Gabutan seen to face world champ in 2013-A A +A
Monday, November 5, 2012
A POSSIBLE world title awaits Mt. Province fighter Dayer Gabutan next year if plans go the way they plan them to be.
Current WBO-Oriental bantamweight champion is being eyed as the mandatory challenger when newly crowned world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu defends his crown.
Thais Sor Singyu wrested the vacant WBO crown against Filipino AJ Banal in a nine round technical knock-out at the SM Mall of Asia Arena October 20 in the event dubbed Pinoy Pride.
Banal’s loss was a fitting reward for Gabutan who is now poised to either be ranked No. 1 or 2 in the WBO world rankings in the bantamweight division once the new rankings are released.
“We’re confident na sana si Dayer na yung gagawing number one challenger and will just await for the advice of WBO,” said Gabutan’s manager Brico Santig of the Highland Boxing Promotions.
Gabutan, the 24 year old fighter who hails from Ambagiw in Besao, Mt. Province, recently defended his WBO Oriental bantamweight title after stopping Indonesian Lande Olin in the second round match up scheduled for 12.
Gabutan has successfully defended his crown for the sixth time since winning the regional title in 2010 against fellow Filipino fighter Jilo Merlin.
“This is going to be a good fight. Si Dayer parang fit na fit para kay Sor Singyu kasi brawler,” added Santig.
Prior to the Gabutan – Olin and Banal - Sor Singyu, the Mt. Province fighter now based in La Trinidad, Benguet was ranked No. 4 behind Filipino AJ Banal (No. 1), Thai Pungluang Sor Singyu (No. 2) and Namibian Paulus Ambunda (No. 3). (Roderick Osis)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 05, 2012.