January 25, 2021
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Reymart Gaballo to face Emmanuel Rodriguez on December 19, replacing Nonito Donaire Jr.

Reymart Gaballo to face Emmanuel Rodriguez on December 19, replacing Nonito Donaire Jr.

photo from Sanman Promotions
through Ryan Songalia

Emmanuel Rodriguez will still be dealing with a Filipino fighter on December 19, simply not the one he turned into planning to.

the former IBF bantamweight titleholder will now face undefeated knockout artist Reymart Gaballo on the Showtime Championship Boxing card, are living from the Mohegan solar on line casino in Uncasville, Conn. Rodriguez had been scheduled to face Nonito Donaire Jr. before the four-division champion withdrew after reportedly checking out wonderful for Covid-19.

The news was reported by way of Rappler, whereas Keith Idec said a day in the past that the matchup was a opportunity. An e-mail to Showtime inquiring for comment become no longer immediately spoke back to.

The battle can be for the meantime WBC bantamweight title, which is a downgrade from the entire WBC championship that the Donaire-Rodriguez fight would have at stake. Rodriguez himself is a alternative opponent for Nordine Oubaali, who was named “champion in recess” after he too had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gaballo (23-0, 20 knockouts) of Polomolok, Philippines has constructed a attractiveness as a hard-punching, aggressive fighter, however is in general untested above the membership stage. His largest win got here in 2018, when he outpointed the in the past unbeaten Stephon young in Hollywood, Fla., but he’s been out of the ring due to the fact defeating Chaiwat Buatkrathok by way of sixth round technical knockout remaining December.

The 24-year-ancient currently trains out of Miami with Osmiri “Moro” Fernandez alongside his different Sanman Promotions stablemates Mike Plania and Jameson 1st Baron Beaverbrook. Gaballo is co-promoted by way of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions. He had already been scheduled to face Jose Velasquez (28-6-2, 19 KOs) on the card.

“Rodriguez is a stronger fighter than Velasquez,” referred to Sanman Promotions President Jim Claude Manangquil. “however we felt here’s the destiny of Reymart, to be a celebrity.”

Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico hasn’t fought considering that may of 2019, when he was knocked out in two rounds by using Naoya Inoue. He received the title in 2018 with a unanimous determination win over Paul Butler in England, and made one a hit protection, winning a tricky cut up decision over Jason Moloney.

Gaballo had approximately 30 novice fights before turning seasoned in 2014 at age 17, but has received his journey in the gym, sparring with world champions like Zou Shiming, Shinsuke Yamanaka and Naoya Inoue, in addition to his gymmate Marlon Tapales.

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