Issue of March 11, 2018

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Two Benguet–based boxers vie for OPBF & WBC belts
by Harley F. Palangchao

UNDEFEATED BOXERS -- Jay-r Raquinel and Conrado Tanamor, two undefeated boxers who train with La Trinidad-based Highland Boxing Gym undergo sparring sessions in preparation for their OPBF and WBC-ABC title bouts in Japan and China, respectively. -- Harley Palangchao

Two undefeated and upcoming Benguet-based boxers will vie for regional world titles in Japan and China this month.

First on the line is 21-year-old Jay-r Srain Raquinel, the interim Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight champion, is scheduled to fight Keisuke Nakayama for the unification of the OPBF flyweight title in Tokyo, Japan on March 13.

The southpaw Raquinel, who hails from Bacolod City, has been training with Highland Boxing Gym of multi-awarded boxing promoter Brico Santig in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Raquinel, who holds a professional record of eight wins, no loss and one draw, won the interim OPBF flyweight belt, with a technical knockout win over Richard Rosales in October 2017.

Since turning professional boxer in early 2014, Raquinel has nailed impressive wins, mostly by TKOs, but has not fought outside the country.

His 29-year-old Japanese opponent, Nakayama, is the reigning OPBF flyweight title. He won the belt via split decision against Jobert Alvarez (17-2-1) in October 2017. The Japanese champion has a pro record of 10-2-2.

The other Benguet-based boxer, Conrado Tanamor, 27, will face Yelieqiati Nihemaituola of China for the World Boxing Council-Asian Boxing Council bantamweight title in Shenzhen, China on March 20.

The southpaw boxer from Zamboanga City remains undefeated in 10 professional bouts since turning pro at age 18.  The last time Tanamor saw action was on Nov. 28, 2017 when he won via TKO against fellow Filipino veteran boxer Dondon Navarez.

His 24-year-old Chinese opponent who turned pro in 2014, has defeated some of the up and coming boxers from China and Southeast Asia the past four years.

The Chinese boxer will be coming from more than two-year layoff from boxing, as he last fought and won via TKO against Ical Tobida in January 2016.

Santig said the two Filipino boxers have been training hard the past months in La Trinidad and Baguio City.

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