By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
WBO number 13 ranked bantamweight contender Vincent Astrolabio (13-3,9KO’s) of the Philippines will defend his WBO Oriental belt against countryman Kevin Aseniero (9-2-1,5KO’s) on the undercard of the WBO interim bantamweight title match between Johnriel Casimero and Mexican Cesar Ramirez.
The fight card will be held at the Fil Oil Flying V San Juan Arena in San Juan City, Metro Manila.
Astrolabio’s ring monicker ‘Asero’ means Steel. The 22 year old from Gen. Santos City started his career with ten straight wins including a road victory against Chinese boxer Ayati Sailike by unanimous decision in Beijing.
Then starting in late 2017, he dropped to 2W-3L. One of those losses was by TKO to Japanese Yuki Strong Kobayashi on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse megabout in Malaysia. Astrolabio lost in his return to China by majority decision to Zong Li He in a WBO Asia Pacific junior bantamweight title bout.
But Astrolabio bounced back last April, when he traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia and stopped Indon Patrick Liukhoto in nine rounds for the vacant WBO Oriental bantamweight title. Astrolabio will be defending his regional belt for the first time against Aseniero.
Astrolabio has also been mentioned by Casimero as one of his chief sparring partners in Davao.
The 25 year old Aseniero is from Cagayan de Oro City. He sports the moniker ‘The Bull’. This will be his first shot at a regional title. In his last fight, he beat Japanese Kyota Otsuka by seventh round TKO in Bacoor, Cavite.
Penned to appear on the same card is Charly Suarez (2-0,2KO’s). The 30 year old former Olympian will face Virgil Puton (17-12-2,8KO’s).
will be eventful for Filipino boxing fans. On the same date in Puerto Rico, Vic Saludar will defend his WBO world minimumweight title against Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez.
Photo – Vincent Astrolabio winning the WBO Oriental bantamweight title in Indonesia against Patrick Liukhoto.
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