ESTRADA, TABUGON MAKE WEIGHTS IN MEXICO

TABUGON (RIGHT) & ESTRADA IN A FACEOFF
TABUGON (RIGHT) & ESTRADA IN A FACEOFF

By LITO DELOS REYES

PHILIPPINE Boxing Federation (PBF) super flyweight champion Raymond “Tornado” Tabugon of General Santos City and former world champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada of Mexico both made their weights for their 10-rounder fight on October 8 at the Estadio Francisco León García in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.

Tabugon tipped the scales at 116.5 lbs. while Estrada submitted a flat 116 lbs.

“Tabugon is now ready to face Estrada. Although he is the underdog, Tabugon is eyeing for an upset win,” said Jim Claude Manangquil, chief executive officer of Sanman Promotions.

Tabugon and his team arrived early via Los Angeles, USA last Oct. 4.

Tabugon, also a former International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental light flyweight title-holder, has a record of 18 wins with 8 knockouts, 5 losses and one draw.

Estrada, a former WBA super world flyweight and WBO world flyweight champion is toting a record of 33 wins with 22 knockouts and only 2 losses.

The 25-year old Tabugon, however, is coming from a 5th round technical knockout loss against Makazole Tete in their battle for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental super flyweight crown held July 29 at the Orient Theatre, East London in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Tabugon last won against Renante Suacasa by a 6th round TKO win to capture the PBF super flyweight title last March 8 in T’boli, South Cotabato.

Estrada, on the other hand, last saw action when he retained his WBA super world flyweight and WBO world flyweight crowns via a 10th round knockout win against Hernan Marquez last September 26, 2015 in Mexico. — LITO DELOS REYES

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