By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Mark Vicelles (16-0-1,9KO’s) of the Omega Gym made it a short night for Richard Claveras (19-9-2,16KO’s), dropping him twice forcing the referee to save a hapless Claveras from further punishment.
Referee Romar Embodo called a halt at the 1:38 mark of the opening round. This was a repeat of Claveras’ opening round TKO loss to another Omega Gym boxer, Christian Araneta last year in Talisay City,Cebu.
Franco Serafica (8-1,4KO’s) prevailed over tough Rimon Rama (6-5-1,4KO’s) in a bruising and competitive six rounder. The scores – Rafael Osumo- 58-56, Tony Pesons 59-55, Edwin Barientos – 58-56.
Benny Cañete also decked John Kenan Villaflor twice then continued to pummel his opponent to win by first round TKO. Cañete is now 5-0,4KO’s while Villaflor drops to 8-9-4,2KO’s.
In the opening contest, the four rounder between Ramil Roda and Norman Marvin Rusiana ended in a split draw.
This fight card was promoted by Omega Sports Promotions and sanctioned by GAB Region VII.
Photo- Mark Vicelles interviewed by ring announcer John Magat after the bout.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Mark Vicelles (15-0-1,8KO’s) of the Omega Gym will be gunning to keep his unbeaten record when he is pitted against Richard Claveras (19-8-2,16KO’s) in the ten round main event of a four bout card held at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City.
Vicelles, who stepped on the scales at 109.8 lbs., won by the short route in three of his last four fights. He previously held the WBA Asia South light flyweight title by winning a close one against fringe contender Jesse Espinas in 2019.
Claveras, who weighed in at 110.2 lbs, will try to bounce back from a devastating opening round TKO loss to Christian Araneta last year in Talisay City,Cebu.
The main supporting bout will feature Franco Serafica (126.3 lbs) vs. Rimon Rama (126.3 lbs) in a six rounder. Serafica (7-1,4KO’s) has won four straight bouts since losing a split verdict to Jimboy Rosales in Bohol. Rama(6-4-1,4KO’s) did not lose in his first seven fights then lost four in a row.
Up and coming Benny Canete (4-0,3KO’s) will face flamboyant journeyman John Kenan Villaflor (8-8-4,2KO’s) in an eight round contest. Canete weighed 118.5, Villaflor at 119.3lbs. The opening contest will be the four rounder between Ramil Roda and Norman Marvin Rusiana. Roda weighed in at 114.7 lbs. while Rusiana was at 114.4 lbs.The 12th edition of the “Kumbati” fight series is promoted by Omega Promotions.
Photo- Richard Claveras and Mark Vicelles (right) shake hands after the weigh-in.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES-Former world title contenders Mark Anthony Barriga and Arthur Villanueva both returned to the win column after long lay-offs.
Barriga had trouble early on against Junuel Lacar. But Barriga showed his old elusive form in the third and fourth rounds. But,much to the surprise of everyone, including the Powcast live broadcast commentators, an apparently tired Lacar decided to call it quits after the fourth round.
Barriga, a former Olympian, has not seen action for two years and three months. In his last outing, he lost in his bid to win the vacant IBF world minimumweight title by split decision against Mexican Carlos Licona in Los Angeles.
Arthur Villanueva got a hard fought six round unanimous decision against Bryan Tamayo. The action was briefly interrupted when Tamayo was cut by an accidental headbutt above the right eyebrow in the second.
Scores-59-55 from judges Romar Embodo,Edgar Olalo and Noel Flores.
Villanueva has been inactive for a year and eight months. He lost in his last fight by sixth round stoppage to Nordine Oubaali of France in his bid to take the WBC world bantamweight title. Villanueva has also lost world title shots against Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo and South African Zolani Tete.
Villanueva is now 33-4-1,18KO’s. Barriga is 10-1,2KO’s.
In the main bout of Kumbati 9,Pete Apolinar earned a unanimous decision against Juanito Paredes. The scores- 99-91 from judges Romar Embodo and Noel Flores, 98-92 from Edgar Olalo.
In a battle between unbeaten prospects, Carlo Bacaro got a unanimous decision against Allan Villanueva after eight competitive rounds. Scores- Edgar Olalo and Noel Flores had it 78-74,Nic Banal-79-73.
Bacaro is now 8-0,6KO’s, Villanueva drops to 11-1,8KO’s.
Benny Cañete got a unanimous verdict against Reycar Auxilo.
KUMBATI 8 was held during the afternoon with four bouts.
Mark Vicelles knocked out Richard Rosales with a left uppercut to the midsection in the fourth round.
Tomjune Mangubat stopped Ryan Maano after four rounds. Maano was knocked down in the third and after receiving heavy punishment in the fourth, decided not to answer the bell for round five.
Reggie Suganob beat Paulo Sy by TKO after the fight was stopped after Sy had excessive bleeding from the nose due to a legal blow.
Rodel Suganob vs.Luiz Borjie ended in a majority draw.
Kumbati 8 and 9 were held Saturday behind closed doors at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City,Cebu. The event was presented by Omega Sports Promotions.
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.
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