Philippines, 30 Sep 2014
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


BANAL RICHLY DESERVES 'BAZOOKA' TAG


PhilBoxing.com




In modern weaponry, the "Bazooka" is a portable shoulder-type rocket launcher designed to destroy short-range targets in a land combat.

Interestingly in the boxing world, there is one warrior aptly nicknamed "Bazooka" for his capability of destructing his opponents in short distance. He is AJ Banal of Cebu's fabled ALA Boxing Gym.

Last Sunday, a good number of Cebuano fight fans who packed the grand ballroom of Waterfront-Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Brgy. Lahug witnessed Banal's destructive punching power in his 68-second demolition of Mexican champion Esau Gaona.

With just a few seconds gone by after the opening bell, the pride of Corella, Bohol attacked Gaona with deadly precision, dropping off a right hook-left straight combo to send his foe down on both knees.

Gaona quickly got up and signalled to his cornerman Manuel Montiel, older brother of Z Gorres' conqueror WBO super flyweight champion Fernando Montiel, that he has no mouthpiece, prompting referee Bruce MacTavish to call for an official timeout.

When the bout resumed, Gaona was again at the receiving end of Banal's unforgiving offensive. A jarring right hook to the head flattened Gaona for the second time.

Gaona got up quickly, but Banal didn't waste a single second in going for the kill, sneaking in a powerful left straight to the chin that staggered Gaona against the ropes before crashing onto the canvass for the third time. MacTavish wisely stepped in a waved off the bout at 1:08 of the first round.

"Banal is just too strong and powerful. Look at how many boxers he already knocked out in the first round," said Banal's benefactor and ALA big boss Antonio "Bidoy" L. Aldeguer.

Counting Gaona, the Brgy. Ermita, Cebu City resident has decked four opponents in just one round. The rest were Julius Cabusas and Thai mercenaries Dechapol Bankluaygym and Komrit Lukkuongmuekol.

In his budding two-year pro career, Banal is unscathed in 16 fights with one draw and a dozen victories via stoppage. Apart from his four first-round KO wins, Banal chopped down six others foes within five rounds including Rodel Veronque (TKO5), John Clifford Ranan (TKO3), Thai Bansaeng Sithpraprom (KO2), Jun Pader (TKO4), Indonesian Ali Rochmad
(KO5), and Mexican Jorge Cardenas (TKO3).

At 18 years old though, it is still a long and meandering journey for Banal before he could scale the summit of success.

And Banal's might will further be tested when he battles Mexican juggernaut Jovanny Soto (25-7-1, 20KOs) in the undercard of Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista's (23-1, 17KOs) ring comeback against another dangerous Mexican pug in Jesus Rios (24-3-1, 18KOs) on December 8 - the feast of Immaculate Concepcion - at the Araneta Coliseum.

Top photo: AJ 'Bazooka' Banal (L) decks Esau Gaona for the third and final time in the first round during their fight last Sunday in Cebu. Photo by Dong Secuya.




Click here to view a list of other articles written by Emmanuel B. Villaruel.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • A Tri-People Extravaganza: MANOBO, MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN BOXERS SEE ACTION IN 'CLASH OF LITTLE TITANS'
    By Manny Piñol, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • MOVE ON, GILAS
    By Tonton Alcos-Antogop, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • NBA -- Clippers host Media Day (PHOTOS)
    By Jhay Oh Otamias, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • NBA -- Coach Kidd ready to guide "young" Bucks
    By Barry Aragon, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Boxing stars & public to celebrate Micky Ward's birthday Saturday at Foxwoods Showtime Boxing Special Edition
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Ridiculous last gasp caps Gilas voyage
    By Recah Trinidad, Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • De Alba looks for 12th straight win this Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • Greg Cohen Promotions Signs Venezuelan KO Artist Ismael Barroso
    By , Tue, 30 Sep 2014
  • THREE PINOY BOXERS IN TOUGH QUARTER FINAL BOUTS ON TUESDAY
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Mon, 29 Sep 2014
  • ONE FC: BATTLE OF LIONS TO FEATURE INAUGURAL MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT BETWEEN LEANDRO ATAIDES AND IGOR SVIRID
    By , Mon, 29 Sep 2014
  • WILFREDO LOPEZ STUNS IRAQ’S WAHEED TO ENTER ASIAN GAMES QUARTER FINALS
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Mon, 29 Sep 2014
  • Sho Nuff: Nelson gets past Blencowe to retain title!
    By , Mon, 29 Sep 2014
  • BARRIGA WINS, ENTERS QUARTER FINALS IN ASIAN GAMES BOXING
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • Jose "Gato" Roman Retains WBC CABOFE Lightweight Title at "Path to Glory"
    By , Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • FAVORED FILIPINO FEMALE BOXERS GABUCO, PETECIO OUSTED IN ASIAN GAMES WOMEN’S BOXING COMPETITION
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • Complete Card Oct. 11 Clash of the Little Titans
    By , Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • ABAP CLARIFIES STORIES ON BOXERS UNIFORMS
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • BOXER BAUTISTA ROBBED BLIND IN FIGHT AGAINST KOREAN AT THE ASIAN GAMES
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • SONSHINE SPORTS BOXERS MEET DAVAO MEDIA MONDAY
    By , Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • FRESHMART VS BUITRAGO FOR WBA-105 LBS INTERIM BELT THIS WEDNESDAY IN THAILAND
    By Carlos Costa, Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • Gilas: Enough of the heartache, please
    By Recah Trinidad, Sun, 28 Sep 2014
  • BOXERS CONTINUE WINNING RUN IN ASIAN GAMES
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 27 Sep 2014
  • NBA - Rondo breaks left hand, could miss up to 8 weeks
    By Homer D. Sayson, Sat, 27 Sep 2014
  • SBB to appeal Doliguez's setback
    By Dennis U. Eroa, Sat, 27 Sep 2014


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2014 philboxing.com.