Tuesday July 17, 2018

Ganoza fights for WBO title on Nov. 20

PROMISING young fighter Cris Ganoza is in for the biggest fight of his career thus far as he guns for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini-flyweight belt against tough Pedro Taduran in Rizal on Nov. 20.

"This is a very important fight for Cris. This will also be a great fight because Taduran is very tough. If we win, he may break into the world rankings," Big Yellow Boxing Gym head coach Christopher "Ping-Ping" Tepora told SunStar Cebu.

This is Ganoza's biggest break because if he wins, he might make it into the WBO 105-pound rankings, where Japanese Ryuya Yamanaka is the current titleholder.

"Yes, he's ready for the bigger fights," said Tepora. "Yes, this fight is his breakout fight."

The 23-year-old Ganoza, a former fighter from ALA Gym, is becoming the face of Seth Oliver Tio's Big Yellow Boxing Gym.

With the scarcity of sparmates, Tepora is bringing Ganoza to spar in different boxing gyms here in Cebu.

He has already logged a few rounds with his stablemate Marjun Pantilgan.

"He has been very impressive with his movement," said Tepora of Ganoza's sparring.

Ganoza is coming off a quick second round knockout of Garry Rojo last Aug. 5 in Danao City.

Since suffering his first and only career defeat against Joel Lino last year, the 20-year-old Taduran has won five straight fights. His latest is a second round stoppage of Philip Luis Cuerdo, who gave highly-rated Christin Araneta all sorts of problems last December.

Ganoza is 13-1 with seven knockouts, while Taduran is 11-1 with eight knockouts. (EKA)