Glenn Porras (left) and Jay-Ar Estremos
By LITO DELOS REYES
NEWLY-CROWNED Mindanao Professional Boxing Association (Minproba) bantamweight champion Glenn “The Rock” Porras will face former WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental light flyweight champion Jay-Ar Estremos on November 26 in Agoncillo, Batangas.
Porras, who is now handled by the MB Boxing Promotions of Erwin Maderazo and Jilson Basang, is aiming for another knockout win.
“Mas maganda ang training at preparasyon niya ngayon,” said Basang, who is based in Singapore.
The 31-year old Porras is now training at the MP Davao Gym in Davao City under new trainer Raides “Nonoy” Neri, one of the Filipino assistants of 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
“Very inspired and persistent si Glenn ngayon. Mas malakas pa daw siya ngayon kesa dati,” said Basang.
Basang said that he would like to see if Glenn had really improved in his next fight to prepare him for another world title fight.
“Glenn is a disciplined fighter and has the true character of a champion according to Coach Nonoy,” said Basang.
Porras, a native of M’lang, North Cotabato had previously captured the vacant Minproba bantamweight title by knocking down thrice former champion Renante Suacasa en route to a unanimous decision last September 17 in President Roxas, North Cotabato.
It was Porras’ comeback fight since he decided to hang up his gloves after losing by a 2ndround knockout to defending WBO Latino bantamweight champion Jose Nieves on December 7, 2012 at the Civic Center in in Florida, USA.
“Kaya ko pang maging champion,” said Porras, a former interim WBO Asia Pacific Youth bantamweight and Philippine bantamweight title-holder.
Porras won the interim WBO Asia Pacific Youth bantamweight crown by a UD victory over Marangin Marbun last June 30, 2007 in Amas, Kidapawan City. He also took the vacant Philippine bantamweight crown also by UD over Richard Pumicpic on February 27, 2011 at Magsaysay Park in Davao City.
Porras (29 wins-4 losses-0 draw-17 KOs) also fought but lost to PABA bantamweight king Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat by UD last February 22, 2008 in Thailand.
Estremos, on the other hand, is also making a comeback. In his last fight, Estremos lost by a knockout to Giovanni Escaner last October 31, 2015 at the Elorde Sports Center in Paranaque.
Estremos also fought but dropped all three other championship bouts.
He dropped a majority decision to then unbeaten WBO Oriental flyweight champion Prasitsak Phaprom on February 27, 2014 at the Bangkok University, Thonburi Campus in Bangkok.
He also bowed to another Thai Pai Pharob via a TKO in their battle for the vacant WBO Oriental light flyweight crown on May 8, 2014 in Ban Mi.
Estremos went back to Thailand to fight but still lost to WBC Asian Boxing Council flyweight champion Nawaphon Kaikanha by a TKO on July 18, 2014.
In his fourth and last trip to Thailand, Estremos again failed to bring home the crown as he was knocked out by the undefeated WBC Youth Silver bantamweight king Tassana Sanpattan on June 2, 2015 at the Central Ramintra Resort in Bangkok. – LITO DELOS REYES