December 8, 2022

World Boxing Association-Asia super flyweight champion Adrian Lerasan will have more time to train, as his first title defense in Bangkok, Thailand was moved from May 1 to June 5 due to the rising cases of a new Covid-19 variant in the capital city.

Highland Boxing Gym manager Brico Santig said the rescheduling of the title fight is in compliance to the Thai government’s health protocols.

“The WP Boxing promotions event this weekend has unfortunately been postponed to June 5 due to the government restrictions on sporting events in Bangkok,” Santig said.

Lerasan will go against World Boxing Council-Asia flyweight king Thananchai Charunphak in the main event of the two-fight card set at the Workpoint Studio.

The Highland Gym boxer was already in Bangkok to comply with the 14-day quarantine period when the announcement came. Lerasan was also left to travel by himself without his trainer Richard Garcia, Jr., who was prevented from flying after one of his two RT-PCR tests came out positive for  Covid-19.

Lerasan said his camp is working out ways for him to come back to the country. He also revealed part of the fight postponement is the lack of a trainer who should have also undergone 14 days of quarantine with him.

“Sayang talaga iyong training ko pero gumagawa na sila ng paraan para makauwi na ako. Parehas pa rin naman ang kalaban ko, na-postpone lang,” he said.

Lerasan holds nine wins, two by way of knockout, and four losses since debuting in 2016, while Charunphak holds 11 wins, nine by way of KO, and one loss since debuting in 2018.

Lerasan won the vacant WBA-Asia super flyweight title on March 1 last year by beating the previously undefeated Thai Tanes Ongjunta in the eighth round. – OCE