Amparo, Zulueta see action in Thailand

UP-AND-COMER Jake Amparo and world-rated John Michael Zulueta are seeing action on Nov. 30 in regional title fights in “The Challenger” boxing show at the Space Plus Bangkok in Thailand.

Coming off a huge win in South Africa, Amparo challenges World Boxing Association (WBA) Asian minimumweight champion Huu Toan Le in another fight on the road.

The 25-year-old Amparo scored a huge upset in South Africa last month with a rare unanimous decision win against South African Mthokozisi Ngxaka. He has won his last five fights.

Le is just new to the pro ranks and made his pro debut in 2019. In just his fourth year as a pro, Le captured the WBA Asia minimumweight title with a unanimous decision over Thai Kitidech Hirunsuk last March 20 in Vietnam. He’s fresh from a third round stoppage of veteran Indonesian Silem Serang last month in Vietnam. The 29-year-old Vietnamese is currently rated No. 9 in the 105-pound weight class by the WBA.

Amparo, a native of Bohol, is 11-3-1 with two knockouts, while Le is 5-0 with three knockouts.

On the other hand, Zulueta defends his Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) light flyweight strap against Thai Suriya Kraimanee.

The 27-year-old Zulueta fought all three of his fights in Thailand this year, wherein he knocked out Jack Amisa, Somphon Banyaem and Sittichai Nimnual.

Zulueta is still ranked No. 14 in the minimumweight division by the WBA.

The 18-year-old Kraimanee is eager to bounce back after losing his last contest, a unanimous decision defeat in the hands of Danai Ngiabphukhiaw on Sept. 24 in Thailand.

Zulueta is 14-0-2 with seven knockouts, while Kraimanee is 4-2 with two knockouts.