Gaballo bout with ‘Baby Pacquiao’ off; Bacon-Rocha slated August

No boxing bout is definite in these uncertain times.

Latest to be disrupted by the shifting schedules brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is the bantamweight fight Filipino prime prospect Reymart Gaballo and Dominican Republic's Juan Carlos 'Baby Pacquiao' Payano.

Originally set July 18 then August 1, the Gaballo-Payano tussle for the World Boxing Association interim bantamweight crown has been moved to a new date yet to be announced.

JC Manangquil, head of Sanman Promotions which handles the unbeaten Gaballo (23-0, 20 knockouts), confirmed the postponement, adding he'll be informed of further developments by Premier Boxing Champions next week.

Being a former world champion, Payano (21-3, 9 knockouts) – dubbed ‘Baby Pacquiao’ early in his career – is expected to give Gaballo a stern test and provide a clear picture of Gaballo's capability to become world champion.

While Gaballo's supposed march to stardom got stalled, his stablemate, James Bacon, will have the chance to shine against unbeaten American Alexis Roach on Friday, August 28 (Saturday, August 29, Philippine time).

The 10-round bout for the World Boxing Council Continental Americas welterweight title will be held at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Relishing his underdog tag, Bacon has been training hard under Cuban coach Osmiri Fernandez in Miami, California, in order to get back on track.

In his last fight against Ireland's Darragh Foley, Bacon (23-4 with 15 knockouts) posted a 1st round knockdown only to fade and yield via unanimous decision.

The 23-year-old will be in for another rough sailing, however, as the 23-year-old Rocha is a rising star with a 16-0 slate, 10 by knockout. – Rappler.com