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Espinosa returns to train Baldonado against ‘Wonder Boy’ Martin

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FORMER two-division world champion Luisito ‘Lindol’ Espinosa returns to the boxing stage-but this time not as a fighter but as a trainer to guide Ronnie Baldonado’s talent and dream of becoming a world titleholder.

“We’re happy that Louie (Espinosa) decided to return to boxing. His name is a big thing for our boxers and for boxing as sports in general, ” said Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham ‘Baham ’Mitra.

Espinosa personally met with the GAB leadership to expedite his application as a boxing trainer which GAB immediately responded.

Espinosa and his team are already preparing for the training camp of 23-year-old Baldonado who is set to compete for the WBA Asia Super Bantamweight title fight in the “Ultimate Knockout Challenge” promotions organized by VSP Promotions under the supervision of Ms. Cucuy Elorde.

The former champion is expected to contribute a lot for Baldonado as he set to face the so-called ‘Wonder Boy’ and undefeated GAB Philippine Super Bantamweight champion Carl Jammes Martin in the co-main event on March 12, 2022, at the Elorde Sports Complex, Sucat, Parañaque City.

Aside from the Baldonado-Martin duel, 2016 Rio Olympian Charly Suarez will also face Tomjune Mangubat for the WBA Asia Super Featherweight title, as well as Bienvenido Ligas’ defense of his Philippine Flyweight title against Roland Jay Biendima.

‘Lindol’ shook the world’s boxing scene when it claimed the WBA World Bantamweight Championship in a dominant first-round knockout win over Thai Khaokor Galaxy on 18, 1989. He defended it twice before being snatched by Israel Contreras via fifth-round knockout in 1991.

Under the supervision of Japanese manager Joe Koizumi, Espinosa’s return to the pedestal was successful in 1995 when he defeated Manuel Medina of Mexico via points decision for the WBC Featherweight title. He defended it via 4th round knockout to another Mexican Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez.

The Rizal Park was filled with crowds who witness Espinosa’s dominance against Cesar Sotto in the ‘Battle of Manila Bay.’ Espinosa’s career turned to soar after the controversial match against Argentinian Carlos Rios in Koronadal, South Cotabato where the Filipino champion failed to receive his prize money amounting to US$150,000.

“Naka-moved on na siguro ang lahat, including Louie. Now that he is back in the country, let’s just help and support him,” said Mitra.

Under Mitra’s leadership at GAB, Espinosa was among those included in the World Boxing Council (WBC) financial assistance to Filipino former world champion.

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