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.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Philippine boxing will get a restart on October 7
with four non-title bouts presented by Omega Promotions. This will be the first professional fight card in the country since March. The
Covid-19 pandemic halted all contact sports in the country which led
to boxing’s long pause.
Up and coming Mark Vicelles (11-0-1,5KO’s) will face Junuel Lacar (8-5-3,6KO’s) while world ranked Christian Araneta (17-1,14KO’s) will trade punches with journeyman Richard Rosales (14-12-2,8KO’s).
Vicelles, who captured a WBA Asia South light flyweight title last year, weighed in at 109 lbs while Lacar was at 107.4lbs. Araneta stepped on the scales at 110.4lbs while Rosales weighed 110lbs.
Araneta will be shaking off his ring rust after suffering a recurrence of his shoulder injury in September of last year when he lost to Daniel Valladares in Mexico.
For the other two bouts- Peter Apolinar – 126.6lbs vs Jetro Pabustan -125.2 lbs and Carlo Bacaro -139.9lbs vs Jeffrey Stella- 138.4lbs .
The weigh-in was held Tuesday morning inside the Omega Gym.
Health protocols and Covid testing of the fighters and officials are initiated and recommended precautions will be in place on fight night.
The October 7 fights billed as "Kumbati 5" will be held behind closed doors at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City.
Photo-The weigh-in inside the Omega Gym.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- After seven months of enduring various levels of community quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic, boxing will make a comeback in the island of Cebu. The card is presented by Omega Sports Promotions and will feature world ranked light flyweight Christian Araneta who will be pitted against Richard Rosales.
Araneta (17-1,14KO’s) has not seen action since September of last year when he lost to Daniel Valladares in Mexico, a fight where he had a recurrence of his shoulder injury that sidelined him for the most part of 2017. He is number nine in the IBF rankings for the 108lb division. Rosales (14-12-2,8KO’s) is a journeyman who has fought in Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. He will have his work cut out for him having lost his last three bouts. They are scheduled for ten rounds.
Another Omega Gym boxer Mark Vicelles (11-0-1,5KO’s) , who captured a WBA Asia South light flyweight title last year, will face Junuel Lacar (8-5-3,6KO’s). Rounding up the card are Peter Apolinar vs Jetro Pabustan and Carlo Bacaro vs Jeffrey Stella. Health protocols are already initiated and will be in place.
The October 7 fights will be held behind closed doors at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City. Only the boxers, trainers and officials who are tested for Covid-19 will be allowed inside.
Earlier this month was an announcement of a bout between former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-5-6, 9) and former WBC Bantamweight champion Luis Nery (26-0, 20), with the bout scheduled to take place on June 9th in Mexico. The announcement of that bout seemed to annoy the WBC, who had suspended Nery following his inability to make weight for his second bout against Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介], a bout that saw Nery stop Yamanaka in 2 rounds and essentially retire the Japanese fighter.
The WBC raised their issues with Nery and his team, and the bout has now been cancelled, with Nery choosing to work with the WBC and take his punishment from them.
The WBC had offered Nery two options. One was to work with them, to avoid a similar issue in the future, and to be punished for his inability to make weight, whilst the other was to essentially ignore the WBC's order and not work along side the WBC at all. Essentially cutting off his future options to fight for the WBC titles, and the prestige of the Mexican based world title.
After being given an ultimatum he has decided to cancel the fight and try to get back into the WBC's good books.
Sadly for Pabustan this does mean he misses out on a potential pay day, though given he was stopped last time out by Japanese slugger Hiroaki Teshigawara [勅使河原 弘晶] in a WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title bout it may be best for him to avoid a dangerous fighter like Nery at this point in time. He took a solid beating to Teshigawara are really would be better off with a simple comeback fight before taking on someone of Nery's ability.
Back in March we saw former popular Japanese fighter Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-2-2, 19) [山中慎介] suffer his second loss to Mexican Luis Nery (26-0, 20), who had failed to make weight for what was going to be his first defense of the WBC Bantamweight title that he had taken from Yamanaka last year. The drug test and failure to make weight saw Nery being widely criticised by the boxing world, with the JBC giving him an indefinite suspension and even the usually pro-WBC slamming Nery for his behaviour.
Since then Nery hasn't fought, but it was revealed earlier this week that he would be making his ring return on June 9th as he takes on former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-5-6, 9), who is fighting for the first time since suffering a 10th round loss to Japanese slugger Hiroaki Teshigawara [勅使河原 弘晶] in a WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title bout. That loss was Pabustan's first stoppage defeat. Notably the Filipino has often been accused of being a dirty fighter, and has been in a bizarre 13 technical decisions due to his messy and wild style and awkward southpaw stance.
The controversial Mexican is unlikely to get the boxing world onside with this bout, but he will keep himself busy and the 10 rounder should help him keep his name out there and potentially test to see what weight he should be fighting at, with no contracted weight being announced as of yet. He does appear to have out grown the Bantamweight division, given his inability to make the limit last time out and the way he has flirted at Super Bantanweight in the past.
The bout will headline the card, which will be televised in Mexico on Azteca, but little else has been confirmed for the card, and no pother bouts have been officially announced for the show as of yet.
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