Pinoy boxer to fight for OPBF title in Japan

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Friday, March 21, 2014


MANILA – Filipino boxer Richard Pumicpic will leave for Japan on Sunday to fight World Boxing Council (WBC) top contender Kyosuki Iwasa for the Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) bantamweight crown.

A victory against Iwasa on Tuesday, March 25, at the Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo would earn Pumicpic a crack at the WBC 118-pound belt currently held by Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka.

“We will definitely work on pitting Richard (Pumicpic) against Yamanaka for his world title should our boy emerge victorious in this coming fight,” Pumicpic’s manager Anson Tiu Co said.

Co said Pumicpic is prepared and ripe to challenge Iwasa and hopefully will get a chance to fight Yamanaka.

“He is prepared to beat Iwasa and make it to the elite list and line himself up for a world title crack,” Co said.

Pumicpic, monickered as “The Beast” and currently holding a 14-5-2 card with five via stoppages, is coming from a unanimous victory against Mexican Luis Logo.

Before closing his camp, Pumicpic sparred more than 100 rounds against four sparring mates, including world-ranked featherweight contender Michael Farenas.

Farenas is set to fight Mexican Hector Velasquez, a former opponent of Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, tonight at the San Juan Arena. (PNA)

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