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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:01 pm 
Filipino Boxer Florante Condes 25-5-1(21) came from nowhere in 2007 to rest the IBF Strawweight title from battle hardened Mohammad Rachman in Rachman’s home country of Indonesia. It looked as though the Philippines had a new star going by the moniker “Mini Pacquiao”, like his more famous countryman he was heavy handed and excited fans in his home country. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to capitalize on the title success and didn’t defend his crown in nearly a year before he was given another tricky assignment, he had to go to Mexico to face unbeaten mandatory Raul Garcia. It proved to much for him as he was turned back minus the title losing an agonizing twelve round split decision. Not perturbed he was determined to get the title back, after winning a a comeback fight he was once again on the road, this time to South Africa for a title eliminator for his old crown in the summer of 2009. He was up against highly thought of Nkoshinathi Joyi, an unbeaten puncher. Though he comprehensively lost to Joyi he put up a solid performance against the guy who’s today viewed as the number one at 105 in the world. He’s since rebounded to win two fights in 2010 which he hopes will place him for a bigger fight this year. While many question the need for a division so light and only 3 pounds shy of the Light Flyweight division it is clear from Condes what it means to him and his family from what it has brought to him. Here’s what the humble Filipino had to say.

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Q & A with Florante “Mini Pacquiao” Condes



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