Manny Pacquiao will be the headliner in Kuala Lumpur this coming Sunday for the “Battle of Champions”, however there may also be six Filipino pugilists seeing motion within the combat card, with two in the principle card and one going for a world title.
Cebu’s Jhack Tepora will probably be making an attempt to snare the interim World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) featherweight crown towards Mexican opponent Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega within the supporting foremost bout whereas Mig Elorde opens the worldwide telecast towards Ratchanon Sawangsoda of Thailand vibrant and early at 7 a.m. native time (6 a.m. Philippine time).
The undefeated Tepora (21-0-0 with sixteen wins coming by means of knockout) is coming off a sensational second spherical knockout victory over Lusanda Komanisi in his foes dwelling nation of South Africa final September for the vacant World Boxing Group (WBO) intercontinental featherweight title however not with out going by way of a controversial medical misdiagnosis previous to what was his first abroad combat.
Tepora, who was among the many high amateurs within the archipelago earlier than turning professional in 2012, obtained the scare of his life when his HIV check previous to preventing Komanisi and got here again constructive. The 25-year-old southpaw went from fascinated by methods to cease Komanisi to fascinated by how his life will change after the findings.
“We did not even care concerning the combat anymore,” Tepora’s promoter, Pio Paolo Castillo, president of Omega Professional Sports activities Worldwide (OPSI) instructed boxing correspondent Ryan Songalia. “We had been anxious concerning the child and his youngsters (two sons). We had been anxious concerning the different fighters in our steady. We had been anxious along with his life.”
After a retest, it seems that Tepora was a sufferer of mistaken id and he was not contaminated with the lethal virus in any respect. He was cleared to proceed with the combat eight hours previous to the bout however nonetheless ended up decking Komanisi and silencing the hundreds in that East London venue.
Whereas that state of affairs might not repeat itself in Malaysia on Sunday, Tepora continues to be a artful fellow southpaw who’s simply coming off a convincing overcome his countryman Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco final January in Mexico. He, nonetheless, stays assured heading into the bout.
“He has to look out for me. That is ours. We obtained this,” Tepora stated in an earlier interview.
Whereas Elorde (25-1-0 with 13 KOs) might solely be preventing in a six-round affair to open the evening, the 31-year-old veteran continues to be trying to make a splash on the world stage.
Along with his final three fights being held within the confines of his personal yard on the Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports activities Advanced in Parañaque Metropolis, Mig has been always preparing for an event akin to this to showcase that the custom of his grandfather and his older brother Bai nonetheless lives on.
Mig’s youthful brother is Nico Elorde, who performs level guard for the Globalport Batang Pier within the PBA.
Mig and his siblings joined forces just lately to fulfil one among his ambitions to use his studying within the subject of culinary arts (the course he graduated from on the Faculty of St, Benilde) by opening “Southpaw”, a restobar proper exterior the power the place he trains.
The tiff towards Sawangsoda (12-2-0, all wins through KO), will solely be his second sortie exterior of the Philippines. His solely different stint overseas was within the undercard of the Mercito Gesta vs. Ricardo Dominguez combat in 2011 on the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and it turned out to be the one setback of his boxing career-losing through unanimous choice towards American Jerry Guevara.
Sawangsoda is coming off his second defeat as knowledgeable, although, when he has dropped by Japanese featherweight Sho Ishida in Osaka final February.
The opposite 4 Pinoy fighters within the card are: Normal Santos native Vincent Astrolabio (11-1-0) who will probably be squaring off towards Yuuki Kobayashi of Japan, JR Magboo (below the Contact Gloves boxing steady of Elmer Anuran in Agoncillo, Batangas with a document on 17-1-0) will probably be going up towards Australian George Kambosos, Jr. in a an eight-round light-weight contest, Davao’s Jayar Inson (15-1 with ten KOs) takes on one other Australian in Terry Tzouramanis and one of many swing bouts will function up-and-coming superfeatherweight Harmonito de la Torre versus Yongqiang Yang of China.
Whereas the Filipino bets are favored of their respective assignments, the strain is on all of them to carry out and ship for the nation in these instances the place excellent news in sports activities could possibly be important to the uplifting of the nation’s morale. Any victory places the Philippines nearer to main relevance in a sport the place extra than simply Pacquiao can dominate very quickly.