Mike Plania to face Panamanian foe

Published November 14, 2021, 12:36 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Mike Plania, the “Magic” of General Santos City, is set to face former world title challenger Ricardo Nunez of Panama on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Manuel Artime Community Center Theater in Miami, Florida.

Filipino boxer Mike Plania, left, celebrates after defeating Joshua Greer via majority decision in their overweight bantamweight bout in Las Vegas in this file photo. (Top Rank Images)

Seven months from his last fight, Plania will be returning to US soil to continue his impressive 10-0 win streak.

Plania was the first Filipino boxer to return to the ring during the coronavirus era, where he scored a majority decision win over Joshua Greer Jr. in Las Vegas in June last year.

The 25-year-old Plania then defeated compatriot Emmanuel Mogawa back here in the Philippines at the Sanman Gym in his hometown last April.

With 10 straight wins since his first loss in March 2018, Plania hopes to take home another victory en route to a possible world title shot.

Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0, 7 KOs) of Uzbekistan currently holds the WBA and IBF title for the 122 lb-division (super bantamweight/junior featherweight), American Brandon Figueroa (22-0, 17 KOs) owns the WBC belt, and Stephen Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) as the WBO champion. All three champions are undefeated.

Plania of the Sanman Promotions is training in Miami under the tutelage of head trainer Osmiri “Moro” Fernandez.

Meanwhile, Nunez seeks to escape from losing skid when he takes on the Filipino super bantamweight contender.

Victory remains elusive for Nunez, who has a 29-12 record with 23 KOs, since suffering from his sixth straight defeat against Luis Lebron in December 2019.

 
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