In 2015 Filipino slugger Al Rivera (17-2, 15) scored his first notable win, stopping Adones Cabalquinto (23-3, 15) in 2 rounds to put himself on the boxing map. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength and today he recorded his second win over Cabalquinto as he also scored his first defense of the OPBF 140lb title.
Whilst Rivera's first win over Cabalquinto last year put him on the proverbial boxing map it was a win this year over Shinya Iwabuchi that saw him claim the OPBF title, and really do so in an impressive fashion as he beat up Iwabuchi eventually stopping the Japanese warrior in the 7th round for the then vacant title. It was however a test of Rivera's championship credentials today as he took on a man who was looking for revenge and looking to claim the Oriental title, after having missed out on a fight for the belt last year.
To begin with it was Cabalquinto's desire for revenge that seemed to be the key as he dropped Rivera, knocking down the champion in the opening round. Sadly however Rivera would regain his feet and as the fight continued his power was the key as he dropped Cabalquinto in round 2 and that was all she wrote, with the more experienced man suffering his second stoppage loss to hands of Rivera.
Although flawed Rivera's power is a handful and it would be no surrpise to see him either extend his KO run going forward or be stopped looking for a finish. For Cabalquinto however this is a third loss in 5 bouts and could well see the 28 year old potentially thrown on the scrap heap.
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