At the Strike Gym earlier today Filipino fight fans had the chance to see talented 19 year old prospect ArAr Andales (9-0, 2) claim his first international title, as he stopped domestic foe Charlie Malupangue (7-4-3, 6) to become the new WBA Asia Minimumweight championship.
The talented Andales looked aggressive from the off, often pushing the supposedly hard hitting Malupangue backwards. Sadly for Malupangue he lacked the skills to get his power shots off, and was often caught by straight right hands, a real problem given he's a southpaw.
Andales showed some recklessness at times, especially when through his left hook, but was never punished for it, with Malupangue lacking the skills and timing needed to make Andales pay.
In round 4 Andales picked up the tempo, and began to fire in more body shots when up close. Those turned out to be killer, and Malupangue would be dropped late in the round. He beat the count but was dropped again early in round 5, and this time he didn't beat the 10 count, being counted out near Andales' corner.
Given that the 19 year old Andales had only scored 1 stoppage prior to today, stopping the then debuting Stephen Intino back in October 2017, this result was an impressive one. even more so when it took the world ranked Robert Paradero 4 rounds to take out Malupangue in 2017.
Although a very long way from a major fight, this was a great win for Andales, who looks like one to watch. There's a lot to like, and although his performance wasn't perfect, he should be able to work on the mistakes he was making, and his team will have seen where those areas to improve are after today's performance.
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