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Highland boxer’s fight postponed as Covid cases rise in Thailand

World Boxing Association – Asia super flyweight champion Adrian Lerasan quest for a second title hits a snag this week with his fight postponed by at least a month.

This after Thailand authorities imposed stricter measure to curb a rise in Covid-19 cases. In what Thai officials call as a third wave of infections, stricter measures have been set up to rein in Covid-19 which they say caused by the highly transmissible B1.1.7 variant and has caused 24,000 cases and 46 deaths in just 25 days.

With this, the fight of Lerasan against World Boxing Council – Asia fly king Thananchai Charunpak slated for May 1 had been postponed to June 5.

In his Facebook wall, Highland Boxing Promotions top man Brico Santig wrote: “WP Boxing Promotions this weekend has been unfortunately been postponed to June 5 due to the government’s restrictions on sporting events in Bangkok.”

Lerasan’s fight against the “King Cobra” highlights the two bout event at Workpoint 23 on said date at 2PM.

Lerasan flew to Bangkok, Thailand for his first fight after winning his title against an undefeated Thai without his trainor coach last April 17.

Santig said earlier that 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.

The May 1 fight will have the Thai’s belt e at stake, said Santig.

It will be recalled that during Garcia’s first test at the Philippine National Red Cross, the result came out positive. But a rapid antigen test done that same day was a negative prompting him to take a second RT PCR test. This was done at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center the next day to confirm the tests and came out 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 undefeated Thai Tanes Ongjunta in eight rounds.

Lerasan, a 2016 Palarong Pambansa flyweight bronze medalist, won over Anthony Caligao in Nov. 10, 2019 via unanimous decision.

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