In the last few months we've been disappointed by all-Filipino world title bouts, however on the domestic scene all-Filipino bouts can be a real treat. We had a great example earlier today when Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-5-1, 4) and Benezer Alolod (18-11-5, 6) battled in an enthralling all-southpaw contest on ESPN5.
On paper neither man looked incredible, and neither are likely to ever win world titles, but together they made for an action packed fight that saw both men really unload heavy artillery.
In the opening round both men gave a great account of their-selves, and between the first two rounds it was very hard to split the two men, with one fighter always returning fire after being tagged. They weren't an amazing couple of rounds but they were compelling and competitive. In round 3 however someone lit the touch paper and the two fighters picked up the pace to give us an enthralling round of action, that lead to another action packed round in the 4th.
Sadly those two rounds came at a price and both men clearly took a lot out of each other, and themselves, as the pace slowed. Not only did the action slow down, though was still very exciting, but blows started to slip south of the border, particularly from Alolod, who was given a clear warning for low blows in round 4 but continued to land them through the next few rounds, with Cuerdo getting revenge not long afterwards, which left both men on icy ground.
Alolod would begin to fade the quicker of the two and in round 6 he was dropped, towards the end of the round, securing Cuerdo an important 10-8 round. Things got even worse for Alolod as he was deducted a point for going south again in round 7, and went on to lose the round, suffering a second 10-8 round against him.
Assuming he had to be down Alolod look to turn the bout around in round 8 but was unable to as Cuerdo boxed well, landed the better shots an just stamped his name on the bout, taking the clear decision in a genuinely fun bout.
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