By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
Senior Reporter
ADDED his name to the roster of Filipino world boxing champions early this year, International Boxing Organization World Bantamweight champion Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmariñas said he cannot wait to plunge back into action now as a champion.
To take on undefeated boxer Manyo “Black Flash” Plange (17-0) of Ghana on Sept. 29 at “Roar of Singapore V – The Kings of Lion City” at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Mr. Dasmariñas (26-2) of Camarines Sur said he is preparing hard for his upcoming fight with the end game of extending his ascent in professional boxing, which has seen him go undefeated in his last 10 fights.
Mr. Dasmariñas is coming off a successful title conquest of the IBO bantamweight title in April where he defeated French fighter Karim Guerfi by way of knockout 40 seconds into the fourth round of their scheduled 12-rounder.
He now looks to build on it against Mr. Plange and fortify his standing as one of the top fighters in his division.
“I am excited to fight again, I wish the fight were tomorrow already. As a boxer, I’m training very hard for this next fight. I’m training as hard as the last time, but now I want to prove myself even more as a boxer, especially now, that I have the IBO World Bantamweight belt with me,” said Mr. Dasmariñas in the lead-up to the fight,
“To my fans, please keep on supporting me, and praying for our win. To the Filipinos, especially those in Singapore, please come and support my fight. I will make sure I would win for my country,” he added.
The Dasmariñas-Plange fight marks the first time that Ringstar Boxing and Marina Bay Sands will be co-promoting a fight, something Ringstar founder Scott Farrell is hailing with much significance.
“As I said from my very first show, Marina Bay Sands is where Ringstar boxing will be. Now we are here, going live across the world from the Marina Bay Sands, on the 29th of September. This is a gigantic leap for ‘The Roar of Singapore,’ and I am very thankful to Marina Bay Sands for co-promoting this upcoming event with us,” he said.
Apart from Dasmariñas versus Plange, Roar of Singapore V will have eight other fights, including the headliner featuring current IBO Intercontinental Featherweight champion Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan against Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda of Namibia for the IBO World Super Bantamweight title.