Pinoy boxer Rey Loreto gets a crack at WBA world minimumweight title

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2017 12:59 PM
Pinoy Rey Loreto gets a crack at WBA minimumweight title
Pinoy boxer Rey "Hitman" Loreto challenges Thailand's Knockout CP Freshmart for the WBA Minimumweight World Championship in Thailand. (Photo courtesy of The Champion - Thailand on Facebook)

After July 15th, the Philippines could have another world champion in boxing. 

26-year old Pinoy boxer Rey "Hitman" Loreto gets a chance at another world championship when he takes on reigning WBA Minimumweight World Champion Thammanoon "Knockout CP Freshmart" Niyomtrong of Thailand in Chonburi. 

The Davao del Sur-native Loreto (23-13, 15 KO) was named as mandatory challenger by the WBA, as he's established himself as the number one contender to the title after putting together an impressive seven-fight win streak. 

This won't be Loreto's first crack at world championship gold, as he once held the IBO World Light Flyweight championship, before dropping down to 105-pounds. 

Defending champion Knockout CP Freshmart (15-0-0, 7KO) knows nothing but world championships. 

The 26-year old made his debut back in 2012, winning the WBC youth Minimumweight World Championship in his first professional bout, before eventually winning the interim WBA world title, and then capturing the regular WBA championship in 2016. 

The Surin native has defended his championship twice, and hopes to make it three straight successful defenses against Loreto. 

Should he be victorious, Loreto will the Philippines' fifth current male boxing world champion, alongside IBF Light Flyweight Champion Milan Melindo, IBF Flyweight Champion Donnie Nietes, IBF Super Flyweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas, and WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao. 


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