MANILA, Philippines – Filipino bantamweight fighter Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco is hoping to get a shot at World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand, after the Thai boxer defeated his countryman, AJ “Bazooka” Banal, for the belt.
Francisco, with a record of 23 wins, one loss and one draw, will fight a yet to be determined opponent on November 17 and should he “win impressively,” he may be in line for a title shot against Sor Singyu, according to a PhilBoxing report.
Sor Singyu knocked out Banal in nine rounds in the main event of Pinoy Pride XVII to claim the vacant belt.
Francisco’s manager, Elmer Anuran, told PhilBoxing that if the boxer performs well in his next fight, then he will be ready “to make an offer to the camp of Pungluang to defend his title in Manila in the first quarter of next year.”
“(I) will try to start negotiations with Pungluang’s promoter, but it all depends on Drian’s performance in November,” Anuran said.
Francisco has expressed his sympathies for Banal, who lost for the second time in his professional career. But “Gintong Kamao” is confident that Sor Singyu’s style is more suited for him than Banal.
But Anuran faces a difficult road ahead if he wants to bring Francisco’s fight to Manila. PhilBoxing reported that the Pungluang-Banal fight was brought to the Mall of Asia Arena by ALA Promotions “at a considerable cost.”
Francisco is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Jose Carlos Vargas in Mexico, in what was his third win in a row after losing to Tepparith Kokietgym in Thailand in May 2011.