ARQ boxers ready for battle, says trainer

By: Dale Rosal - CDN Digital | June 09,2021 - 05:06 PM

ARQ Boxing Gym’s boxers and trainers. | Contributed Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines—If there’s one person out there who can assure that the ARQ Boxing Stable’s pugilists are in tip-top shape, it is their chief trainer Eldo Cortes.

Many questions arise regarding the condition of ARQ Boxing Stables’ boxers after their much-awaited maiden fight card was rescheduled three times this year. 

Now that they finally found the date and venue of their maiden fight card dubbed “Engkwento Uno” on June 19, 2021, at the Cosonsa compound in Mandaue City, the biggest question is, are the boxers in fighting shape? 

READ: ARQ Boxing’s ‘Engkwentro Uno’ to finally happen on June 19

Cortes believes they are.

“We always adjusted every time the fight card was moved. I kind of pity my boxers because they always have to shed off weight, but, we’ve successfully adjusted since we were informed of the final schedule ahead of time. Also, as an experienced boxing trainer, I know how to deal with this kind of problem,” said Cortes. 

“In fact my boxers are very excited and very ready to brawl in the ring. We will be having our last sparring session this Saturday. Next week, we will just have to maintain their respective weights for the official weigh-in.”

Spearheading the fight card is ARQ Boxing Stable’s banner boxer April Jay Abne, who will put his unbeaten record of five wins and two knockouts at stake against the much experienced Royder Lloyd Borbon of Sultan Kudarat. They will have an eight-round slugfest in the 115lbs division. 

“All of the opponents we’ve chosen are tough and experienced. It will surely test every ARQ boxer and it will surely give boxing fans exciting bouts,” added Cortes. 

The 22-year-old Abne will face Borbon, an experienced journeyman with a record of 6-9-1 (win-loss-draw) record with six knockouts.

“Somebody told me that Borbon hasn’t been knocked out in his career. Abne, on the other hand, told me that he will be very aggressive in this fight. He also told me that he will not give Borbon a room to breathe. So, expect a brawl and a knockout,” said Cortes. 

‘Mini Pacquiao’

The ARQ Boxing Stable will banner another prospect, Zandro “Mini Pacquiao” Librador, who will make his pro debut by facing Big Yellow Boxing Gym’s Rexcar Auxilio. 

“We called him Mini Pacquiao because he mimics Pacquiao’s moves and punches during the sparring. I’ve already witnessed many times that he outboxed his sparring partners like Pacquiao,” added Cortes. 

Auxilio debuted last March 27, 2021, in Omega Pro Sports International’s Kumbati Boxing Series, where he lost to Omega Boxing Gym’s Benny Cañete via unanimous decision. 

The rest of the fight card features Berland Robles versus Kevin Smith Nemenzo, Ian Abne vs Marvin Campo, John Paul Gabunillas vs Maurino Agum, Rodex Piala vs Vicente Casido, Yeroge Gura vs Steven Noblefranca, and Arniel Cañete vs Christopher Caburog.


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