The town of San Juan in Metro Manila will host a big boxing event for the first time under the administration of Mayor JV Ejercito when Philippine super-bantamweight champion Reynald Tribo puts his title on the line against veteran Alex Escaner on September 17.
Ejercito chose the Plaza San Juan along N. Domingo Street near the municipal hall as the venue of the 11–bout card, being promoted by Marty Elorde, manager of Escaner.
This will be Tribo's first defense of the RP 122-lb title he won by split decision over Valencia, Bukidnon's Jake Verano last April 4 in Mandaue City.
Tribo, coming off a unanimous decision loss to Ryuichi Minoriyama in his last fight in June in Japan, has racked up a 7-1 win-loss record with four knockouts.
The 5-year pro-fighter Escaner, a native of Libac, Sultan Kudarat is fighting out of Elorde Stable in Paranaque City. He's a veteran of two Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) title bouts and can be remembered as the foe of a young boxer who died due to his punching power.
Two pairs of 10-round bouts are lined up for the undercard. Ex-RP super-flyweight title challenger Sherwin Paro takes on Danilo Peña at 115-pound limit before Elderd Romero faces Sonny Gonzales in a bantamweight clash.
The eight remaining bouts are all scheduled for four rounds from minimumweight up to the 137 pound limit.
Escaner knocked out Maruel Zayas, 21, in the 9th round of a super-bantamweight fight last April 20, 2002 in Tarlac City.
Zayas of Mabalacat, Pampanga, complained of dizziness and slipped into a coma while in transit to a small provincial hospital. He never regained consciousness and was declared dead five days after his knockout loss to Escaner.
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