Gabutan faces unknowns in Indonesian contender

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012


FACED with a virtual unknown fighter, Dayer Gabutan has to be steadfast in his power and stamina if he wants to beat Indonesian champion Lande Olin on October 13 boxing-for-a-cause dubbed “Twin Rumble” at the La Trinidad municipal gym.

Gabutan, currently the WBO Oriental bantamweight champion, will stake his crown against the replacement fighter Olin but his manager said the champion should be wary of the punches of the Indonesian challenger.

“Olin is virtually unknown pero he has a high knock out percentage,” said manager Brico Santig of the Highland Boxing Gym.

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Santig added that it all boils down to preparation come fight night as both fighters have their own strength and weaknesses.

“It will be a close fight, it might go the distance kasi yung dalawang fighter eh hindi naman din pipitsugin,” added Santig.

Olin’s record speaks for himself scoring 11 wins, including seven knock outs with three loses while Gabutan has 18 wins with eight knock outs, with one loss and a solitary draw.

The Besao, Mt. Province native Gabutan will co-headline the event in an IBF world title eliminator between WBC Asia minimum weight champion Matteo Handig and former WBC-WBA champ Katsunari Takayama.

The Twin Rumble is intended to help raise funds for the rebuilding of the 99-year-old St. James High School in Besao, Mt. Province in the event backed by Smart, MJ Gacad, PureGold, Beneco, municipality of Besao, Mt. Province, Department of Public Works and Highways, Benguet province, and San Miguel Beer.

Four undercards featuring Philippine featherweight champion Alvin Tam of Kapangan, Benguet will also see action in the evening as he squares off against Prell Tupaz of Alabang, Manila in the 126 lbs pounds 10-rounders.

Nathan Bolcio Singwancha, also from Kapangan, Benguet will return to the ring anew after a year of absence when takes on Rizal’s pride Gerald Ubatay in 8 rounds in the 126 lbs. weight class of the event also backed by Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corp., Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan, and the City Government of Baguio.

Stephen Gelawa Singwancha and Arnel Taganas battle it out in the 130 lbs., while Rex Wa-o Singwancha will also open the box-off against Jonel Borbon which will also includes amateur bouts with tickets at P150 for the general admission and P500 for the ring side seat. (Roderick Osis)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 10, 2012.

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