Monday, June 18, 2007

Philippine Boxing Updates

Respected boxing trainer Edito Villamor and WBO Asia-Pacific lightweight king Czar Amonsot are scheduled to depart for the US on Tuesday. They hope to continue Amonsot's training at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym. They will take the Cebu-Manila-Las Vegas route, and will take the almost six-hour drive to the City of Angels.

On July 21, the ALA Boy Amonsot is to challenge WBO interim lightweight king Michael Katsidis. Their clash will happen before the Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright superbout. The unbeaten Australian, Katsidis, was supposed to fight Joan Guzman last May 26. However, Guzman claimed injury causing the fight to be cancalled.

Many boxing fans thought he simply chickened out of the big fight. This speculation may well be true as Katsidis brings an extraordinary reputation as a boxer who fights with breath-taking pace and power
into the fight.

Asian Boxing Cup?

Sammy Gello-ani, Cebu’s prime boxing promoter is now on the finishing touches of the “more realistic” Asian Cup Boxing. This comes after his failure to bag the multi-million dollar Boxing World Cup. The Asian Boxing Cup will feature upcoming fighters from active boxing countries in Asia.

The Asian Cup is only for boxers under 23 unlike the pricier World Cup, where the best fighters from the Philippines and Mexico would have slugged out for glory. However, the Philippines youthful and rising stars AJ Banal and Rey Bautista will not be a part of this project since they are participants in the "World Cup" of boxing.

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