Reigning World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific flyweight champion Jether “The General” Oliva of General Santos City will be fighting former world champion Pedro “Jibran” Guevarra of Mexico on February 20.
This time, Oliva (23 wins-4 loses-2 draws-11 KOs) will be fighting in the 112 lbs. division but still in Mexico, particularly in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
“This is the perfect weight for Oliva,” said Oliva's manager Jim Claude “JC” Manangquil of Sanman Promotions.
This will be the second time for Oliva to be fighting in Mexico. In his first outing, Oliva was stopped by Mexican Luis Nery in the 4th round at the Centro De Convenciones in Rosarito, Baja California last February 28.
“But it is not his weight at 117 lbs that they are fighting then. His opponent is big,” said Manangquil.
Six months later, the 5-foot-5 Oliva bounced back by stopping light flyweight Ryan Ralozo of Cagayan de Oro via a 3rd round technical knockout at the BS Gym in Lanao del Norte.
The 28-year-old Oliva, however, was robbed in his title-fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa super flyweight title by unanimous decision to Zolani Tete of South Africa last Dec. 18 at the Orient Theatre in East London, Eastern Cape.
Oliva has been preparing since the first week of January for a scheduled fight against Fernando Ocon in the undercard of the Brawl at the Mall: Glory on February 13 at the Gaisano Mall Atrium in Gensan.
“We only got the offer last week and we took it because Oliva is in great shape,”said Manangquil.
Guevarra, 26, recently lost his World Boxing Council (WBC) world light flyweight title to Japanese Yu Kimura by a split decision last November 28 at the Xebio Arena in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan.
Guevarra (26W-2L-1D-17KOs) is also a former WBC Silver and NABF light flyweight champion,
The 5-foot-4 Guevarra captured the vacant WBC world light flyweight crown by knocking out Japanese Akira Yaegashi in the 7th round last December 30, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
He twice successfully defended it last year against Richard Claveras (1st round TKO) and Ganigan Lopez (UD) before losing it in Japan.*PNA
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