At the "University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium", Filipino fans again got treat to some great action. The card kicked off with victories for several promising fighters starting with debutant Kim Galon (1-0) who stopped fellow debutant Joselito Tabago (0-1) with a cracking body shot.
The all-debutant opening bout was followed by decision victories for Jessie Suacasa (2-0, 1) who out pointed Glendon Ramos (0-1), John Vincent Moralde (5-0, 3) who claimed a clear 6 round deicison over Jovil Gayhun (3-3) after scoring an opening round knock down and Engelbert Moralde (4-1, 3) who went the distance for the first time as he claimed a 6 round deicsion over Abel Gayhun (3-5-1, 1).
In one of the cards few early finishes the very promising Mark Vincent Bernaldez (10-0, 6) stopped the experienced Indonesian Arief Blader (18-10-1, 7) in 2 rounds. This was an educated step up for Bernaldez who some view as one of the most promising prospects in the Philippines, though we'll need to see him step up a class or two first.
The card's only 10 rounder saw the very highly regard Rocky Fuentes (35-6-2, 20) maintain his world title dreams as he scored a very clear decision over Mexican Juan Kantun (20-4-3, 15).The bout, Kantun's first outside of Mexico saw all 3 judges recording the same scores of 98-88 showing the dominance of the Filipino veteran who despite having 43 fights on his ledger is still only 27.
A promising all-Filipino bout for the OPBF Super Flyweight title saw Arthur Villanueva (21-0, 11) retaining the belt and his unbeaten record as he defeated the previously unbeaten Marco Demecillo (18-1-1, 14). This bout was the standout bout on paper with 2 unbeaten men facing off but as it turned out Demecillo, the hard puncher just lacked the ability to really get to Villanueva who scored a very clear victory. This should be a victory that sees Villanueva leap frog into the fringes of a world title fight and it'd not be a surprise if he was keeping his eye on the upcoming world title bouts at 115.
In one of he biggest upsets of the day former world title challenger Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (34-3, 25) suffered a split decision loss to unheralded Mexican Jose Ramirez (25-3, 15) in what was one of the days outstanding bouts. Ramirez got off to the perfect start dropping Bautista in the opening round though was dropped himself in round 8 then deducted a point in round 9. Despite the set backs the Mexican used his ability to claim a hard fought decision over Bautista who some had said was struggling to make the the Featherweight limit.
We will have more results added as we get them.