DAVAO CITY: Middleweight Jason “Boy Tako” Catalino of the Philippines will face the undefeated Indian boxer Prabjhjot “Punjabi Lion” Singh in a boxing event in Makati City on Saturday.
Catalino and Singh are fighting for six rounds in the 160 lbs. division of Highland-Naris International Boxing Promotion’s “The Road to Glory”, to be held at 2 p.m. on August 13 at the Makati Cinema Square.
“This is a very exciting fight since both fighters are raring to face each other. We’re expecting a knockout,” international promoter Brico Santig said.
Catalino, who has a record of two wins and two losses with one knockout, is coming from two back-to-back victories. The native of La Trinidad, Benguet pummeled Janlee Paingco to submission last March 7 at the Camp Juan Villamor in Bangued, Abra.
In that same card, Singh, who trains under former Philippine welterweight-middleweight champion Allan Alegria at the MP Boxing Gym in Manila, also stopped Ronilo Romasanta via a technical knockout in 2:49 of the second round.
The 5-foot-9 Singh is unbeaten with five straight wins all by knockouts or TKO with only one draw. He wants to avenge the loss of his fellow Indian boxer Brijesh “Tajmahal” Meena (3-1-0), who bowed to Catalino via a majority decision in his debut on June 27, 2015 in Mandaluyong City.
The 23-year-old Catalino, who is training under Joven Jorda at the Highland Boxing Gym in La Trinidad is confident that he can beat another Indian boxer.
“He is confident because he has already defeated an Indian boxer,” said Jorda.
Singh, however, is fresh from a first-round knockout victory over Joel Panerio held April 9 at the Saint Louis High School Antamok Ground in Itogon, Benguet. Singh, who was born in Meycauayan, Bulacan, made an impressive pro debut by stopping Romnick Dejano in the first round on December 28, 2014 at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Parañaque City.
In his second outing, Singh TKO’d F. Faturochman in the second round on March 29, 2015 at the Makati Cinema Square Boxing Arena. Singh then settled a majority draw with Jeffrey Garcia on June 27 last year in Mandaluyong City.
Singh continued his winning form by knocking out a more experienced Mike Espanosa in the 3rd round of an 8-rounder on Oct. 6 at the La Trinidad gym.
“Singh is capable of knocking out his opponent,” said the 51-year-old Alegria, who worked as a trainer in China before taking over Singh’s training in Manila.
The boxing promotion, which is sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) under new Chairman Abraham Khalil “Baham” Mitra, will also feature former IBO world light flyweight champion Rey “Hitman” Loreto, who is now managed by international boxing promoter Naris Singwancha of Thailand.
Loreto, a native of Calinan, Davao City, will face Powell “Destroyer” Balaba of Tagbilaran, Bohol in an 8-rounder.
”It’s a tune-up fight for Loreto, who needs to keep his ratings,” said Santig.
Loreto (22W-13L-0D-14 Kos) is currently ranked No. 1 mini-flyweight contender in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 2 junior flyweight contender by the World Boxing Council (WBC). He wants to challenge WBA mini-flyweight champion Knockout CP Freshman (13 wins-6 KOs) of Thailand or WBC light flyweight champion Ganigan “El Maravilla” Lopez of Mexico (28-6-0-17).
The other bouts on Aug. 13 in Makati Cinema Square are: Ryan “Singwancha” Lumacad of Highland Boxing Gym vs. Julius “The Rock” Bala of Alvarez Stable (119 lbs.-6 rds.); Jirbet “Singwancha” Gomera of Highland Boxing Gym vs. Pablito Canada of MP Boxing Gym-Manila (122 lbs.-6 rds.); Daishi Yoshikawa of Yamaguchi Stable-Osaka, Japan vs. Ezel Jungco of Sales Boxing Stable-Lipa, Batanga (154 lbs.-6 rds.); and Isagani Ypanto Llaban of Highland Boxing Gym vs. Christian Munalem (105 lbs.-4 rds.).