Bacolod fighter eyes PBF title on April 9

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Friday, March 28, 2014


THE time has come for Top Prime Stable manager Rev. Henry Guanzon to bring his son Rhay Rhay to the spotlight when "Striker" takes on Jerson "Tuko" Luzarito of Butuan City for the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) bantamweight title on April 9 in Bacolod City.

Rev. Guanzon has molded some of the current champions now under the ALA Promotions stable.

Rhay Rhay has a 17 win-1 loss record, five of which were TKOs. "Tuko" has one KO victory of his achievement of eight wins, five losses, and three draws giving the "Striker" an edge if previous bouts are to be the gauge.

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Both will clash in a 10-round championship match at Barangay Pahanocoy gym.

Guanzon, 24, has been on a winning streak. His last win was a third round TKO of Jason Egera of Siaton, Negros Oriental after his lone defeat in November 2010. "Striker" got struck out with a sixth-round stoppage in a scheduled eight-rounder at the Casino Filipino Hotel in Goldenfield Commercial Complex.

Luzarito of Pagaspas Stable has just recovered from a unanimous decision losing to Jetly Purisima last February 22 in General Santos City.

The Guanzon-Luzarito match is sanctioned by the Games and Amusement Board headed by chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon and Bacolod OIC Donna Mae Martir.

Meanwhile, Rev. Guanzon will accompany his protégée and reigning PBF flyweight champion Juan “Punisher” Purisima (11-1-4 win-draw-loss, 4KOs) against undefeated and reigning WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (38 wins, 32 KOs) of Nicaragua in a 10-round clash on April 6 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Purisima of General Santos City is looking forward to a comeback from a unanimous decision defeat against undefeated Ukrainian Artem Dalakian for the WBA International Flyweight championship in August 2013 at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Gonzalez, a former WBA minimumweight champion, is coming off from four straight victories all by TKO.

He knocked out Mexican Juan Kantun in the sixth round last February; manhandled Mexican Oscar Blanquet in second round in November; and stopped newly-crowned WBO minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriquez Jr. in the seventh round last year.

Rodriguez is the same Francisco who dethroned Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo last March 23 in Mexico.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 28, 2014.

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