Gabutan in high spirits as fight night draws near-A A +A
Saturday, December 11, 2010
DAYER Gabutan’s pride is at stake as he enters the ring Sunday, Dec. 12, to defend his World Boxing Organization Oriental bantamweight title at the CCDC gymnasium.
With his condition at its peak, Gabutan is all fired up and remains upbeat as he clashes against John Paul Apolinario in the 12-round main event in the 118 lbs. category organized by the Naris-Highland Promotions.
Apolinario was a former Mindanao Professional Boxing Federation (MinProBA) super bantamweight title holder in 2008 and was in the undercard of the Brian Viloria - Liempetch Sor Veerapol for the number challenger in the WBC flyweight strap or the World Boxing Organization flyweight crown.
“Sa ngayon yung kondisyon ko po eh ok na ok na kaya handang handa na po ako para sa laban,” added Gabutan.
Gabutan holds a record of 11 wins, including five knock outs, a loss and two draws. The boxer is on a five game winning streak after his June 12, 2009 seven-round knockout loss against Richard Pumicpic in La Trinidad, Benguet.
The Ambagiw, Besao native captured his first professional boxing title when he defeated Jilo Merlin via a unanimous decision (116-113 twice and 115-113) in their 12-round minor title fight last July in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Gabutan will enjoy a slight reach and height advantage when he steps inside the ring.
“Ang game plan lang muna namin eh labanan siya sa distance tapos pag may pagkakataon susubukan po naming kunin yung knock out,” added Gabutan.
Gabutan earlier had a short stint in Japan where he trained for his fight against former WBC flyweight champion Malcolm Tuñacao.
He was also brought to Batangas in September to train with Drian Francisco, who recently stopped Duangpetch Kokiet-Gym in the 10th and capture the WBA interim super flyweight crown last week.
La Trinidad’s Dennis Padua, also of Highland Boxing, will battle Cris Alalag of Mindanao for the vacant RP welterweight title.
The event is also supported by Mt. Province Rep. Maximo Dalog and La Trinidad Mayor Greg Abalos.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 12, 2010.