Filipino boxer stages comeback in Singapore
Filipino Jun Talape, who has been living in Singapore for more than two years, makes a return to the ring on Saturday night (April 8) as he takes on tough Indonesian Heri Adriyanto in a six-round non-title super lightweight bout at the Foochow Building.
Talape, has been working as a boxing trainer at the Vanda Boxing Gym in this flourishing city state, approached boxing promoter Arvind Lalwani for a fight in a bid to revive his career.
“Laban pa. Tingin ko kaya pa e. Lagi naman akong ensayado sa gym kaya hinahanap ko ulit, said the native of Bangued, Abra, who had a record of 21 wins (8 KO), 9 losses (3 KO) and 1 draw before he stopped fighting in the ring.
His bout is one of the cards in Lalwani’s Singapore Fighting Championship (SFC) featuring the championship bout between Singapore’s Muhamad Ridhwan and Waldo Sabu of Indonesia for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia super featherweight title.
Talape’s last stint in the ring in was on September 8, 2011 in Muntinlupa City where he lost to Ronald Pontillas by unanimous decision for the Orient Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super featherweight belt
His opponent for his return, Adrianto, has a professional record of 22 wins, 23 losses and 2 draws.
In the championship battle, Ridhwan hopes to extend his six-game win streak against the more experienced Sabu, who has 12 win-6 loss slate.
Ridhwan has been included in the OPBF ranking for the month of March and a victory tonight could set him up for some more title fights.
Also in the card is Singapore’s top prospect in women’s boxing, Nurshadidah Roslie (5W-1L), who will take on Nongoum Por Niramon (1W-1L) of Thailand. Roslie is currently the no. 1 contender in the OPBF women’s superfeatherweight division.