• ‘THUNDERBOLT’ BATTLES INDON CHAMP IN DAVAO

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    Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Former world title contender and Oriental featherweight champion Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva, 25 wins, 1 loss with 22 KO, will go up against undefeated Indonesian featherweight champion Defry Palulu, 10 wins with 9 KOs, in what is expected to be a battle of big punchers on June 28 at the Almendras Gym in Davao City.

    The Villanueva-Palulu 10-round bout is the main supporting match in the first staging of “The Boxing Revolution,” a new boxing TV series which will be aired on KBN Philippines Sports Channel 39 starting August this year.

    In an equally exciting championship bout for the vacant ABF Superflyweight title between former WBC Flyweight Champion Sonny Boy Jaro goes up against Indonesian Ichal Tobida for 12 rounds.

    The fight against Tobida will be Jaro’s fourth since losing the WBC Flyweight title he won in a stunning upset over Thai boxing legend Pongsaklek Wongjonkam in Thailand last year.

    Jaro, who has moved up to the Superflyweight division hopes to come up with a dramatic performance to earn another shot at the world title at age 32.

    The fight against the hard punching Palulu will be the 28-year-old Villanueva’s fourth fight since suffering his first professional loss to another Indonesian Daud Cino Yordan in their battle for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title in Singapore last year where he knocked down the Indonesian in the first round only to get knocked out himself in the second.

    Villanueva has scored three successive victories following that loss and is hoping to boost his chances of another crack at the world title with a victory over Defry Palulu on June 28.

    But Palulu is no push over. In fact, he is a very dangerous opponent with a very impressive professional record of 10 wins with nine of those victories coming by way of knockout.

    Both Villanueva and Palulu are southpaws which makes the match up even more interesting.

    The third main bout in the first boxing promotion to be staged by the newly-established Sonshine Sports Management, a Davao City-based sports management firm headed by lawyer Binggay Dureza-Aldevera as president with former North Cotabato Governor Manny Piñol as chief executive officer will feature a national championship bout between Adonis Cabalquinto of Davao del Norte and Giovane Rota of Laguna for the Junior Welterweight title.

    Cabalquinto, trained by Manny Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Nonoy Neri, hopes to keep his unbeaten record by scoring another victory over Rota.

    Nine other bouts featuring the brightest boxing talents in Mindanao will also be featured including a 6-round bout involving 20-year-old prospect Roskie Cristobal of North Cotabato who at 5′ 10″ tall holds an unbeaten record of 7 wins with 7 knockouts.

    Another former amateur standout, Jade Bornea, will also be featured in a four-round bout.

    The fights will be staged starting 6 p.m. in the fully-airconditioned Almendras Gymnasium.

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