Boxing: Petalcorin begins training for Australia fight

Filipino junior flyweight contender Randy Petalcorin will travel to Australia on February 16 to begin training for his March 28 fight against former title challenger Lookrak Kiatmungmee at Town Hall in Malvern, Australia.

TRAINING DAY. Petalcorin, shown knocking out Samransak Singmanasak in November, will fight in Australia for the second consecutive time. Photo courtesy Peter Maniatis

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino junior flyweight contender Randy Petalcorin will travel to Australia on February 16 to begin training for his March 28 fight against former title challenger Lookrak Kiatmungmee at Town Hall in Malvern, Australia.

Petalcorin (20-1-1, 15 knockouts) of General Santos City is rated no. 2 by the WBA, while Lookrak Kiatmungmee (7-5, 4 KOs) lost a challenge to then-WBC minimumweight titleholder Xiong Zhao Zhong in November. Kiatmungmee has lost five of his last six bouts.

The 22-year-old from General Santos City has already begun preparations at home with his co-managers Jim Claude Manangquil and John Ray Manangquil and head trainer Rene Gabawa.

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Petalcorin boxes out of a southpaw stance and currently holds the regional Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) title at 108 pounds. Petalcorin is coming off his best performance to date, a third-round knockout of Thai fighter Samransak Singmanasak last November in his Australian debut.

Petalcorin’s Australian promoter and co-manager Peter Maniatis tells Rappler.com that he has reached out to the handlers of the WBA interim titleholder Alberto Rossel (31-8, 13 KOs) for a fight, which would set the winner up to face the WBA’s champion Kazuto Ioka of Japan. – Rappler.com