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.
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.