Cebu City, Cebu
FORMER interim World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia bantamweight champion Jess Rhey Waminal tests his mettle against knockout artist Jon Jon Estrada in an eight-round fight in the undercard of Tiger 2022 Ultimate Knockout Challenge on March 12 in Parañaque City, Metro Manila.
“This will be a good fight because my opponent is a knockout artist,” Waminal told SunStar Cebu. “I saw videos of him. He’s not to be taken lightly because he has power.”
Though the 32-year-old Estrada has a mediocre looking record, his fights are very unpredictable and could go his way anytime because of his power. He owns knockout wins over former ALA Boy Brian Lobetania, Japanese Tasuku Nakagawa, Rex Wao and Jestine Tesorio.
Estrada is on a three-fight winning streak, knocking out Wao, Pablito Canada and Tesorio.
The 27-year-old Waminal, a former amateur standout, is coming off a 12th round knockout in the hands of his former ALA Gym teammate Pete Apolinar in an Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Silver featherweight title fight on July 3, 2021 in Mandaue City.
Waminal wants to redeem himself and return to the winning column by beating Estrada.
“This is a very important fight for me. I need to win impressively so that I’ll move back up the division ladder,” said Waminal. “My advantage is that I’m tall and I have skills.”
Waminal is 14-4-1 with eight knockouts, while Estrada is 14-8-1 with 13 knockouts.
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