FILIPINO prospects Reymart "Assassin” Gaballo and “Magic” Mike Plania, both undefeated fighters from Sanman Boxing Club in General Santos City are seeing action in one big boxing card in the United States on March 23.
Gaballo, who has a clean record of 18 straight wins with 16 knockouts, is facing the dangerous American Stephon “Showstopper” Young for the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) world bantamweight title at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.
Young, 29, is also still unbeaten with 17 wins, seven by knockouts and three draws. He won the vacant WBA-NABA bantamweight title by a majority decision against Juan Antonio Lopez in 2016.
Gaballo is making his third fight abroad after making his impressive debut by stopping Mexican Ernesto Guerrero via a second-round technical knockout win last November 15 at the Hawaii Events Center in Honolulu.
The 21-year old Gaballo then went to Mexico to pummel to submission another Mexican Ulises Rivero by a 6th round TKO at the Domo Deportivo, Tulum. " I have trained hard for this fight and I will be world champion on March 23" Said Gaballo.
The 12-round Gaballo-Young WBA world interim Bantamweight title fight is the main event of the boxing promotion of Kris Lawrence of The Heavyweight Factory.
Plania (15W-0L,7 KOs) will be fighting in the undercard against former WBA-IBO bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos Payano (19W-1L) of Dominican Republic for 10 rounds.
Payano lost both his IBO world bantamweight and WBA super world bantamweight titles to Rau’shee Warren by a majority decision during their rematch in 2016 in Chicago.
“Plania is facing his toughest test in his career against former world champion Payano, but we are very confident of a victory” said Sanman Chief Executive Officer Jim Claude Manangquil. Plania previously scored a 6th decision win last December 22 in Quintana Roo, Medico against Mexican Roel Lazaro Perez.