Abaniel to defend GBU crown July 2

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Gretchen Abaniel (center)  Contributed photo

Gretchen Abaniel (center) Contributed photo

Global Boxing Union (GBU) female world minimumweight champion Gretchen Abaniel will leave for Australia this week to defend her title against Petcharas Superchamp of Thailand on July 2 in New South Wales.

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Abaniel, who also holds the Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF) title, could become a triple world titleholder if she gets past the Thai challenger, who is unbeaten in six fights.

Abaniel will also gun for the Women’s International Boxing Association minimumweight crown.

“This fight is really important to me. This will serve as a door to make many Filipinos proud of me,” Abaniel said in an interview.

“I am determined to bring pride and honor to our country,” added Abaniel.

Abaniel is scheduled to fly to Australia to join coach Tony del Vecchio in a training camp, which is the final phase of her preparation for the fight.

Abaniel was a former national amateur champion and international medalist, who won the WIBF/ GBU world light flyweight title by defeating previously unbeaten Asiye Ozlem Sahin of Germany in November 2015. The judges scored, 96-94,94-96,99-91, granting her a split decision victory.

She was also a member of the national team for four years starting 2003. She had won gold in the Taiwan International Invitational, silver in Asian Boxing Championship, and a bronze medal in the World Boxing Championship.

Abaniel currently holds a record of 16-8, with six knockouts and has been training at the In This Corner gym, formerly Wild Card, in Parañaque City.

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