THE deadly coronavirus outbreak may have forced most sports to shut down for almost five months now, but the local boxing community continues to look for new talents who could bring honors to the country.
One of the prized finds even during the pandemic-hit months is mixed martial arts star-turned-boxing idol Jenel Lausa of Iloilo City.
Lausa, nicknamed “Demolition Man”, now hopes to get bigger and better fights after signing a contract with well-known boxing promoter-manager Dante Almario at Greenbelt Makati the other day.
The 31-year-old fighter from Concepcion, Iloilo, boasts of a handsome record of 10 wins and one draw since turning pro as a super featherweight.
He was accompanied during the contract-signing by his long-time coaches Zaldy “No Mercy” Jusay and Jandel Matulac.
“He (Lausa) is one of the most promising boxers we have right now in the super featherweight division. Sabi nga, matibay, matapang at magaling ito,” said Almario in an interview with People’s Tonight.
“Sa unang 11 laban nya, 10 dito ang panalo, kasama ang anim na knockouts,” added Almario, also the president of the Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF).
Almario, however, said he will wait for the go-signal of the IATF and the Games and Amusements Boards (GAB) before looking for a good opponent for Lausa.
“We will follow the instructions of GAB, headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra, before sending Lausa to fight abroad, possibly in Australia or Vietnam,” explained Almario.
“Yung boxing, konti pa lang din ang open depende sa host country. Susunod lang tayo sa sasabihin ng IATF thru GAB dahil para sa kabutihan ng lahat ito. Basta si Lausa, handa lang.”
Almario also thanked Mitra for taking up the cudgels for the professional boxing community during his discussions with the IATF and Department of Health.
Before turning to boxing, Lausa was a successful MMA fighter.
He made his professional debut in Asia’s first professional MMA promotion, URCC, in 2011 as a flyweight.
In 2013, he signed with Pacific Xtreme Combat and compiled a record of five wins and one loss.
As a boxer, he won his first seven fights, including a split decision victory over Jonjon Estrada to win the interim PBF super bantamweight title.
He knocked out Carlos Lopez of Indonesia in the fifth round of their non-title fight in Digos, Davao del Sur last Sept.7, 2019.