Condes to fight for IBO crown in South AfricaBy Rene Bonsubre Jr.
Cebu Daily News
FLORANTE Condes of the Philippines will challenge International Boxing Organization (IBO) minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler of South Africa on Sept. 22 at the Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park in South Africa.
Condes (25W-6L-1D, 21 KOs) is a former IBF minimumweight world champion who earned the crown by beating Muhamad Rachman of Indonesia by split decision in Jakarta. He lost in his first defense by split decision to Raul Garcia of Mexico. Three years ago Condes lost in South Africa to Nkosinathi Joyi by unanimous decision in an IBF eliminator bout.
Condes has fought in Cebu three times. In 2008, he beat Ronelle Ferreras by fifth round technical decision in Compostela, Cebu. In 2010, he fought at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel twice, beating Sofyan Effendi of Indonesia by unanimous decision and Kenichi Horikawa of Japan by seventh round TKO.
Budler (20W-1L, 6 KOs) is a former IBO lt.flyweight champion. He won his present belt by beating Michael Landero of the Philippines by unanimous decision in South Africa. Budler has also beaten Filipino Juanito Rubillar twice on points.
The IBO has named the ring officials for the upcoming title bout. The referee will be Andile Matika of South Africa and Len Hunt will be the fight commissioner/IBO supervisor.
The three judges responsible for scoring the twelve-round bout will be Terrance Makaluza of South Africa, Lisa Giampa of the United States and Atty. Danrex Joseph Tapdasan of the Philippines.