Gasca wants shot at title after KO win

FORMER Pan Asia Boxing Association (Paba) and Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (Opbf) champion Roli Gasca is looking for a world title fight before he calls it a career.

“That’s what I have been waiting for. If I’ll be given a chance to fight for a world title, I will do my best to win. I will ask that from God to give me strength to win,” Gasca told SunStar Cebu.

Gasca put on an impressive performance against fellow Filipino Joe Tejones, knocking him out in two rounds on Dec. 17, 2019 at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan. The 30-year-old Gasca, who believes he’s still at his peak, landed a vicious hook to the jaw of Tejones that dropped him to the canvas in the second round. He stood up but was too wobbly and immediately dropped to the floor again, forcing the referee to intervene and stop the fight in the 1:37 mark.

Gasca improved to 26-9-1 with nine knockouts, while Tejones fell to 13-8 with eight knockouts.

Gasca bounced back from a close majority decision defeat to Japanese Takuya Mizuno last July. He hopes that this will be the start of his ascent in the world rankings. Gasca believes that if he breaks into the world rankings, he’ll be an easy choice for the world champions because of his record and his low knockout rate.

“I know they will choose me because they feel that I’m weak and I have a low knockout rate. But I believe that if I wasn’t robbed of wins in my previous fights, then I would have had a better record. I think my clear losses are just four fights—three of them went the distance and one was a knockout in Africa. I didn’t even have enough training in that one knockout loss in Africa. I just accepted it because of the huge offer,” said Gasca. (EKA)