Unbeaten Filipino prospect Dave Apolinario (11-0, 6) had arguably his toughest test to date earlier today as he took on domestic foe Adrian Lerasan (7-4, 1), and was given a really good work out by the unheralded Lerasan.
On paper this looked like a mismatch, the fast rising and unbeaten prospects, who had been tipped for big things from his debut, against an opponent with 3 losses in his previous 4 bouts, , but instead Lerasan put in a fantastic effort, pressuring Apolinario through long stretches of the fight and not reacting to the heavy clean shots of the unbeaten man.
Lerasan's offensive work posed little danger to Apolinario, but that didn't stop him from letting his shots go and he had plenty of success with his shots, especially as the bout went on and he grew in confidence. That's not to say he didn't take a fair bit from Apolinario, including a huge right hand and a brutal looking jab in round 7, but he was putting up a real fight and getting in Apolinario's face.
Despite Lerasan's effort it did always seem like he was coming off second best. Apolinario might not have been able to discourage his foe, but he was out boxing, out landing and out classing him, winning the rounds, but having to work for every single one of them. The shots of Apolinario did eventually seem to slow Lerasan down late on, but even in round 10 he managed to back up Apolinario.
Impressively both men went 10 rounds for the first time in their career, something that will certainly help both fighters in the long run, but there was no doubting the winner. After the 10th round we went to the scorecards with Apolinario winning the bout 98-92 and 99-91, twice, for a well earned win in a very, very good test. Both men came out with enhanced reputations here, and Lerasan looks a lot better than a man who is now 1-4 in his last 5.
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