Dubai Pinoy boxer to fight Ghanaian contender in Al Quoz

DUBAI: Larry Abarra, a Dubai-based popular Pinoy  boxer, will be squaring off with Ghana’s Isaac  “Messiah” Nettey  in a much anticipated match on Nov. 18 at the ADHAAF Sports Club in Al Quoz.

Twenty-nine-year-old Abarra, who said he was a victim of bullying during grade school,   has five wins, one draw, and two losses in his career record.

Abarra, who shared that those bullying days drove him into boxing,  has been a professional boxer for five years and has trained at people’s champ Manny Pacquiao’s training camp. He was working as a boxing trainer in the Philippines before he moved to Dubai in 2013.

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, at his regular  “town hall” meeting on Nov. 2, threw his support behind Abarra, saying overseas Filipinos should rally behind promising talents like Larry more than those who have already made names for themselves.

The 122-lb boxer is currently being groomed for a continental belt next. He defeated Tony Arema via TKO, when he knocked out the Indonesian boxer after only 54 seconds in the first round at the Pinoy Pride 32: Duel in Dubai at the Dubai World Trade Center in 2015.

Thirty-three-year-old 33yr old is a former IBF Continental Africa super bantamweight champion.

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