Peñalosa-Sithpraprom WBF 115-lb title bout reset to Nov. 27 at Casino Filipino

By Rey Danseco

27/10/2004

Peñalosa-Sithpraprom WBF 115-lb title bout reset to Nov. 27 at Casino Filipino

THE Games and Amusement Board (GAB), the boxing commission in the Philippines, received the official contract, informing them about the fight between Gerry Peñalosa and unbeaten Bangsaen Sithpraprom, a former muaythai champion, for the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) super-flyweight title to takes place in a new date in Parañaque City.

Promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. sent the contract to the GAB in Makati City around 1 p.m Monday after he sealed the agreement to stage the bout a week later from its original date on November 27 at the Casino Filipino-Amphitheater.

The 32-year old Peñalosa, who is aiming to become a two-time world super-flyweight champion, is assured of P200,000 purse (more than $3,570).

It will be Peñalosa’s second fight this year after he announced his retirement in January 2003 following a third failed attempt to regain the WBC super-flyweight crown in Dec. 2002. He has 47-5-2 win-loss-draw records with 32 knockouts in 15-year campaign in paid ranks.

Sithpraprom, who is guarantee of $2,500 purse (more than P140,000) in his Philippine debut, is a 20-year old knockout artist with unscathed 14-0 record with seven went inside the distance as boxer. As a former muay thai champion, his record stands 98-2.

With four other Thai imports, three WBF International championships along with two non-title bouts of world-class fighters Juanito Rubillar and Rexon Flores are slated in the undercard.

Welterweight Rey Pelonia and flyweight Sukarno Banjao will put their respective WBF International titles on the line against Jakrit Suwanalert and Wisanu Pornobnom, respectively.

Veteran Kid Orais and Elderd Romero will duke in an all-Filipino affair for the vacant WBF International bantamweight belt.

Rubillar, a former two-time WBC light-flyweight title challenger, will risks his WBC No. 3 ranking against Samransak Singmanassak while WBO Asia-Pacific flyweight champ and WBO World No. 10 ranked Flores faces Klongchai Sor Visetkit.

Singmanassak lost twice in as many fights in the Philippines in 2001 against veteran Noel Tuñacao in Cebu City and ex-WBA minimumweight champ Joma Gamboa in Antipolo City.

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