PXC Signs Filipina World Boxing Champion Gretchen Abaniel

PXC is known for having such world-class pool of talent. In the past few months, the Guam-based MMA promotion has sent some of its best fighters and former champions in the UFC and Bellator, two of the biggest MMA promotions in the U.S today.

Aside from sending fighters into the big leagues, PXC keeps on helping local and international fighters from the ground up. PXC also opened its female division couple of months ago and did their first-ever female bout at PXC 36 between Kailin Curran and Kaiyana Rain. Curran won the fight via a Unanimous Decision over Rain.

PXC continues to add up exciting fighters from all over the world as they sign the former WBC International Female Minimumweight Champion and the current WIBA Minimumweight Champion from the Philippines, Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel.


“We are excited to welcome Gretchen to PXC competition and we feel she will be an instant fan favorite. As we build our female division, we are extremely selective with signing fighters, and promise that female bouts will be explosive and exciting to watch!”, said E.J. Calvo, PXC CEO & Promoter

Abaniel became a two-time WIBA champion last December of 2012 when she stopped Thailand’s Modthanoi SithSaithion in the 4th round.

Abaniel won her first world title with a ten round unanimous victory against Nongbua Lookpraiaree of Thailand back in 2005.

The 27-year-old native of Puerto  Princesa, Palawan, started her boxing career late at the age of 17 years old. After couple of years, she joined the National Team and stormed the local boxing scene in the Philippines.

“I started learning boxing at the age of 17.Though started very late, I didn’t had a hard time learning boxing. I’m a fast learner; I pick up techniques very quickly. My father really supports my boxing career since day one but my mother was against it during the first years.”

Abaniel garnered bronze in 2004 when she competed in Taiwan and earned a gold medal in 2007 in Russia. She is a very methodical boxer and has a great endurance.

“I am a scientific fighter, I love studying my opponent’s game and try to break their will slowly but surely.”

“Chen Chen” is the youngest and the only girl of three siblings. Like other boxers in the Philippines, Gretchen is fighting for her family, to give them a better life. It is quite funny that despite of fighting internationally in boxing, she doesn’t want her family to know about her MMA debut.

“My family back home doesn’t know that I am going to fight in MMA. Maybe I will tell them after the making my MMA debut and they will for sure be surprised about it.”

The sport of MMA is contantly evolving. Fighters who once relied on a single skill are becoming phased out and replaced by well-rounded martial artist. In order to succeed in this sport, fighters have been force to adapt their skills, or risk having their weakness exposed. Abaniel is aware that knowing only boxing won’t give her the W she wants; that’s why she is working her tail off to furnish her wrestling and grappling skills. She is expected to make her PXC debut on August 31st in Manila.

“I want to try MMA because I think it is exciting and it is more difficult compared to boxing. In boxing, your only concern is to win the fight by punching your opponent in the face. In MMA, you got a lot of things to learn, like wrestling, BJJ and Muay Thai. I am confident with my striking but obviously, I need to work hard and learn the art of wrestling/grappling.”

Though she is quite nervous for her MMA debut, Abaniel is confident that with the help of her team mates at Team Insider Gym in Makati, she is confident she will win her debut in a notable fashion.

“I am happy that I signed with the premier MMA promotion in the Philippines, the PXC and made history as the first-ever PXC Fililpina fighter.I am excited as well to make my MMA debut in front of thousands of Filipino fans in August.”

After his PXC debut on August, Abaniel will be defending her WIBA minimumweight title in Macau as one of the under card fights of Pacquiao vs. Rios in November.

PXC has a lot of big plans coming up as PXC CEO & Promoter, EJ Calvo, told us that they will be soon adding up another electrifying weight class for male fighters;  the Straweight division (115 lbs.)

Although he has not disucssed a lot about PXC 38 next month, what we only know that they will be back in Guam next month and it will be headlined by some of the biggest names in the region. Filipino knockout artist Eugene Toquero will also make his first-ever PXC fight outside the Philippines as he faces the very talented Rambaa Sombdet in the PXC’s 38th installment.

Also, after PXC 39 on August 31st in Manila, PXC are planning to go back to The Big Dome in November for a gigantic event.

Visit PXC.COM.PH for the latest updates.


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