“Let’s get it on in Mandaluyong”
The Mongolian fighters will arrive today with the remaining members of their team in preparation for the scheduled bouts against Filipino champions Rey Pelonia and Sukarno Banjao in the main event of the “Let’s get it on in Mandaluyong” card on March 8 at the Mandaluyong Gym.
Reigning South Korean welterweight champion Baira Kim and his fellow South Korea-based compatriot from Mongolia, former Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) light-flyweight boss Yura Dima will arrive before noon on board a Philippine Airlines flight from Seoul.
Accompanying the hard-nosed fighters are six others, including the manager of current International Female Boxers Association (IFBA) light-flyweight champion Ju-Hee Kim, 19, also of Korea.
Promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. said, motorcycle policemen from the Cities of Paranaque and Mandaluyong guide the Mongolian fighters going to a 3-star hotel in Makati City where they will stay.
At least 10 South Koreans influx to Manila Thursday, headed by preacher Choi Yungki, who guides Kim and Dima, as advance party.
Choi said, around 300 persons, mostly South Koreans, will root for Dima and Kim at the 6,000-capacity gym within the vicinity of the Mandaluyong City Hall.
Scheduled for 10-round non-title bouts, the hard-hitting Kim takes on Pelonia in welterweight bout, while Dima faces Banjao in flyweight clash.
It will be the first non-title bouts of the Filipino champions after they both captured and made successful first defense of their respective World Boxing Foundation (WBF) International crowns in September and November of last year.
The chief supporting bout is the clash between formidable WBC light-flyweight mandatory challenger Juanito Rubillar and former RP champion Eugene Gonzales.
Former RP feather and WBF Asia-Pacific super-feather boss Baby Lorona Jr. is also slated to see action in the undercard, facing a substitute opponent after the original foe, Dondon Lapuz, backed out in the last minute.
The action-pact night of boxing is admission free and open to the public courtesy of Mandaluyong City Mayor Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II.
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