Abaniel Gets Crack At Vacant WBO Female Mini-Flyweight Title

Hardworking and talented Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel gets a crack at the vacant WBO Female mini-flyweight title against Thailand’s Teeraporn Pannimit in Bangkok on April 25.

Abaniel’s trainer/manager, former Australian boxer Terry Mogg informed the Manila Standard about the title shot for Abaniel who is 26 years old and has a record of 10-3 with 2 knockouts while the Thai girl is only 19 and has a record of 14-5 with 5 knockouts.

In her last fight in Sinaloa, Mexico, Abaniel suffered a 4th round TKO at the hands of the tremendously talented Katia Gutierrez in a clash for the IBF minimum weight title last December 10.

She had earlier dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Samson Tor Buamas in a bout for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council and the Women’s International Boxing Association titles on February 19, 2011.

Pannimit is also coming off back-to-back losses. She lost by a 5th round TKO to Jessica Chavez in an IBF light flyweight title fight on January 14 this year and prior to that dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Susi Kantiakian, an Armenian girl who fights out of Germany in a clash for the WBO/WBA and World International Boxing Federation flyweight title on October 21, 2011.


By Ronnie Nathanielsz