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AE “based” Natuplag in another fight in Dubai

THAT’S ME IN THE CORNER. JK Natuplag, center, fights again in the United Arab Emirates capital this Sunday against a Columbian three months after his losing to Afghan Hasibullah Ahmadi. Left is Highland Boxing Promotions Brico Santig, who like Natuplag, is taking advantage of getting locked down in Dubai due to the Covid-19 pandemic since June. From the Facebook Page of Brico Santig

Taking advantage of the prolonged stay in Dubai after his June 5 fight, JK Natuplag is going back to the ring against probably the best bantam fighter from Columbia this Sunday.

The Ifugao native Natuplag uinder Highland Boxing Promotions heads to the ring tomorrow and face Columbia bantamweight king Argel Berrio Zuniga in Habtoor City, Dubai.

The fight comes three months after losing Afghan brawler Hasibullah Ahmadi in a featherweight fight via unanimous decision last June 5 also in Dubai.

It was the third set back for Natuplag who has won eight bouts against two draws.

Berrio Zuniga, meanwhile, will seek for his fourth straight win in his 10 year career as a professional that saw four wins against seven setbacks and one no contest.

The Natuplag-Ahmadi (11-0 with four knockouts) fight was one of the undercards in the World Boxing Organization cruiserweight title fight between local Rolly Lambert Fogoum (10 wins, 1 knock out, 1 draw) and Mada Maugo of Tanzania.

Ahmadi has won his last three fights all in last year via technical knockout, according to BxRec.

Natuplag, a Benguet State University alum is the former Asian Boxing Federation champion but comes off from two straight defeats prior his Ahmadi loss.

Natuplag last fought in November 2, 2019 when he lost to Mikito Nakamo, five months after falling to Joe Tejones, who last May lost to Ifugao pride Carl Jammes Martin.

Natuplag is supposed to fight on July 3 against Jun Estrada, but Santig replaced him with Rex Wa-o as the fight is too soon with his Dubai encounter. Wa-o lost in his return bout.

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