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.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar shared a number of images relating to upcoming Filipino shows. One of those, which was originally shared by Powcast, was regarding a March 20th show set to be promoted by Gerry Penalosa, and his Gerrypens Promotions stable.
The card isn't the best, or the deepest, with just 4 bouts on it in total, though the main event of the show is a mouth watering match up and one worth tuning in to the event for.
The match up in question will see unbeaten 21 year old prospect Criztian Pitt Laurente (5-0, 3) take on former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-6-2, 9) in an 8 rounder at 126lbs
The talented Pitt was a solid amateur who turned professional in 2019 and scored 4 rather low key wins in 2019 before stepping up in 2020, when he beat Boyce Sultan. Despite being highly regarded all 5 of his wins have come against fighters with more losses than wins and he has failed to gain traction in the way many had hoped.
The 31 year old Saulong on the other hand is a true veteran with 30 bouts to his name, with the most notable of those being his 2018 clash with the then IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa. Sadly since losing a 12 round decision to Iwasa we've seen Saulong go 1-3-1, including a massive upset loss to Waldo Sabu who stopped him in 2 rounds. Although no world beater he is a massive step up in class for Pitt and should see the touted youngster being asked some very, very serious questions here.
From what we under-stand this show will be made available on PowCast, giving fans a great chance to see if Pitt is as good as those in Filipino boxing circles suggest, or if this is too much too soon for the youngster.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU CITY,PHILIPPINES – Bryan James Wild kept his clean sheet by stopping Margarito Moya in front of a very animated crowd at the Barangay Apas Sports Complex in Lahug, Cebu City.
Moya tried to make a fight out of it in early going and made Wild exert a lot of effort. But in the fourth, the southpaw Wild began to connect hard lefts in succession. In the fifth round, Wild launced a torrid offensive and eventually sent Moya to the canvas. He got up and still turned his back to the referee who called a halt at the 1: 24 mark.
The junior featherweight Wild is now 5-0,4KO’s. Moya (9-11,3KO’s) drops to his eleventh loss. This served as the main event of a six bout card promoted by Wild Boxing Promotions.
Another hot prospect, Criztian Pitt Laurente delivered a hard fought unanimous decision against the more experienced Boyce Sultan in a six rounder. Laurente peppered Sultan with shots to the body and head but Sultan proved durable and heard the final bell. The scores were 59-55 twice and 60-54.
The junior lightweight Laurente is now 5-0,3KO’s while Sultan drops to 10-13-1,5KO’s.
In 2016, Laurente was chosen as the best junior amateur boxer in Asia. The best performance of his amateur career was a bronze medal at the 2018 AIBA World Youth Championships. Sultan has faced local prospects like Ralph Lulu, Tomjune Mangubat and Jeo Santisima.
For the rest of the bouts – Maurino Agum beat Rolien Getalada by TKO in round two. A flurry of punches sent Getalada down hard on the canvas. He remained conscious but was attended to by medical personnel at ringside before he got up and left the ring on his own two feet. Christopher Caburog won by unanimous decision against Joshua Unabia, Kenneth dela Pena beat Anthony Tunacao by unanimous decision and Jimpol Dignos beat Miguel Semblante who did not answer the bell for the second round.
Photo - Brian James Wild victorious against Moya
Just moments ago we saw the under-card for John Riel Casimero's bout with Cesar Ramirez come to an end, with 4 bouts having been televised as part of the build up to the main event.
Unbeaten former amateur stand out Criztian Pitt Laurente (3-0, 3) scored a blink and you miss it win over the win-less Christian Gabayeron (0-3), who was taken out with a body shot. Laurente, who is a talent, landed a thunderous left hand and Gabayeron was left in agony for the 10 count.
It didn't take Charly Suarez (3-0, 3) much longer to pick up his third professional win, as he dispatched Virgil Puton (17-13-2, 8) in alarmingly quick fashion. The former Olympian would have been expecting something of a test here but just blitzed Puton with body shots.
In a much more compelling bout Orlie Silvestre (14-5-2, 8) and Ronald Alapormina (4-3-3, 1) fought to a 6 round split decision draw. This bout looked a mismatch on paper but Alapormina fought like a man confident of picking up the win, and really set a high work rate. In the end the judges struggled to split the men, scoring the bout 58-56 one way, 58-56 the other way and then 57-57 to leave us with the draw.
The chief supporting bout on the card saw Vincent Astrolabio (14-3, 10) take on Kevin Aseniero (9-3-1, 5). Entering the bout Astrolabio was the WBO Oriental Bantamweight champion and was looking to make his first defense of the title. The bout really failed to catch fire until the end of round 4, when both men finally began to let their hands go. Sadly the bout didn't last much longer, as Aseniero suffered a cut in round 5 and the referee was forced to step in and stop the contest. Due to the cut, which came from a punch, Astrolabio scored a 5th round TKO win
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