Gensan fighter gets title shot in Melbourne

PERTH, Australia – The distinction of being the first Filipino to see action in a title fight in Australia this year won’t go to boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Adam Diu Abdulhamid will get that distinction as he faces Australian Tim Hunt for the for the vacant WBC-ABCO super lightweight title in Melbourne on April 21, a day before the Filipino boxing legend will have his turn.

That is assuming the Apriil 23 fight at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane takes place.

Australian boxing promoter and manager Peter Maniatis announced the fight through Philippines-based boxing news site Philboxing. The fight be held at the historic Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne.

Malvern Town Hall is the former town hall of the municipality of Malvern in the state of Victoria, Australia. It is the seat of the local government area of the City of Stonnington.

Maniatis said the Malvern Town Hall is now is a very popular venue, hosting Filipino boxers. Former WBA interim world champion Randy Petalcorin fought twice and scored knockout wins at the Malvern Town Hall in 2013 and 2014.

“l would like to invite as many Filipino boxers to Melbourne, Australia to fight on my events and also give Filipino boxers opportunity in title bouts here in Australia” said the Melbourne-based Maniatis.

Abdulhamid, who has a professional record of 11 wins with 4 knockouts and 3 losses, fights out of the Sanman Gym of Gen. Santos City.

Hunt has an impressive 20-1-4 (7) ring record and held the PABA and Australian boxing titles.

A check with Boxrec showed that Abdulhamid,22, is a southpaw and lost in his first overseas outing by TKO in Russia last year against Georgi Chelokhsaev for the WBO Youth super lightweight title. After that loss, he rebounded with with wins against Marjhun Tabamo and Raymond Yanong.

Abdulhamid has set up his training camp in Gen. Santos City and is reportedly very hard in training in a serious bid to win the WBC ABCO titles.

Maniatis describes Hunt as someone who “boxes well and has good foot work and good skills.”

“I have spoken to the WBC rep Patrick Cusick who sanctioned the WBC ABCO fight and he said the winner of this regional title fight will get a WBC World ranking and be invited to fight in India this year so it’s an exciting incentive for both boxers to win the ABCO title fight,” Maniatis was quoted by Philboxing as saying.