Laurente faces Thai in world title bout


Aging Filipino boxer Dennis Laurente who is hoping to win a world title before he retires will battle Thailand’s Manopnoi Singmanassak for the vacant Asian Boxing Council junior middleweight title on Saturday at the Midas Hotel and Casino Tent in Pasay City. The Laurente vs. Singmanassak fight is the main event of War at The Casino: Philippines vs. Thailand.

“I’m hoping to get a chance of earning a world title fight before I retire,” Laurente, 36, with a fight record of 44-5-5 win-loss-draw with 25 knockouts told reporters during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum on Tuesday in Manila.

“I also want my name to be included again in the World Boxing Council rankings,” he added.

Singmanassak is coming into the fight with a 10-15 win-loss card with six knockouts.

“We are clueless about this Thai opponent, so we’re working double time in training since we do not know yet if he’s a defensive or an attacking type of fighter,” said Laurente. “Good thing, my sparring partners have different fighting styles.” Laurente has his younger brother Federito as coach.

He also claimed that former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao promised that he would fight in one of the undercard matches of the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios bout on November 23 in Macau if he wins over the 19-year-old Thai boxer.


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