Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Banal Will Face Sor Singyu For The Vacant WBO Title

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

After a long wait and a back and forth negotiating struggle,  WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight champion AJ “Bazooka” Banal will battle Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu for the WBO 118 pound title relinquished by Mexican warrior Jorge “Travieso”Arce.

The fight will take place on October 20 at the spanking new Mall of Asia Arena and will be telecast by the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN in its highly successful “Pinoy Pride” series over Channel 2. The title fight is a joint promotion of the network and ALA Promotions.

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer sounded relieved when he told the Manila Standard that the fight had been sanctioned by WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel after Aldeguer submitted the contracts signed by the big Thai promotional outfit, OneSongchai Promotions .

Aldeguer said that Banal who is ranked No.1 by the WBO was “doing well and had matured a lot” since his stunning 10th round knockout loss to Panama’s Rafael Concepcion in a WBA super flyweight interim title fight at the Cebu Coliseum on July 26, 2008 when the Filipino southpaw was in control of the bout and was leading on the scorecards of all three judges.

Aldeguer said Banal “had waited so long. Now this is it.”

Since his loss to Concepcion, Banal has won eleven straight fights against a variety of tough foreign opponents. He won the WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title with a 5th round knockout of Japan’s Hayato Kimura on July 17, 2010.

In his last fight in Dumaguete City on July 21, Banal scored a comfortable eight round decision over Indonesian journeyman Ruben Manakane in a fight which served as a tune-up for the title shot.

Aldeguer told us Banal didn’t go for a knockout since he “needed more rounds” in preparation for the title fight and that his trainers wanted  “to check on some things they had been working on.”

The No. 2 ranked Pungluang Sor Singyu is 24 years old and has an impressive record of 42-1 with 27 knockouts. He won the WBO Oriental interim title with a 6th round TKO of Filipino Marvin Tampus on August 17, 2011 and defended it successfully three times scoring a 2nd round TKO over Nathan Bolcio, a 7th round technical decision over rugged Danilo Pena and a twelve round unanimous decision over Elmar Francisco.

The Thai had two wins this year scoring a unanimous eight round decision over Rey Migreno on May 4 followed by a 5th round TKO of Ricardo Roa on July 6.

Banal will enjoy a 3 ½ inch height advantage against the solidly built Pungluang who stands 5 1 ½ inches.

Tags: AJ Banal image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker for WBO Belt in Play For April Katie Taylor Retains WBA Title, Decisions Jessica McCaskill Martin J. Ward Drops, Stops Juli Giner To Capture EBU Title Josh Kelly Drops, Stops Jean Michel Hamilcaro In Six Orlando Salido: Retirement is Over, I'm Coming Back in 2018! Conor Benn Gets Off The Floor, Goes Through Fire To Win Horn: I'll Prove Americans Wrong, Crawford is Someone I Can Beat Photos: Claressa Shields Putting in Work For Title Defense Joshua Buatsi Set For February Return Jessie Vargas vs. Aaron Herrera - Undercard Information Tyson Fury Says He Has Several Options To Secure Boxing License Jake Ball Outpoints Shinkwin: Cheeseman, Cordina Get Wins Crawford: A lot of Holes in Jeff Horn's Game, I'm No Corcoran! Horn Coach: Crawford Beatable, Has Weaknesses We Can Exploit Arum: You Are Crazy To Say Horn Has No Shot To Beat Crawford! Gamal Yafai Gets York Hall Win, Set For Busy 2018 Tyson Fury Has Some Work, Could Reclaim License Next Month Sadam Ali Wants to Stay at 154 Pounds, Defend WBO Title Next Arum: Will Take 'Real Ballsy 130-Pounder' to Fight Lomachenko Kell Brook: My Injuries Were Legit - Rigondeaux Just Quit! Horn Overcomes Cuts to Bloody, Stop Corcoran in 11th Round Parker's Trainer: We Made Compromise - Up To Joshua To Agree! Lee Selby Inks Three-Fight Deal With Frank Warren UK News: Ohara Davies, David Allen, Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas Alex Leapai To Appeal Technical Draw: Lenny Z, Paul Fleming Win Team Hammer Smile at UKAD Ruling To Reverse Tyson Fury Loss Melindo Vows To Take Down Ryoichi Taguchi in Unification Bout De La Hoya: I Don't Think Anything Can Stop Canelo-GGG Deal Video: Kell Brook Discusses His Ring Return, Injuries, More Caleb Truax: I Worked My Ass Off - Everything Came Together Corcoran to Horn: This Isn't a Head-Butting Contest; Fight Fair! WBA: Rigondeaux Will Be Stripped After Loss To Lomachenko! Photos: Cletus Seldin, Antoine Douglas, O'Sullivan Workouts Video: Billy Joe Saunders Aims To Box Lemieux's Ears Off Haymon Boxing: DeGale Does Have Rematch Clause For Truax Photos: David Lemieux Training For Promised KO of Saunders Lomachenko Manager: Preference is To Unify at 130 Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Putting in Work For David Lemieux Video: David Lemieux Very Pumped To Face Billy Joe Saunders Arum: Dates in March, April on Hold For Crawford's Title Fight
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement