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
The globalisation of boxing can be rather weird when we think about it, and a great example of that can be seen this weekend with UK bookmakers offering odds on a Filipino domestic fight between two men without much in terms of name value, reputation of wider appeal. It's the sort of bout we really wouldn't have expected British bookies to have picked, but we are glad they have.
The bout in question is a 12 round bout between Vincent Astrolabio (13-3, 9) and Kevin Aseniero (9-2-1, 5), who battle for the WBO Oriental Bantamweight title. The bout looks likely to be shown on UK TV, via Boxnation, but it's still an oddity for it to be available for British gamblers.
On paper this looks pretty competitive, but the bookmakers have it as a bout with a very clear favourite and under-dog. The favourite is the 22 year old Astrolabio, who is best priced at 1/4 whilst Aseniero is 13/4 to pick up the win. The draw is available at 25/1.
Even more surprising than the fact that British fans can bet on the winner is that they can also bet on the Method of Victory.
The "favoured result" is Astrolabio by decision, or technical decision, at 8/11 whilst a stoppage by "Asero" is 11/4.
A KO win for Aseniero 11/2 whilst Aseniero getting the unexpected decision is 17/2.
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