By Gabriel G. Malagar
CEBU CITY— Undefeated Cebuano fighter Jhack Tepora, one of the country’s most promising boxers, will get his first crack at a world title on July 15 when he figures in an undercard for the Pacquiao-Matthysse brawl on Sunday.
Tepora, a 23-year old southpaw from Liloan, Cebu, will be fighting against Edivaldo “El Indio” Ortega of Mexico for the World Boxing Association featherweight crown at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Tepora-Ortega fight is one of the undercards for the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse welterweight title, one of the biggest boxing events to be held in Malaysia in more than four decades.
Tepora (23-0, 18 KO’s) is now in perfect shape for the fight as he trains Monday to Saturday in a gym at Sacris compound in Mandaue City.
He is the most impressive among the talented boxers from the Omega Pro Sports International (OPSI) that also include Jessie Chris Rosales, Tomjones Mangubat and Christian Araneta, among others.
In his last fight, Teporo knocked out Lusanda Kumanisi of South Africa in September last year in East London.
Ortega has a 26-1 record with 12 KO’s. The 28-year old Mexican is also a southpaw like Tepora.
Tepora said he could not afford to be complacent against Ortega who is used to pressure and had experienced fighting long rounds.
However, Ortega cannot take Tepora lightly as he possesses signature solid right punches despite being a southpaw.