Yesterday fight fans in the Orient Theatre in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, saw two Filipino fighters taking on locals. Unfortunately for the visitors they both suffered defeats.
One of the visitors was the experienced Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1, 8) who suffered a 5th round TKO loss to Makazole Tete (16-1-1, 10), who claimed the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title with his win. The defeat was Tabugon's second stoppage loss in 3 bouts, following a defeat to Juan Hernandez Navarrete last November and could suggest that his durability is starting to wear away, as he had never previously been stopped. For Tete the win was his second notable victory over a Filipino following last year's victory over Renz Rosia, and sees him bouncing back from last December's loss to countryman Gideon Buthelezi.
The other Filipino in action was teenager Jerry Castroverde (9-3, 5), who came up short in a bout for the IBF Youth Super Featherweight title. Castroverde got off to the perfect start, dropping Aphiwe Mboyiya (14-2-1, 6) in the opening round but was unfortunately unable to see off Mboyiya and lost a 10 round decision. Despite the set back the youngster didn't really see his value fall given the nature of his defeat and we wouldn't be shocked if he becomes a fighter to keep a very close eye on as he matures over the coming years.
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