GELLO-ANI DENIES OCAMPO HAS PULLED OUT OF BURNS TITLE FIGHT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tue, 11 Dec 2012
Promoter Sammy Gello-ani has denied a BBC Sport report that claimed challenger Jose Ocampo has pulled out of his lightweight title bout against WBO champion Ricky Burns which is scheduled at the ExCel Arena in London.
Phil Goodland of the BBC had reported that it was not clear whether Burn’s title “will be on the line now that the challenger Jose Ocampo has pulled out.”
The fight was scheduled to be the third title defense of Burns against the 23 year old Ocampo who is ranked No. 14 in the world.
Ocampo was a late replacement for original challenger Liam Walsh who had to pull out after being injured in a car crash.
Although BBC Sports reported that it was not known why Ocampo pulled out Gello-ani told the Manila Standard “they feel that Ocampo may be affected by the sudden death of his trainer. The cancellation is not confirmed. I contacted them asking for our tickets because Ocampo ready and rearing to fight for the title. He is in great shape.”
The 50 year old Danny Bactol collapsed and died of a heart attack while watching Ocampo train on the heavy bag after Bactol did the punch-mitts with him last Thursday.
Gello-ani told us that Ocampo “had vowed to do his best to win the title in a fight he would dedicate to his fallen trainer.”
Whether he will get that chance remains to be seen.
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|NBA -- Nets rip Clippers, win 3 straight|
By Homer D. Sayson, Sat, 14 Dec 2013NBA - Aldridge dazzles with 31, Blazers ground Rockets
By Joan Secuya-Medida, Sat, 14 Dec 2013OGOGO VS BLACKWELL AT LONDON'S EXCEL ARENA DEC 14
By , Sat, 14 Dec 2013Broner vs. Maidana: Will Chino shut Broner's mouth or will Adrian’s speed be too much of a problem for Marcos?
By Chris Carlson, Fri, 13 Dec 2013TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR POPE FRANCIS IS A SPORTS FAN
By Maloney L. Samaco, Fri, 13 Dec 2013ROTA KO’D IN 1ST ROUND OF WBC ASIA BOXING COUNCIL TITLE FIGHT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 13 Dec 2013ADRIEN BRONER vs. MARCOS MAIDANA FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES (PHOTOS)
By , Fri, 13 Dec 2013PHOTO: BRONER WORKOUT IN SAN ANTONIO
By , Fri, 13 Dec 2013DONAIRE CONFUSED OVER WBA ORDER FOR SUPER CHAMPION VETYEKA TO FIGHT WALTERS
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 12 Dec 2013FORMER WORLD CHAMP JARO IN DEC.29 ANTIPOLO CARD
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Thu, 12 Dec 2013Singwangcha Foundation Philippines to help boxers affected by Typhoon Yolanda
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Thu, 12 Dec 2013PENALOSA INSISTS HE WILL NEVER EXPLOIT PACQUIAO
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 12 Dec 2013Pacquiao's tax problems no effect on MAG Boxing's Friday show at Solaire
By Rich Mazon , Thu, 12 Dec 2013SHO STREAM: Broner vs. Maidana Presser & Weigh-In Streamed Live Across Multiple Platforms
By , Thu, 12 Dec 2013RICARDO "DINAMITA" ALVAREZ AND ROBERT EASTER JR. FEATURED IN BRONER-MAIDANA UNDERCARD
By , Thu, 12 Dec 2013CHARITY EVENTS HIGHLIGHT "DANGER ZONE" ADRIEN BRONER VS. MARCOS MAIDANA" FIGHT WEEK FESTIVITIES
By , Thu, 12 Dec 2013The Irish are invading Allentown, PA as a part of the "Irish Fight Party" LIVE WORLDWIDE on GFL.tv!
By , Thu, 12 Dec 2013ARIZA PREDICTS MAIDANA WILL HAVE A TOUGH FIGHT AGAINST WBA WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION BRONER
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 11 Dec 2013DOLIGUEZ HEADLINES SBB BATANGAS CARD ON DEC. 14
By Dennis U. Eroa, Wed, 11 Dec 201316 YEAR OLD BOXER IN A COMA AFTER AN AMATEUR BOUT IN IBA, ZAMBALES
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 11 Dec 2013NBA -- Injury ravaged Bulls lose to Buck, 78-74
By Carla Mae Reroma, Wed, 11 Dec 2013NBA -- Pacers race past Heat in clash of titans
By Homer D. Sayson, Wed, 11 Dec 2013ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPT SIGNS UNDEFEATED WELTERWEIGHT KING BEN ASKREN
By , Wed, 11 Dec 2013PACQUIAO vs. MAYWEATHER IN NEW YORK?
By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Wed, 11 Dec 2013