Tuesday, June 12, 2007

More Pinoy Boxers to Fight in High Profile International Fights

Pinoy boxer, Czar Amonsot has been named as the challenger of WBO lightweight king Michael Katsidis in a 12-round showdown on July 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a major development for Philippine boxing as it is uncommon for Pinoy boxers to get a title shot.

Originally, Katsidis was slated to face Joan Guzman last May 26, but the fight was canceled because Guzman suffered an injury while he was in training. On the other hand, Amonsot was slated to defend his WBO Asia-Pacific lightweight crown against Hero Katili in Cebu on July 7. However, in view of this more promising bout, he has too pull out from the fight.

However, this will be an uphill climb for Amonsot as Katsidis, an Australian named 'Rocky,' holds a perfect record of 22 wins with 20 KO's. He gained world prominence following his bout with Graham Earl last February. It was a give-and-take bout now considered by many as a possible Fight of the Year candidate.

AJ 'Bazooka' Banal, an unbeaten young Filipino boxing sensation will get the toughest test in his career when he faces former WBC light-flyweight king Eric Ortiz. The upcoming clash is one of the bouts for the August 11 'World Cup' of boxing at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.

This bout is a great stepping stone for Banal and he needs to capitalize on this opportunity. A big win over Ortiz will certainly boost his stock and will give him more opportunities and possibly a world title shot in the future.

3 comments:

THE ANiTOKiD said...

Much thanks for the comment, kabayan! That was an interesting insight - and TRUE! By the way, I love your site - lots of interesting info on the sport that have learned to love since i was a kid. Mabuhay!

Manila Bay Watch said...

Hi there!

Thanks for dropping by. Am curious, are you a boxer?

Take care!

merben said...

No I'm not. But I wish I was though. I love sports but I have very bad eyes so I can't enjoy as much as I want. Thanks you for making a comment.