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Jonas Sultan battles Thai opponent for vacant WBC Asia belt

Jonas Sultan, seen here raising Ariel Querubin's arm with Mike Tolomia, takes on a Thai knockout artist in his next bout at home. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

PARAƑAQUE—Jonas Sultan looks to begin plotting his track back to the world title picture as he takes on Thai veteran Jakpan Sangtong on June 1.

As announced during the joint press conference of the Zamboanga Valientes and a grudge match between veteran sports media personality Snow Badua and former college basketball player Carlos Fenequito at Taza Manila Cafe, Sultan will fight Sangtong for the vacant WBC Asia bantamweight title at home.

According to Zamboanga Valientes team owner Junnie Navarro, they are looking at Midas Hotel in Pasay as the venue of the Sultan-Sangtong clash and the entire boxing card which also includes the show match between Badua and Fenequito.

Sultan (19-7, 11 knockouts) lost two of his last three bouts, most recently against Japanese boxing upstart Riku Masuda through a first-round stoppage, the first time Sultan was knocked out in his career.

Sultan's road to redemption, though, begins against Sangtong (15-9, 13 knockouts), who won his last three bouts, knocking out fellow Thai pug Nirut Kaeowongsa last December in Pathum Thani.

"Talagang hindi natin ma-underestimate yung mga kalaban kasi nagtre-training din sila, so ako, talagang nagtre-training din at nagpupursige kasi ang lalabanan namin, belt yan," Sultan told Dugout Philippines right after the main press conference.

Sangtong's last fight against a Filipino came last May against Herlan Gomez with Gomez winning by a knockout.

A win for the said continental belt could bring either Sultan or Sangtong one step closer to the WBC world title belt currently held by Junto Nakatani.

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