3 Pinoy pugs gun for world titles in 2013

Posted at 11/09/2012 6:46 PM | Updated as of 11/09/2012 6:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Three promising Filipino boxers are lined up for world championship boxing bouts this 2013.

Boxing promoters Brico Santig, Naris Singwancha and La Trinidad, Benguet mayor Gregorio Abalos Jr. said during Friday’s Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines (SCOOP) Forum that the three boxers under their care are preparing for the world title shots.

Singwancha Promotions’ Dayer Gabutan, World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental bantamweight champion, is the mandatory challenger of the winner between WBO title holder Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand and Paula Abunda of Africa.

The 24-year-old Gabutan has successfully defended his crown by beating hard-hitting Indonesian Lande Olin last October.

Rey Migreno will be challenging reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight titlist Toshiyuki Igarashi of Japan.

Migreno won the WBC international flyweight crown by knocking out WBC fighter of the decade Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailand last November 1.

With the win, Migreno earned a shot at the WBC championship.

Filipino minimumweight Mateo Handig will be fighting Mexico’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) king Mario "Dragoncito" Rodriquez.

Handig won the title shot by outboxing two time Japanese world champion Katsunari Takayama. -- By Marlon Bernardino