FILIPINA BOXER GURO EARNS RESPECT DESPITE A LOSS TO CHAVEZ

By REY DANSECO

Filipina boxer Norj Guro has earned respect despite she fell short against the much heavier opponent on Saturday night in Mazatlan, Mexico.

The three WBC officials in the impressive title defense of WBC light flyweight champion Pedro “Abogado” Guevara have nice words to say about Guro (7-5-1, 4 KOs) though she lost by lopsided unanimous decision to former world champion Francisca “Kika” Chavez (22-4-3, 4 KOs).

“She’s good,” Mexican lawyer Juan Carlos Pelayo said. “The only problem, her opponent Kika was too heavy, about four divisions heavier than her in this fight.”

Guro tipped the scale 48.6 kilograms (below the light flyweight limit) and Chavez was 54 kg. (super bantamweight) during the official weigh in on Friday.

Pelayo, who served as supervisor of Guevara’s defense to Filipino Richard Claveras in the main event on Saturday night’s show, confirmed the official weight.

“Yeah, it’s the truth. The weight difference (between Guro and Chavez) was too much,” said Pelayo, president of Tijuana Boxing Commission.

Tom Taylor, who judged the fight found Guro as tough and could win if her opponent was in her weight class.

“It was crazy to see a small boxer banging with bigger opponent and able to keep on her feet,” said Taylor, who favored Chavez in his official scorecard, 100-90. “Chavez was too strong.”

The third man in the ring, referee Jerry Cantu, Taylor’s fellow Californian, was also impressed but felt pity with Guro.

“It’s hard to win in that type of situation,” said Cantu, who gave Guro a credit of giving the hostile crowd a great show.

The fight was  for the vacant WBC International female light flyweight title, but it was declared a non-title fight. The changes caused confusion and inquiry to WBC International championship chairman Mauro Betti of Italy.

Betti endorsed Malte Muller-Michaelis, head of WBC Female Championships, to answer the inquiry if the fight was sanctioned or not. However, Michaelis did not responded and Pelayo confirmed during the rules meeting, about 9 hours before the fight, that the promoter did not pay the sanction fee.

Guro, student of former WBC number 9 superflyweight contender Joven Jorda, was expecting the rounds to be six or 8 rounds.

As they’re already at the stadium, Guro was told to face Chavez for 10 rounds.

“The fight should be less than 10 rounds. It must be six or eight because it was a non-title fight,” suggested Dr. Nasser Cruz, chief of Boxing Division of the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

It was not clear if Guro got her purse, $4,000, after the fight as promised by Promociones Del Pueblo, not before the bout. However, a source revealed to AsianFightScene.com, her real prize money was $7,000, not $4,000 that a Filipino matchmaker told her. This matter is subject for confirmation as of press time.

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