Former world light flyweight champion Randy “Razor” Petalcorin (25 wins-2 losses-1 draw-18 KOs) of Sanman Boxing Club will again be fighting in General Santos City on February 25.
He is facing Mark Anthony Florida (9wins-6 losses- 7kos) of Cagayan de Oro City in the under-card of the “Brawl of the Mall: Rise of the Next Champions”.
“I’m happy to be fighting again infront of my hometown fans,” said the 25-year old southpaw.
Petalcorin, a former interim WBA world light flyweight champion, is also happy that he is getting active again. He previously fought and won the vacant IBF Pan Pacific light fly-weight title via a convincing unanimous decision against Arnold Garde last Decem-ber 4 at Robinson’s Atrium in Gensan.
He thanked his team headed by JC Manangquil and co-manager Peter Maniatis.
“This 2017, I’m looking to be world champion again,” said Petalcorin, who wants to challenge current IBF champion Akira Yaegashi of Japan.
“I want Akira Yaega-shi and his belt. If you (Akira) are reading this, let’s make the fight. I know you are a brave fighter,” said Petalcorin.
Petalcorin is confident that he will be victorious against Florida. He has already made a couple of sparring sessions at the Sanman Gym with some top young prospects.
Florida, on the other hand, lost to world-rated Melvin Jerusalem in his last fight held in Cebu.
Florida, a native of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, also fought but lost to Vergilio Silvano by a unanimous decision in their battle for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) light flyweight title.
Florida also bowed to Thailand’s Thammanoon Niyomtrong via 5th round technical knockout in their WBC Youth World mini-mumweight title fight in 2013.
“Petalcorin should not take me lightly. I will come prepared and will look for an upset,” said Florida, a native of Malaybalay, Bu-kidnon. LDR