PREPARATIONS ARE in full swing for top Filipino Boxing prospect Michael “Hot ‘N Spicy” Dasmarinas for his upcoming fight against Karim Guerfi of France for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) World Bantamweight crown this April 20 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of Roar Of Singapore IV – Night of Champions of Ringstar Boxing. Recently, the pride of Pili, Camarines Sur displayed his strength and skills in a public workout held at the plush Kerry Sports inside Shangri-La At The Fort in Taguig City.
Holding a 27-2 win-loss record, the 25-year old Dasmarinas is coming off a technical knockout win over Worawatehai Boonjan of Thailand last October 20 also in Singapore. He is currently on a nine-fight winning streak with his last setback a split decision coming at the hands of Lwandie Sithyata of South Africa in an unsuccessful bid to wrest the IBO Super Flyweight belt in enemy territory December 13, 2014.
The 30-year old Guerfi almost has the same record as his opponent at 26-3 and is now ranked number four by the World Boxing Council (WBC) compared to Dasmarinas who is at number 12. Guerfi’s last bout was a technical knockout victory over Stephane Jamoye of Belgium last October 12.
“We want to give the fans what they want, fifty-fifty fights,” said Scott O’Farrell, the CEO of Ringstar who graced the workout. O’Farrell, a British national, admitted to being a fan and follower of Philippine Boxing dating back to the days of the legendary Gabriel “Flash” Elorde up to Manny Pacquiao.
The Dasmarinas-Guerfi bout will serve as the night’s co-main event. The main event will feature Singapore’s first world champion Muhamad “The Chose One” Irahwan (9-0) defending his IBO Intercontinental Featherweight title against Filipino Jeson Umbal of Camiguin (16-5).
The other co-main event pits Chase Haley of New Zealand (5-2-1) versus Mirage Khan of Malaysia (6-2-1) for the third time for the WBC Asia Continental Light Heavyweight title. Khan, who joined the workout, vowed to knockout Haley and end their trilogy after the Kiwi won the first followed by a draw in their rematch.
Five other bouts featuring fighters from all over the world complete the card. Ringstar is planning six more events in 2018 including one in the Philippines in August.