Battle in Tupi offers crucial fights tonight
GENERAL Santos City — Reymart Gaballo is set to leave for the US where better training and more lucrative fights await.
While the golden opportunity is already in the bag, Gaballo wants to embark on his US campaign undefeated with a regional title to boot.
Gaballo, owner of 14 wins, all but two by knockouts, guns for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia super bantamweight crown against Thailander Manot Comput in the main event of tonight’s “Battle in Tupi” card at the Tupi Municipal Gym, South Cotabato.
The boxing extravaganza, which is one of the highlights of this year’s Kasadyaan Festival, is a double-championship event as Gaballo’s stablemate Romero Duno looks to snatch the vacant WBC Asia super featherweight title against another Thailander Paiboon Lorkan.
“This is an important fight for me. I want to leave for the US on a high note,” said Gaballo.
Gaballo and Comput both weighed 119 pounds in yesterday’s weigh-in for their 122-pound, 10-round duel.
Comput has 13 losses in 25 fights but has won his last two fights by technical knockouts.
“This is a must-win for Reymart. We have big plans for him in the US but we don’t want our goals get derailed by a loss,” said JC Manangquil, chief executive officer of Sanman Promotions.
For his part, Duno, who has 10 wins, nine of them by knockouts, and one loss, expressed confidence of scoring a knockout.
“I think I can knock him (Lorkan) out. I can’t tell what round but I’ll definitely go for a knockout,” said Duno, who was one pound below the 130-lb weight limit.
Lorkan (16W-8L-5KOs) also tipped the scales at 129.
“We are also planning to send Duno to the US and we will see how he will perform against Lorkan,” said Manangquil.
In the US, Gaballo will join fellow Sanman fighters Vincent Moralde and Mike Plania, who will also see action in tonight’s explosive card.
The unbeaten Moralde (16W-7KOs), who is the WBF International featherweight crown, will slug it out with Hagibis Quinones in an eight-round duel.
Plania, the current WBF International bantamweight champion who is also undefeated at 11-0 with four knockout wins, will battle Jhonrey de Asis for 10 rounds.
Other fights pit Engelbert Moralde versus Jun Eraham and Jason Mama against Roger Salaton.
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