CEBU CITY, Philippines – ARQ Boxing Promotions officials spared no effort to prepare for the biggest fight of their prized boxer, April Jay “Astroboy” Abne who, on Saturday October 30, 2021, will headline “Engkwentro Dos” in the Ibabao-Estancia gymnasium in Mandaue City.
For four months, Abne underwent rigorous training for the biggest fight of his flourishing career when he faced Elorde Boxing Stable’s Bienvenido Ligas for the silver flyweight title of the Eastern and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF ).
During this time, Abne took a more scientific approach under the supervision of ARQ strength and conditioning trainer Roger Potot.
ARQ coach Eldo Cortes has hired undefeated world super flyweight contender Kevin Jake Cataraja and Kenny Demecillo as Abne’s training partners.
‘Based on akong nakita in sparring ni Abne, nor improve the speed power of gyud iyang. Expect Abne to be stronger. He’s so excited and ready to rumble, ”ARQ athletic director Chelito Caro said during the final press conference on Thursday, October 28 at Eagles Lair Restobar-Mactan Times Square in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City .
Caro was joined by Potot and Paul Joven, consultant of ARQ Boxing Promotions.
“Our boss, Jason Arquisola, has made sure we give him all the support he needs for this fight. We know that the Ligas are not an easy opponent. He’s an experienced veteran. It’ll be a big test for Abne if he’s ready for bigger fights in the future.
Abne, 22, from Manticao, Misamis Oriental, has a record of six wins with three knockouts.
Ligas, 23, of Metro Manila is 13-1-2 (win-lose-draw) with nine knockouts.
Despite the disparity in their respective records, Potot saw Abne’s improvement and determination.
“Ligas is a bit taller than Abne and he’s also more experienced, but we have to remember that our boxer is an Ultimate Boxing Series champion and has a very extensive experience in the amateur scene. During his sparring with Cataraja and Demecillo, he showed a lot of improvement. So we are convinced that he has what it takes to win the fight, ”said Potot.
Abne and Ligas will face each other in person for the first time tomorrow for the official weigh-in at the venue.
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