FIGHTING 1000’s of miles away from his nation, Christian Araneta completely is aware of what must be executed to stroll away because the victor of his Worldwide Boxing Federation (IBF) gentle flyweight title eliminator combat with hard-hitting South African prospect Sivenathi Nontshinga on April 25, 2021 in East London, South Africa.
Araneta and his group are unfazed though Filipinos hardly ever win in South Africa, particularly when the combat goes the gap.
“That’s why we have to rating a knockout or a convincing win. We’re conscious of that scenario,” Omega Professional Sports activities Worldwide (OPSI) vp Jerome Calatrava instructed SunStar Cebu.
Araneta has solely fought as soon as exterior the Philippines. In 2019, Araneta confronted Daniel Valladares in Mexico and misplaced through a fifth spherical stoppage attributable to a shoulder harm.
Nontshinga, ranked No. 3, was initially scheduled to combat No. 4 rated Abraham Rodriguez within the IBF eliminator. Rodriguez, nonetheless, refused the provide which opened up a chance for No. 5 ranked Araneta.
“This is essential as a result of it will make him combat the champion in his division if he wins,” mentioned Calatrava.
The winner of the eliminator turns into the necessary challenger of present IBF gentle flyweight champion Felix Alvarado, who’s coming off a stoppage win over DeeJay Kriel on Jan. 2, 2021.
The 25-year-old Araneta fought twice in 2020 regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic. He outclassed Richard Rosales by unanimous choice in OPSI’s first “bubble” boxing occasion on Oct. 7, 2020. He adopted up his win with a rousing first spherical knockout win over Roland Jay Biendima in OPSI’s second “bubble” boxing present on Dec. 18, 2020.
In the meantime, Nontshinga is one among South Africa’s extremely touted prospects. He has been knocking out opponent after opponent and knocked out Filipino Ivan Soriano within the fifth spherical of his IBF Worldwide gentle flyweight title protection on March 8, 2020.
Araneta is 19-1 with 15 knockouts, whereas Nontshinga is 9-0 with 9 knockouts.
Araneta, alongside together with his coach Jinggoy Junco and yet another group member, will fly out to South Africa on April 9, 2021 for the most important combat of his life. (EKA)