Flyweight title at the Lagao Gymnasium in General Santos City.
The show, which will also feature undefeated reigning WBF International Flyweight Champion Jake Bornea taking on Raymond Tabugon without his title at stake, is billed “Toe to Toe” and is promoted by JM Promotions in cooperation with Sanman Promotions.
Jether Oliva is a former two-time world title-challenger and has won numerous regional championships since turning professional in 2007. Undoubtedly a world-class operator at 26 years of age, his professional record stands at an impressive 20-2-2 (10).
In his latest outing, this past March, Oliva lost a split decision to Moruthi Mthalane (29-2) in a Flyweight world title fight in South Africa, a bout that many ringsiders felt the Filipino warrior deserved to win. Now he is ready to get back in the world title hunt, and will start his mission by squaring off with Arlos.
Louie Arlos is the younger man by three years (23), and has nowhere near the experience of Oliva. At 9-3 (2), he is a clear underdog going into this fight, but he is known as a talented and gutsy fighter and will do all he can to win the biggest fight of his life.
The two main bouts, which are highly anticipated by local fans and are expected to draw a big crowd on the night, will be supported by a packed undercard with seven interesting fights involving local up-and-coming talent.