Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar informed us that a deal had finally been reached regarding the long spoken about IBF Light Flyweight world title eliminator between Christian Araneta (19-1, 15) and Sivenathi Nontshinga (9-0, 9), with the bout now set for April 25th in South Africa.
This match up pretty much has everything we want to see in a bout, with two young men both looking to put themselves on the verge of a world title shot.
Filipino fighter Araneta is the older fighter, at the age of 25, and is a hard hitting southpaw who has been a professional since 2013. Since making his debut he has had a fair bit of buzz around him in the Philippines, and within about 18 months of his debut he had won his first title, the Philippines Light Flyweight title. Since then he has slowly crafted a solid record and notched wins over the likes of Jesse Espinas, Jerry Tomogdan and Roland Jay Biendima. His one defeat came in 2019, when an injury forced him to retire in the corner against Daniel Valladares in Mexico, since then however he has bounced back with two wins.
Whilst Araneta has the edge in experience and is the more physically mature fighter he will go in to this as the under-dog. That's because Sivenathi Nontshinga, dubbed the "Special One", is one of the most dangerous fighters that you've probably never seen. The 22 year old is a massive puncher for the weight and within just 9 fights he scored notable stoppages over both Siyobonga Siyo and Ivan Soriano. Standing at around 5' Nontshinga is a fantastic boxer-puncher, and every shot in his arsenal looks heavy, with his jab seen physically jolting Soriano last year. Despite his power and physical strength he is still a touch raw, and his inexperience shows, but he is very heavy handed and very dangerous.
It's worth noting that the winner of this would become the IBF mandatory challenger for the title currently held Felix Alvarado, and with that in mind we are looking forward to this eliminator, and the eventual world title fight for the winner.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Light flyweight Christian Araneta’s one punch knockout win provided a spectacular finish to the action-packed double fight card held Friday in Mandaue City.
Araneta (19-1,15KO’s) fired a sneaky left uppercut to the jaw of Roland Jay Biendima(15-7-1,8KO’s) and sent him flat on his back. Referee Teddy Alivio,seeing Biendima was in no condition to get up and fight, signaled the end at the 2:15 mark.
Araneta is a former WBO and WBC regional belt holder and his lone loss was against Daniel Valladares in Mexico, a fight where he had a recurrence of his shoulder injury that sidelined him for the most part of 2017.
Rising star Carl Jammes Martin (16-0,14KO’s) returned after a year of inactivity and beat a feisty Richard Rosales (14-14-2,8KO’s) by ten round unanimous decision.
The Covid pandemic has led to many Filipino boxers not getting a lot of fights this year. Martin got the much needed rounds against Rosales who not only had a tough chin, but managed to dish out a lot of wallops. Martin was more powerful and accurate and got the nod of the three judges – Edward Ligas and Rolando Mendoza – 100-90, Teddy Alivio-98-92.
Former world ranked Albert Pagara (33-1,23KO’s), who has been inactive for sixteen months, beat Virgil Puton(18-15-2,9KO’s) by eight round unanimous decision. Puton was more intent on surviving and clowning while Pagara needs more rounds to regain his form. The scores – 78-74 twice and 79-73.
The ten rounder between Pete Apolinar (13-1,8KO’s) and Danilo Tampipi (9-12-2,5KO’s) was entertaining at the start.They traded knockdowns, Tampipi was counted in the first, Apolinar was decked in the second. But Apolinar pulled away,winning by a wide margin, 98-90 twice,100-90.
In the opener of Kumbati 7, Franco Serafica beat Matthew Fondales who did not answer the bell for the second canto.
The first card- Kumbati 6- was held early afternoon Friday.
Tomjune Mangubat (12-2-1,10KO’s) won against Reymond Empic (7-6,3KO’s) who sat on his stool after the third round.Mangubat bounced back from his disappointing split decision loss to South Korean Jong Seon Kang last year in Vietnam.
Carlo Bacaro (7-0,6KO’s) used hard body shots to stop Ryan Maano (5-8-2,1KO) who turned his back in the third round.
Reggie Suganob got a unanimous verdict against Robert Ates after six rounds and pro debutant Benny Cañete beat John Roque Villagonzalo by TKO in the second.
The event was promoted by Omega Promotions and sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). The fights were held behind closed doors at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City. Covid-19 testing was done on all boxers and officials.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Omega Promotions will have a back to back fight card Friday that will showcase name fighters and up and comers. The fights will be held behind closed doors at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City.
The boxers had their weigh-in Thursday inside the compound of International Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IPI).
“Kumbati” 6 will have four bouts. Tomjune Mangubat (11-2-1,9KO’s) will aim to bounce back from his disappointing split decision loss to South Korean Jong Seon Kang last year in Vietnam. Mangubat will take on Reymond Empic (7-5,3KO’s) in a ten rounder.
Mangubat weighed 139.7lbs while Empic was at 131 lbs.
Carlo Bacaro (6-0,5KO’s)-140.7lbs will be taking on Ryan Maano (5-9-2,1KO)-140lbs- in an eight rounder. Reggie Suganob (112.3lbs) vs. Robert Ates (112.5lbs) for 6 rounds and pro debutants Benny Cañete (119.5lbs) vs. John Roque Villagonzalo (119.6lbs) will clash in a 4 rounder.
In “Kumbati 7”, “Prince” Albert Pagara and rising star Carl Jammes Martin are set to make an appearance.
Pagara (32-1,23KO’s) will be shaking off the ring rust, having been inactive for sixteen months when he squares off against Virgil Puton(18-14-2,9KO’s). Pagara was at 130.4lbs while Puton stepped on the scales at 130.8lbs.
Carl Jammes Martin will trade punches with Richard Rosales in a ten rounder. Martin (15-0,14KO’s) and Rosales (14-13-2,8KO’s) both weighed 120 lbs.
Christian Araneta (18-1,14KO’s) and Roland Jay Biendima both weighed 110lbs for their 10 rounder. For the rest of the card - Pete Apolinar -126.6lbs vs. Danilo Tampipi-123.8lbs, and Franco Serafica -125.9lbs vs. Matthew Fondales-129.8lbs.
The event is sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). Covid-19 testing was done on all boxers and officials.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar informed us of an Omega Sports and MTK Global show set to take place in the Philippines in December featuring a number of notable Filipino hopefuls. The card lacks a major international name, but hardcore fans of the Filipino seen will see some really interesting fighter lined up for the show, which looks set to be split into 2 parts.
The first part of the card looks set to be the more star studded and interesting part. It features the exciting and world ranked Albert Pagara (31-1, 23) taking on the often under-rated Virgil Puton (18-14-2, 9). Pagara, who is now ranked #7 by the WBO at Super Bantamweight, will be looking for a 7th straight win since a 2016 loss to Cesar Juarez and will be hoping to begin climbing back up the WBO rankings once again. As for Puton he'll be looking to show there is still life in his 31 year old legs after a 1-10-2 (1) stretch of his career. He was once a very serviceable journeyman but has taken a lot of punishment in recent years.
Another notable name on this part of the card is former world title challenger Mark Anthony Barriga (9-1, 1) who is seemingly up against 21 year old Ricky Delos Santos (2-1). The excellent Barriga is one of the most talented Filipino fighters out there, though he does lack power, and is very much all about his skills, with little in terms of power or strength from the slippery Pinoy. He's sadly not fought since losing in an IBF Minimumweight title bout back in 2018 to Carlos Licona, so we can under-stand him having an easy returns after 24 months out of the ring. Even then Santos might be a little bit too easy for the former world title contender.
One other name to watch on this part of the show is 23 year old Flyweight Regie Suganob (4-0, 1), who battles Robert Ates (4-7, 2). Suganob is, on paper taking a step up in class here.
Although it feels like the name value is on the first part of the event the second part is certainly boasting some decent it's self. This included the very talented Peter Apolinar (12-1, 8), who battles Danny Tampipi (9-11-2, 5), and a genuinely mouth watering bout between Christian Araneta (18-1, 14) and Roland Jay Biendima (15-6-1, 8), which could be a sensational war. Araneta will be looking for his second win since a technical decision loss to Daniel Valladares in September 2019 whilst Biendima will be looking to bounce back from a thrilling decision loss to Kenta Hatanaka.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr.
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Boxing made a successful return in the island of Cebu with the first fight card held since the month of March. The entire country has endured various levels of quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Unbeaten prospect Mark Vicelles (12-0-1,6KO’s) of the Omega Boxing Gym closed the show with a fourth round knockout of Junuel Lacar (8-6-3,6KO’s). Vicelles used quick one-two combinations to knock Lacar down in rounds two and three. Lacar still tried to make a fight out of it but was decked again in round four.
Referee Angelito Piquero reached the count of ten at the 1:47 mark with Lacar still on all fours.
Vicelles won a WBA Asia South light flyweight title last year by majority decision against former world-ranked Jessie Espinas. Lacar actually fought Hiroto Kyoguchi, the current WBA super light flyweight champion in Kyoguchi’s fifth pro bout. Lacar was stopped in three rounds.
Peter Apolinar (12-1,8KO’s) got a hard fought unanimous verdict against Jetro Pabustan (30-8-6,9KO’s) in a competitive struggle. The judges scores- Edward Ligas and Rolando Mendoza – 98-92, Angelito Piquero-96-94.
Christian Araneta scored two knockdowns against Richard Rosales but couldn’t finish him off and had to settle for a ten round unanimous decision. After an opening round of feinting and probing, it was bombs away for Araneta, who landed at will and dropped Rosales in rounds five and six.
But Araneta’s work rate dropped as he coasted to a wide victory. Scores- Edward Ligas – 100-88, Rolando Mendoza and Angelito Piquero-99-89.
Araneta is now 18-1,14KO’s while Rosales drops to 14-13-2,8KO’s. Araneta has not seen action since September of last year when he lost to Daniel Valladares in Mexico.
Carlo Bacaro (6-0,5KO’s) beat up Jeffrey Stella (4-10-3,4KO’S) who decided not to answer the bell for round five.
The card was promoted by Omega Sports Promotions and sanctioned by the
Games and Amusements Board (GAB). Covid-19 testing was done on all boxers and officials. Strict health and safety protocols were in place in the closed door event held at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City.
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