A. J. Banal

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AJ Banal
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Statistics
Real name Alex John Banal
Nickname(s) Bazooka, AJ
Rated at Super Bantamweight
Bantamweight
Super Flyweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born (1988-12-28) December 28, 1988 (age 28)
Bukidnon, Philippines
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 34
Wins by KO 23
Losses 2
Draws 1

Alex John Banal (born December 28, 1988), more commonly known as A. J. “Bazooka” Banal, is a Filipino professional boxer. Banal resides in Ermita, Cebu City, Cebu, where he trains in the city's famed ALA Boxing Gym.

Early life[edit]

Banal's interest in boxing began through the inspiration of his uncle, Roselito Campaña, who was also a boxer for the ALA Boxing Gym. At the age of three, Banal joined the ALA team as an amateur, and has been with the organization ever since.

Professional career[edit]

Super Flyweight[edit]

Banal, aspiring to succeed in the sport, turned pro during the year of 2005. His first opponent being unheralded Sonny Saguing. The bout ended with a technical draw, with Banal suffering a big cut on his eyebrow due to an unintentional headbutt. Banal was very disappointed in the outcome of the fight, and aspired to keep his then undefeated record intact.[1]

Banal underwent a huge change in competition in only his second year as a pro. He faced tougher opposition, compared to the fighters he previously faced at the time, fighting prospects, who like him, were undefeated. Banal had a record of 7-0-1 when he faced undefeated Indonesian prospect Ali Rochmad (13-0), whom Banal easily defeated with a 5th-round knockout (KO).[2] Two months later, he faced undefeated Thai prospect Janesuk King Sports (11-0), who retired from the bout after the sixth round. And just a month after fighting the then undefeated Thai, Banal fought and defeated highly rated Indonesian contender, Angky Angkota, who sported a record of 17-3 before he lost to Banal by unanimous decision (UD).[3]

Super Flyweight Contention[edit]

After winning his next five fights, including his U.S. debut, Banal then had a chance to collect his first regional belt, facing Esau Gaona of Mexico. Banal easily defeated the Mexican, winning the bout with a first-round KO with a powerful straight to the jaw, winning the then vacant WBO Asia Pacific Youth super flyweight title.[4] He then defended his title for the first and last time against Mexican Jovanny Soto, whom he defeated with a ninth-round technical knockout.[5]

After the Soto bout, Banal had an opportunity to fight for the mandatory contender spot in an IBF super flyweight title eliminator. On April 6, 2008, in Quezon City, Philippines, Banal fought the then undefeated Caril Herrera of Uruguay (21-0) for this challenge. Banal, not to disappoint, defeated the then undefeated fighter with a fourth-round TKO, earning a shot at the IBF super flyweight title.[6]

First career loss[edit]

Although he won a chance for the IBF title, Banal turned down the opportunity in order to fight under another sanctioning body. On July 26, 2008, in the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City, Banal fought for the interim WBA super flyweight title. Despite leading in all three judges' scorecards, he lost by knockout to Panama's Rafael Concepción. Banal took a right hand to the temple region in Round 10 from Concepción, after being knocked down, he then took a knee throughout the referee's count, marking his first ever defeat in his professional career.[7]

Bantamweight[edit]

Following his knockout loss to Concepción, Banal moved up one weight class, to the bantamweight division. On January 31, 2009, in Banal's bantamweight debut, he faced Indonesian Nouldy Manakane, whom he defeated by knockout in just four rounds of action.[8] He then faced Tanzanian Mbwana Matumla, four months later, who he defeated in just two rounds.[9] Following his two knockout wins over Manakane and Matumla, he faced rugged Mexican Jose Angel Beranza in the undercard of Brian Viloria's first title defense of his newly won IBF light flyweight title, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Banal was unable to knockout the always forwarding Mexican, but was able to prevail by UD, with scores of 99-92, 98-92, and 99-91, all in favor of AJ "Bazooka" Banal.[10]

On January 14, 2010, Banal defeated a former 4-time world title challenger in Cecilio Santos of Mexico. Banal, cheered by his hometown fans in Cebu, was hesitant to begin the fight. But in the following two rounds, Banal began to hit his mark. And finally, in the 4th round of the bout, Banal was able to land his dangerous left hook to the temple, followed up with his trademark aggression, eventually sending Santos to the canvas. The Mexican, with all his might just couldn't continue, and was eventually counted out in the 35-second mark of the 4th round, further pushing Banal to hopefully another world title fight.[11]

Banal fought Japan's Big Yoo (16-2; 11 KO) on July 17, 2010 at the Carlos P. Garcia Stadium, Tagbilaran City, Bohol.[12] The Filipino fighter won the bout by KO in the 5th round.

On October 31, 2010, Banal won by disqualification against the veteran Luis Alberto Perez. Banal won the first 6 rounds of the fight until round 7, the veteran Perez came back and give heavy blows that staggers Banal. After the referee break them Perez clinch a punch on Banal and made Banal unable to continue. Banal won by DQ.

World title shot[edit]

On October 21 Banal loses Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu with the later taking the vacant WBO bantamweight title, with a ninth-round TKO. The fight took place at the Mall of Asia Arena.[13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

34 Wins (23 knockouts, 11 decisions), 2 Defeat (2 knockouts), 1 Draw, 0 No Contests[14]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 34–2–1 Tanzania Emilio Norfat TKO 3(10), 1:41 2015-11-28 Philippines Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Win 33–2–1 Indonesia Junior Bajawa UD 8 2015-11-28 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 32–2–1 Thailand Maxsaisai Sithsaithong UD 10 2014-11-15 Philippines Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 31-2-1 Indonesia Defry Palulu KO 2(10), 2:59 2014-06-21 Philippines Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 30-2-1 Dominican Republic Manuel Gonzalez Garcia UD 10 2013-11-30 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 29-2-1 Mexico Abraham Gomez RTD 2(10), 3:00 2013-07-13 Philippines Solaire Resort & Casino, Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Loss 28-2-1 Thailand Pungluang Sor Singyu TKO 9(12), 1:45 2012-10-20 Philippines SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila For vacant WBO Bantamweight title.
Win 28-1-1 Indonesia Ruben Manakane UD 8 2012-07-21 Philippines Dumaguete City Central School Quadrangle, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Win 27-1-1 Mexico Raul Hidalgo TKO 1(12), 2:29 2012-03-24 Philippines Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 26-1-1 Mexico Mario Briones UD 12 2011-10-08 Philippines University of St. La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Win 25-1-1 Canada Tyson Cave TD 8(12), 2:32 2011-07-30 Philippines Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Win 24-1-1 Tanzania Francis Miyeyusho KO 2(12), 2:02 2011-03-19 Philippines Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 23-1-1 Nicaragua Luis Alberto Pérez DQ 7(10), 1:46 2010-10-30 Philippines Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 22-1-1 Japan Hayato Kimura KO 5(12), 1:59 2010-07-17 Philippines Carlos P. Garcia Football Stadium, Tagbilaran City, Bohol Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.
Win 21-1-1 Mexico Cecilio Santos KO 4(10), 0:35 2010-01-14 Philippines Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 20-1-1 Mexico Jose Angel Beranza UD 10 2009-08-29 United States Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win 19-1-1 Tanzania Mbwana Matumla KO 2(10), 2:23 2009-05-16 Philippines Cebu City Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 18-1-1 Indonesia Nouldy Manakane KO 4(10), 1:11 2009-01-31 Philippines Island City Mall Car Park, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Loss 17-1-1 Panama Rafael Concepción KO 10(12), 2:35 2008-07-26 Philippines Cebu City Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu For interim WBA World super flyweight title.
Win 17-0-1 Uruguay Caril Herrera KO 4(12), 1:18 2008-04-06 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 16-0-1 Mexico Jovanny Soto TKO 9(10), 2:15 2007-12-02 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 15-0-1 Mexico Esau Gaona KO 1(10), 1:08 2013-01-20 Philippines Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Youth super flyweight title.
Win 14-0-1 Mexico Jorge Cardenas TKO 3(6), 0:28 2007-08-11 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California
Win 13-0-1 Mexico Juan Alberto Rosas UD 8 2007-05-05 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 12-0-1 Thailand Komrit Lukkuongmuekol TKO 1(8), 2:11 2007-02-24 Philippines Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 11-0-1 Thailand Terdkiat Jandaeng TKO 9(10), 2:58 2007-01-20 Philippines Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Centro, Mandaue City, Cebu
Win 10-0-1 Indonesia Angky Angkotta UD 10 2006-10-21 Philippines Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Centro, Mandaue City, Cebu
Win 9-0-1 Thailand Tabthong Tor Buamas RTD 6(10), 3:00 2006-09-23 Philippines Island City Mall Car Park, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Win 8-0-1 Indonesia Ali Rochmad KO 5(10), 1:35 2006-07-22 Philippines Island City Mall Car Park, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Win 7-0-1 Philippines Jun Pader TKO 4(8), 2:56 2006-07-03 Philippines Island City Mall Car Park, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Win 6-0-1 Thailand Bangsaen Sithpraprom KO 2(8), 2:15 2006-04-30 Philippines Island City Mall Car Park, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Win 5-0-1 Thailand Dechapol Kokietgym KO 1(6) 2006-03-18 Philippines Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Centro, Mandaue City, Cebu
Win 4-0-1 Philippines John Clifford Ranan TKO 3(6) 2006-02-19 Philippines Loon Cultural and Sports Center, Loon, Bohol
Win 3-0-1 Philippines Rodel Veronque TKO 5(6) 2006-01-15 Philippines Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Banilad, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 2-0-1 Philippines Rodel Veronque UD 4 2005-11-19 Philippines Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Win 1-0-1 Philippines Julius Cabusas KO 1(4) 2005-09-17 Philippines Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Centro, Mandaue City, Cebu
Draw 0-0-1 Philippines Sonny Saguing TD 2(4) 2005-06-11 Philippines Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Centro, Mandaue City, Cebu Professional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHO IS BAZOOKA?". philboxing.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ "BANAL DESTROYS ROCHMAD!". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2006-07-23. 
  3. ^ "GORRES, BANAL TOP INDON FOES!". philboxing.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  4. ^ "BANAL RICHLY DESERVES 'BAZOOKA' TAG". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  5. ^ "BAUTISTA, BANAL WIN IN PAYBACK!". philboxing.com. Archived from the original on 7 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  6. ^ "PENALOSA DESTROYS VORAPIN; BOOM BOOM, BANAL , MORALES IMPRESSIVE!". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  7. ^ "BANAL WILL BOUNCE BACK, SAYS WBO EXEC". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  8. ^ "BANAL, AMONSOT IN IMPRESSIVE KNOCKOUT VICTORIES". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  9. ^ "BANAL KOs MATUMLA IN 2nd ROUND". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  10. ^ "BANAL REPULSES BERANZA, WINS BY UD". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  11. ^ "MELINDO OUTLASTS VILLAREAL IN A THRILLER (PLUS OTHER RESULTS AND PHOTOS)". philboxing.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  12. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (July 14, 2010). "AJ Banal-Big Yoo Clash is Exticing Fight Fans in Bohol". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ "AJ Banal loses to Thai Pungluang in world title fight". Inquirer Sports. 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  14. ^ AJ Banal's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-06-21.

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