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Gaballo tackles Donaire in December, heads 8 Sanman fighters seeking glory

Roy Luarca
Gaballo tackles Donaire in December, heads 8 Sanman fighters seeking glory

TITLE CHALLENGE. Reymart Gaballo seeks to dethrone compatriot Nonito Donaire Jr.

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Unbeaten Reymart Gaballo challenges Nonito Donaire Jr. for the WBC bantamweight belt in an all-Filipino title clash

Unbeaten Reymart Gaballo heads a pack of Sanman Promotions fighters seeing action before 2021 ends.

Gaballo, who boasts a 24-0 slate with 20 knockouts, will challenge Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. for the World Boxing Council bantamweight crown on December 11 (December 12, Manila time) at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson City, California.

Also scheduled for career-defining bouts abroad are Mike Plania, Marlon Tapales, Mark Bernaldez, Froilan Saludar, Jade Bornea, Jayson Mama, and John Vincent Moralde.

Of course, Gaballo’s clash with Donaire, a four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer, stands as the most significant for Sanman Promotions head JC Manangquil.

According to Manangquil, he’s confident Gaballo would be able to stun Donaire (41-6, 27 KOs) because his ward is in his prime and has youth on his side.

Gaballo is 25 years old while Donaire will be 39 when they dispute the 118-pound title.

Plania (25-1 with 12 KOs) will tangle with former world title contender Ricardo Nunez of Panama on November 20 in Miami, Florida, needing an impressive win to figure in a title eliminator for the super bantamweight crown.

Tapales, a former world champion, was supposed to tackle Hiroaki Teshigawara on November 27 in a 122-pound eliminator at the Park MGM in Las Vegas, but the bout is being moved back after the Japanese encountered visa problems.

Manangquil said Tapales-Teshigawara will likely be held December 5 or at the latest on December 11, coinciding with the Donaire-Gaballo collision.

Bornea (16-0, 10 KOs) will tangle with Moroccan Mohammed Obbadi (22-1, 13 KOs) in a world title eliminator on December 2, while Saludar will tackle Australian Jason Moloney on December 9 in Sydney.

Mama, also 16-0 with 9 KOs, will be given the chance to challenge Sunny Edwards for the IBF flyweight title in London late in December. They were scheduled to clash on September 11 but the Briton pulled out due to an ankle injury.

The most daunting task falls on Moralde (25-4 with 13 KOs ) as he is pitted against Mexican sensation William Zepeda (23-0, 21 knockouts) on November 13 at the Honda Center in Los Angeles.

Manangquil said all his fighters have been undergoing rigorous training with their respective coaches and are raring to prove their mettle. –