We have just been informed that Filipino puncher Edrin Dapudong (29-6, 17) unfortunately lost the IBO Super Flyweight title on Friday after he lost a controversial split decision to Lwandile Sityatha (17-3-1, 7).
Dapudong was fighting in South Africa for the third successive fight and will have felt a sense of de ja vu having lost his first bout in South Africa, also for the IBO Super Flyweight title, against Gideon Buthelezi by split decision. That bout was rectified when Dapudong managed to get a rematch, a rematch that he won inside a round with a stunning 1 punch KO.
Whilst Dapudong will be hoping to get a rematch with Sityatha there is every chance that the talented Filipino will wash his hands of the country, and possibly even the IBO. It may seem harsh but it may feel to him as if he needs a KO to get a win in the country and if a fighter has that mentality they can't be themselves and it's a shame when a fighter feels they are going to be robbed.
We're unsure if this was a robbery, as details on the bout are scarce, but it wouldn't shock us to hear that Sityatha won it because he was at home and had the bout been in the Philippines Dapudong would have taken the decision.
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