Earlier today Filipino fight fans at the Strike Gym in Bacoor had an excellent main event bout between the in form Alphoe Dagayloan (12-2-5-1, 5) and the heavy handed Danrick Sumabong (7-2, 6), with the two men battling for the WBA Asia Flyweight title.
On paper this looked like the sleeper bout of the weekend. Were hungry, talented fighters, with different styles but styles that were expect to gel well, and make for compelling action. And that's exactly what we got.
Coming in to the bout Dagayloan, who had started his career 1-1-2, was riding a 5 fight winning run including notable wins over Madiyar Zhanuzak and Mateo Handig. The 20 year old Sumabong on the other hand was was riding back to back wins following a close loss last April to Jade Bornea.
Dagayloan was often the one bringing the pressure, using his southpaw stance to get close, but Sumabong was countering well, fighting in nice bursts and looking to make his edge in power count. Given the contrasting styles, and gameplans it was always hard to split the two men, who fought a very evenly contested back and forth bout. Neither man really ever looking in charge. It was clear the WBA Asia title was something both men was actively wanting.
Having reached the final bell it was anyone's bout and the judges genuinely struggled to split the two men, scoring it 116-112 Dagayloan, 116-112 Sumabong and, 115-113 Dagayloan to give Dagayloan the split decision win.
For Dagayloan this is a big win, and continues his great form, however Sumabong impressed in defeat and we'd seriously suggest keeping an eye on the youngster who looks like a really good prospect, even with 2 losses on his record.
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