Mexican seen to challenge Handig-A A +A
Thursday, October 25, 2012
LA TRINIDAD based minimum weight champion Matteo Handig has been given a shot at a world title against newly crowned IBF Mini Flyweight World Champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodríguez of Sinaloa, México.
The boxing website philboxing.com said Handig has been confirmed as the mandatory challenger after his 12 round split decision win over experienced Japanese two-time world champion Katsunari Takayama.
The 23-year old Catarman, Northern Samar native Handig also captured the IBF Pan Pacific title two weeks ago and promoter Brico Santig of the Highland Boxing will be set to negotiate the fight once he returns from Thailand.
Handig and Takayama actually engaged each other in a slug fest with the former Japanese champion suffering a cut in his right eyebrow after absorbing a hook.
Takayama, however, was deducted a point in the fourth round by Referee Bruce McTavish for repeated pushing.
Judges Danrex Tapdasan and Rey Danseco both scored the fight 114-113 in favor of Sinwangcha while Judge Somsak Sirianant had it 115-112 in favor of Takayama.
With the win, Handig’s record improved to 13-5 with 7 KOs while Takayama drops to 24-6 with 10 KOs.
Handig, now ranked number 1, however will not be required to defend his newly acquired 105lbs crown and has to wait for negotiations for the IBF crown according to philboxing.com.
Rodríguez (15-6-4, 11KO’s) claimed the prestigious Red/Golden world title belt by knocking out the previously unbeaten champ Nkosinathi Joyi (22-1, 15KO’s) of Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Incidentally, Joyi defeated Handig’s opponent, Takayama in their IBF minimum weight tussle last March in South, Africa.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 25, 2012.