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Saturday, August 22, 2015


Joey Maceda - 7:50 AM
Encuentro en Merida: PHILIPPINES' ROMEL ASENJO FACES CHAMP JUAN ESTRADAPhilBoxing.comFri, 27 Mar 2015 Ciudad de Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - Filipino flyweight Romel "Little Assassin" Asenjo arrived in this city shortly before midnight today (March 25 Mexico time), three days before he will challenge the feared Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in 12-round battle for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and the World Boxing Association (WBA) titles. It will be a difficult assignment for the native of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato who traveled from Manila to Mexico for about 30 hours in a mission to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a world boxing champion. Estrada is not going to be an easy opponent for the smaller Asenjo, a natural miniflyweight (105 lbs.) who moved up to the flyweight division (112 lbs.) just to get a chance to fight for the world title. Estrada, considered as one of the best flyweights in the world today, has included Filipinos Brian Viloria, Richie Mepranum, Milan Melindo and Joebert Alvarez as among his victims. The Mexican champion has a record of 31 wins 22 of which came by way of knockout and lost only twice. At 5' 4", he is two inches taller than Asenjo who has a record of 26 wins, 20 of which came by KO and three losses, including a 3rd round stoppage by Rayito Garcia in another title fight in Mexico three years ago. Asenjo is undaunted. "I have no pressure. I am the challenger. Everything is against me," Asenjo said, characteristic of the do-or-die spirit Filipino boxers are known for the world over, including here in Mexico. Tomorrow, after a long night rest, Asenjo and Estrada will face the Mexican press and prepare for the weigh-in on March 27. Photo: At the Merida airport yesterday, a Filipino missionary who is assigned here in the predominantly Catholic Mexico, Fr. Gerard Sala, arrived along with Asenjo and this writer. Fr. Sala's welcomers also welcomed Asenjo. Tomorrow, the Filipino fighter will attend mass in Fr. Sala's parish. Photo shows Fr. Sala, in black, striking a fight pose with Asenjo. Click here to view a list of other articles written by .Recent In-House articles:Pro Boxer Brian Viloria -- Hawaiians Are Born Ass-Kickers ... Don't Mess With ThemBy , Sat, 22 Aug 2015LEWKOWICZ SENDS CEASE AND DESIST LETTER TO NERIBy Dong Secuya, Sat, 22 Aug 2015ALL SET FOR PUNTA PRINCESA BOXING AUG 23By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Sat, 22 Aug 2015Shane Mosley -- Mayorga Fight's Not Dead Yet ... But I'm WorriedBy , Sat, 22 Aug 2015SENATORS ANGARA AND PIA CAYETANO JOIN CALL TO CHEER ON AZKALS ON SEPT. 8By , Sat, 22 Aug 2015ROY JONES JR SIGNS RUSSIAN CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONBy Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 22 Aug 2015GOLOVKIN VS. LEMIEUX CLOSE OUT PRESS TOUR WITH LARGE RECEPTION IN LOS ANGELES - QUOTES & PHOTOSBy , Sat, 22 Aug 2015Dapidran still has contract with MP Promotions until 2017By Lito delos Reyes, Sat, 22 Aug 2015Ronda Rousey -- Called Out By Holly Holm's Camp ... YOU. WILL. LOSE.By , Sat, 22 Aug 2015GH3 Promotions O'Shanique Foster and Lavarn Harvell in action on Saturday night in Washington, DCBy , Sat, 22 Aug 2015Global Sports Streaming, a new sports network, launches it's first live show, "Best In Boxing."By , Sat, 22 Aug 2015NBA -- Smith returning to the CavsBy Jose Roberto Meza, Sat, 22 Aug 2015PACQUIAO CAMP: JONEL DAPIDRAN IS STILL UNDER CONTRACT WITH MP BOXING GYMBy Dong Secuya, Fri, 21 Aug 2015Arizona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: Rose Retains Title-Ray Beltran Encounter & More By Don Smith, Fri, 21 Aug 2015RETURNING DANNY GREEN SCORES IMPRESSIVE TEN ROUND WIN OVER BOLONTIBy Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 21 Aug 2015TWO FILIPINOS BEATEN IN BIG MELBOURNE FIGHT CARDBy Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 21 Aug 2015Roy Jones Jr. Vladimir Putin Was Honored to Meet Me By , Fri, 21 Aug 2015GOLOVKIN-LEMIEUX, GONZALEZ-VILORIA LA PRESSCON (PHOTOS)By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Fri, 21 Aug 2015Jhonny Gonzalez To Face Jonathan Oquendo On Mayweather vs. Berto Undercard Sept. 12 on SHOWTIME PPVBy , Fri, 21 Aug 2015Baltimore Boxing to host Olympic Qualifiers September 8-11!By , Fri, 21 Aug 20155-TIME WORLD CHAMPION TIM "DESERT STORM" BRADLEY CONFIRMED FOR SECOND- ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE SATURDAY, SEPT. 12 IN LAS VEGAS By , Fri, 21 Aug 2015THIS MONDAY! Terence Crawford & Dierry Jean Omaha Press Conf. Fans InvitedBy , Thu, 20 Aug 2015'Sugar' Shane Mosley -- Something's Really Fishy About Don King's Paperwork By , Thu, 20 Aug 2015M-1 Challenge 61 pushed back to Sept. 19 and moved to Russia; Sultanakhmedov returns vs. BritoBy , Thu, 20 Aug 2015


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