Philippines, 27 Apr 2018
  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  


DRIAN FRANCISCO GETS SHOT AT WBA CHAMPION RIGONDEAUX


PhilBoxing.com



Rigondeaux.
World rated Drian Francisco who has been training hard at the gym of former heavyweight and one-time partner of Freddie Roach, Justin Fortune, will get a shot at undefeated WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

However, there was no definite word on whether the fight will be on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 8 or on the WBO super bantamweight title defense of planned Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire against Jorge “Travieso” Arce in Houston, Texas on December 15.

Francisco’s manager Elmer Anuran told the Manila Standard that “our camp is very much willing to take the offer. Drian and his coach Justin Fortune confirmed the acceptance yesterday.”

The youthful manager/promoter said “We’re mindful that Rigo is a great fighter, the defending champion, a two-time Olympic gold medalist but we also give Drian high credit and trust that he can surely deliver a good fight and God willing could pull off a big upset.”

Francisco’s break came after Top Rank promoter Bob Arum informed us last week that they were trying to get newly crowned conqueror of AJ “Bazooka” Banal, Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu to face Rigondeaux. However, we informed Arum that Pungluang was only a bantamweight and he was just coming off a hard fight against Banal although he won the WBO title by a 9th round TKO.

Francisco was training for a scheduled bout on the undercard of the WBO flyweight unification title fight between WBO champion Brian Viloria and WBA champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez on November 17 at the LA Sports Arena when the Rigondeaux offer came through.

In a recent interview at the Fortune Gym, Francisco told us no matter who his opponent will be he is focused on his training and in an interview with Jayson Otamias for the Standard, praised Fortune for his “advanced technical training.”

Francisco said the advantage of working with Fortune is that “he is a conditioning trainer, a former boxer who also trained Manny Pacquiao in the past.”

The stylish Francisco who at one stage of his career was being compared to two division world champion Luisito Espinosa. He said his condition is “much better now because Fortune’s conditioning program was a big help. My body, legs and muscles are much stronger.”

The 29 year old Francisco has a record of 23-1-1 with 18 knockouts and is coming off a sensational first round knockout of Mexican Jose Carlos Vargas in Mexico.

Francisco earlier won the IBF Pan Pacific super bantamweight title with a 1st round knockout of Pichitchai Twins Gym last April 14.

Rigondeaux, nicknamed “The Jackal” won the WBA 122 pound title with a 6th round knockout of Rico Ramos (20-0) on January 20 this year.

He has been chasing a fight with WBO champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire but Donaire has asked the Cuban to first prove he is worthy of a title shot behind a record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ronnie Nathanielsz.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Lucas offers to tattoo Manny
    By Joaquin Henson, Fri, 27 Apr 2018
  • PRINCE ALBERT PAGARA AIMS A REMATCH WITH JUAREZ OR A FIGHT WITH DOGBOE IF HE WINS PINOY PRIDE 44
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Fri, 27 Apr 2018
  • Arizona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: De Vaca in Demand, Box Fan Expo News, Iron Boy 44
    By Don Smith, Fri, 27 Apr 2018
  • Philly Fight Night Final Press Conference: Magdaleno and Dogboe to Settle War of Words in the Ring
    By , Fri, 27 Apr 2018
  • Braekhus vs Reis Female Welterweight Title Fight to Open May 5 HBO Telecast
    By , Fri, 27 Apr 2018
  • ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME PRESENT "FIGHT FAN EXPERIENCE" ON SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND AT THE CLARIDGE HOTEL
    By , Fri, 27 Apr 2018
  • “Lil Pacquiao” Resendiz added to June 16 card in St Petersburg, FL
    By , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • MMA FANS IN SINGAPORE ROLL WITH UFC WELTERWEIGHTS COWBOY AND EDWARDS
    By , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • "Fight for Glory:" Nakamura, Jesadajindawan War it Out Friday Night in Bangkok
    By Carlos Costa, Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Donaire’s class act
    By Joaquin Henson, Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Ancajas vs Sultan to move from Las Vegas to Fresno, California
    By Rich Mazon , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Onuako, a gold mine of an import
    By Eddie Alinea, Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • AN ALL-FILIPINO TITLE FIGHT IN FRESNO?
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Panama's Estrada Arrives in Thailand to Challenge Menayothin: "He will not Tie Floyd's 50-0 Record"
    By Carlos Costa, Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Brico Santig's "Fight for Glory" Card This Friday Night in Bangkok
    By Carlos Costa, Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • ADONIS STEVENSON & BADOU JACK FACE OFF IN TORONTO
    By , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Media Workout: Vasiliy Lomachenko Looks to Conquer Lightweight Division
    By , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • REY VARGAS DISCUSSES TRAINING CAMP
    By , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Mason Menard training hard for Haney showdown
    By , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • Split-T Management signs National Golden Gloves Champion Isiah Jones
    By , Thu, 26 Apr 2018
  • PINOY PRIDE 44 FEATURES PAGARA BROTHERS IN MAASIN CITY
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Wed, 25 Apr 2018
  • Ruben Villa Speaks to Troubled Kids at Monterey County Youth Center
    By , Wed, 25 Apr 2018
  • Oscar De La Hoya Confirms GGG vs. Canelo In September
    By , Wed, 25 Apr 2018
  • UFC WELTERWEIGHTS LAUNCH UFC FIGHT NIGHT SINGAPORE: COWBOY vs EDWARDS PRESENTED BY AIRASIA
    By , Wed, 25 Apr 2018


  •  




     
    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
    © 2018 philboxing.com.