Philippine lightweight champ Gonzales to defend title vs Sermona

DAVAO CITY— Philippine lightweight champion Roberto Gonzales will defend his title against former WBC International super featherweight champion Ryan “The Crusher” Sermona on November 26 at the Agoncillo Covered Court in Agoncillo, Batangas.

It will be the first title-defense of Gonzales, who wrested the vacant crown via a 7th round technical knockout from  Arjan Canillas March 12 at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Canillas suffered multiple cuts on his face. He had a severe cut at the right eyelid, which was caused by a punch and his right eye was swelling too. Referee Silvestre Abainza stopped the fight upon the recommendation of the ring physician.

The 26-year-old Gonzales, who also known as the “Bad Boy from Batangas” has a record of 27 wins with 17 knockouts and 2 losses.

Sermona, on the other hand, is toting 19 wins with 8 losses and 12 KOs. He is a southpaw from Himamaylan City of Negros Occidental but is now based in Paranaque City.

Sermona previously stopped Ronald Postrano by a 2nd round TKO last September 3 at the SMX in Pasay City.

He won the WBC International super featherweight title by stopping in the 4th round Matt Garlett last December 6, 2013 in Australia.

However, he lost it in his first title-defense via a technical decision due to an accidental head clash to another Aussie Corey McConnel on August 9, 2014 in New South Wales, Australia.

Sermona also fought but lost for the vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council super lightweight title by a 9th round KO against Manvel Sargsyan last December 12, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

Meanwhile, featured in the main supporting bout are super lightweights Al Sabaupan (25-2-1) and Jheritz Chavez (5-1-2). (PNA)

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