Gaballo faces IBF king

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HARD-HITTING Reymart Gaballo takes on the hardest test of his promising boxing career as he takes on former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight king Emmanuel Rodriguez for the interim World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight belt on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 (PH time), at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Both Gaballo and Rodriguez weighed in well below the 118-pound limit at 117.6 pounds.

The 24-year-old Gaballo was originally scheduled to fight for an interim World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title fight with Jose Velasquez in the card. However, he was elevated to the main event as a replacement for Nonito Donaire Jr., who tested positive for Covid-19 a few weeks before the fight.

Gaballo is the former interim WBA bantamweight champion after winning the belt by a unanimous decision over Stephon Young in 2018. He knocked out his last four opponents, with his most recent fight, a sixth-round stoppage of Thai Chaiwat Buatkrathok.

Rodriguez also came in as a replacement. He stepped in for WBC bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali, who was supposed to fight Donaire Jr. before backing out of the fight after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 28-year-old Rodriguez is coming of his first career defeat in 2019. He was knocked out by Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue in two rounds in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series on May 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gaballo is 23-0 with 20 knockouts, while Rodriguez is 19-1 with 12 knockouts. (EKA)