IDOL 4 in Minglanilla on Nov. 10

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /RE­PORTER GLEN­DALE

A SEC­OND chance at a world ti­tle is the mo­ti­va­tion for one of ALA Box­ing Gym’s ris­ing stars, Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem, as he spear­heads the fourth in­stall­ment of the IDOL Box­ing Series on Nov. 10 at the Minglanilla Sports Com­plex in Minglanilla town, south Cebu.

Jerusalem is best re­mem­bered for last­ing 12 rounds when he faced un­beaten Wan­heng Me­nayothin for the World Box­ing Coun­cil (WBC) min­i­mumweight ti­tle in Thai­land last year de­spite los­ing via a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

The Manolo For­tich, Bukid­non na­tive who holds a record of 13 wins, eight knock­outs with two de­feats and no draw, vows to win against an equally lethal foe in Toto “Mus­co­v­ado” Lan­dero of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

Lan­dero, a two-time world ti­tle chal­lenger, holds a record of 10 wins, three losses along with two draws and two knock­outs.

“I am re­ally thank­ful to ALA Pro­mo­tions for giv­ing me a chance to fight in a main event, I will work hard and fight hard in this fight be­cause I want to fight for a world ti­tle again,” said Jerusalem in the launch­ing of IDOL 4 yes­ter­day at the Saint Mark Ho­tel.

Jerusalem is on a two-fight win­ning streak. He beat Je­stoni Ra­coma and Philip Luis Cuerdo fol­low­ing his loss to fel­low Filipino Joey Canoy last year.

Lan­dero, for his part, is look­ing to come­back fol­low­ing a two-fight skid in­clud­ing his fight against Tham­manoon Niy­omtrong in Thai­land for the WBA world min­i­mumweight ti­tle which he lost via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

The co-main event fea­tures Es­neth Domingo of Sul­tan Ku­darat fight­ing Rey­mark Ta­day in a 10-rounder bout in the 110lbs cat­e­gory; while Chris­tian Ba­colod of Cebu City will be fac­ing Chris­to­val Furog of Sul­tan Ku­darat in the 108lbs divi­sion for eight rounds.

CON­TRIB­UTED

From left: Melvin Jerusalem, Es­neth Domingo, and Chris­tian Ba­colod to­gether dur­ing the launch­ing of IDOL 4 at the Saint Mark Ho­tel.

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