Yesterday Filipino fans at the Robinson's Galleria in Cebu City had the chance to see an interesting card with several bouts of note, including two title bouts and a major debut.
The debut was that of 2012 Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga (1-0) who took to the professional scene like a duck to water as he took a 6 round decision win over teenager Melvin Manangquil (1-2-2, 1). Barriga, who is tipped to be a huge success over the coming years, was a run away winner with a clear decision here. Whilst the 23 year old may have been looking for a stoppage he did dominate the bout winning with cards of 60-54, and 59-55, twice.
Barriga wasn't the only prospect on the card with unbeaten puncher Christian Araneta (12-0, 10) also fighting on the under-card. Araneta made very light work of the experienced, but fragile, Charlie Cabilla (14-19-4, 2), who lasted just 98 seconds with Araneta. Araneta did struggle last time out, taking a split decision over Ryan Tampus but he does appear to be a legit prospect with notable wins over Jason Neri and Jesse Espinas
Another unbeaten puncher in action here was Jack Tepora (18-0, 13), who successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Bantamweight title with an opening round destruction of Bryan Capangpangan (10-3-1, 7), who was downed 4 times in 154 seconds! Tepora is tipped for huge things following a very successful amateur career and at 23 time is on his side. For Capangpangan this bout loss will be very hard to rebuild from.
In the shows other title bout Kenny Demecillo (11-3-2, 7) defended the World Boxing Federation Asia Pacific Bantamweight title with a split decision victory over Rambo Lagos (8-2-2, 5). This was a really well matched bout and the judges struggled to split the men with all 3 judges scoring it 96-94, though two of the judges favoured Demecillo who recorded the second defense of the title.
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