Rubillar vs Gonzales Added to Elorde's March 8 Card

By Rey Danseco


Rubillar vs Gonzales Added to Elorde's March 8 Card

World rated Juanito Rubillar risks his newly acquired right for mandatory shot for the World Boxing Council (WBC) light-flyweight title in a non-title fight on March 8 fight-night card of Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. at Mandaluyong Gym in the Philippines.

The 28-year old southpaw from Mati, Davao takes on former Philippine light-flyweight champion Eugene Gonzales of Manila’s L & M Gym in a 10-round clash.

Mexico-based WBC president Jose Sulaiman has assured the No. 3 contender Rubillar a title shot in his letter dated February 22.

But the Paranaque City-based Rubillar must wait his turn after current North American Boxing Federation (NABF) flyweight champion Bryan Viloria, a full-blooded Filipino from Hawaii, challenges whoever become the successor of the out-going WBC 108-lb champion Jorge Armando Arce of Mexico.

Mexicans Jose Antonio Aguirre and Eric Ortiz will square off for the crown on March 11 at Salón 21 in Polanco, Mexico.

“Rubillar must stay busy in order to remain in tip top shape. But he will not take Gonzales lightly because he’s capable of making an upset,” said Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde, the promoter of the boxing show and the handler of Rubillar.

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 takes on 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, which is supported by Mandaluyong City Mayor Boyet Gonzales and covers by Jemah Television, will also feature a clash between veteran fighters, former RP featherweight and WBF Asia-Pacific super-feather boss Baby Lorona Jr. and Dondon Lapuz.

The WBC light-flyweight belt was left by Arce, who moves up in weight and set to fight for the WBC flyweight interim title against newly crowned OPBF flyweight boss Hussein Hussein of Australia under the Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales rumble on March 19 at the Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.


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