It’s been about three months since Filipino fighters took the ring, and with restrictions easing up, boxing will be back in business next week.
Magic Mike Plania will be the first Filipino to see action on June 16th, against top contender Joshua Greer at a closed-door top rank fight in Vegas.
Also in Vegas, a Filipino world champion is continuing to prepare for the biggest fight of his career.
WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero was expecting a monster showdown against unified champion Naoya Inoue last April. However, the coronavirus pandemic as well as traveling issues for the Japanese boxer has put the fight on hiatus, with Casimero, continuing to train in las vegas, where he’s been giving live updates for his fans.
Their fight is being eyed for possibly in August or September.
While some fighters stay in quarantine preparing for battle, one fighter is fighting for frontliners.
The World Boxing Council honored Mercito Gesta with the “Hero of Humanity” award.
He’s been teaming up with his sponsors to treat medical personnel and first responders to meals throughout the pandemic.
“Thank you, it’s my honor to do that. And I want to thank you guys for your service… doing this day in and day out, I’ve been kind of down, been a little down, it’s hard, people getting sick, you coming in today to see us makes us feel real good.”
Gesta was expecting to fight in may before the pandemic stopped sporting events.
There’s no word yet on when he’ll be back in training, but he’s also been keeping in shape in between his community work.