Rodel Mayol will gun for a knockout victory when he challenges reigning champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez of Mexico for the World Boxing Association flyweight crown on March 24 (March 25 in the Philippines) in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.
Mayol said he prepared long and hard for Marquez, sweating it out for two months in Cebu under the watchful eyes of Nonoy Neri, the revered member of Team Pacquiao.
Mayol fights under the MP Promotions of Manny Pacquiao and will be aiming to become the Philippines’ sixth reigning world champion.
The current Filipino world titleholders are Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, Brian Viloria, Sonny Boy Jaro and Donnie Nietes.
Mayol is the underdog against Marquez, whose explosive punching power remains one of boxing’s best.
But the Cebu-bred Mayol is optimistic that he has what it takes to score an upset even on hostile ground.
Mayol, who began his storied career with the ALA Boxing Club of Cebu, knows this will probably be his last chance at the bigtime after briefly holding a world title a couple of years ago.