John Vincent Moralde faces Mexican foe in Top Rank showdown

Published July 11, 2020, 3:55 PM

by Nick Giongco

Moralde, Mark John Yap next in line to banner PH in LA during coronavirus era
John Vincent Moralde is set to face Mexican foe Alexis Del Bosque in another behind-closed-door show being put by Top Rank’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (Sanman Promotions)

A fourth Filipino fighter has been given the chance to showcase his wares during the coronavirus era.

John Vincent Moralde, another US-based boxer representing JC Mananquil’s Sanman Promotions of General Santos City, is booked to tangle with Alexis Del Bosque of Mexico in another behind-closed-door show being put by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

The fight in the lightweight division is scheduled July 16 at The Bubble inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Before Moralde got the opportunity to fight, stablemate Mike Plania became the first to see action and win during the pandemic. He was followed by Mark Bernaldez and Reymond Yanong.

Bernaldez lost while Yanong initially won his first but lost badly in his second outing just a few days ago.

Moralde, Plania, and Bernaldez, trained in Miami, Florida, and their presence on US soil meant it was easy to get them fights.

Moralde (23-3 with 13 KOs) faces a tough outing in Del Bosque (17-5 with nine KOs), who has a five-inch height advantage at six feet.

“We have similar records. This is a important fight in this stage of my career and I don’t want to spoil the chance. I want to bring home another win. I have been grinding in the gym all these times and been staying ready. Thanks to my tram for giving me this opportunity. I am so lucky to book a fight in the midst of this crisis.”

On the very same night Moralde meets Del Bosque, another Filipino is likewise fighting.

Former Orient-Pacific titlist Mark John Yap collides with a formidable Colombian in Miguel Marriaga.