Gabutan eyes for IBF crown-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A POSSIBLE crack for the IBF Inter-continental bantamweight title is being eyed by former boxing champion Dayer Gabutan who was recently stripped of his WBO oriental bantamweight crown.
Despite two strings of loss in his last two bouts, Gabutan is being primed for a possible IBF crown next November, according to manger and boxing promoter Brico Santig of the Highland Boxing Gym.
“Malaking break eto para kay Dayer. Matagal na nating iaasam – asam eto and finally we were able to get a chance for a possible world title,” said Santig.
Ring rust would not be a factor for the 25 year old Gabutan who lost via a unanimous decision against Vusi Malinga of Africa in their IBF World title eliminator and another split loss to Japanese Takahiro Shigee August 25 in Tokyo, Japan.
Gabutan, prior to being stripped of his championship strap, defended the Oriental bantamweight crown for six times knocking out Indonesian Lande Olin in the second round in his last title defense.
“Actually masama ang loob ko sa WBO kasi after all these year’s loyal ako sa kanila tapos biglang ganun lang, di man lang kame binigyan ng chance,” added Santig.
But Santig said they will just have to build up Gabutan for his next fight against Stuart Hall of Great Britain who is the reigning IBF Intercontinental champ on November.
“Eto na yung pangalawang chance ni Dayer para makuha yung title kaya sabi ko sa kanya pagbutihin niya,” quipped Santig of his ward who hails from Besao, Mt. Province.
Prior to his two fight loss skid, Gabutan won his last 10 fights including his first crack at the WBO belt in 2010 beating compatriot Jilo Merlin via a 12 round unanimous decision at the Hotel EuroAsia in Ageles city, Pampanga.
He then followed it up with a six round stoppage against Paul Apolinario in six rounds also in 2012.
He also knocked out Thai Meechai Kiatpracha in the third round for his third title defense in 2011 before salvaging another 12 round decider against Petch Twins Gym.
Joel Rafols was his fourth victim by dropping him in the third round in February of 2012 then defended it for the fifth time against Dado Cabintoy who survived a 12 round decision for an 18 win, 3 loss, and 3 draws record including nine knock outs.
Stuart, meanwhile has won four of his last five fights including a 12 round win over Sergio Perales for the IBF crown last May.
The 33 year old Englishman also copped the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) bantamweight title against Josh Wale in 2012 and keeps his record at 15 wins with 7 knock-outs, two loss, and a draw.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 18, 2013.