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ALA has new prospect

Consistent national and regional amateur gold medalist Junrel Jimenez will make his Pinoy Pride debut topbilled by the world flyweight title fight between Filipino Donnie Nietes against top contender Komgrich nantapech of Thailand on April at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.

Elorde Hall of Fame honorees Manny Pacquiao and Donnie Nietes will be honored with an Award of Distinction while three boxers will share the highest honors as Boxers of the Year during the 17th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Memorial Awards and Banquet of Champions on March 25 at The Tent of the Manila Hotel.

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Last hurrah for Manny?

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As in the last 15 years, Manny Pacquiao was the face of Philippine boxing in 2016 as the fighting senator continued to turn back the hands of time by crowning himself as the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight king.

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Former world minimumweight and light-fly champion Donnie Nietes will fight for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title vacated by fellow Cebu-based puncher Johnriel Casimero, who has decided to invade the super-fly ranks next year.

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Casimero relinquishes title, moves up to 115

The trouble making the weight limit of 112 lbs and the desire to take on the marquee names have compelled Johnriel Casimero to relinquish the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown.

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A battle royale among flyweight’s elite fighters can still happen as two of its former kingpins may soon find themselves going back to the 112lb class.

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