WHILE former International Boxing Organization (IBO) world super flyweight champion Edrin "The Sting" Dapudong tipped the scales at 118 pounds, his opponent former Pan Asia Boxing Association (PABA) flyweight titlist Richard Garcia submitted 121 pounds during the official weigh-in of the Boxing Revolution III: No Guts No Glory held at the NCCC Mall Activity Center in Davao City Thursday.
Though Garcia failed to make the weight, the bout will go on as scheduled. He and Dapudong will headline the Boxing Revolution III set at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center tonight, June 26. The undercard matches will start at 6 p.m.
Games and Amusement Board Davao sports and games officer John Kenneth Improso said Mandaluyong-based 31-year-old Garcia, who hails from Sarangani, will have to use a pair of 10-ounce gloves instead of the regular eight-ounce when he collides with Dapudong in their 10-round 118 lbs bout.
Sonshine Boxing coach Bruce Lerio and Garcia's camp agreed to continue with the fight provided that Garcia will use heavier gloves.
North Cotabato native Dapudong, who celebrates his 29th birthday today, said during the press conference Thursday, "Maningkamot ko mudaog (I will do my best to win)."
Sonshine boxer Dapudong currently holds a record of 30 wins with 18 knockouts and six losses.
Garcia, who has 25 wins with seven knockouts, one draw and 21 losses, for his part, said, "Mahirap syang kalaban. Magaling at malakas. Beterano sya. Gagawin ko lang ang pwede kong gawin sa taas ng ring."
Sonshine Sports Management, Inc. executive officer Manny Piñol promises exciting and entertaining night for boxing fans, adding: "The main event is a battle between veterans."
Meanwhile, supporting bout fighter former WBO Oriental featherweight champion Lorenzo "Thunderbolt" Villanueva (28 wins, 24 KOs, one loss) will now face last-minute substitute Hagibis Quiñones of General Santos City in 140 lbs match instead of original rival, former Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) flyweight Rey Las Piñas.
The latter, will now be facing ex-WBO Oriental bantamweight champion Rolando "Smooth Operator" Magbanua (25 wins, 17 Kos, 2 losses) in a 125 lbs bout. Magbanua was earlier scheduled to fight ex-PBF champion Jimmy "Xcon Tirador" Aducal who was sidelined by an injury during a training in Manila.
Former WBO Oriental mini flyweight title holder Rommel Asenjo (26 wins, 20 KOs, four loses) and Michael Rodriguez will also fight against each other in the supporting bout of the boxing event for the benefit of Jose Maria College scholars.
Six other bouts are also to be featured in the undercard of the boxing event presented by Sonshine Sports Management Inc. owned by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.