By Adrian Stewart Co
Negrense Robert “Toto” Landero aims to get back at Melvin Jerusalem in their rematch at the “Kumbati 10” fight card on Friday night, July 16, at the Tabunoc Sports Complex in Talisay City, Cebu.
At stake in the 12-round bout is the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) minimumweight championship, which was stripped from Filipino boxer Lito Dante after he failed to defend it since capturing the belt in 2019.
Landero and Jerusalem first faced each other in November 2018 at Minglanilla Sports Complex in Minglanilla, Cebu where the latter emerged as the winner via unanimous decision.
The Pontevedra, Negros Occidental-native Landero is coming from a controversial unanimous decision loss to WBC International light flyweight champion Tibo Monabesa of Indonesia last April. It was Landero’s fourth defeat in his last five matches.
The Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon-native Jerusalem, on the other hand, is a winner of his last five matches but has not stepped in the ring since his second round stoppage win over Jayson Francisco last December, 2020.
Landero will be entering the match with 11-5-2 win-loss-draw ring record, including two stoppage wins, while Jerusalem has 16-2-0 boxing slate, with 10 victories by way of knockouts.
Negrense Richard Claveras, meanwhile, is set to make his boxing comeback against Christian Araneta in the co-main event of the fight card organized by Sanman and ZIP Boxing Promotions.
This is the first bout of the Silay City, Negros Occidental-native Claveras since scoring a sixth round stoppage victory over fellow Filipino Richard Rosales in Manila City in February 2020.
Araneta presents a difficult foe for the Negrense fighter as the former is aiming for a bounce back after suffering a controversial unanimous decision loss to South African Sivenathi Nontshinga last April in South Africa.
Both Claveras and Araneta have almost identical records. Claveras has 19 wins, seven defeats, two draws with 16 stoppage wins, while Araneta has 19-2-0 (win-loss-draw) with 15 knockouts in his resume./ASC, WDJ