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JADE BORNEA BATTLES JOHN REY LAUZA ON NOVEMBER 5 IN GENERAL SANTOS


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Former amateur standout Jade Bornea will fight his 10th professional bout against John Rey Lauza on Sunday, November 5 at the Robinson’s Mall Atrium, General Santos City. It will be the co-feature of Jayson Mama vs. Rodel Tejares 10-round flyweight main event. Bornea (9-0-0, 6 KOs) became a professional boxer last October 11, 2014. He won his professional debut against Alberto Muring by 2nd-round TKO at the Davao City Recreation Center at the flyweight division.

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The IBF Youth super flyweight title fight was held last February 26, 2017 and Bornea won by a 10-round unanimous decision against the 22-year-old hard-hitting Raul Yu of ALA Boxing Promotions in an undercard of SanMan promotion's Laban Pinoy 3: Rise of Champions at the Lagao Gym, General Santos City. Bornea was born in Arakan, Cotabato del Norte, but grew up in General Santos, and is rated No. 13 superflyweight boxer in the whole Philippines by BoxRec.

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In his latest fight, Bornea won over his first foreign opponent Samuthra Sitharan of Thailand by TKO in the 4th round last September 9 in Polomolok Gym, Polomolok, Cotabato del Sur to defend his IBF youth super flyweight title. In April 2, 2016 Bornea knocked Ronnie Sunido out in the first round to win the vacant Mindanao Professional Boxing Federation (MinProBA) super flyweight title. He also handed Salatiel Amit his first loss on July 11, 2015 by unanimous decision.

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John Rey Lauza (13-15-4, 6 KOs) is from Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. He has already fought four times this year. In August 30, he lost by 4th round KO to Froilan Saludar. In May 28, Giemel Magramo stopped Lauza in the 4th round. Last March 14, he had a majority draw with Vincent Bautista. Last January 27, he failed in his bid for the PABA flyweight title against Thai Sirichai Thaiyen in Phitsanulok, Thailand by a 12-round unanimous decision.

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Jayson Mama (7-0-0, 3 KOs) of General Santos City will clash with journeyman Rodel Tejares (21-44-7, 6 KOs) of Kadingilan, Bukidnon in a 10-round flyweight main event. While Mama has not lost as a pro, Tejares has only won one bout against Ian Ligutan by 3rd-round stoppage and lost three matches this year. Last year, Tejares has lost five out of six bouts and drew one with Jocel Gamalo. Surely, the Tejares bout is just a tune-up fight for the unbeaten Mama.

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Oscar De La Hoya announces that the winner between Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux for the WBO middleweight title, will be in the gunning for a fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Both Lemieux and Canelo are promoted by Golden Boy. But, De La Hoya explains that Gennady Golovkin is the frontrunner to fight the Mexican boxing star. Canelo wants to fight on May 5 with GGG on top of the list. "But so much depends on the negotiations," De La Hoya said.

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If Lemieux wins against Saunders, a match with Canelo will be captivating because Lemieux is undefeated since his loss to Golovkin in 2015, winning by a big knockout of Curtis Stevens last March. Lemieux is also a Golden Boy fighter, so a Canelo match is easier to negotiate than the Golovkin remake. But Canelo-GGG rematch will be a bigger money-maker and their September fight was the second highest PPV sales this year topped only by the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor match.

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The 31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, December 10, at Howard Beach, New York. Ring 8 announces its 2017 award winners which include WBO Junior Lighweight World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl "Hi Tech" Lomanchenko (Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year), Hall-of-Famer Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield (Legends Award), and two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan (International Prospect of the Year Award).

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"There is an incredible amount of interest for our holiday awards banquet this year" Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. "Vasyl Lomachenko is arguably the world's greatest fighter, and Evander Holyfield is a living legend. They are both confirmed to attend as are future superstars Michael Conlan and Marcus Browne. There will be other high-profile honorees and boxing personalities on hand as well. It will be a treat for fans who will have the opportunity to interact with them."

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2017 RING 8 Award Winners (Complete List)
Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year: Vasyl Lomachenko
Legends Award: Evander Holyfield
International Prospect of the Year: Michael Conlan
NYS Fighter of the Year: Marcus Browne
NYS Female Fighter of the Year: Amanda Serrano
Sunnyside Gardens Award:: Bobby Cassidy, Sr.
NYS Prospect of the Year: Devaun Lee
Rising Contender Award: Skender & Enver Halili
Sam Kellerman Media Award: Matt Christie
NYS Trainer of the Year: Hector Rosa
Long & Meritorious Service: Edwin Torres
NYS Official of the Year: Robert Perez
NYS Promoter of the Year: Mercedes Vasquez Simmons
Uncrowned Champion: Richard Kiley
Ringside Physician of the Year: Dr. Osric King
Good Guy Award: Joanne Doyle Hutchins
Ring 8 Member of the Year: George Newman
Community Service Award: Mike Reno

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Ring 8 is a nonprofit organization located in New York City founded in 1954 by ex prize-fighter Jack Grebelsky. The main function of the group is to help former professional boxers who are in need of financial assistance, including housing, medical care, and funeral related expenses. Ring 8 is composed of current and ex professional, amateur, and collegiate boxers, referees, trainers, promoters and others involved in the fight game of boxing.

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The organization conducts monthly meetings in Long Island City at The Waterfront Crabhouse, and an annual Holiday Party in December as well as a picnic each year. In 2012, Ring 8 founded and endowed the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame, with its inaugural induction ceremony on April 1, 2012. A Hall of Fame plaque adorns the wall of the New York State Athletic Commission in downtown Manhattan and will be updated annually.

Top photo shows Jade Bornea.


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