NEWLY CROWNED Philippine super-bantamweight champ Alex Escaner aims to win the World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific featherweight crown from titlist Terdsak Jandaeng in a 12-round rumble in Thailand today.
Veteran trainer Jojo Palacio accompanies Escaner, who is under the guidance of Marty Elorde Stable – the same manager of People’s champ Manny Pacquaio--, in his personal mission to win his first international title after two failed attempts in Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA).
The 28-year old boxer from Libac, Sultan Kudarat, lost via unanimous decision over 12 rounds when he challenged Thai champion Somsak Sithchatchawal for the PABA super-bantamweight title on June 5 of last year in Utaradith, Thailand.
Last December 12, 2001 in Chiangmai, Escaner was knocked out in the third round in his initial bid for international title against Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym for the PABA PBA bantamweight belt.
Escaner is fresh from winning the national 122-pound crown from erstwhile ruler Reynald Tribo over 12 rounds in San Juan last September 12.
Escaner is remembered as the furious fighter whose one of his victims, Maruel Zayas of Malabacat, Pampanga died five days while in coma at Ramos General Hospital (RGH) after he knocked him out in round 9 last April 2002 in Tarlac City.
Son of a farmer, Zayas, 21, was subjected to two CT scan procedures but the doctors wait him to die when they never perform operation to prevent his brain to swell.
Jandaeng put his title for 7th time after winning the vacant belt in January of this year via 3rd round stoppage of Askar Alnazarov in Bangkok.
Ethnic Filipino from Hawaii Leon Panoncillo, the WBO Asia-Pacific head, supervises the title bout.
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