At "The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex" Filipino fans were treat to an excellent card of boxing featuring 8 bouts which saw a notable upset, a fantastic debut and several fantastic fights.
In debuting action Jerwin Dela Rosa (0-1) came up short against unbeaten novice Vergel Rivera (1-0-1) in a 4 decision. Though Dela Rosa was making his debut it's fair to say that his debut was over-shadowed by the explosive debut of JK Elorde (1-0, 1) who blasted out fellow debutant Jay-Ar Campana (0-1) in just 139 seconds. Although JK, or Jonathan Konstantine Elorde to give him his full name, was making his professional debut there is a lot of expectation on his shoulders.
Not only was Elorde a genuinely talented amateur fighter the Philippines but he is also the grandson of the legendary Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, the former Super Featherweight champion. There is a lot of expectation on Elorde's shoulders but if he's got just a bit of the magic his grandfather had then he could go a very long way in this sport.
For other prospects on the card things were mostly good as Andrian Camique (4-0-1, 2), Rene Dacquel (9-0, 2) and Giovanni Escaner (10-0, 6) were all triumphant. For Camique, the only one of the 3 who was forced the distance, his victory over Lowell Saguisa (7-12, 3) was tougher than expected despite the fact he scored a knockdown in the opening round. Dacquel's victory over Rissan Muelas (6-5, 4) was certainly expected but stopping Muelas was a bit of a shock considering that Dacquel had only previously scored a single early victory and Muelas had only been stopped once previously.
The victory for Escaner was the stand out result from the 3 prospects mentioned as he stopped the experienced Ryan Tampus (11-11, 8) forcing Tampus to retire at the end of round 7.
Sadly not all the unbeaten prospects were successful as Jeffrey Arienza (9-1-1, 4) suffered his first professional defeat thanks to a notable upset at the hands of Leonardo Doronio (11-8-2, 7). The highly favoured Arienza was stopped in round 3 and although he's only 22 he may struggle to bounce back from this loss, especially considering he was fortunate in his previous bout.
In the only scheduled 6 round bout Cris Alfante (7-1, 1) managed to secure a decision over the limited but tough Dodoy Alapormina (1-22-1) who despite his numerous losses has proven to be a tough opponent capable of getting rounds for fighters, as he proved once again here.
Having already mentioned Arienza's upset loss it's worth noting that his upset wasn't the only one on the card, in fact it wasn't even the biggest upset on the card, that came in the main event as Dado Cabintoy (10-4-2, 5) lost to Jovill Marayan (8-12-3, 3). The 22 year old Cabintoy may have lost 2 of his 4 bouts entering this but he was still expected to over-come the 25 year old Marayan who had been stopped in his previous 2 bouts and had won just 3 of his previous 16 bouts. Marayan hadn't read the script and dropped Cabintoy in round 7 before claiming a split decision over the 10 round distance.
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