2 Pinoy pugs get Top Rank invite to train in Las Vegas

Getting an invitation to train in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic these days is synonymous with being signed for a fight.

No wonder, Filipino boxers Joe Noynay and Roldan Aldea are going to take advantage of the opportunity offered to them by Top Rank Inc.

Noynay and Aldea even showed Powcast Sports the letters inviting them and their trainers to go to Las Vegas, Nevada, as soon as possible.

It's not for a leisure tour, of course, but rather for them to get into shape and be inserted into one of the fight cards being set up by Top Rank in order for boxing to rise on its feet after being downed by an unseen blow from the coronavirus.

That they were chosen among hundreds of boxers longing for fights just to get by this year  is definitely a blessing.

After all, Noynay and Aldea are far from being prime prospects.

The 24-year-old Noynay holds an 18-2-2 record with 7 knockouts.

After posting 6 straight wins, the Cebuano southpaw was held to a technical draw by Kenichi Ogawa in their battle for the World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific super featherweight belt last December 7 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

That bout got halted in the 6th round with Noynay bleeding profusely due to a cut caused by accidental collision of heads. When they went to the scorecards, one judge sided with the Japanese, one went for the Filipino and the third called it a draw.

Aldea's card is even inferior at 15-8-1 with 9 knockouts. Aldea, a lightweight from Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, lost his last fight to Ravshabek Umurzakov last September 7 in Ekatarinburg, Russia, and has been stopped thrice.

He is a road veteran having also fought in Japan, China, Thailand, and Timor Leste.

While Noynay may be headed for a step up fight, Aldea may be pitted against a young rising star.

But at this stage, they don't care.

All Noynay and Aldea want is to set foot in Las Vegas and be prepared for whoever will be in the opposite corner. – Rappler.com