Espinosa now back home


Posted at Jul 17 2008 07:21 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2008 03:21 AM

Former world boxing champion Luisito Espinosa arrived in the Philippines Wednesday to follow up his case against promoters of his ill-fated world title defense several years ago.

A report posted on said Espinosa will be staying in the Philippines for about three weeks to pursue his case against promoter Rod Nazario, matchmaker Lito Mondejar and former South Cotabato governor Larry de Pedro.

He filed a case before a Manila court after failing to get his fight purse amounting to $150,000 after his successful WBC world featherweight title defense against Carlos Rios of Argentina in December 1997 in Koronadal City.

Espinosa, acknowledged as one of the Filipino boxing greats, held the WBA bantamweight crown in the late 1980s and the WBC featherweight title in the 1990s.

After promotional disputes involving his fight in Mindanao, he campaigned in the US.

His US stint, however, did not go well as he retired in 2005 after suffering a knock out loss to Mexican boxer Cristobal Cruz.