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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:41 am 
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AJ “Bazooka” Banal returns to the ring on January 31 when he battles Indonesia’s tough super flyweight champion Nouldy Manakane in Banal’s first appearance after his stunning 10th round KO loss to Rafael Concepcion of Panama last July 26.

The fight will be held in Tagbilaran City with the untinted support of passionate boxing fan and popular Mayor Dan Neri Lim.

ALA Gym boxing patron Tony Aldeguer told http://www.insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports that since his loss to Concepcion in a WBA Interim title fight they had been working on Banal’s “maturity.”

That’s because he was comfortably ahead and all he needed to do was to stay out of trouble and the title was his but he showed lack of maturity in the ring which was his ultimate downfall.

In fact, WBC founding secretary general Rudy Salud said that despite the loss he had faith and confidence in Banal’s ability to bounce back and eventually win a world title.

Aldeguer at present is hoping for a Banal win over the Indonesian champion who has a record of 17-7-1 with 8 knockouts and has won six fights in a row after dropping a unanimous decision to WBO No.1 ranked Pramuansak Posuwan of Thailand in a WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight title fight on September 3, 2007 before matching Banal against an even tougher opponent in a bigger fight in March.

Manakane won the Indonesian 115 pound title with a unanimous decision over Jimmy Gobel on March 18 this year and scored a split decision win over tough Marangin Marbin in a title defense last May 10. In his last fight on December 18, Manakane scored a 7th round TKO over Muhadin Crusher.

The 20 year old southpaw Banal has a record of 17-1-1 with 14 knockouts and despite the loss to Concepcion is still considered one of the country’s best prospects for a world title.

Banal is ranked No. 8 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:42 am 
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An interesting line from SunStar Cebu article,

"Banal will be moving a class higher, from the super flyweight category to the bantamweight class, because he has already outgrown his former weight division.

'AJ is big for his weight class. Now he feels stronger in his new weight,' said Aldeguer.


Banal has a professional boxing record of 17 wins, a loss, and a draw, with 14 knockouts, while Manakane has a 17-7-1 boxing slate with eight knockouts and has fought the likes of former world title contenders Hussein Hussein and Pramuansak Posuwan. (EKA)"

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/bazooka- ... sian-champ

I like the move to the 118 pound division for Banal. I'm sure his power will carry over to the new weight class. Not to mention, with Banal only 20 years old, his body is still growing and maturing. A smart move to go up in weight.

But what about Banal's opponent? He's been in the ring with Hussein and Posuwan. To boxers with good credentials. Is this something that should worry us?

How does Banal not blow his shot like Bautista did back in November?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:15 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:19 am 
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My fav ala boy is back. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:46 pm 
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It's about time...

I'm not really a fan of AJ, but it's nice that he's back!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:39 pm 
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Bangon Banal, Panahon na!!! :lol:
Trans. Goodluck!


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