Dabawenyo super featherweight “Mulawin” John Vincent Moralde will be back in the United States for anApril 5 assignment against unbeaten Mexican 130-pounder prospect Xavier Martinez.
Moralde, who totes an impressive ring record of 21 wins and 2 losses with 11 knockouts, will headline the Showtime card in Las Vegas, Nevada according to his promotional company which announced the fight on Tuesday. It will be the Dabawenyo’s fourth fight in the United States.
“The Moralde vs Martínez fight will be the card’s main event of Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation TV series,” promoter JC Manangquil, director of Sanman Boxing, said in a press release posted on Philboxing.com.
Moralde, 24, is fresh from a TKO win over unheralded journeyman Elmer Colve last December in Zamboanga Sibugay. The win avenged a landslide 10-round decision to 33-year-old American Jamel Herring (19-2, 10 KO’s) last September in Fresno, California. Moralde was also stopped in seven rounds by Toka Kahn Clary in December 1, 2017 for his only other loss.
In contrast, the 21-year-old Martínez, handled by Mayweather Promotions, has performed much better after scoring stoppage wins in all his last five battles. His most recent win was an impressive demolition work of rugged Colombian veteran Deivi Julio Bassa last month in Carson, California.
Against the Mayweather protege, Moralde will try to duplicate the swashbuckling performance of stablemate Reymart Gaballo who scored a big win last year in Hollywood, California.
Martínez is notorious for his speed and proven destructive power which he will try to use in full throttle against the tough-as-nails Filipino warrior.