The World Boxing Foundation (WBF) approved Boxingtalk's foreign correspondent, Filipino sports editor Rey Danseco as one of the judges for the "War at the Zone" card featuring Gerry Penalosa's title bout on Nov. 27 at Casino Filipino-Amphitheater in Paranaque City. According to promoter Gabriel "Bebot" Elorde Jr., WBF president Mick Croucher of Australia approved the appointment of Danseco, Boxingtalk's only Philippine correspondent, to judge in three WBF International title bouts. Danseco's ability and impartiality as a judge will be tested, as the WBF is entrusting him with scoring two bouts between his own countrymen against opponents from Thailand.
The referees will be Angeles City's Bruce McTavish, ex-Makati
City councilman Ferdie Estrella and American Gene del Bianco, who will come from Washington D.C.
With nearly a decade experienced as boxing writer and
commentator for television and radio boxing program, the 31-year old Danseco will serve as one of three judges at ringside for the first title defenses of WBF titlists Rey Pelonia (welterweight), Sukarno "Master Showman" Banjao against separate Thai fighters and the all-Filipino bout between Kid Orais and Elderd Romero for the vacant bantamweight belt.
Pelonia puts his 147-pound title on the line against Thailand #3 contender Jakrit Thaweekongym Suwanalert while Banjao takes on ex-Thailand flyweight champ Wisanu Pornobnom.
From Calauag town in Quezon province, the Manila-educated Danseco and the three referees were the same officials when Pelonia and Banjao as well as super-fly Mark Sales and minimumweight Benjie Sorolla won WBF International crowns all via stoppages against Indonesian imports at Elorde Sports Center last September 25.
McTavish will be the third man in the ring in Penalosa's clash against unbeaten Bangsaen Sithpraprom, a 20-year old former Rajdamnern MuayThai champ in Thailand. Estrella will work in Banjao- Pornobnom clash, while Del Bianco takes charge in Pelonia -Suwanalert and Orais-Romero bouts.
Croucher, who congratulated Danseco for a job well done after the WBF championships in September, will come back on November 24 to supervise the bouts. One of the most respected officials in the Philippines, WBF Philippine supervisor Alex Vidal, will assist Croucher and he will also served as one of the judges.