The Filipino boxing scene really had a great day this past Wednesday with a number of notable bouts. One of those saw two recent world title challengers face off in a bout for the WBC International Light Flyweight title, a stepping stone belt that is often used to help a fighter climb the WBC rankings and move towards another world title fight.
The fighters in question were Richard Claveras (14-1-2, 12), who was stopped inside a round by Pedro Guevara in a bout for the WBC Light Flyweight title, and Jerry Tomogdan (18-7-3, 9), who was stopped in 9 rounds by WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin. On paper it made for a good bout, despite the massively differing records of the two fighters, and it proved to be an interesting one in the ring.
Claveras got off to the perfect start, dropping Tomogdan in the opening round before Tomgodan started a bit of a fight back. That fight back was brave but saw his charge take a huge hit in round 7, when he was dropped for the second time in the bout. That all but ended Tomogdan's chances though he refused to give up and continued fight to the end, despite losing a point in round 11 as he strayed low.
Given the knockdowns and the point deduction it was clear Claveras had done enough for the win, and that was shown on the cards with scores of 119-106, 116-108 and 115-110 in favour of the heavy handed puncher, who went 12 rounds for the second time in his career
The heavy handed Claveras, who simply wasn't ready for his bout against Guevara earlier this year, probably needs a few more bouts like this before trying to fight at the world level again. A bout against fellow top Filipino domestic foes, and even top domestic foes from Japan and Thailand will do him the world of good. For Tomogdan the youngster has got promise and guts, but seems unlikely to really progress to the next level.
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