Just moments ago we saw the under-card for John Riel Casimero's bout with Cesar Ramirez come to an end, with 4 bouts having been televised as part of the build up to the main event.
Unbeaten former amateur stand out Criztian Pitt Laurente (3-0, 3) scored a blink and you miss it win over the win-less Christian Gabayeron (0-3), who was taken out with a body shot. Laurente, who is a talent, landed a thunderous left hand and Gabayeron was left in agony for the 10 count.
It didn't take Charly Suarez (3-0, 3) much longer to pick up his third professional win, as he dispatched Virgil Puton (17-13-2, 8) in alarmingly quick fashion. The former Olympian would have been expecting something of a test here but just blitzed Puton with body shots.
In a much more compelling bout Orlie Silvestre (14-5-2, 8) and Ronald Alapormina (4-3-3, 1) fought to a 6 round split decision draw. This bout looked a mismatch on paper but Alapormina fought like a man confident of picking up the win, and really set a high work rate. In the end the judges struggled to split the men, scoring the bout 58-56 one way, 58-56 the other way and then 57-57 to leave us with the draw.
The chief supporting bout on the card saw Vincent Astrolabio (14-3, 10) take on Kevin Aseniero (9-3-1, 5). Entering the bout Astrolabio was the WBO Oriental Bantamweight champion and was looking to make his first defense of the title. The bout really failed to catch fire until the end of round 4, when both men finally began to let their hands go. Sadly the bout didn't last much longer, as Aseniero suffered a cut in round 5 and the referee was forced to step in and stop the contest. Due to the cut, which came from a punch, Astrolabio scored a 5th round TKO win
Earlier today in the Philippines fans had the chance to see 2016 Filipino Olympian Charly Suarez (1-0, 1) make his professional debut.
The 30 year old from Davao del Norte, took on the previously unbeaten Ernesto Cagampang (2-1, 2) in a scheduled 6 round bout, but needed only 2 rounds to see off Cagampang, who was taking a huge step up in class despite facing a debutant.
Originally plans had been for Suarez to make his debut earlier, with a December date being speculated on originally, but despite needing to wait until today he managed to show what he can do and kick off with a much needed, and highly expected, win.
It's unclear when Suarez will return to the ring, though it's likely he will be featured in some tough bouts before the end of the year. He was a stellar amateur and given that he's now 30 he and his team can't really waste time. The fact he took on an unbeaten fighter on debut is a good sign, in some ways, but he certainly can't be handled with a softly softly approach through the rest of the year, and we wouldn't be that shocked to see him in with an OPBF ranked fighter before we start 2020.
At the moment full details haven't yet been revealed, though things like opponent and dates are expected to be announced in the coming days with the hope clearly being, for Joven to create another world class fighter.
At 30 Suarez will need to be fast tracked, but the reality is that we're seeing more and more fighters being fast tracked anyway so this shouldn't be a problem for someone with Suarez's deep amateur background
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