MANILA, 05 January 2018 – Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmarinas gears up for the biggest fight of his life as he goes for an International Boxing Organization (IBO) world championship title on April 20, 2018 at Ringstar Boxing’s “Roar of Singapore IV – The Night of Champions” to be held at the 10,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium. Currently ranked 12th best boxer in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC), he will go up against French boxer Karim Guerfi, currently ranked fourth by the WBC.
The fight is also touted by the Singapore promoter as the main event of the evening and will draw much international attention to the Camarines Sur native. He had an impressive win and KO’d his Thai opponent Phupha Por Nobnom during the second round of his match at Ringstar’s “Roar of Singapore III – The Chosen Wan” on October 20, 2017 at the Suntec Convention Center, a win which gave way for this world title match.
“Nakakagalak po at nabigyan tayo ng Ringstar ng ganitong pagkakataong mapakita ang ating galing bilang Pilipino,” (I am happy that Ringstar gave me this opportunity to show my talent as a Filipino) Dasmarinas said. “Ngayon po ay puspusan ang aking paghahanda. Tuloy-tuloy po ang ating ensayo dahil nais ko po makamit ang IBO world title na ito. Samahan niyo po ako magdasal na makuha natin ang panalong ito. Ang panalo ko po ay pagkapanalo rin ng Pilipinas.” (Now, I am focused on my preparation. I am training continuously because I want to win this IBO world title. Please join me in praying, so that we can win. My win will also be a win for the Philippines.)
Ringstar Boxing founder and CEO Scott Farrel, on the other hand, said the upcoming bout is potentially one of the Fight of the Year nominees for 2018. He explained, “Michael Dasmarinas WBC ranked 12 vs. Karim Guerif WBC ranked 4 will be a real war which both the Philippine and French boxing fans would love to see. Ringstar is all about a neutral fight platform, giving a genuine unbiased opportunity for both these great fighters to lift the IBO world title.”
“If Dasmarinas is successful in this fight, he will be catapulted into the Top 10, and in line to face the current great champions of the bantamweight division,” Farrel continued. “He has the chance now to move forward and aim for greatness, like what his country’s very own hero Manny Pacquiao has achieved. I wish both fighters the best of luck, and I look forward to promoting this fight. This fight is a must-watch for all boxing fans, we have a Filipino boxer vs. a French boxer headlining a Singapore event, going head-to-head for the biggest fight night of their lives, with the IBO world title at stake.”
For 2018, Ringstar is set to bring its live events across Asia, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. While for 2019, the boxing promotions company plans to do a minimum of 10 shows per year and have a combined viewing audience of over 1 billion viewers, making it Asia’s top fight media property.