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GORRES-GUERREO FIGHT IS ON


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Z “The Dream” Gorres, determined to overcome the pain of being robbed of the WBO super flyweight world title in the classy presentation of “The Moment of Truth” at the Cebu City Sports Complex last February gets back into contention for a shot at the IBF title when he fights Mexican Gerson Guerrero on August 11 in Sacramento, California.

Respected boxing patron Tony Aldeguer told Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today that Golden Boy Promotions had informed him that the fight contract had been signed and the bout will be part of the “World Cup” of boxing between the Philippines and Mexico.

Aldeguer also confirmed that deadly young southpaw AJ “Bazooka” Banal will fight former WBC light flyweight champion Eric Ortiz on the undercard of the much-awaited “World Cup” which will be headlined by the WBO super bantamweight battle between undefeated emerging ring sensation Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and reigning champion Daniel Ponce De Leon.

In the other title fight on the six-fight extravaganza for the $500,000 trophy studded with diamonds, former WBC super flyweight champion Gerry Penalosa clashes with WBC bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzales. Penalosa is coming off a controversial loss to Daniel Ponce De Leon on the undercard of the WBC super featherweight championship bout in which Juan Manuel Marquez wrested the title from legendary Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera.

“El Nene” Guerrero has a record of 33-7 with 25 knockouts and is coming off back-to-back KO victories over Julio Grimaldo and Lupillo Sanchez. He is known to be a tough fighter who could give Gorres problems. However, if Gorres demonstrates the superb skills he showed against WBO champion Fernando Montiel he should prevail and set himself up for an IBF title shot.

With WBO Asia Pacific lightweight champion Czar Amonsot opting to accept a world title shot against undefeated WBO champion Michael Katsidis of Australia on the Golden Boy Promotions spectacular card headlined by the Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright war on July 21, won’t be filled in the “World Cup.” Aldeguer disclosed they had decided to stage six fights, confident that it wouldn’t be a 3-3 split.

The other fights in the reckoning of the winner of the handsome trophy which the country will keep until a challenger comes along, pit world-rated Bert Batawang against Francisco Rosas in an IBF light flyweight eliminator while Philippine bantamweight champion Michael Domingo will face Miguel Roman in a super bantamweight bout.


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