The Fairfax, Virginia-based World Boxing Empire (WBE) has appointed prominent boxing manager/promoter Dante S. Almario of Muntinlupa City, Manila, Philippines as its Commissioner-Advisor for Asia Pacific region recently.
Current WBE president Bernard Kenney, who officially installed the former Muntinlupa City Council member to the post, aims to make the Philippines as springboard for the introduction of their boxing body in the region.
As initial salvo, WBE fully sanctions collision between veteran world-rated fighter Jun Arlos from Paranaque City and equally tough prospect Philip Parcon from Davao City for a chance to become the first WBE world junior flyweight champion on March 29 at the Alabang Junction in front of Alabang Barangay Hall.
A clash between Allan Rañada and Celso Danggod for the Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) flyweight championship spice up the IBC 13-televised and free-to-public event, that also includes exciting preliminaries consisting of two 10-rounders, one 6-rounder and two 4-rounders for a total of 56 rounds card.
The Games and Amusement Board (GAB) approved the event which is supported by Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. and sponsored by the Alabang Barangay Council headed by its chairman Victor L. Ulanday, an avid sports enthusiast and supporter.
Almario said this is the first WBE world title bout installation in Asia with Ulanday’s support, they envision of producing more Filipino world champion in the same mould as Manny Pacquiao.
The present WBE was established in the year 2001 in Arlington, Virginia, USA, under the name WBS (world Boxing Syndicate). The current seat of the association is in Fairfax, Virginia.
In 2003, the current name world Boxing Empire resulted. Next to world-title and Intercontinental title, also continental (including Asia-Pacific throne) and national Championships become, as well as Youth-title sanctions. Just as there is a Women’s division.
Arlos, 29, is currently World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 26 minimumweight contender and a veteran of IBF minimumweight title fight in Thailand and four regional championships under WBC and World Boxing Organization. He was also a former PBF minimumweight champ and RP minimumweight title challenger.
On the other hand, Parcon, 23, is also a veteran with experience of giving a hell of fight in a championship fight to Oleydong Sithsamerchai of Thailand for the WBC youth minimumweight title and WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight crown last year.
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