By Anson Wainwright
Recently there have been several movements at the top of the junior flyweight division.
Japanese standout Naoya Inoue unseated Adrian Hernandez to win the WBC title. WBA boss Kazuto Ioka vacated his throne to unsuccessfully challenge Amnat Ruenroeng at flyweight. Donnie Nietes retained his WBO crown when he turned back the valiant challenge of Moises Fuentes in their rematch. While IBF champion Johnriel Casimero lost his championship on the scales.
All of this has left opportunities for those jockeying for position below them. One of them is Randy Petalcorin.
The 22-year old Filipino southpaw is well placed in three of the four sanctioning bodies, the WBA (No. 2), IBF (No. 6) and WBO (No. 5).
Petalcorin (21-1-1, 16 knockouts), the current PABA kingpin, has been a pro for 5 years following an impressive amateur career that saw him win a national title.
Here’s what Petalcorin had to say in a recent interview.
Anson Wainwright - When will we see you in action next?
Randy Petalcorin - I am waiting on confirmation for my next fight and I am currently ranked #2 WBA light flyweight and the title is vacant I will fight anyone my manager Peter Maniatis and Sandman (The gym Petalcorin trains at in General Santos City) puts in front of me .Alberto Rossel is the interim champion and Zou Shiming is ranked number #3 and Wisanu Kokietgym is #7 so I am excited in be ranked at number #2.
BoxingScene.com - In your last fight in March you stopped Thai journeyman Samransak Singmanasak in two rounds, tell us about that fight?
RP - Yes it was good fight with Singmanasak he is a tough boxer. Singmanasak had 27 KO from 36 wins he was a tough experienced opponent who can punch but I trained very hard in Melbourne and Peter Maniatis told me I have to win expressively so I tried to win by KO to make the crowd excited.
BoxingScene.com - You're highly rated by three of the four main sanctioning bodies, WBA #2, IBF #6 and WBO #5. Are you aiming for a particular title?
RP - Lets see what happens by the end of the year as I am number #2 with the WBA and the title is vacant. Winning the PABA title gave me a WBA #2 world ranking.
BoxingScene.com - Though you're Filipino, you're actually based in Australia, tell us about this?
RP - My Promoter/Manager Peter Maniatis invited myself to come live and train in Melbourne it gets a little cold here but the experience has been fantastic one. (I) have made a lot of friends in Melbourne and my sponsor is Sean Buckley CEO of UltraTune.
BoxingScene.com - You were born in Davao City, tell us about your youth, growing up and living there.
RP - Growing up in Davao was good for me as l lived in the mountains with my family we had lots of fun fishing till l moved to General Santos for my boxing career.
BoxingScene.com - How did you become interested and then take up boxing?
RP - I was 11 years old in Davao when I had my first amateur bout and had 100 bouts in the amateurs.
My first memory of boxing is sneaking away from home and my mom to have my first amateur fight at 11 years old in Davao.
BoxingScene.com - Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses?
RP - My best attributes as a boxer is that I train hard and love the sport I think my speed is also good...my worst attributes is my diet. I love my sweet food, ice-cream.
BoxingScene.com - What do you think of the junior flyweight division?
RP - The junior flyweight division is strong with many talented boxers I am aiming for a good year in 2014.
The current light flyweight division is stacked with talent and Nietes is a long standing champion and so respected in the Philippines. As far as Alberto Rossel he could be a future opponent for me and Rossel has done a lot for boxing in Peru. Also (Naoya) Inoue was very impressive winning the WBC title in only his 6th bout for Japan.
BoxingScene.com - Who is your boxing hero and why?
RP - Manny Pacquiao is my hero because he has won world titles from flyweight to junior middleweight.
BoxingScene.com - Tell us about yourself away from boxing?
RP - I love to go fishing and I am a movie buff.
BoxingScene.com - Lastly do you have anything you'd like to say to the junior flyweight division?
RP - The light flyweight division has a lot of depth and talent. I am only 22 years old and look forward to learning and becoming a good boxer at the highest level with my promoter Peter Maniatis and JC Sandman Promotions. I am sure things will happen for me and I am looking forward to it very much... thank you for the interview.