Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Garcia vs Asenjo WBO Title Fight in Play For April 30

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Mini flyweight Champion Rommel Asenjo who is ranked No. 2  in the world by the WBO, gets a shot at the vacant world title when he battles Interim champion Raul "Rayito" Garcia on April 30 in Mexico.

The title was relinquished by current champion Donnie Nietes of the ALA Gym who has decided to move up to light flyweight in the hope of getting a title crack in the future against champion Giovanni Segura.

The title fight of Asenjo was worked out by ALA Promotions which now promotes Asenjo and two other fighters of former North Cotabato governor Manny Pilol’s Braveheeart Boxing Gymwhich now promotes Asenjo and two other Braveheart boxers from North Cotabato.

The 21 year old Asenjo, like many of the promising young fighters in the south is a farmer's son from the frontier town of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. He will be the first Braveheart boxer to get a crack at a legitimate world boxing title.

In June last year, another Braveheart boxer, Edrin Dapudong of M'lang, stunned Mexican boxing by scoring a first round knockout of No. 1 ranked  Jesus Jimenez to win the World Boxing Council Flyweight Silver title. He lost the title, considered as a junior belt,  in his first defense in September of last year amidst some controversy over several cuts discovered on Dapudong’s arms and back after the fight.

Asenjo who is nicknamed the "Little Assassin" by his handlers because of his ruthless and aggressive  fighting style Asenjo has a record of 20 wins with 16 knockouts and only two losses, both by decision.

Friendly and pleasant outside Asenjo is totally different when he steps into the ring prompting Braveheart’s chief trainer Noli Pinol to describe his fighter as a "sadist" when he puts on the gloves because he loves to punish his opponents. Asenjo has often gotten into trouble during fights and been slapped with point deductions for hitting his opponent while already down and even after the bell ending the round has sounded.

Ex governor Pinol said he has " warned him about this and he has been told never to do that in a world championship fight because he could get disqualified."

The title fight is certain to be one of the toughest for Asenjo as Garcia , one of two boxing brothers from Mexico, is a 28-year-old veteran and former world champion himself who won the title from Filipino Florante Condes by a split decision in his hometown of La Paz on June 14, 2008.

He defended the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title four times before losing it to undefeated South African fighter Nkosinathi Joyi ( 21-0, 15 KO’s) in a lopsided unanimous decision on March 26, 2010 in South Africa. Garcia came back to win the WBO Interim title with a twelve round split decision over undefeated Luis de la.Rosa (14-0-1, 8 KO’s) on October 30 last year despite being dropped once in the opening round.

A southpaw like Asenjo, Garcia holds an impressive record of 29 wins with 17 knockouts, one loss and one draw. He also has the advantage of fighting in his own territory.

Pinol believes "Asenjo will have to win this fight by knockout," which he is confident can be done since the ex governor said me Asenjo has “tremendous punching power.”

The Filipino Oriental champion will prepare for the world championship fight in the Braveheart Boxing Farm at the foot of Mt. Apo, the tallest mountain in the country which overlooks Davao City. He and his team are expected to fly to Mexico a few days before the fight.

Tags: Raul Garcia image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by elgranluchadore on 03-11-2011

Garcia should take this easily, i think Raul is the second best fighter in the division with the departures of Nietes and Gonzalez

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Photos: Sor Rungvisai, Estrada, Cuadras, Nietes - Workouts Golovkin Reaches Deal With Tecate Ahead of Canelo Rematch Ortiz-Alexander Peaked at 1.53M Viewers, Averaged 1.13M on FOX Lomachenko-Linares: Arum, Gomez Trade Words - No Date Budge Garcia-Rios Peaked at 558K Viewers, Averaged 516K on Showtime Photos: Dmitry Bivol Putting in Work For Sullivan Barrera Clash Wilder vs. Ortiz Update: Another Title Fight Added To Card Diaz: Gary Russell Has Lots of Flaws; Inactivity Will Be Downfall Hearn: I'd Love To Have Tony Bellew Fight Andre Ward Next! Kovalev-Mikhalkin: Ashkeyev, Murtazaliev, Nursultanov on The Bill Genesis Servania Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank Holzken: I'm Here To Take Over The World Boxing Super Series Haye To Bellew: I Love You, I've Got a Crush on You Hooker: After I Win The Belt I Won't Run and Hide Like Flanagan! Hearn: Jacobs Deserves Shot at the Winner of Canelo-Golovkin Luis Ortiz: Wilder Talks So Much Just To Try to Convince Himself Briedis' Manager: In a Rematch, My Fighter Will Beat Usyk! Jack Catterall Confident That He Would Beat Ohara Davies Zelfa Barrett vs. Ronnie Clark For IBF European Title WBC Prez: Thurman Has To Fight Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia! Warren: Eubank is Domestic Level, How About Groves-Saunders? Golovkin's Coach: There is No Pressure To Knock Canelo Out Kem Ljungquist Feeling Pleased With Recent Performance Hall of Fame Promoter Reflects on Key Atlantic City Fights Frampton: I'll Need To Be at My Best To Beat Nonito Donaire Regis Prograis Very Motivated For Indongo Clash, Bigger Things Mikey Garcia: I'd Rather Fight Errol Spence Than Lomachenko Video: Richard Schaefer on Mayweather in MMA, Eubank's Future Video: Robert Garcia Talks Rios KO Loss, Mikey Garcia, Mares Andy Lee: It Was The Right Time To Retire From Boxing Photos: Jarrell Miller, Johann Duhaupus - Face To Face in NYC Photos: Daniel Jacobs, Maciej Sulecki - Go Face To Face in NYC Photos: Mikey Garcia, Sergey Lipinets - Open Workouts 'SuperFly' Concept to Continue, SuperFly 3 is Likely For The Fall Luis Ortiz Has Been Tested Seven Times for PEDs by VADA, NYSAC Patrick Teixeira vs. Davi Eliasquevici in April for WBO Latino Belt Granat To Train at Kronk With Banks, Tony Yoka Back on April 7 Hearn: If Joshua, Miller Win, They'll Fight in August at Barclays Katie Taylor Vows To Steal The Show at Barclays Center Photos: Callum Smith, Nieky Holzken - Go Face To Face at Workouts
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement