Toto Landero aims to become the Philippines first WBA 105-lb champ in 18 years

Up-and-coming Filipino boxer Toto Landero aims to become the Philippines’ first WBA minimumweight champion in 18 years.

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Landero, training hard in Muntinlupa City, is eyeing to follow the footsteps of Joma Gamboa, who brought the WBA title in 105-pound division in the Pearl of the Orient until 2000.

On March 6th in Chonburi, Thailand, Landero (10-1-2, 2 Kos) makes his first international fight outside of his country when he challenges defending champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (16-0, 7 Kos) aka Knockout CP Freshmart.

The collision of Southeast Asian boxers was originally set last December 15 but cancelled after Niyomthong’s handler, Virat Vachirarattanawong (better known as Sia Nao) of Diamond and Petch Yindee Promotion, accepted in principle a much lucrative offer of risking the title to Xiong Zhao Zhong in China. The proposed bout in China did not materialized that forced Vachirarattanawong to go back to their original plan.

Niyomtrong is a 27 years old from Surin, Thailand while Landero, pride of Negros Occidental province, is five years younger.

Niyomtrong won the World Minimumweight Title against Byron Rojas with unanimous decision and successfully defended it three times against Japanese Shin Ono and Go Odaira and Filipino Rey Loreto.

Landero is the least dangerous challenger to Niyomthong among the four Filipinos in WBA ranking. He’s rated number 12, higher than 14th ranked Mark Barriga, but lower than Loreto, 6th, and Pedro Taduran, 10th.

Barriga has unblemished 8-0, 1 KO record but a veteran of Olympics and many international amateur championships.

Loreto (23-14, 15 KOs) gave Niyomthong a heck of a fight in July and will make his return to the ring on Feb. 17 at Gaisano City Mall in Bacolod City. He faces compatriot Arnold Garde (8-5-3, 3 KOs) of Davao City.

Taduran, the newly crowned Philippine champion, is a knockout artist southpaw with menacing 12-1, 9 KOs record.