Four-time Australian Fight Promoter of the Year Peter Maniatis boldly declared to this writer that if super featherweight prospect Balweg Bangoyan (16-2, 7 KOs) wins in his upcoming fights, Bangoyan will be scheduled for his debut fight in the Land Down Under. Balweg is scheduled to face Elmer Legaria (12-3, 3 KOs) this Saturday, June 11th in General Santos City,
“I already made arrangements with Joel Brunker and his camp for a fight if Balweg continues to win,” Maniatis said. “I still have to talk to Zander but I believe I can make him agree on this matter.”
Brunker (18-0, 12 KOs) is the reigning interim WBO Oriental featherweight titlist and has scored six stoppages in his seven last victories. Maniatis already peddled Ramie Laput (41-4-1, 19 KOs) as Brunker’s next opponent. However, the Australian fight promoter believes that Brunker and Bangoyan is on a collision course if they continue their winning streak.
Bangoyan, who lost in his only crack for a world title, will find himself back to the winning route if he can score a victory over the hard-punching Australian.
Bangoyan has not figured in a significant fight since losing the WBC super bantamweight title bout via 5th-round TKO to Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka in April last year. Bangoyan would then lose to fellow Filipino Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva in their WBO Oriental featherweight clash four months later. Bangoyan managed to end his 2010 campaign on a high note with a victory over fringe contender Eric Macas last November with a 7th-round stoppage.
Brunker, on the other hand, has held the Australian featherweight title since 2009 and captured the WBO Oriental featherweight championship in 2010. But Brunker’s choice of opponents is not that impressive in terms of quality and skills.
A date and venue has already been set, according to Maniatis. “Brunker vs. Laput on July 15th at Sydney,” the affable promoter told this writer. “A victorious Brunker will fight Balweg later this year.”
All that said, Laput is no walk in the park. A veteran of 46 fights, Laput once held the interim WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight and WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles and has faced topnotch opponents in his career including former world champions Ratanachai Singwangcha and Zsolt Bedak.