SIX boxing matches will fire up local sports enthusiast today as AFS-Highland International Boxing Promotions presents Strawberry Punch World Championship Knock Out at the La Trinidad Benguet Gymnasium 6 p.m.
Dubbed “Only the Strongest Survive”, the sporting event will gather hundreds of spectators from all over the province and neighboring places organized in partnership with the Province of Benguet and in coordination with the municipality of La Trinidad.
Event promoter Brico Santig said the sports competition is aimed to promote boxing in the region of the Cordilleras and gather partners from the various parts of the country including neighboring nations in Asia.
“This is among the best international events to come to the region, we are not only promoting boxing as a sport but at the same time we are supporting our athletes in showcasing their sport skills and exposing them with foreign counterparts,” Santig said.
“This will surely draw a lot of local boxing fans and we are hoping for a jampacked La Trinidad gym during the fight night,” Santig added.
The event will be headlined by a bout between Argie Toquero of the Manny Paquiao Stable in Manila against Japanese Takaya Kakutani for the vacant WBC world super featherweight title. The two will face-off in ten rounds and clash in the 130-pounds weight division
Toquero, who have a 7-3-0 win-loss-draw record including five coming by way of knockout, promised to hit the boxing stage with speed and confidence against the foreign adversary.
“Focused lang dapat sa laban, alam ko may inihahanda rin siya na strategy para sa akin pero sa loob nalang ng ring kami magkakasubukan,” Toquero said.
Meanwhile Kakutani, a native of Osaka, Japan has a record of 7-4-0 with six of his latest matches coming by way of knockout.
According to Kakutani the upcoming bout is not a different challenge as he is already fighting for the third time in the country.
Included as a co-main event is the match between Alan Tañada and Sonny Katiandagho scheduled for ten rounds in the 140-pounds weight division.
Undercard fights include an eight rounder in the 127-pounds weight class match-up between Nathan Bolcio and Danelo Peña, including a bout between Besao, Mt. Province native Dayer Gabutan and Mike Españosa in the 122-pound weight class.
Meanwhile, six round schedules will be marked for Dapidran Pacquiao versus Joffrey Garcia in the 130-pound category, including a 112-pound weight class grudge between Benjamin Bartolome opposed by Jeven Villacete.
Organizers of the event said ticket prize will cost P100 only.
Earlier, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda assured of the municipal’s support to events especially boxing.
“Rest assured that La Trinidad including me, personally, will offer all of my upkeep in any way I can to promote sports including boxing specially here in our municipality,” Tabanda said.