DIALE TO DEFEND WBC INT?L TITLE IN LONDON
By Lito delos Reyes
Tue, 31 Jan 2017
REIGNING World Boxing Council (WBC) International flyweight champion Ardin ?The Jackal? Diale of the Philippines will defend his title against Andrew ?Superstar? Selby of United Kingdom on February 4 at the Olympia in Kensington, London.
It will be Diale?s first title defense of the vacant crown he won last December 13 at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Puerto Princesa City Palawan.
Diale (32 wins-10 losses-4 draws-15 KOs) has arrived early in London together with his Japanese manager Ryuta Kato, matchmaker Warren Eliot and trainer Jhu Agrabio.
?Kailangan naming masanay sa lamig dito sa London kaya kami maagang dumating,? said Agrabio.
The 28-year old Diale previously beat Michael Enriquez via a unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBC International flyweight title.
Diale, a native of Malungon, Sarangani Province is a former Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF), WBO Oriental and Philippine flyweight title holder.
He also fought but lost against Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda for the WBO World flyweight title on Feb 26, 2011 in Mexico.
Selby, on the other hand, is still undefeated with seven straight wins and five knockouts.
He recently took the vacant IBF Inter-Continental flyweight crown by stopping another Filipino Jake Bornea in the 7th round last November 18 at the Wembley Arena in Wembley, London.
The Diale-Selby 12-round title fight is the main supporting bout of the IBO World super middleweight championship of defending champion Renold ?Destroyer? Quinlan (11-1-0-7 KOs) of Australia and former WBA world middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1-0-18 KOs) of United Kingdom.
It is promoted by Richard Poxon of Poxon Sports with matchmakers John Ingle, Philippe Fondu of World Sports Promotions and Matt Clark of Xcite Fight Promotions. It will be televised by Panama Cable Onda Sports.
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