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Highland boxer goes for first title defense sans coach

ADRIAN Lerasan. Contributed Photo

World Boxing Association – Asia super flyweight champion Adrian Lerasan flew to Bangkok, Thailand fir his first title defense against an undefeated Thai without his trainor coach.

“He flew by himself,” said Brico Santig of Highland Boxing Promotions from where Lerasan fights under.

Lerasan was supposed to fly with coach-trainor Richard Garcia, Jr. who was prevented from flying after one of his two RT PCR tests proved positive.

Lerasan is supposed to face World Boxing Council Asia super flyweight king Thananchai Panyukam.

In his first test at the Philippine National Red Cross, it came out positive. But a rapid antigen test done that same day, it came out negative prompting him to take a second RT PCR test at Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center the next day that came put negative.

But Garcia was still denied to fly to the Thailand capital due to his PNRC positive test.

Garcia expressed surprise but then his questions were left unanswered, leaving his ward to fly on his own then later would undergo the mandatory 14 day quarantine for him to fight on May 1.

Lerasan won the vacant WBA Asia super flyweight title on March 1 last year by beating the udefeated Thai Tanes Ongjunta in eight rounds.

The 2016 Palarong Pambansa flyweight bronze medalist won over Anthony Caligao in Nov. 10, 2019 via unanimous decision. Peior to that he lost to Dave Apolinario via the same decision. Before beating Jeny Boy Boca, Larasen was on a three game losing streak, after six straight wins including his debut in 2016.

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