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Elorde scion to defend his WBO crown


Juan Miguel Elorde

Juan Miguel Elorde

Juan Miguel Elorde, grandson of late boxing great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific Super bantamweight crown tonight against Yodsingdaeng Jor Chajinda of Thailand at the Elorde Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.

The young Elorde, who carries a record of 24 wins including 13 knockouts and one defeat, will be making his fourth title defense of the title he won in March 2015.

A victory for Elorde will propel his current No. 3 ranking to No. 1, as well as boost his chance to fight for the world championship title being held by Jessie Magdaleno of the United States.

But it won’t be easy for Elorde as Chajinda is the interim Pan Asia Boxing Association Champion crown with a record of 16 wins (10 Kos) and four losses.

The Thai fighter is also on a roll, having won his last 10 fights.

The official weigh-in yesterday had both fighters weighing in at 122 lbs. – the limit for the superbantamweight championship. WBO Vice President Leon Panoncillo conducted the rules meeting.

In the supporting bout, Wilbert Berondo of Zamboanga battle Glenn Calacar of Valenzuela in 10 rounds while Arvin Yurong clashes with Junjie Lauza. Also seeing action is Arvin Magramo against Michael Mendoza in eight rounds.

Other fighters appearing in six round bouts are Diomel Diocos vs Jerry Mae Villagracia (113 lbs), Marlon Paniamogan vs Germaine Dela Rosa (136 lbs.), MJ Bo vs RodMichael Sarguilla (108 lbs.), Delmar Pellio vs Francis Gonzales (118 lbs.) and Aljun Pelecio vs Narcelo Cabusas.

Sponsoring the event is Johnny Elorde Management International in cooperation with Siked Up, Southpaw Bar & Grill, Lemon Punch, the Rotary Club of Manila Premier and District 3810 All Star Team.

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