Can the Little Assassin Sting Mexico?
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011
Rommel Asenjo of the Braveheart Boxing Club of North Cotabato will fight for the WBO minimumweight title against Mexico’s Raul Garcia this April 30. Asenjo (20W-2L, 16 KO’s) is the current WBO Oriental 105 lb division champion. He is christened “My Little Assassin” by former North Cotabato Gov. Manny Pinol. Two years ago he gave Cebu fight fans a glimpse of his punching power when he knocked out Thai Wutisak Sithoei in only 34 seconds at the Cebu Coliseum. He has also scored first round KO over Sadiki Abdulazizi of Tanzania. Asenjo will be fighting on Mexican soil for this title challenge.
Raul Garcia is a 28 y.o.southpaw and known to Filipino fight fans having beaten Florante Conde by split decision for IBF minimumweight title last June 2008. Garcia (29W (KO 17) -L 1-D1) made four successful defenses before losing to South African Nkosinathi Joyi by unanimous decision last March 2010.
Garcia, who hails from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, beat Luis dela Rosa of Colombia for WBO interim belt last October 2010.Garcia down once in 2nd round and was hurt on several occasions but he showed true grit and cooly boxed out of harm's way. Garcia was mentioned as an opponent of WBO minimumweight champ Donnie Nietes but Nietes has announced his plan to campaign for a world title at lt.flyweight.
With Nietes moving up in weight, Garcia and Asenjo will be fighting for the world crown instead of the interim title.
ALA Promotions announced Asenjo's title shot during their press conference for Donnie Nietes' fight in Bacolod City against Mexico's Armando Vaquez.
Can Asenjo follow in the footsteps of his stablemate Edrin ‘The Sting’ Dapudong, who scored a stunning first round KO win in Mexico last year?
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