By Anthony Cocks, Maxboxing.com
Randy Petalcorin feels he is on the verge of something big.
The 25-year-old junior flyweight contender has just been elevated to IBF #3 and WBO #4 to go along with his WBC number nine ranking, putting him as close as one fight away from another world title opportunity.
The soft-spoken, hard-hitting Filipino doesn’t waste any words when asked what his goals are for 2018.
“To win my second major world title at light flyweight,” says Petalcorin, 28-2-1 (21), who was crowned interim WBA junior flyweight champion with a 7th round TKO of Panamanian Walter Tello in Shanghai, China three years ago.
Petalcorin rates that victory as a career highlight.
“My best win was for the WBA world title in 2014 against Walter Tello from Panama because Tello had fought for three world titles and he had far more experience than me at the world championship level,” says Petalcorin.
“But to knockout Tello in seven rounds and win the WBA world title in front of 20,000 people 180 million on live TV in China including Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach watching was a dream come true for me in Shanghai on a Top Rank promoted card. I have to thank Peter Maniatis and Sean Gibbons and Sanman Gym and JC Boy Manangquil for making it happen.”
Petalcorin returned to China to defend the title against fellow southpaw Yiming Ma the following year. He sent the Chinese challenger to the canvas three times in the opening frame to retain his title in less than two minutes of violent, fast-paced action.