Melvin Jerusalem will fight Toto Landero for the OPBF Strawweight title in June. The OPBF has just given their approval to the title fight between compatriots Melvin Jerusalem and Toto Landero for the Strawweight crown recently vacated by Lito Dante.
The letter which was addressed to the promoter himself, JC Mananquil of General Santos City in Mindanao, was signed by no less than the OPBF President Frank Hadley. Jerusalem who is currently the #1 contender will be clashing with #13 ranked Landero, a Pontevedra, Negros Occidental native and Manila-based Landero.
This fight is also a rematch of their November 2018 fight where the Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon native Jerusalem prevailed by Unanimous Decision. Landero is not only aching for revenge but also to “steal” Jerusalem’s high rankings at the four world boxing bodies.
Jerusalem, who is rated in almost all boxing bodies meanwhile, is gearing up for bigger stakes ahead, and this OPBF title is the first of his desired belts to collect this year. Many pundits opined that Jerusalem is at his peak and that he could be the next Filipino world champion.
The fight will be held at General Santos City, tentatively scheduled on June 26, 2021. It will be the first, in a while, for OPBF to be holding a championship bout in the country. This fight will actually signal the return of the boxing organization to the Philippine shores.
The OPBF was formed in 1954 by the Japanese, Korean, and Filipino boxing commissions. It was originally named the Orient Boxing Federation (OBF) but later changed its name to be the Orient and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) when the Australian National Boxing Federation joined in 1977.
OPBF is under the auspices of the World Boxing Commission (WBC). The Jerusalem-Landero fight will also showcase the newly designed OPBF belts.
OPBF recently commissioned the same company that makes the popular Cleto Reyes gloves of Mexico in crafting a new and beautiful championship belt. The new belt will be awarded to the winner of this fight.