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Passport delays have led hard-hitting light flyweight Randy “Razor” Petalcurin (13-1, 12 KOs) to perhaps a more advantageous position. Initially scheduled to fight in Australia this month, Petalcurin’s international debut now has to wait. But as the old adage goes, a door opens when one closes. And the same aptly describes Petalcurin’s current string of luck.

Four-time Australian Fight Promoter of the Year Peter Maniatis, Petalcurin’s promoter, touched base with former two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa and arranged to have his ward fight in Penalosa’s boxing event dubbed Laban ng Lahi: Dugong Kampeon. Penalosa’s promotional company, GerryPenns Promotions, managed to to squeeze Petalcurin in a very impressive fight card, bannered by Penalosa’s nephew, the undefeated Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr.

The event will take place on August 6th, 2011 at the Mandaue City Sports Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines.

Also included in the card are former world titleholder Rodel ‘The Mandaue Kid” Mayol, former world championship contender Eden Sonsona, and ex-OPBF champion Jimrex Jaca.

Petalcurin will face off against Michael Rodriguez (12-29, 3 KOs) for the PABA light flyweight title.

Talking to this writer, Maniatis can’t contain his appreciation for Penalosa.

Great guy! I am honored and very happy to be in the same room with him,” Maniatis said.

I would really like to thank Gerry for giving Randy a spot in his event.”

The move to include Petalcurin in the card will give the 19-year old banger from General Santos City huge media exposure. The fight will be aired by GMA network, one of the Philippine’s largest broadcasting companies. Petalcurin once fought in a huge event, in the undercard of Brian Viloria-Carlos Tamara fight. Petalcurin was stopped by Marlon Tapales in the second round.

Should Petalcurin, Maniatis told this writer that a possible fight in Australia looms for the GenSan native.

Petalcurin’s manager Jim Manangquil said his ward is fit and primed for Saturday’s fight.

He is good condition,” Manangquil said.

Manangquil and Maniatis both agreed that a regional title shot by 2012 is very possible for Petalcurin if things go smoothly.

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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.