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In less than a month, General Santos City, a hotbed for Philippine prizefighting, will once again go ablaze as super featherweight contender Balweg Bangoyan (16-2, 7 KOs) tries to get back on the winning track in his first fight this year. Bangoyan, who is co-promoted by ZK Promotions and Peter Maniatis Promotions (Australia), will face Elmer Legaria (12-3, 3 KOs) of Saranggani Province on June 11, 2011 at the Lagao Gym, General Santos City.

Peter Maniatis have told this writer in past conversations that Bangoyan was supposedly scheduled for a debut fight in Australia in January but Bangoyan struggled to keep himself at super bantamweight. Now campaigning as a super featherweight, Bangoyan will try to establish his name in the said division before moving on to bigger names.

Bangoyan once fought for a world title but lost to Toshiaki Nishioka during their WBC super bantamweight title bout early last year.

Balweg Bangoyan is yet to bounce off from his loss to Nishioka.

Also figuring in the fight will be the exciting super flyweight prospect Fernando Lumacad (22-3-3, 9 KOs), a Cotabato del Sur native who now fights out of Manila. Opposite Lumacad will be Ricky Sabia (8-5-1, 3 KOs) of Davao del Sur. Lumacad is best known for his KO loss to Mexican bruiser and newly crowned WBO super bantamweight champion Jorge Arce, who saw action in the undercard of Pacquiao-Mosley fight against then champion Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr.

To be contested in the Lumacad-Sabia fight is the vacant interim WBC Asian Boxing Council super featherweight title.

Filipino super featherweight sensation Ramie Laput (41-4-1, 19 KOs) of Davao del Sur will also try to nab the vacant interim WBC Asian Boxing Council light flyweight title against Ernie Sanchez (8-1, 2 KOs).  Also seeing action come fight night is the power-punching light flyweight Randy Petalcurin (12-1, 11 KOs) of General Santos City. Petalcurin will face debuting Veeradej Manopkarchang of Thailand.

This event is a production of Zander Kahn (ZK International Promotions) / Dexter Tan (Sanman Promotions) / Peter Maniatis (Peter Maniatis Events) / Jim Claude Manangquil (JM PROMOTIONS).

Photo credits: Filipino Boxing

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.