By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
MANDAUE CITY,CEBU,PHILIPPINES- World ranked Christian Araneta easily disposed of Arnold Garde in the opening round to end the four bout card billed as “Kumbati 11”
The southpaw Araneta landed a straight left to the top of Garde’s head and sent him crashing down. Referee Romar Embodo reached the count of ten at the 2:25 mark.
Araneta (21-2,17KO's) – who is ranked number 7 by the IBF, 11 by the WBO and 15 by the WBC- scored his second straight knockout win since losing to Sivenathi Nontshinga in South Africa by unanimous decision. Last July,Araneta scored a devastating knockout over Richard Claveras in the opening round in Talisay City,Cebu. Garde drops to 10-11-3,4KO's.
Tomjune Mangubat (15-2-1,12KO's) handed Allan Villanueva (11-2,8KO's) his second career loss in a give and take encounter.Mangubat targeted Villanueva’s body but was deducted a point for excessive low blows in the fifth. In the seventh round however, a series of hooks to the midsection sent Villanueva down for the count.
In another entertaining back and forth encounter, Franco Serafica (7-1,4KO's) stopped a game John Kenan Villaflor (8-8-4,2KO's) on cuts in the seventh round. Serafica was ahead on the three judges’ cards when the fight was halted due to a worsening cut on Villaflor’s left eyelid.
In the opening contest, Benny Canete (4-0 ,3KO's) remained unbeaten and knocked out Mark Jequinto (4-8-1) with hard body shots.
The fights were held at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City and supervised by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). Covid protocols were in place for this closed door event. Part of the GAB’s new boxing safety protocols was the use of an infrascanner to screen for brain hematomas after the bouts.
Photo- Christian Araneta after his win.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Melvin Jerusalem captured the vacant OPBF minimumweight title by beating Toto Landero after twelve hard fought rounds at the Tabunok Sports Complex in Talisay City,Cebu.
Jerusalem (17-2,10KO’s), a former world title challenger, had to draw on his experience and polished skill level to turn back the tough Landero (11-6-2,2KO’s), who hung in there and made the bout interesting till the end. Landero also had failed bids to win a world title.
The scores were unanimous - 118-110 from judges Edgar Olalo and Noel Flores, 116-112 from Edwin Barrientos.
Dave Apolinario stopped Charlie Malupangue in four rounds for the vacant WBA Asia flyweight title. Apolinario was the heavier puncher. The action may have been interrupted by the clash of heads inflicting a small cut at the outer corner of Malupangue’s right eye. But hard shots from Apolinario made Malupangue bleed from the nose and decide not to continue fighting at the middle of the fourth.
Apolinario remains unbeaten at 15-0,10KO’s. Malupangue drops to 9-5-3,6KO’s.
For the supporting bouts- KJ Cataraja stopped Cris Alfante in seven rounds, Jeo Santisima dropped Alan Alberca twice with body shots in round one, Esneth Domingo beat Rolan Jay Biendima by unanimous decision, Christian Araneta scored a bone chilling KO over Richard Claveras in the opening round.
The Golden Boy, Criztian Pitt Laurente, knocked out Kim Lindog in round three, Judy Flores won by TKO third round over Isagani Saludar and Alex Santisima stopped Jay-Ar Arnates in round four.
The card was promoted by Zip Sanman Promotions and sanctioned by GAB-Cebu.
Photo-Melvin Jerusalem and Toto Landero embrace after the fight.
Just moments ago fight fans tuning in to SuperSport 4 in South Africa saw local favourite Sivenathi Nontshinga (10-0, 9) book his place in an IBF Light Flyweight world title fight, as he narrowly over-came Filipino fighter Christian Araneta (19-2, 15).
The bout, which took place in Eastern Cape, South Africa, looked like a brilliant one going in and one that was almost certainly going to be explosive, with both men being huge punchers down at 108lsb. Instead however the bout was more of a cerebral one, with both men boxing rather than going all out for a KO. Both men were very even and showed real respect to the other. It had the feeling that both really respected the other man far too much at times, though it allowed both men to show off their actual boxing, rather than their power.
As the rounds went one it clear neither man was able to dominate. Both had success at range, and both wanted to lure the other into taking a risk, where they could counter with some power shots. Sadly for Araneta however it was never going to be a good idea to leave it in the hands of the judges, something he seemed willing to do until it was too late.
In In the final round Araneta finally had a big break through, dropping Nonthshinga to secure a 10-8 round. Given how close the rest of the bout was, it perhaps could have been enough to swing the judges his way, however with Araneta being away from home it turned out that he needed more.
After 12 rounds the scorecards were turned in 114-113, twice, and 115-112, all in favour of the local, who was certainly seemed to get a touch of good fortune.
Sadly for Filipino fight fans Araneta wasn't the only Pinoy to come up short on the scorecards. That was because earlier on the card Jerald Paclar (15-5-3, 8) was also denied in a close decision, as he was narrowly out pointed by Yanga Sigqibo (15-1-1, 4). These two were battling for a WBO minor title at Super Flyweight and, like the main event, the two were well matched with neither man really dominating the action. Paclar performed much better than his record suggested, and really ran Sigqibo razor close, in a bout that several fans in South Africa seemed to feel was a draw.
After 12 rounds however the judges turned in scores of 116-112, twice and 116-113, all to Sigqibo, who perhaps should also feel somewhat lucky.
Sadly for Filipino fighters they have never had any luck in getting decisions in South Africa, and perhaps it's now a case that leaving fights in the hands of judges is not an option going forward.
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.
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