Mike Plania on cusp of title shot if he will get previous Ra’eese Aleem on Ruiz-Ortiz card

Mike Plania may need anticipated to get a giant battle alternative shortly after his upset win over Joshua Greer Jr. in June of 2020. As an alternative, that “Bubble” period majority determination win over the WBO’s no. 1 rated bantamweight was adopted by a ten month ring absence and two wins over nondescript opponents resulting from visa renewals and battle cancellations.

Plania finds himself again in a major battle on Sunday as he faces unbeaten contender Ra’eese Aleem on the Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles. The ten-round junior featherweight battle will headline an FS1 broadcast, which precedes the Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz Fox pay-per-view.

Plania (26-1, 13 knockouts) says the wait has solely made him a hungrier fighter.

“There’s no disappointment for me as a result of that is boxing…we must be affected person,” stated the 25-year-old Plania of Normal Santos Metropolis, Philippines. “Now that is my time.”

The bout will pit Plania, The Ring’s no. 10 rated junior featherweight, towards the 32-year-old Aleem (19-0, 12 KOs), who’s rated no. 4 by The Ring. Plania says the Michigan native Aleem presents a troublesome problem, however insists he’s as much as the duty.

“[Aleem] is a troublesome battle, he’s good however I’m excited to battle him,” stated Plania, who final fought in November of 2021, stopping undersized Ricardo Nunez in a single spherical. “It’s no downside to me what type he does within the ring, I’m prepared.”

Plania, who’s promoted by Sanman Promotions, has received eleven straight since his sole defeat, a ten spherical unanimous determination to former titleholder Juan Carlos Payano in 2018. He’s now primarily based in Miami, Fla., the place he trains underneath Osmiri “Moro” Fernandez.

The Las Vegas-based Aleem has been constructing in direction of a title alternative of his personal. Aleem has received three straight fights on Premier Boxing Champions playing cards, beating opponents with a cumulative document of 47-2-3 as he rose up the rankings.

The winner would put himself in enviable place to maneuver for a title alternative in a division the place Stephen Fulton holds the WBC and WBO titles, Murodjon Akhmadaliev holds the IBF and WBA titles, and former unified titleholder Daniel Roman lately retired.

“That is my likelihood to indicate everybody that I’m the subsequent contender to face Stephen Fulton Jr. for his world titles. I consider our paths will cross, however I’ve to get by an especially robust opponent first,” stated Aleem at Friday’s press convention.

A win for Plania would give Filipino boxing followers a motive to rejoice, because the nation struggles to fill the void left behind by the retirement of Manny Pacquiao and the decline of future Corridor of Fame Nonito Donaire Jr.

That truth offers Plania one thing additional to battle for.

“I’ve a powerful sport plan and we’re going to make use of it to convey a victory house for the Philippines,” stated Plania.

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