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‘Hercules’ nears world glory


PhilBoxing.com




THE ABANDONED child may yet become the country’s newest boxing sensation. Dubbed as the most feared Pinoy featherweight presently, Jun ‘‘Hercules’’ Doliguez of Saved by the Boxing Promotion, is expected to fight for the world title this year.

Reason: The 22-year-old provincemate of ring legend Manny Pacquiao earned the attention of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.

In a talk with veteran sports scribe Ronnie Nathanielz, Arum said he heard a lot about Doliguez (16-0-1, 12 knockouts) and is willing to give him the proper international exposure.

Arum told Philboxing that it is very possible that Doliguez, who is being handled by SBB President and youthful sportsman-businessman Elmer Anuran, will challenge IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8 knockouts) ng Russia. Gradovich meets Maurico Javier Munoz ng Argentina (26-3, 12 KO’s) Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino sa Macau Hulyo 27.

It is common knowledge that Arum is focusing on the Asian market. Top Rank has already signed two-time Olympic champion and three-time world championship gold medalist Zou Shiming of China to gain a foothold in Asia.

The 5-foot-7 Doliguez, who was left to the care of his grandmother Nanay Soping by his mother at the age of 12, said he’s thankful for Arum’s attention. He hasn’t seen his mother for years and he wants to dedicate his title to Nanay Soping, who passed away last year. His father died early.

Winning the world title is Doliguez’s cherished dream. ‘‘I would like to express my appreciation to Top Rank but I also would like to thank other promoters, who have been expressing their interest,’’ said Doliguez, during a break of training at the Touch Gloves Boxing Gym based in Agoncillo, Batangas. He trains under the watchful eyes of veteran trainer Benny dela Peña.

‘‘Boss Elmer is also giving me all-out support and I would like to thank those who are wishing me success,’’ said Doliguez, who is slowly getting his share of fans, following swashbuckling victories over the likes of battle-grizzled Ariel Delgado, Ciso Morales, Erik Rapada and Arlon Batingal.

Dela Peña actually brought the then 17-year-old Doliguez to Touch Gloves. Accustomed to hardships, Doliguez persevered.

‘‘He has the power,’’ said Anuran, known for giving chances to boxers from the grassroots. ‘‘Slowly, he became better and better. Now, he’s world-class.’’

Actually, Doliguez was supposed to exchange punches with Daud Yordan of Indonesia this year. But Yordan lost his IBO featherweight crown after a stunning TKO setback to South African Simpiwe Vetyeka.

Though disappointed, Doliguez and his camp next issued a challenge to Indon boxing hero Chris John (48-0-3, 22 knockouts).

‘‘I’m sure Chris John is different. He will answer my call,’’ said Doliguez.


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