Saturday, August 18, 2007

What’s next for AJ Banal?: The 3 Thai Prospects

After an astounding performance last week in The World Cup of Boxing, Pinoy prospect AJ Banal should be back to his track which is fighting quality opponents. He was supposed to be fighting against former WBC 108 Champ and veteran Eric Ortiz last week but was changed. He was given a last minute replacement journeyman from Los Mochis, Jorge Cardenas. Still AJ showed what he was expected to be, he never disappoints the fans and gave the first KO victory for the Philippine Team when he “BAZOOKAD” Cardenas in the 3rd round.

What’s next for AJ Banal? I have 3 good quality opponents for him, The 3 Thai Prospects that I have noticed for the past few months.

Devid Lookmahanak - Wins: 16 (9 KOs)| Losses: 1 - Superflyweight
Previously undefeated and Former WBC #1 contender at 115. He was upset and stopped by a Filipino journeyman last August 17, 2007.

Panomroonglek Kratingdaenggym – Wins: 18 (10 KOs) – Flyweight
Undefeated and rated WBC #1 contender at 112.

Maxsaisai Pinsinchai – Wins: 10 (4 KOs)
Undefeated prospect. 8 months inactive, his last fight was on December 1, 2006.

Any of these three is good for AJ Banal in maintaining the quality level of his opponents.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

AJ Banal - Jorge Cardenas fight video!!!

This is the full fight video of AJ Banal vs Jorge Cardenas in one of the undercards in World Cup of Boxing in Arco Arena, Sacramento.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

This is the slow motion replay of the counter right hook by AJ Banal.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

AJ Banal bazookad Cardenas!!!

Sacramento, California - Pinoy boxing prospect AJ Bazooka Banal stopped Jorge Cardenas of Mexico with a well timed counter right hook in round 3. Cardenas bended and hurt his right ankle when he went down to the canvass. He was unable to continue the fight and was moved out in a stretcher.

Banal still undefeated controlled the fight with straight lefts , tactical counters and superior footwork, he now improved to 14 wins and 11 KOs .

(Photo courtesy of Dong Secuya |

HEAD TO HEAD: AJ Banal - Jorge Cardenas

Ring experience: Slightly edge for AJ Banal who has 64 fight rounds than 59 fight rounds of Cardenas.

Power: Clearly belongs to AJ Banal with 71% KO to Jorge Cardenas’ 40% KO Ratio.

Level of Competition: Clearly in favor to AJ Banal. His last 6 opponents have a total of 88 wins and just 9 losses. Jorge Cardenas fought low level fighters with a total of 60 wins and 58 losses.

Average rounds per fight: Both has an average of 4.5 rounds per fight.

All departments unanimously in favor to AJ Banal.

Sacremento Weigh-in: Banal 115 - Cardenas 114.8

Sacramento, California - The official weigh in was held at Arden Fair Mall. Both warriors easily made the weight limit of Super-flyweight division (115 lbs). AJ Banal came up at exactly 115 lbs while Cardenas at 114.8 lbs. Their bout will be first fight of the 6 cards in the World Cup of Boxing that will be held in Arco Arena.

(photo courtesy of Dong Secuya|

Friday, August 10, 2007

AJ Banal will battle new opponent Jorge Cardenas

Pinoy prospect and undefeated AJ "Bazooka" Banal will battle Jorge Cardenas in 6 rounder bout in Boxing World Cup this Saturday in Arco Arena, Sacramento.

Cardenas has a record of 9 wins, 3 losses and 3 draws with 6 KOs, has fought only once in the US and hails from Los Mochis, Mexico like Humberto Soto. He is a natural Bantamweight(118 lbs) fighter and has several fights at Superbatamweight(122 lbs), In his last bout he stopped Trinidad Mendoza in Mexico last May 21.

(photo courtesy of

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

AJ Banal vs Eric Ortiz is off!!!

The latest developments from Sacramento that the bout between promising Pinoy prospect AJ Banal and Mexican Eric Ortiz is off. Banal's stablemate Z Gorres will now fight Ortiz after Guerrero pulled out due to illness. New opponent for AJ Bazooka Banal will be announced soon according to the officials.

In the meantime Bert Batawang vs Gerardo Verde is also off! Verde failed to pass on his medical test due to detached retinas. Boxing World Cup on August 11 is reduced to 6 bouts from originally scheduled 7 bouts.