By LITO DELOS REYES
MANILA (Feb. 5) – World-rated Carlo “The Ferocious” Magali (32W-1L-0D, 28 KOs) had already left his training camp at the Highland Boxing Gym in La Trinidad, Benguet to go back home to his family in Talibon, Bohol.
Magali, current Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super featherweight champion, was preparing already for his world championship fight against reigning WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt of Mexico on Feb. 10 in Mexico.
But he was not allowed by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) of the Philippines through the recommendation of its Medical and Boxing Divisions due to the lack of the required 45 days rest period of a boxer.
Magali previously won the regular OPBF title via a 10th round technical knockout against Japanese Masatoshi Kotani last January 13 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
“It’s OK, it was not really meant for us,” said Magali, who still lacks at least 15 days rest period according to GAB.
Magali, who is handled by Brico Santig of Highland International Boxing Promotions said that he will now go back home to take care of the construction of his house in Talibon, Bohol.
“It still needs a connection of the electricity,” said Magali, who also has a small sari-sari store in his house.
“Our house is not yet finish. I was hoping to finish if the world title fight had been pushed through,” said Magali, who already has a one-year old daughter from his wife.
Magali’s trainer Ninolito Jalnaiz was hoping that the promoters would move the date of the fight. But instead, Magali was replaced by Maxwell Awuku (44W-3L-1L, 30 KOs) of Ghana.