Gabu­tan eyes WBA Asia su­per ban­tamweight

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DE­SPITE hav­ing fought only once last year, for­mer WBO Ori­en­tal ban­tamweight cham­pion Dayer Gabu­tan re­turns to the ring as he takes on un­de­feated Ge An Ma for the va­cant WBA Asia su­per ban­tamweight ti­tle in DiaoBingShan, China on Jan­uary 17.

Box­ing pro­moter Dar­win Miller Dep-ay of High­land D-MAD Box­ing Pro­mo­tion con­firmed Gabu­tan’s re­turn in a Face­book page Mon­day evening.

Gabu­tan last saw ac­tion in May last year where he yielded to ZongLi He via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion for the va­cant World Box­ing Coun­cil Asian Box­ing Coun­cil Sil­ver su­per fly­weight ti­tle.

Prior to his defeat, Gabu­tan scored a sec­ond round tech­ni­cal knock­out against Roilo Golez in La Trinidad

on Septem­ber 2017.

Al­though Gabu­tan has be­come a full­time stu­dent, the for­mer six time ban­tamweight cham­pion said he re­mained ac­tive at the High­land Box­ing Gym by spar­ring with his team­mates.

Prior to his win in 2017, Gabu­tan lost five out of his six fights from 2013 to 2016.

His Chi­nese op­po­nent mean­while just turned pro in May 2017 scor­ing a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion win against Ying Yuan Chen then racked up three more vic­to­ries.

Ge An Ma scored his first ca­reer knock out against Changjian Jian in May 2018 for his fifth win.

Photo by Rod­er­ick Osis

READY FOR THE BIG TIME. Dayer Gabu­tan seeks to claim an­other ti­tle as he gears up for the va­cant WBA Asia su­per ban­tamweight ti­tle in DiaoBingShan, China on Jan­uary 17.

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