Gentallan challenges Zhu for WBC Asian belt in Bohol

SHANE Gentallan guns for his second regional title as he challenges World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Silver light flyweight champion Dian Xing Zhu in one of the double-headers of “Kumong Bol-anon X” on May 6, 2023 at the Guindulman Civic Center in Guindulman, Bohol.

The 25-year-old Gentallan faces what should be his stiffest competition against Chinese prospect Zhu. On Feb. 25, Gentallan snagged the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Youth minimumweight strap after an impressive second round stoppage of Indonesian Faisol Akbar in Calape, Bohol.

The 26-year-old Zhu just recently won the WBC Asian Silver light flyweight belt after a first round technical knockout of Thai Narathip Sungsut in his first international fight on March 27 in Thailand. He fought all his other fights in his native of China. This will be his first time fighting in the Philippines.

Gentallan weighed in exactly at the light flyweight limit of 108 pounds, while Zhu was a little bit lighter at 107.5 pounds.

Gentallan has an immaculate slate of 7-0 with four knockouts, while Zhu is 7-1 with six knockouts.

Meanwhile, Jake Amparo takes on Clyde Azarcon for the vacant Philippine Games and Amusements Board minimumweight title in the other main feature.

Amparo is looking for his second straight win after a unanimous decision over Charlie Malupangue last Feb. 25 in Calape. The 25-year-old Guindulman native won the biggest fight of his career after a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated South African Mthokozisi Ngxaka in South Africa. But after the huge win, Amparo immediately lost to Huu Toan Le via a painful split decision in Thailand.

Azarcon, in the meantime, attempts to end a three-fight slumps. He dropped his last three contests, losing to John Paul Gabunilas, Lito Dante and Yuga Ozaki.

Amparo, the No. 25 ranked minimumweight by the WBC, is 12-4-1 with two knockouts, while Azarcon is 17-6-1 with six knockouts.

In the undercard, Angilou Dalogdog (6-0, 2 KOs) trades leathers with fellow unbeaten prospect Dennis Endar (4-0-1, 3 KOs), Reymart Tagacanao (4-0, 4 KOs) faces off with Ruel Julian (4-4, 1 KO), Gerwin Asilo (4-0, 1 KO) is up against Ariel Antimaro (4-1-1, 2 KOs), Christian Balunan (6-0, 3 KOs) locks horns with Malupangue (9-8-4, 6 KOs), Pablito Balidio (7-3-3, 2 KOs) squares off with former world title challenger Vergilio Silvano (21-11-2, 12 KOs), Jason Tinampay (13-17-1, 11 KOs) is fighting fellow veteran Marjhun Tabamo (10-19-4, 2 KOs) and MMA fighter Niño Rio Saoy (1-0) takes on Dave Barlas (5-6-1, 3 KOs). (EKA)