By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Elmer Anuran is the manager of several outstanding boxers from the Philippines including WBA #3 super flyweight Drian Francisco (18-0, 14 KOs) who will clash with WBA #2 Ricardo Nunez (17-1, 15 KOs) of Panama on March 26 in Manila, Philippines for the WBA #1 position. Anuran talks to Fightnews and tells of Francisco’s outstanding amateur career, who his best win was against, that he has Vic Darchinyan in his sights and that Francisco is the next big thing in Filipino boxing.
Did Drian Francisco box as an amateur? If so how many fights and what titles did he win?
Yes, he has fought since he was 11 years old. He was the gold medalist in the Southern Tagalog Region and was undefeated in his amateur career. Drian turned professional when he was 22 years old, after finishing college where he got his bachelor degree in commerce.
How long have you been his manager?
For a year now.
He is rated WBA #3, IBF #6, WBO #9 and will be boxing soon in Manila. Who is his opponent? Are you confident of victory?
He will be fighting WBC #1, WBA #2 Ricardo Nunez. I am confident that Drian will win. It will be a good fight.
You have your sights on a bout with WBA/WBC 115 pound champion Vic Darchinyan. Can you repeat what fellow Filipino Nonito Donaire did and score a KO over the powerful champion from Australia?
Both boxers have punching power, so no matter who wins, it will definitely be a knock-out. It’s going to be a great fight as they are both exciting fighters.
Who do you regard as Francisco’s best win to date?
The two-time world champion Roberto La Arana Vasquez, who experienced the first KO on his career.
Can Francisco be another great boxer from the Philippines like Manny Pacquiao?
He is the complete package: he is humble, has a great mind, powerful, skillful…I believe this boxer is the next big thing in Filipino boxing.