Philippines, 03 Mar 2024
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


BANAL, CONCEPCION BATTLE FOR WBA CROWN TODAY


PhilBoxing.com




CEBU CITY--Unbeaten Filipino AJ 'Bazooka' Banal and Panama's Rafael "El Torito" Concepcion will do battle for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) superfly interim championship today at the 10,000-capacity New Cebu Coliseum here.

The event, sanctioned by the WBA president Gilberto Mendoza, is presented by ALA Promotions, ABS-CBN, Golden Boy Promotions and the Cebu City government.

Banal came in at a perfect 115 lbs during official weigh-in held yesterday at the SM City Cebu, while Concepcion had to frantically shake off a pound before making the official weight.

The event has the boxing community abuzzed, noting that if Banal wins the crown, he will become the third youngest Filipino to win a world title, edging out superstar Manny Pacquiao who will scale down to fourth.

If Concepcion wins the title, he will become only the third Panamanian to win the WBA crown in the Philippines, next only to Alfonso Lopez and Hilario Zapata.

Lopez and Zapata have come to the Philippines to beat Filipino fighters in a WBA-sanctioned event. Lopez TKO'd Erbito Salavarria in the 15th round to claim the WBA flyweight crown in 1976. Ten years later, Zapata decisioned Dodie Boy Penalosa to claim the same WBA flyweight belt at the University of Life Stadium in Manila.

However, Dodie Penalosa, who attended yesterday's weigh-in to show support to Banal, said that his fight against Zapata and the Banal-Concepcion fight will be a very different fight scenario.

"When I fought Zapata, that was the first time that I fought as a flyweight. And that was the first time that I fought an opponent who ran a lot, ducked too low, and clinched too strong," said Penalosa in an exclusive interview at the weigh-in.

Penalosa sees a definitive victory by Banal, noting that style differences will showcase the best of the young Cebuano fighter.

"This fight will showcase the best of AJ Banal, because he is fighting a bullstrong opponent, who is not known to use the ring. Banal's counter-punching, and ability to move, will win the fight for him," Penalosa predicts.

Meanwhile, Japan's top boxing promoter Akihiko Honda yesterday congratulated both Banal and Concepcion for their WBA interim championship showdown.

In a long-distance call to international matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz, Honda congratulated the two fighters and wished them the best of luck.

Honda will promote the WBA superfly regular championship between Nobuo Nashiro and Kohei Kono in September, with the winners of today's fight and the September tussle expected to meet not later than December 15.

In the undercard, Milan Melindo stepped in at 108 lbs on the first try but Panamanian Carlos Melo was 3/4 pound overweight on the first try, 1/4 pound over on the second try but finally got the required weight of 108 lbs on the third try an hour after. Melindo and Melo will duke it out for the WBA Intercontinental Light Flyweight title.

Michael Domingo and Indonesian Rivo Ringkung who will fight for the WBO Oriental Bantamweight title, made weight on the first try. Domingo came in at 117 1/2 lbs while Ringkung came in at 116 1/4 lbs.

The other match-ups and their weights: James Bacon - 127 1/2 lbs. vs Skak Max 126 1/2 lbs; Jun Intor - 119 lbs. vs Roldan Malinao 120 1/4 lbs; Robert Allanic - 125 lbs (second try) vs Leonardo Doronio - 124 lbs; Hilario Canillas - 122 1/2 lbs vs Ramil Cabalan - 120 lbs.

Top photo: AJ 'Bazooka' Banal of the Philippines (R) and Rafael 'El Torito' Concepcion of Panama face off after yesterday's weighin at the SM City-Cebu.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Salven L. Lagumbay.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Built Ford Tough: Raymond Ford Wins Featherweight Crown With 12th-Round Miracle TKO
    , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • SPORTS FACTS AND FIGURES 56: EUMIR MARCIAL FACES THOEDSAK SINAM ON MARCH 23 IN A HOMECOMING FIGHT
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • CARLO BIADO IS 2024 WPA PREDATOR 10-BALL CHAMPION
    By Dong Secuya, , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • Team USA Learns Pathway to Paris through Busto Arsizio
    , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • Arca tops Singapore Chess Festival Qualifying Tournament
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • PTC World Engineering Day Chess Tournament Results
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • CHOU claims the PBS Women Showdown title
    , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • DC Marathon set on March 10
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 03 Mar 2024
  • Waifu Downhill Series Race on March 17 in Catigan
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sat, 02 Mar 2024
  • Araw cycling race on March 9-10
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sat, 02 Mar 2024
  • SPORTS FACTS AND FIGURES 55: DEVIN HANEY AND RYAN GARCIA HAVE FOUGHT IN THE AMATEURS SIX TIMES
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sat, 02 Mar 2024
  • Weigh-In Results: Otabek Kholmatov vs. Raymond Ford & Luis Alberto Lopez vs. Reiya Abe Featherweight World Title Doubleheader
    , Sat, 02 Mar 2024
  • AJ MEETS COSTELLO: HEAVYWEIGHT STAR TAKES TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
    , Sat, 02 Mar 2024
  • TURNING DREAMS TO REALITY: Busto Arsizio 2024
    , Sat, 02 Mar 2024
  • Kholmatov vs Ford: Did Raymond Learn From Early Tests?
    By Chris Carlson, , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • Ring Announcer Ramblin Ralph Velez Ventures into the UAE Boxing Scene with Seddiqi Sports
    , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • Nat’l Invitational Eskrima tourney on March 23-25
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • HANEY VS. GARCIA LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • Weights from El Paso, Texas
    , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • Louis Lopez vs Jesus Resendiz Headlines CBN Promotions on March 30 Show
    , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • April 13: Corpus Christi Native Julian Delgado Added to Jared Anderson-Ryad Merhy Undercard at American Bank Center
    , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • SPORTS FACTS AND FIGURES 54: CANELO ALVAREZ PARTS WAYS WITH PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • Press Conference Notes: Otabek Kholmatov vs. Raymond Ford and Venado Lopez vs. Reiya Abe Featherweight World Title Doubleheader Set for Saturday
    , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • Shera Mae Patricio: Hawaiian Boxer With An Olympic Dream
    , Fri, 01 Mar 2024
  • HANEY VS. GARCIA TICKETS GO ON SALE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 1
    , Thu, 29 Feb 2024




  •  



     
    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
    © 2024 philboxing.com.