Sydney-based fighter Rolando Gerongco has been given a chance to become heir to Filipino Baby Lorona Jr.'s WBF Asia-Pacific junior lightweight throne, according to WBF president Mick Croucher from his office in Mt Waverley, Victoria, Australia yesterday. Croucher said, the lanky fighter from Cebu, Philippines is pitted against 31-year old Daniel Hoskins in a twelve-round title bout in Sydney, Australia on February 6.
Croucher, a millionaire property developer in Australia, admitted that the WBF was "forced" to strip the title from Lorona after he failed to make a title defense within 16 months since he won the vacant belt last September 29, 2003 in Kunming City, China.
Lorona technically knocked out Thailand’s Kongthawat Sorkitti to win the regional title for 130-pound division. “The title defense time is six months as per the WBF Rules and Regulations,” said Croucher.
Gerongco, once a protégée of former two-time world champ Dodie Boy Peñalosa, is ranked tenth in lightweight class while Hoskins is unranked. Boxrec showed Hoskins with a 6-19-3 win-loss-draw records with four knockouts.
Hoskins failed to win in his last eleven fights while Gerongco also vowed four in a row, including his last three bouts in Australia.
According to Boxrec, Gerongco last fought in the Philippines in May 2004 in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental where he won a one-sided battle with a knockout win in the third round over patsy Edgar Tahad.
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