It was another Knockout Bonanza of an event as SanMan main protagonists ended their fights via sensational stoppages. In the main event, WBO world ranked super flyweight KJ Cataraja (12-0) stayed unbeaten as he stopped John Mark Apolinario in the opening round.
In the co-featured bout, former world title contender Jeo Santisima floored Marjun Piencenaves twice in the second round before finally ending the fight in the same round.
In another featured bout, WBC number one ranked Melvin Jerusalem dominated Jason Francisco from the opening bell before stopping him in the second round courtesy of a vicious body shot.
In the undercard, Esneth Domingo improved his record to (14-1) as he stopped Gerald Alvarez also in the second round. Meanwhile Regie Manangquil ran short of scoring a KO win but managed to escape a Unanimous Decision victory in the sixth round against Rio Golipatan.
The event was held at the SanMan Gym in General Santos City and was broadcasted live via FaceBook. Social Media sensation and sports analyst Pao Salud served as commentator for the event. SanMan CEO Jim Claude Manangquil shared his joy and gratitude for the successful bubble event. “Thank you all for your support. My special thanks to the ZIP, Nobuyuki Matsuura and Mhavic for partnering with us”, Manangquil said in closing.
By: Sanman Boxing
SanMan Promotions with ZIP Boxing is back with the second episode of its Boxing Bubble Event. First was "Restart" which resulted to a night of all knockouts. Now, it's time for "Vengeance". The event will be showcased tomorrow December 17 at the SanMan Boxing Gym in General Santos City. Below are the complete weigh-in results:
Kevin Cataraja 116 lbs
John Mark Apolinario 117 lbs
Jeo Santisima 128 lbs
Marjon Piencenaves 128 lbs
Melvin Jerusalem 106 lbs
Jayson Francisco 105 lbs
Esneth Domingo 111 lbs
Gerald Alvarez 111 lbs
Regie Mananquil 108lbs
Rio Gulipatan 108lbs
SanMan CEO Jim Claude Manangquil calls on its loyal circle of fans and supporters to witness the event via livestream. "Please join us tomorrow for another night of quality Pinoy Boxing action. It will be shown live on Sanman Promotions Facebook page at 2pm", Manangquil stated.
The fantastic Ian Melodillar has done it again and shared some new news from the Philippines, with the line up for the upcoming "VENGEANCE" show form Sanman and ZIP. The show is set to feature 5 bouts cat the Sanman Boxing gym in General Santos City and although none of the bouts are huge there are some very notable and exciting names features on the show.
The most interesting match up on the show will be the next fight of KJ Cataraja's (11-0, 9) career, with the unbeaten 25 year old going up against former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (20-13-3, 5). On paper this is Cataraja's biggest fight to date, however it is worth noting that Apolinario is a long way removed from the fighter he once was. The veteran has lost his last 2, by stoppage, and is almost 2 years removed from his last fight. The reality, we suspect, is that this bout is being set up to get Cataraja a decent name on his record and give him a run out before the end of the year.
Another notable name on this card will be recent world title challenger Jeo Santisima (19-3, 16), who takes on novice Marjon Piencenaves (6-1-1, 4). For the 24 year old Santisima this is his first bout since being stopped in 11 rounds by Emanuel Navarrete on a WBO Super Bantamweight title fight in February. Incidentally Piencenaves is also looking to bounce back from defeat, with his last bout coming in September 2019 when he came up short against Delmar Pellio.
Another former world title challenger on this card is Melvin Jerusalem (15-2, 9), who could end up getting a second world title fight in 2021. The talented Jerusalem will be expected to pick up an early win here, as he takes on Jayson Francisco (5-2, 1). The talented Jerusalem gave Wanheng Menayothin one of his toughest bouts and is expected to be in the running for a shot at new champion Panya Pradabsri in the new year. As for Francisco he has been stopped in 2 of his last 3.
One other fighter on this card worthy of keeping an eye on is the once beaten Esneth Domingo (13-1, 7), who will be looking for a third straight win as he takes on Gerald Alvarez (4-9-1, 4).
By: Sanman Boxing
Former ALA mainstay Kevin Jake Cataraja (W11 KO9 L0 D0) has just signed up with Sanman Promotions and ZIP Management partnership. After the announced closure of the famed ALA Promotions, the undefeated prospect decided it will be for his best interest to sign up with the Gensan based promotional outfit. This was disclosed by Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil.
This is an exciting move for Sanman and ZIP. We are happy to welcome Cataraja into our stable. He has an impressive record and brags a very promising boxing career.”, Managquil stated.
Earlier today Sunstar.com, a Filipino news website, reported the possible futures of two former ALA Gym fighters, who became free agents last month when ALA closed it's doors after 35 years.
The article on Sunstar states that former world title challenger Jonas Sultan (16-5, 10) has been offered a chance to join Roy Jones Jr's stable, Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. If he does that he would end up joining a number of other Filipino fighters under Jones' promotional group, including former world title challenger Aston Palicte.
It also explains that the brilliant and highly touted KJ Cataraja (11-0, 9) has been made various offers, and is hoping to sign with the Ohashi Gym, who have been amassing a very strong stable in Yokohama. The talented Cataraja has spent time in Japan, sparring at the Ohashi Gym and spending time in the ring with Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成], and it does seem likely that Japan will be the place for him going forward.
Interestingly Yokohama Hikari, who have had links with ALA gym in the past, weren't mentioned in the article, though we suspect that they have enquired about a number of top Filipino fighters left without a promoter.
For those wanting to read the Sunstar article that can be read in full here.
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