Apolinar, Japanese foe make weight; Friday fight a go

By: Glendale G. Rosal - CDN Digital Correspondent | August 25,2022 - 05:52 PM

Pete Apolinar (left) and Yoshiki Takei (right) pose for the cameras after passing the official weigh-in for their OPBF bout tomorrow, Friday in Tokyo, Japan. | Photo from Omega Boxing Gym’s Facebook page.

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Omega Boxing Gym’s Pete “Thunder” Apolinar and Japanese up-and-comer Yoshiki Takei passed the official weigh-in on Thursday, August 25, 2022, to set their Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super bantamweight battle on Friday.

Apolinar and Takei both tipped the scales at 121.44 pounds for their duel at the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

This will be Apolinar’s second bout abroad. His first international fight ended in a loss to Jong Seon Kang in Daejeon, South Korea last November 20221.

The fight was for the WBO Oriental featherweight title.

This time, Apolinar will defend his Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super bantamweight title against Takei who is a former kickboxing champion.

Apolinar won the OPBF super bantamweight title against Jhunriel Ramonal last April via a 10th-round knockout in Manila.

The 27-year-old Apolinar appeared during the weigh-in with a chiseled physique after months of training with the help of Olympian nutritionist Jeaneth Aro.

Apolinar has a record of 16 wins, with 10 knockouts, and two defeats. Takei, meanwhile, is unbeaten in four fights with 4 knockouts.

Apolinar will be Takei’s first Filipino opponent in the professional side of boxing.

The Filipino will be joined by Aro and his trainer, Julius Erving Junco, and stablemate, Mark Vicelles who are already in Japan.    /rcg

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