AJ Banal Ready To Face History; Hinkey Bros Headline "History in the Making" on Aug 29

Eight days towards the biggest fight of his career, WBA No. 3 super flyweight contender AJ Banal looks forward to be worthy of the fateful chance to claim ascendancy to a world championship crown that he had been dreaming for since he was a child fighting in the depressed grounds of Ermita and the busy byways of the city’s main wet market earning his daily keep for his family..

His immaculate record of 17 wins and 14 KOs describes a warrior who is committed to the discipline of his craft, a habit that he grew with and honed through the wise hands of ALA Gym manager and trainers.

“Our goal for AJ is to develop him into a complete fighter who is ready to face anyone, anytime,” says Banal manager Michael Aldeguer. “And I could see that he has developed into one. He has an enviable combination of talents. He boxes hard, and he moves fast and nimble. He got the power and the skills that could take on any fighters of championship caliber. I have no doubt in my mind that he has a very bright future ahead of him. The WBA super flyweight crown would just be one of them.”

“I have watched AJ grew from a vibrant kid who had so much dreams in his eyes into a more complete warrior with impressive fight record,” chief ALA Gym trainer Edito “Ala” Villamor recalled. “His discipline, focus, and commitment to hone his skill are terrific. And unlike many boxers whose gifts are either towards skills only or power only, AJ Banal are gifted in both.”

“I have supervised AJ’s training since he turned professional,” said trainer Edmundo Villamor, “and I have full confidence that he is a fighter who can be relied upon to demolish bigger ones. He has grown into a more complete fighter at this young age. Our program has been to bring him to that level. Every time he faces a different opponent, we simply guide him to make a few adjustments based on that opponent’s fighting style. Because in the end, what a fighter can bring into the ring is what he has become at that point in time. What will Bazooka bring to the ring was what he has learned and has become in his three years in professional boxing, nothing more, nothing less.”

His professional accomplishments speak of a warrior who is smart and careful in facing opponents and prefers to finish the game early in the run if he can. Six of his KO record happened within the third round of skirmish. His upcoming encounter with WBA No. 6 super flyweight pugilist Rafael “Little Bull” Concepcion will be one of those battles he would be facing with grounded confidence.

Asked about Concepcion’s knocking him out of the contest, Bazooka Banal replied: “I don’t care so much of what he says. I know very well what I can do and where I need to work on. I know what I will bring into the fight. And with that I will see to it that by the closing hours of July 26, our country will have a new world champion.”

The explosive promotion dubbed “Laban Na Banal: Panahon Na” will rock the New Cebu Coliseum before a mass audience, for whom the location has been primarily selected for. It is again a walk towards history for AJ “Bazooka” Banal and for Filipinos and Cebuanos in particular. And it is a walk that is worth waiting for.


Let's Get It On Promotions and the City of Fallon, NV is pleased to announce "History in the Making" on August 29th, 2008 at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

Headlining the show are the locally popular Derek (5-1 5 KOs), and Tyler Hinkey (4-0-1 3 KOs). Both brothers are coming off of KO victories against undefeated opponents in their last appearances on June 13th in Reno. Tyler, the younger but larger brother, scored a first round knockout over Michael Finney (1-1) of San Jacinto, CA. The two heavyweights threw caution to the wind and threw heavy punches until a barrage from Hinkey put Finney on the floor. Hinkey finished the job shortly after.

Derek Hinkey, a middleweight, fought the very tough Gabriel Gil (3-1) of Madera, CA in a bout scheduled for six rounds. Hinkey had Gil down in the first round, but the relentless Californian got back on his feet and scored his share of shots in the next rounds. Gil suffered a very bad cut under his right eye after a Hinkey left hook. Gil was unable to continue giving Hinkey the TKO win.

Both Hinkeys are scheduled to fight in six round-bouts on 8/29.

Also scheduled to appear on "History in the Making" is lightweight Michael Peralta (4-2 1 KO) from Carson City, NV. Peralta is coming off of a six-round decision victory over California prospect and previously undefeated Javier Garcia (3-1).

Coming back to Northern Nevada to fight on August 29th is the popular East Coast middleweight prospect Mark "The Italian Bazooka" Deluca (6-0 4 KOs) from Boston and Mongolian sensation Batkhuu "Batman" Otgonchuluun (1-0 1 KO). Deluca and Otgonchuluun also fought on Let's Get It On Promotions' last show in Reno. Deluca scored an impressive first-round knockout over Carson City's Flavio Cardoza. Otgonchuluun served up a ferocious third-round knockout over Omar Valencia (0-2).

Peralta and Deluca are both scheduled for six-round bouts, Otgonchuluun's is scheduled for a four rounder.

Opponents and additional under card information will be announced soon.

The small mining and farming towns of Northern Nevada were once hotbeds of boxing activity in the early part of the twentieth century. Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey among many others came to the area to fight. November 18th, 1939 was the last time that the town of Fallon has hosted a professional boxing event. This show is a tribute to the fighters of this area's history, and to celebrate the new boxing history that his being made in Northern Nevada today.

Tickets to "History in the Making" are available through or by visiting the Fallon Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are also available at the door on fight night. Prices are $99 ringside floor, $50 grandstand floor, $25 general admission, and $10 general admission for students. Tickets to the fights include admission to the annual Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Festival. First bout begins at 7 pm.

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Article posted on 18.07.2008

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