Tuesday , April 24, 2018

Amonsot to defend title in interim duel

FORMER ALA boy Czar Amonsot defends his interim World Boxing Association (WBA) Oceania light welterweight belt against unbeaten Paraguayan Carlos Manuel Portillo this Friday at The Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Australia.

Amonsot is making a name for himself in the Australian fight scene. Since moving to Australia in 2010, he has racked up 13 wins along with two draws and a no contest. He is also now ranked No. 3 in the WBA, in which the regular title is vacant and Terence Crawford is the Super champion.

Amonsot is best known for his epic 12-round war with Michael Katsidis 10 years ago. It was also the fight that almost ended his career after suffering a blood clot in his brain.

The 32-year-old Amonsot is coming off a no contest with Martin Enrique Escobar last July.

Amonsot recently was tapped by Jeff Horn as his sparring partner for Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, who he shockingly beat by unanimous decision.

The 24-year-old Portilla is coming from a layoff for more than a year. He last fought in March of last year and scored a second round stoppage against Luis Alberto Cevero.

Amonsot is 34-3-3 with 22 knockouts, while Portillo is 18-0 with 14 knockouts. (EKA)