Former title challenger Toto Landero dies by drowning in the Philippines

Former title challenger Toto Landero dies by drowning in the Philippines Toto Landero at the 2018 Elorde Awards. Photo from Landero's Facebook 06 Jul by Ryan Songalia Former world title challenger Robert “Toto” Landero died Monday after drowning while attempting to cross a river in his native Philippines. According to reports, the 26-year-old boxer was attempting to swim home across the Tabla River in Negros Occidental province during heavy rains when he disappeared. His body was discovered on Wednesday at approximately 10 a.m., ending a two day search and rescue operation. Landero (11-8-2, 2 knockouts) turned professional in 2013 and was unbeaten in his first ten bouts before losing to Joey Canoy by sixth round stoppage in 2016. He received his only world title opportunity in 2018, losing a competitive unanimous decision to Knockout CP Freshmart for the WBA strawweight title in Thailand. He last fought less than a month ago, losing a decision to Christian Araneta in a junior flyweight bout. The Games and Amusements Board, which oversees professional sports in the Philippines, acknowledged Landero’s death Wednesday in a Facebook post. “May his life serve as an inspiration to all aspiring young athletes to always strive for success,” reads the post. GET THE LATEST ISSUE AT THE RING SHOP (CLICK HERE) or Subscribe Please leave this field empty SIGN UP TO GET RING NEWS ALERTS Share this story Ratings | View All Top 6 Pound for Pound 1 2 3 4 5 6 Trending Could the Benn-Eubank rivalry be rekindled? Mark Magsayo carries Filipino boxing on his featherweight shoulders ahead of Rey Vargas fight Alberto Palmetta counts on a special source of inspiration for his upcoming bout against Rashidi Ellis   Greatest Hits: Sugar Ray Leonard Bloody shirt from Marcus Browne-Badou Jack fight could wind up in the Hall of Fame Schedule | View All 09Jul Derek Chisora vs. Kubrat Pulev (DAZN) 09Jul Mark Magsayo vs. Rey Vargas (Showtime) 16Jul Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna (DAZN) Facebook RingTV Official Product Shop Now!

Former title challenger Toto Landero dies by drowning in the Philippines

Former title challenger Toto Landero dies by drowning in the Philippines

Toto Landero at the 2018 Elorde Awards. Photo from Landero's Facebook
06
Jul
by Ryan Songalia

Former world title challenger Robert “Toto” Landero died Monday after drowning while attempting to cross a river in his native Philippines.

According to reports, the 26-year-old boxer was attempting to swim home across the Tabla River in Negros Occidental province during heavy rains when he disappeared. His body was discovered on Wednesday at approximately 10 a.m., ending a two day search and rescue operation.

Landero (11-8-2, 2 knockouts) turned professional in 2013 and was unbeaten in his first ten bouts before losing to Joey Canoy by sixth round stoppage in 2016. He received his only world title opportunity in 2018, losing a competitive unanimous decision to Knockout CP Freshmart for the WBA strawweight title in Thailand. He last fought less than a month ago, losing a decision to Christian Araneta in a junior flyweight bout.

The Games and Amusements Board, which oversees professional sports in the Philippines, acknowledged Landero’s death Wednesday in a Facebook post.

“May his life serve as an inspiration to all aspiring young athletes to always strive for success,” reads the post.