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Richie Mepranum primed for title shot

June 11, 2010 - edwin-espejo

Stylist counter-puncher Richie Mepranum has been given more than even chance of capturing the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title when he goes up against veteran Julio Cesar Miranda Saturday evening, June 12, (Sunday morning Philippine time) in Mexico City.

Mepranum, whose lone defeat was a controversial 2007 hometown decision to Denkaosan Kaovichit in Thailand, will be attempting to capture his first world title.

He is coming off a convincing unanimous win over promising Mexican Hernan Marquez who toted an impeccable record of 27 wins with 21 knockout victories before falling into the hands of the 23-year-old Filipino boxer from Maasim in Sarangani.

Miranda is a veteran of 37 fights and has fought for a world title twice. 

Both times, however, Miranda failed to win.

He has 31 wins with 24 coming by way of knockouts and has only five losses.

Among Miranda’s notable victims was former world flyweight champion Eric Ortiz whom he knocked out in the first round.

Mepranum is considered one of the country’s best kept secrets and finest pure boxers.

While Mepranum only has five knockouts in his resume, he nevertheless possesses a sweet counterpunching style that has bewildered his opponents.

Mokaon og kumo ug walay kaba (He is willing to take punches and has no fear),” said his manager Jojo Lopez, outgoing Maasim town mayor.

Boxing blogger Tim Starks of Queensberry Rules said Mepranum’s victory over former undefeated Marquez proved “he must have some pop or else a lot of skills.”

Reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao sees Richie as another bright prospect to bring home a world crown.

Pacquiao reportedly gave Richie a US$3,000 bonus for eking out an impressive victory over Marquez.

Richie has fought twice on the undercard of Manny’s big fights in the US.

He carved out a split decision win over Mexican Ernie Marquez in the under card of the Pacquiao-Hatton fight and likewise won over American Cesar Lopez when Pacquiao fought Oscar de la Hoya.

Richie left for Mexico early last week to prepare for his title quest.


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