INDIAN boxer Prabhjot “Punjabi Lion” Singh of the Philippines will be fighting the undefeated WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver welterweight champion Nick Frese of Thailand on October 7 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong.
Singh (7W-1L-1D, 7 KOs) and Frese (6W-0L, 5 KOs) will clash for six rounds in the undercard of the WBO International super flyweight championship fight between defending champion Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso of Hong Kong and Japanese challenger Kohei Kono.
The 26-year old Singh is a former LuzProBA super welterweight champion, who was born and raised in the Philippines. Singh stopped Jason Catalino in the first round to capture the LuzProBA crown last year in Makati City.
Singh, however, lost his last fight by a 4th round knockout to Dennis Padua in their battle for the Philippine welterweight title last Feb. 11 in Mandaluyong City.
Singh is now in a rigid training at the MP Highland Boxing Gym in Manila under ex-Philippine welterweight champion Allan Alegria from Davao City.
“My training is good and I have a good condition now. (But) my opponent is a good boxer (with an) amateur style,” said Singh.
“I will do my best in the fight,” he added.
But Alegria said that Singh still needs to work harder in his training.
“Pinapa ensayo ko siya ng mabuti sa gym at hinahanda sa kanyang kalaban na medyo mabilis,” (“I try to train him well in the gym and prepare for his opponent, who is quick) said Alegria.
Alegria, however, said that their training is not yet complete.
“Kukumpletuhin ko siya pati na ang kanyang timbang. Kailangan na makuha na namin ito bago pa ang laban,” (I will complete him and his weight. We have to get it before the fight.) said Alegria, a former trainer in China.
Frese, on the other hand, previously scored a unanimous decision against Nam Phan in a 4-rounder bout last Sept. 9 at the StubHub Center in Carson.
The 23-year old Frese knocked out Indonesian Wellem Reyk in the 2nd round to win the WBC ABCO silver welterweight title last Aug. 4 in Samut Prakan.
Frese also won the vacant Thai super welterweight crown by a first round technical knockout win against Phanom Phoyaem last March 26 in Bangkok.
Frese successfully made his pro debut via a first round knockout victory against Janlee Paingco last December 12 at the Makati Square Boxing Arena in the Philippines.
Frese followed it up with a second round TKO victory against Indonesian Ahmad Tajib last January 7 at the Johor International Convention Center in Malaysia.
The Frese-Singh bout is promoted by Jay Lau of DEF Promotions and Bob Arum of Top Rank with Alan Chau as the matchmaker.