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Asian Boxing: Czar Amonsot’s long road to redemption

Exploring the rough road that the Filipino fighter has had to take to keep his career alive.


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Czar Amonsot used to be one of the young prize-fighters of the famed ALA boxing stable of Cebu. It is where he first made a name for himself along with a star-studded cast of Filipino fighters which includes the likes of Donnie Nietes, Rey Bautista, AJ Banal and Z Gorres.

In his stint with ALA, the Bohol native was known as a fighter with blonde hair and fierce fight-style which made him easily recognisable among Filipino boxing fans.

In 2007, Amonsot was scheduled to fight Indonesian Simson Butar-Butar to avenge his only career loss. At that time, ALA decided to let go of Amonsot as he was caught drinking and smoking weeks before the bout.

The night before the fight, Amonsot’s WBO Asia Pacific junior lightweight title was officially stripped for tipping the scales five pounds above the 130-pound mark.

Fight night came, and it turned into a big disappointment for the hometown fans in Bohol as Butar-Butar dropped the out-of-shape Amonsot at the 47-second mark of the first round and could not beat the count, resulting in the Indonesian’s victory.

Czar Amonsot vs Michael Katsidis

Amonsot’s separation with ALA did not last too long as he was once again given the chance to wear the stable’s shorts. He was eventually given a shot to face Australian Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight belt at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He went toe-to-toe against the Australian champ but lost via unanimous decision, however, this wasn’t the standout story of the fight. A Post-fight CT-scan revealed that Amonsot suffered a bleeding in his brain, something that prompted him to place his career in hiatus for almost two years. The Filipino boxing community thought it was the end of the road for Amonsot and it was time to hang his gloves and call it a career.

Future endeavours

In 2009, Amonsot returned to action after getting cleared of the blood clot and securing medical clearance to fight again.

Since 2010, Amonsot has been residing and fighting in Australia where he held several regional titles, staying unbeaten in 16 fights.

He also served as a sparring partner for Jeff Horn in his preparation to fight against Manny Pacquiao. Also, he is set to take on undefeated Carlos Manuel Portillo (18-0) of Paraguay on October 6 in The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington this year.

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Niko Quirapas

Niko Quirapas is a nurse by profession. He's a self-taught sports writer from the Philippines who specializes in boxing and basketball.

Asian Boxing: Czar Amonsot’s long road to redemption

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