In a clear step up today Filipino youngster Dave Apolinario (10-0, 6) took on Romshane Sarguilla (7-2-2, 4) in a bout televised on ESPN5.
In the opening round Apolinario looked razor sharp, using his southpaw stance brilliantly and landing numerous right hooks as well as some crisp straight left hands. Sarguilla had some moments but they were few and far between with all the really eye catching shots coming from the unbeaten man. Apolinario would continue to land the better shots through round 2 and 3, but Sarguilla, to his credit, took the shots well and seemed to begin biding his time a little more, hoping for the quicker Apolinario to slow down.
Early in the 4th round, not long after Apolinario landed one of his best shots of the fight, Sarguilla tried to slow Apolinario down with a pretty clear low blow, and was given a clear telling off. The unbeaten fighter was in pain but would get his own back landing one low himself not long after, after if to suggest he can play dirty too if that was the fight that Sarguilla wanted. Sadly for Sarguilla the low blow was about the only hurtful shot he landed in the round, whilst Apolinario went on to land some very eye catching combinations.
Saguilla looked to be out boxed, out sped and out fought, but was relying on his toughness. As the rounds went on however it became more and more of a test of how tough he was, as he could never really change the fight of have any sustained success. Despite being clearly beaten Sarguilla was continually pressing the fight, coming forward and trying to make a fight of it. In round 7 that did cost him however, as he was dropped whilst rushing forward. He claimed it was a slip but it did seem that a punch did at least help him down.
In the end the bout was a clear win on all 3 cards for Apolinario, who looked good and certainly got his biggest win so far. There will however be much stiffer tests to come in the future.
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