Undefeated Filipino-Canadian featherweight prospect Michael Cabato will return to the professional ring on November 22nd, when he will face Ricardo Julio in Santa Marta, Colombia.
A former national amateur champion, Cabato (3-0-1, 1 KO) is two months removed from a unanimous decision win over Oscar Velazquez at the Pickering Casino Resort — and will be making the journey to South America with a knockout in mind.
“I plan on walking Julio down, it’s not going to a decision,” said a steely Cabato from training camp. “I’m ready — all gas, no brakes!
FIGHT REPLAY: CABATO VS VELAZQUEZ (No Finish Sports Media)
“I’ve been in the gym, working with Coach Sal (Malik) on my power,” continued Cabato, who took the fight on relatively short notice. “Focusing on sitting down on my punches — I know I can counterpunch and out-box opponents, now it’s about delivering the power.”
Should he progress past the energetic young Julio (3-5-1, 1 KO), Cabato — the son of former IBO World Lightweight Champion Amado Cabato — and his team will hope to take aim at settling some unfinished business in the 2024.
“It’s definitely going to be a big year, with more challenging fights,” previewed the Filipino Flash. “I’m ready to show the world what I’m capable of!”
If Cabato clears the hurdle that awaits him in Santa Marta, a sought-after rematch with Mexico’s Jorge Diaz — who fought him to a draw on April 29th — could potentially be on the horizon.
Michael Cabato (3-0-1, 1 KO) vs. Ricardo Julio (3-5-1, 1 KO)
Wednesday, November 22nd
Coliseo Menor de Villa Olímpica (Santa Marta, Colombia)
The contest will mark Cabato’s return to Colombia, where he began his professional career in May 2022 with a third-round stoppage of Sabedin Vasquez…All 10 of Julio’s professional contests have taken place in his native Colombia…Both men fought and defeated Misael Canate by unanimous decision — Julio on July 18, 2022, Cabato on December 10, 2022.
While the fight will not be available on broadcast, United will have full fight results and reaction following the contest in South America’s second-oldest city.