Magramo, Abcede to fight for vacant OPBF flyweight title in October

By: Glendale G. Rosal - Multimedia Corrrespondent - CDN Digital | August 13,2021 - 02:16 PM
Giemel Magramo (left) and Jaysever Abcede (right) will fight for the vacant OPBF flyweight title in October. | Photos by Boxrec.com

Giemel Magramo (left) and Jaysever Abcede (right) will fight for the vacant OPBF flyweight title in October. | Photos by Boxrec.com

CEBU CITY, Philippines—- The Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) orders Giemel “Pistolero” Magramo and Jaysever “Lion Hearted” Abcede to fight for the vacant OPBF flyweight title in October 2.

Both boxers are coming off from an 11-month hiatus. The fight’s official venue has yet to be announced. 

Arnie Najera, OPBF coordinator and international judge, announced the regional title duel between these two hard-hitting boxers. 

The OPBF flyweight title was previously held by Jayr Raquinel but was eventually stripped off of the title due to inactivity according to the OPBF officials. 

Raquinel, who holds a record of 12 wins, one defeat, one draw with nine knockouts last defended the OPBF flyweight title on August 23, 2019 against Japanese Takuya Kogawa. He won the bout via technical knockout.

OPBF decided to strip Raquinel of the title based on their rules. Raquinel has not fought since November 2019. 

Thus, the title is up for grabs between Magramo, who is ranked No.6 in OPBF’s flyweight division, and Abcede, who is the No. 5 contender. 

Najera added that the top four contenders in the division in Genesis Libranza (No.1), Seigo Yuri Akui (No.2), Kento Hatanaka (No.3), and Bienvenido Ligas (No.4), are currently unavailable to fight for the title. 

Najera revealed that Magramo’s trainer Johnny Elorde of the Elorde Boxing Stable applied to OPBF to promote the regional title bout. 

Magramo (24-2-0,20 KOs), a 26-year-old Manila-born knockout artist of the Elorde Boxing Stable last fought in November 2020 against Japanese Junto Nakatani for the vacant vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) world flyweight title in Japan. He faltered after getting knocked out in the eighth round. 

Magramo is a former WBO International, WBO Oriental, and WBC international flyweight champion. 

Meanwhile, Abcede (20-9-0,12KOs), 24, of Don Carlos, Bukidnon has his last bout in November 2020. He won against fellow Filipino Macrea Gandionco in Dipolog City where he won by unanimous decision in a non-title bout. 

Abcede is a former WBA Asia flyweight champion and WBO Oriental minimumweight champion.

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