Mayol headlines "Encounter in Manila"

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Mayol headlines "Encounter in Manila"

OPBF king Rodel Mayol is all set for his January 29 title defense against a Thai brawler

Undefeated World Boxing Council no. 1 contender Rodel "Batang Mandaue" Mayol will defend his Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation minimumweight crown when he battles Thai challenger Phalangchai Sor Vorapin in a 12-round showdown topbilling the "Encounter in Manila" card on January 29 at the Casino Filipino in Paraqaque.

This will be Mayol's final tune-up bout before he vies for the WBC title against newly-crowned champ Isaac Bustos of Mexico sometime next year.
"I can't wait to fight once again. Next year will be a breakout year for me. I promise that to my fans," said the Mandaue City-based Mayol.
The power-fisted Mayol remains unscathed in 19 fights with 15 KO's, and is widely regarded as the country's premier world title hopeful.
In the chief support, former RP flyweight champ Edgar "Bombardero" Rodrigo figures in a 12-round Pan-Asian Boxing Association flyweight eliminator against Thai Somyot Vor Surapol.
"These two headliners will surely light up the boxing skyline. It will be war," said co-promoter Lope "Jun" Sarreal, whose LS International is putting up the show together with Stonewall Boxing Gym.
In the supporting bouts, ex-RP junior fly king Wyndel Janiola takes on Elmer Muyco in a 10-round showdown, while sweet-punching Benedict Suico goes up against Ryan Malitig in a 6-round tiff.
The rest of the card pits Arnel Tinampay versus Yuri Nuda; Dandee Francisco versus Elmer Saligumba; Eric Rapada against Jun Labandia; and Randy Canon versus Ruben Hermosa.