The March 8 boxing event of top promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. in Mandaluyong Gym, featuring Filipinos and Mongolians, gets support from Jemah Television president Mark Roces.
Elorde and Roces signed an agreement recently, giving the private television outfit the right to televise the biggest boxing event to be held in the Philippines to date.
Jemah Television is slated to air the international fight-night event in IBC 13 from 8-10 p.m on March 10.
Merciless flyweight Sukarno “Master Showman” Banjao from Cadiz City and heavy-puncher welterweight Rey Pelonia, who are both WBF International champions, will take on South Korea-based Mongolians in separate 10-round non-title bouts.
Banjao stakes his reputation against former Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) light-flyweight boss Yura Dima while the burly Pelonia faces Ulan Bator-native and now two-division Korean champion Baira Kim aka Gumbat Bayartogtokh Kim.
The event will also feature an excellent clash between veteran fighters Baby Lorona Jr. and Dondon Lapuz in super-featherweight clash.
This is the first time in boxing history that fighters from Mongolia see action in the country.
“This is a significant event because nobody from Mongolia was imported to fight in the country,” said Elorde, who also ties up with Mandaluyong City Mayor Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II for the promotion.
The Mongolians are not patsies. Dima is a 27-year old southpaw with six knockout victims in 10 wins against four loses.
Some of Dima’s victories are against former IBF minimumweight champ Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, one-time WBC flyweight title challengers Masaki Kawabata and Young-Jin Kim and Filipino Ramil Anito.
Kim seems more dangerous as he sports a menacing 17-3 win-loss record with 15 knockouts. In his last fight, the 24-year old Kim won the vacant Korean welterweight title, knocking out Yong-Kon Choi in round 6 last December.
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