Whilst much of our focus over the last few days is on this coming Sunday, there was some action this past Wednesday with Filipino fans in Pasay City getting the chance to see a pair of title fights, both of which resulted in new champions being crowned.
One of those title bouts saw the under-rated Richard Pumicpic (18-7-2, 6) claim the WBC International Super Bantamweight title with an 8th round technical decision over the previously unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-1-1, 3). The bout ended after Pumicpic suffered a cut from an accidental headclash and, following the WBC's rules, Noynay was deducted a point as a result. That point did make a difference to the scorecards with all 3 judges scoring the contest 76-75 to Pumicpic. Head it not been for the WBC's rule this would have been a 76-76 draw.
The other title bout saw the once beaten Jeffrey Francisco (14-1-1, 1) claim the WBC EPBC Bantamweight crown with a split decision win over Japanese southpaw Yusuke Suzuki (6-3, 4). On paper this one looked like a straight forward win for Francisco, who got off to a great start dropping Suzuki in round 2, but the reality is that Suzuki is better than his record suggests and he gave Francisco a very tough test. That's despite one judge having it widely in favour of Francisco.
Other notable results from this card included an opening round win for hard hitting prospect Allan Vallespin (6-0, 6), who blew away journeyman Jomar Borbon (4-24-2, 2), a 4th round win for Dave Penalosa (11-0, 8), who easily saw off Menard Zaragosa (6-23-1, 4) and a 6 round decision win for former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (26-11-2, 18), who out pointed Jeson Berwela (4-22, 2).
Earlier today we were informed of an Elorde International Productions show which will take place on May 4th at the SM Mall of Asia, in Manila.
The main event will see once beaten Filipino Jeffrey Francisco (13-1-1, 1) battle against Japanese ranked Yusuke Suzuki (6-2, 4) [鈴木 悠介] for the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Bantamweight title. For Francisco this will be his 4th bout since suffering a decision loss to Jestoni Autida, in November 2014 and it will also be his first title bout. For Suzuki it will be his first bout since a razor thin loss to Ryoichi Tamura last July. As with Francisco this will be his first title bout, however he has mixed with some good fighters, not just Tamura but also Yusaku Kuga and Monico Laurente.
The chief support bout is another interesting looking match up and will see Joe Misako (10-0-1, 3), also known as Joe Noynay, face Richard Pumicpic (17-7-2, 6) in a bout for the WBC International title. This will be Pumicpic's third bout siunce he was out pointed by Hikaru Matsuoka, in November 2014, whilst Misako will be fighting for the first time since drawing with Alie Laurel, in February.
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