Earlier this year we saw Filipino fighter Dennis Tubieron (19-5-2, 8) show his toughness in a 1-sided loss to British hopeful Josh Warrington. The bout saw Tubieron losing but earning real credit for standing up to a 12 round shellacking to the unbeaten and touted man from Leeds. Sadly for Tubieron he was able to repeat the survival act as he returned to Britain to face another young and touted Brit.
This time Tubieron was facing Super Featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith (13-0, 7) and from the very off the two men looked like they belonged in very different divisions. Smith seemed to be a division, if not 2 or 3, bigger than the Filipino who seemed to realise he was out matched physically in the opening moments.
Tubieron took to the back foot and seemed to hope that his wide legged southpaw stance would protect him somewhat from the aggressive English. Sadly however the stance did him very few favours. Within 40 seconds Smith was forcing Tubieron on to the back foot at will and it seemed that Tubieron would really struggle to get much offensive work at all against his bigger, stronger opponent, though he was showing some hunger to let his own shots go.
Sadly for Tubieron his hunger was soon taken away with Smith landing a disgustingly brutal right hand to the body that almost snapped the Filipino in half. Tubieron went straight to canvas an made no attempt to beat the count, instead succumbing to the intense pain and staying on the canvas until well after the bout was waved off.
This is the third stoppage loss for Tubieron though it's real proof that he doesn't belong up at 130lbs. Hopefully he'll drop way back to 122lbs, a weight that suits him much better, though we understand why he took this fight and the pay day that came with it. Unfortunately that payday appears to have come at great physical pain for the 25 year old Filipino.
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