Former WBA World Champion and Current IBF # 4, WBA # 8 and WBO # 8 Randy Petalcorin was called-in on late notice to replace IBF World Champion Felix Alvarado to fight for the WBC World title against Ken Shiro (寺地拳四朗).
The Ken Shiro vs Randy Petalcorin rumble will take place on Monday, December 23rd, in Yokohama, Japan.
“Randy has had 4 weeks to get ready and travel to Japan to fight the best Light Flyweight in the world, Ken Shiro, said co-manager Peter Maniatis today.
“Ken Shiro (16-0, 9 KO’s) is a big challenge. It is a chance of a lifetime for Petalcorin to fight for a WBC world title.”
Petalcorin is now in deep training, sparring 10 rounds today.
The Filipino challenger is training at Sanman Gym in General Santos with Jim Claude Manangquil.
“Ever since I started boxing, I’ve always wanted to fight the best fighter in the world for the WBC World title. My dream comes true on December 23rd,“ shared Petalcorin.
“Petalcorin has been running up in the mountains twice a day with his trainer. To get ready for Shiro, he gets his Rocky shot and wants to make the most of it,” added Peter Maniatis.
Team Petalcorin leaves for Tokyo next Tuesday, December 17th.
“We will taper down his training in Toyko, which means Randy only had three hard weeks of training so he will be fresh going into the WBC World Title fight. Petalcorin weight is on target as well,” said co-manager Peter Maniatis.