2 Pinoy pugs to fight in Mexico

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


TWO Filipinos tread on hostile territory to rekindle the long-time rivalry in boxing between Philippines and Mexico.

Richie Mepranum once again enters the world title stage as guns for a world title against World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight king Juan Francisco Estrada in the main event of a Zanfer Promotions show at the at the Puerto Peñasco in Sonora, Mexico on April 26.

The 26-year-old Mepranum is in for an uphill battle against one of the best boxers in the division. After a loss to Roman Gonzalez in 2012, Estrada has been on a roll. He dethroned then WBO and WBA champion Brian Viloria and then successfully defended his twin crowns against
another Filipino, Milan Melindo, by unanimous decision last year.

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Mepranum also hasn’t had much luck in Mexico and lost both of his fights there.

The 24-year-old Estrada is 25-2 with 18 knockouts, while Mepranum is 27-3-1 with six knockouts.

In the main supporting bout, former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario faces ex-world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in a 10-rounder.

Both Apolinario and Marquez are looking to bounce back coming off from losses.

Apolinario dropped his last fight a 12th round knockout against then WBA bantamweight king Koki Kameda. Marquez, in the meantime, is also coming off a 12th round knockout in the hands of Giovani Segura.

Apolinario is 17-3-3 with four knockouts, while Marquez is 36-4 with 26 knockouts.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 17, 2014.

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