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Another Pinoy Making Name at Middleweight


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Weljon Mindoro.

Apart from Olympian Eumir Felix Marcial, another Filipino is bidding to make a name in and around the middleweights as a pro.

He is Weljon Mindoro, a 24-year-old big 5'11" boxer born in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur and currently fighting out of Bacoor City, Cavite with Brendan Gibbons as promoter.

Mindoro is currently rated as the country's top super welterweight or junior middleweight with 13 victories all by knockout, in 14 bouts. The only blotch in his record was a draw with Japan's Takeshi Inoue in their fight for the IBF Asia Pacific super welterweight title held at the Okada in May last year.

But his trainer Jun Labadia said Weljon will soon outgrow the 154 lbs class as he is continuously growing.

Labadia said Mindoro is scheduled to figure in an 8 round middleweight bout at the ProBox TV Events Center in Plant City, Florida against Mexican Mahonri Montes on July 10, 2024. The event will be headlined by undefeated Japanese American Kazuma Akitsuki who is set to meet another Mexican in a 10 round super bantamweight match.

Known as Triggerman, Mindoro is coming of a first round knockout over Mao Tameda in July 2023.

Mindoro is now in the US preparing for the forthcoming bout and though Labadia is still working for his US visa, he is confident Brendan Gibbons is taking good care of this ward. He said that Mindoro has even had opportunities to spar with Felix Marcial and other big boxers training at the gyms there.

Gibbons, Labadia said, has also been taking care of Weljon's needs while he was still in the Philippines and that he is looking forward to joining them there before the Montes bout.

After Ceferino Garcia in the prewar, no Filipino had global success fighting in and around the middleweights although Manny Pacquiao won and briefly held the WBC super welterweight title in 2010 beating Antonio Margarito before going back down to welterweight.

The only other Filipino to taste some measure of success at that weight was the late Arman Picar who won the OPBF super welterweight crown and had the opportunity to challenge for the WBC title losing by knockout to Argentine Julio Cesar Vasquez in the 1990s.

Of course, Marcial has achieved Olympic success as middleweight in 2020 Tokyo but as amateur and as professional, Eumir is also unbeaten.

Mindoro would be a welcome addition.

The author Teodoro Medina Reynoso is a veteran boxing radio talk show host living in the Philippines. He can be reached at teddyreynoso@yahoo.com and by phone 09215309477.


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