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.
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 today at the Panphil B. Frasco Memorial Sports Complex, Liloan, Cebu fight fans were able to see the unbeaten Mark Vicelles (11-0-1, 5) claim his biggest win to date, out pointing Jesse Espinas (19-4, 11) over 10 very competitive rounds, to claim the very lightly regarded WBA Asia South Light Flyweight title.
The bout was nip and tuck from the off with neither man ever establish much of a lead. Vicelles got off to the better start, winning 4 of the first 5 on 2 of the scorecards, and 3 of the first 5 on the other card. Espinas however battled back hard, reeling the bout back his way during the middle section of the contest. The hard fight back from Espinas saw him going into the final round well in it, and there was just a point separating them, on all 3 cards, as we entered round 10.
Sadly for Espinas his great fight back was nought with two judges giving the all important 10th to Vicelles, securing him a narrow majority decision win, with scores of 96-94,twice, and 95-95.
Sadly for Espinas this is a second notable loss in a row, following his August 2018 loss to Edward Heno in an OPBF title fight, and the 26 year old Southpaw will really need to rebuild as soon as possible, without another lengthy break.
Vicelles on the other hand is now unbeaten in 12 and and adds Espinas' scalp to a victory over Robert Onggocan in April to rack up his 8th straight win. He's not getting much attention but is clearly a very talented prospect, and the 23 year old is obviously one to make a note of.
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