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OPBF 112lb champ Fuentes faces Lee

By Joe Koizumi

Japan-based Korean, OPBF mandatory challenger Myung-Ho Lee (15-1, 5 KOs) will have an ambitious crack at the OPBF flyweight champ Rocky Fuentes (33-6-2, 20 KOs) in Cebu, Philippines on September 22. It was disclosed by ALA Promotions, presided by Antonio L. Aldeguer who has cultivated so many outstanding Filipino boxers such as Ala Villamor, Gerry Penalosa, Malcolm Tunacao, Donnie Nietes, etc. WBA#2 Fuentes was rumored to be eligible to participate in an elimination bout for the vacant throne provided that current titlist Hernan Marquez should renounce his belt, but nothing is certain at this moment. Fuentes, nicknamed Road Warrior, will be making his fifth defense of the regional belt since he dethroned Japan’s Masafumi Okubo via majority decision in 2010. Lee, an upright speedster, has been unbeaten since his sole defeat by Filipino Alfred Nagal on a second round knockout in 2006. It is good that Japanese or Japan-based boxers go and fight abroad to test their fists.

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