FORMER WBO Youth champion Sonny Katiandagho arrived in China four days ahead of his scheduled bout against WBC Euroasia Pacific Boxing Council welterweight defending champion Rafik Harutjunjan of Armenia.
Katiandagho with La Trinidad-based Highland Boxing Gym head coach Joven Jorda and manager Brico Santig flew to Chengdu earlier on July 5.
According to Santig, the early travel will give Katiandagho enough time to rest and acclimatize before his fight against Harutjunjan today, July 9.
“So far, Sonny is doing good and well within his weight limit,” Santig said in a message.
The 23-year-old fighter will try to improve his record of nine wins including five knock-outs and one loss after his conquest of Hyun Woo Yuh on April 16 this year in Hoseo High School, Dangjin, South Korea.
His victory against the Korean fighter came two years after snatching the vacant WBC Youth World super lightweight crown against Allan Tanada at the La Trinidad municipal gymnasium.
Harutjunjan meanwhile has an impressive record of nine undefeated fights and currently holds the World Boxing Federation world welterweight crown after winning the belt against Ilya Pyrmak in 2014 and defended it against Kelvin Dotel in October 2015.