Having scored an impressive victory over Toto Landero, Melvin "Gringo" Jerusalem hopes he has made enough noise to attract a bigger fight soon.
A world title fight is what's on its mind.
Bukidnon's 24-year-old Jerusalem, a former world title challenger, managed to defeat Landero by a unanimous decision Saturday evening in the IDOL Boxing Series 4 main event at the Minglanilla sports venue.
"I want to fight again for a world title," said Jerusalem. "I showed them a different version for me in this fight and showed them that I have already matured."
Judges Arnel Pasion and Neil Papas scored both 98-92, while Noel Flores had 97-93 all in favor of Jerusalem.
"I want to become a world title contender again and come back to Thailand. If I ever let go of a world title again, I will not hesitate [to go], "Jerusalem said, improving to 14-2-0 (win-loss-draw).
In 2017, Jerusalem, who was then undefeated, went to Thailand to face World WBC World Champion WBC (WBC) champion Wanheng Menayothin. Unfortunately, he lost the fight by unanimous decision, but it was a fight that further strengthened his name on the boxing scene because of his aggression.
It was almost the same aggression that he used against Landero, who could not go ahead with the non-existence of a fight. Landero, from Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, suffered his fourth defeat. He has 10 wins and two draws.
Although Jerusalem believes it is ready for a bigger battle, Michael Aldeguer, the CEO of ALA Promotions International and the supporter of Jerusalem, has a different plan.
Last year, Jerusalem lost its Philippine fellow countryman Joey Canoy through a unanimous decision in Cebu, which caused him his second loss.
Aldeguer wants to give another fight to Jerusalem before giving him another world title shot.
A Canoy rematch is an option to consider.
"We wanted to see his big test against Landero and passed the test," said Aldeguer. "We would like a rematch against Joey Canoy, and we will make this fight happen again, and this will be our plan before we can say he is ready for another world title shot."
On the undercard, Christian Bacolod of Bantayan Island (10-0-0,7KOs) survived two knockdowns along the way to win a close decision against Christoval Furog (5-1-0,2KOs).
Their struggle served as the fight of the night, since both pugilists fought a tooth in the battle of the nails that put them down on the canvas after eight rounds.
Bacolod, who was adorned twice in the second round, bounced back by knocking down Furog in the next round with subsequent rounds going to dogfight.
In the co-enzyme, Esneth Domingo (11-0-0,6KOs) remained unbeaten after winning the Reymark Taday.
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