Cebu City, Philippines – Omega Boxing Gym’s Pete “Thunder” Apolina has been criticized by critics, including some Filipino boxing fans, for helping undefeated Japanese boxing star Nawa Inoue prepare for the June 7 unification clash at Nonito “The Filipino Ginner” do. Japan.
Kevin Jake Kataraja, Apolliner of Jeep Sunman Boxing and World-Rating Prospect, has been in Japan for a month now as Ino’s sparring partner.
There has been a mixed reaction from Filipino boxing fans on social media as Inoue’s sparring partner, mostly criticizing them for helping Japanese boxers instead of donors.
However, Apolina simply dismisses the criticism and says that they are only there for business and nothing more.
“We decided to ignore the Bashers because they know nothing about this kind of thing because they are not in the world of boxing,” said Apollinar in the Filipino. “Moreover, if it had been Champion Nanito (Donor) who would have tapped our services, we would have worked with him. It’s just work, not personal. “
The 27-year-old Apollinar, who has a record of 16 wins with 10 knockouts and two defeats, is the current Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Super Bantamweight Champion.
Also, he has become one of Ino’s regular sparring partners every now and then during the upcoming fights.
For Apollinar, the experience of his fight with a boxing superstar like Inouye is a rare opportunity that he will not miss. For him, he can learn many important techniques and styles by fighting a boxer of Inoy’s height.
“We gained a lot of experience from him as a high-level boxer. He’s not just an ordinary boxer, “said Apollinar. “We are honored to be invited to work with him because there are many more boxers that they could have achieved, but they chose us. We are proud because we are Filipinos. This is a once in a lifetime experience. You don’t often get that opportunity and it’s invaluable. “
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