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LORETO TO FIGHT IN JAPAN APRIL 24


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BANGKOK, Thailand (April 10) -- Reigning International Boxing Organization (IBO) world light flyweight champion Rey ?Singwancha? Loreto of the Philippines will be fighting against the dangerous Japanese Koji Itagaki on April 24 at the Marina Hop in Hiroshima, Japan.

The 10-round fight is the main event of the 2016 Sanei Fight Pro Boxing Spring Series promoted by the Hiroshima Sanei Promotions.

?Loreto is now ready to fight in Japan,? said his manager Brico Santig of the Highland Promotions in an interview here last Saturday.

Loreto, also reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) International minimumweight champion, is still training at the Highlands Gym in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The 25-year old Loreto (21 win, 13 loses, 0 draw) had previously scored a first round knockout win against Fapikat Twin Gym last January 22 at the Ambassador Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand to win the WBA International minimumweight crown.

?Loreto is now really very good and strong,? said Santig, also a former trainer turned international boxing promoter-manager-matchmaker.

Loreto, a southpaw from Davao City, recently received his second straight Gabriel Elorde Boxer of the Year award in Manila for successfully retaining his IBO World title in South Africa via a first round TKO over Nkosinathi Joyi last March 22, 2015 at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Loreto, however, until now has not yet been paid of his boxer?s purse worth P2 million by the South African boxing promoter.

?Nag one year na lang hindi pa rin kami nababayaran ng promoter,? said Santig.

Itagaki, on the other hand, is not a patsy with a fight record of 16 wins and only 9 defeats and two draws. Itagaki, an orthodox, won all his last four fights.

In his last outing, the 32-year old Itagaki scored a 7th round knockout win over WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light flyweight champion Michael Enriquez also of the Philippines last November 1 in Hiroshima.

He also earlier stopped fellow countryman Yamato Uchinomo then outslugged Benezer Alolod of the Philippine and Namphol Sithsaithong of Thailand.

?Hindi din puede mag-kumpiyensa si Loreto sa Hapon kasi my lakas din ito,? said Santig.

Photo: Loreto with the author.


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