Lan­dero needs a bounce-back win

Lan­dero wants to get back on the win­ning track

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Glen­dale Rosal RE­PORTER

Toto “Mus­co­v­ado” Lan­dero badly wants a win in his fight against Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem in the main event of the IDOL Box­ing 4 at the Minglanilla Sports Com­plex in Minglanilla town, south Cebu, on Satur­day.

The 23-year-old Lan­dero (10 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws) said he wants to get back on the win­ning track after los­ing two fights that were both for world ti­tles.

“I worked so hard for this fight,” said Lan­dero, who is from Pon­teve­dra, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal. “I trained very hard for this fight and I badly want to win.”

But it won’t be easy for Lan­dero as he faces a 24year-old Jerusalem from Manolo For­tich, Bukid­non, who is also ea­ger to chalk up a vic­tory.

“I ex­pect a very tough fight against Jerusalem that is why I trained hard for this fight,” he said.

Both box­ers faced each other for the first time in a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at the Abuhan Mam­bal­ing branch.

Jerusalem (13-2-0) said he wants to give box­ing fans a fight to re­mem­ber.

“I also trained hard for this fight and I prom­ise box­ing fans a great fight,” said Jerusalem, who is best re­mem­bered for fac­ing the un­beaten Wan­heng Me­nayoth- in for the World Box­ing Coun­cil (WBC) min­i­mumweight ti­tle in 2017.

Al­though he was beaten via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, Jerusalem fought valiantly and lasted for 12 rounds against Me­nayothin, who is con­sid­ered as the “Floyd May­weather of Thai­land” for hav­ing an un­beaten record of 51-0.

Lan­dero is com­ing from a loss to Thai world cham­pion Tham­manoon Niy­omtrong in a fight for the WBA world min­i­mumweight ti­tle last March in Thai­land. Five months after, he flew to South Africa to face Sim­phiwe Khonco for the IBO world min­i­mumweight ti­tle but also lost.

His most no­table win was against Vic “Vi­cious” Salu­dar last year at the Man­daue City Sports Com­plex.

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 fights Chris­to­val Furog of Sul­tan Ku­darat in the 108lbs di­vi­sion.

Elmo Traya of Cebu City will take on Jun Ryan Quimbo of Car­men, north Cebu, for eight rounds in the 140lbs di­vi­sion while Joyjoy For­mentera of Camotes Is­land fights Delfin de Asis of Bukid­non for eight rounds in the 115lbs di­vi­sion. Danny Vil­la­fuerte Jr. of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal locks horns with Mark Jun Bato of Com­postela, north Cebu, and Je­muel Azu­ce­nas of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal fights Ker­vent Aresco of Car­men in the 108lbs di­vi­sion.

CDN PHOTO/GLEN­DALE ROSAL

Melvin Jerusalem (left) and Toto Lan­dero, both ex-world ti­tle chal­lengers, face each other in a press con­fer­ence for IDOL 4 Box­ing at the Abuhan Mam­bal­ing branch.

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