VETERAN Tony Weeks will be the third man in the ring when Filipino AJ `Bazooka’ Banal and Pungluang Sorsingyu of Thailand clash for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title on October 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Cebu-based ALA Promotions received the official communication on Tuesday from WBO president Paco Valcarcel.
A veteran of 47 world title fights, Weeks has refereed at least three of Manny Pacquiao’s previous bouts against Oscar De La Hoya (2008), the Marco Antonio Barrera rematch (2007), and the third meeting with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez (2011).
But the ring official is best remembered for his involvement in two of the most memorable fights in the history of prizefighting.
Weeks refereed the unforgettable World Boxing Council (WBC)-WBO lightweight title match between the late Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo, which many regard as one of the most dramatic fights of all time after Corrales rallied from two major knockdowns in the 10th round and won by stoppage over Castillo.
It was also Weeks who worked the International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight title fight between Jesus Chavez of Mexico and Leavander Johnson of the US which the Mexican won via an 11th round technical knockout. Five days later, Johnson died due to brain injury.
Both fights took place in 2005.
Weeks and other WBO officials will be arriving in the country at least a week before the scheduled fight, the first ever attempt of the 23-year-old Banal (28-1, 20 KOs) at a world championship.
Sor Singyu sports a 42-1 record, with 27 KOs.