By Carlos Costa
Former WBA interim light flyweight world champion Randy Petalcorin (29-3-1, 22 KO’s) can look forward to a return to boxing action on June 9th in the Philippines, said today Australian Peter Maniatis, co-promoter of the 27-year-old Filipino southpaw.
The fight is Petalcorin’s first after losing his IBF world title battle to Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado in October of last year
“Randy (Petalcorin) will be back a better boxer. His IBF world title lost to Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30 KO’s) was a learning experience for Randy as he battled Alvarado, a man whom I rate as the # 1 champion in the Light flyweight division.
“However, to me, the fight of Petalcorin vs Alvarado was even, till it was stopped. That is why one Judge had Randy Petalcorin winning the fight, while the other two foreign judges from Great Britain and Mexico had Alvarado winning the battle,” said Maniatis.
“So to me, the fight was even, but then all the sudden it got stopped. Fans can watch the video on youtube and see who was winning the fight till stoppage came,” commented the Hall of Famer Australian promoter today.
“In my mind, we should take the loss as a learning experience. Because from now on, Randy will be a better fighter, more experienced. That is why right now, he is in training for his June 9 return in his native Philippines. The opponent is still TBA.
“Because after his June 9 stay-busy fight, we are looking for big battles for him later on in this year 2019.
“That is why Petalcorin needs to keep on training well at Sanman Boxing Gym in General Santos City,” added Maniatis.
For years, Peter Maniatis has been co-promoting Randy Petralcorin together with young award-winning Filipino promoter JC Manangquil, the CEO of Sanman Boxing Promotions.
JC Manangquil has received awards in his work as a promoter, guiding the careers of boxers as Randy Petalcorin, Romero Duno, “Magic” Mike Plania, Jade Bornea, Reymart Gaballo among others.
Incidentally, Maniatis is also being awarded by the WBC Asia as the Australasia promoter of the year, in part for his work promoting Petalcorin as well as Andrew Moloney and other boxers.
It’s the third time that Maniatis wins the coveted distinction as he has also won it in 2012 and 2013. This year Maniatis will receive his trophy on May 22 in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand.
“It’s a great honor. So I would like to thank Ultratune, Sean Buckley, Lynden Hosking and thank all our boxers, including Randy for supporting me in winning the award from the WBC Asia leadership, Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi and WBA Asia executive Patrick Cusick.
Maniatis was also inducted into the Australia Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.
“In my mind, promoters need boxers. We need boxers as Randy Petalcorin and Andrew Moloney and others. Because they are the stars. They are the whole show. They must always come first,” feels Maniatis.
The author Carlos Costa is a Panama boxing reporter living in the Philippines. Carlos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and