WORLD EXCLUSIVE: BANAL VS ORTIZ SHAPING UP!
By Salven L. Lagumbay
Tue, 12 Jun 2007
Unbeaten young Filipino boxing sensation AJ 'Bazooka' Banal will get the toughest test in his career when he faces former WBC light-flyweight king Eric Ortiz in one of the bouts for the August 11 'World Cup' of boxing at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
According to Mexican sources, Banal versus Ortiz is now almost a done deal, and this was confirmed today by Banal's Filipino promoter, Sammy Gello-ani.
"Yes, that is true," answered Gello-ani when asked if indeed Banal will be fighting Ortiz.
International matchmaker Sampson 'Picasso' Lewkowicz, who is planning to make Banal a world champion before he hits 20, had earlier informed that the Filipino boy has all the goods to become a world champ and one of the youngest Filipinos ever to win a world crown.
"That is my dream, and I'm going to paint that as my masterpiece," said Lewkowicz in an interview during the May 5 De la Hoya-Mayweather superbout.
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