PE?ALOSA TO FACE MEXICAN GARCIA IN 2ND TITLE DEFENSE
By Salven L. Lagumbay
Tue, 13 May 2008
World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantam king Gerry "Fearless" Pe?alosa is set to defend his title for the second time on July 19 or 26 against Mexican Isidro "El Chino" Garcia in Cebu City.
Promoter Sammy Gello-ani, in an interview yesterday, indicated that the event will also feature former world champion Oscal "Chololo" Larios of Mexico in his comeback fight against Indonesia's Alexander Bajawa.
Larios last saw action in February, defeating compatriot Arturo Gomez via unanimous decision but was stopped by Jorge Linares prior to that in their WBC featherweight title clash.
Pe?alosa will make his second titular defense after impressively retaining it last April 6 with an eighth-round TKO over Thailand's Ratanachai Sor Vorapin.
The two-division world champion is aiming to get a second chance at WBO superbantamweight Daniel Ponce De Leon, who dealt him a controversial defeat early last year.
Also in the card is unbeaten Ciso Morales who will defend his WBO Oriental superbantam title against Hussein Pazzi of Tanzania.
The card will be aired on national television by one of the country's biggest television outfit, according to Gello-ani.
The New Cebu Coliseum is the most likely candidate as venue for the fight, as the rainy season would put the more spacious Cebu City Sports Center out of the running.
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