Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Jerusalem in crucial OPBF fight with Landero

MATCH. Boxing players Melvin Jerusalem (right) and Toto Landero (left) are set to fight on Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Tabunok Sports Complex in Talisay City. The two weighed in on Thursday, July 15. If Jerusalem wins this match, this could boost his chances of a world title shot, while a loss could be detrimental and might pull him down on the minimumweight ladder. (Zip Sanman)

WORLD Boxing Council (WBC) No. 2 rated minimumweight Melvin Jerusalem looks to continue his ascent in boxing’s lightest weight division as he guns for the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) minimumweight crown against Toto Landero in the main event of a stacked show promoted by Zip Boxing and Sanman Promotions on Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Tabunok Sports Complex in Talisay City.

Jerusalem is on the verge of a world title shot and every fight from here on out is very important. A win over Landero could boost his chances of a world title shot, while a loss could be detrimental and pull him down on the minimumweight ladder.

“This is a very important fight for me. From now on, all my fights are very important, especially this one, which is one of the most crucial fights of my career. I’ll be fighting for the championship again. I’ll do my best because this is the kind of fight that I have been waiting for. From here on, it will be big fights,” the 27-year-old Jerusalem told SunStar Cebu.

Aside from his lofty WBC rating, Jerusalem is also ranked No. 3 by the World Boxing Organization and No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation.

Jerusalem and Landero have crossed paths in the past. Jerusalem outclassed Landero via a convincing unanimous decision in 2018 in Minglanilla, Cebu.

Since their first fight, Jerusalem won back-to-back fights against Reymark Taday and Jayson Francisco. Landero, on the other hand, went 1-1, beating Joel Lino by unanimous decision and losing to Tibo Monabesa in a WBC International light flyweight title fight.

Both Jerusalem and Landero tipped the scales at 104.8 pounds.

Jerusalem is 16-2 with 10 knockouts, while the 25-year-old Landero is 11-5-2 with two knockouts.

On the other hand, Dave Apolinario (14-0, 9 KOs) trades leathers with Charlie Malupangue (9-4-3, 6 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association Asia flyweight belt in the co-headliner.

Apolinario weighed-in at 110.8 pounds, while Malupangue came in at 111.8 pounds.

In the undercard, unbeaten KJ Cataraja (12-0, 10 KOs) faces off with Cris Alfante (17-8-1, 9 KOs), Jeo Santisima (20-3, 17 KOs) locks horns with Alan Alberca (11-4, 6 KOs), Christian Araneta (16-2, 10 KOs) slugs it out with Richard Claveras (19-7-2, 16 KOs), Esneth Domingo (14-1, 8 KOs) is up against Roland Jay Biendima (15-8-1, 8 KOs), Criztian Pitt Laurente (6-0, 3 KOs) squares off with Kim Lindog (5-10-1, 4 KOs) and Judy Flores (9-0, 5 KOs) takes on Isagani Saludar (3-1, 2 KOs).


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