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).
After the announcement of the closure of ALA Promotions, Jeo Santisima and Melvin Jerusalem put their trust in Sanman Promotions to handle their budding careers. Joining them is hot flyweight prospect Esneth Domingo. Sanman has forged a partnership with Japan based ZIP Management headed by Nobuyuki Matsuura and Mhavic Kamiyama. These promotional tandem will expand the market of its stable fighter to the boxing crazy country of Japan.
Sanman honcho Jim Claude Mananquil was so happy to announce this development. “We are flattered that WBC top ranked Jerusalem, WBO Oriental Champion Santisima and flyweight prospect Esneth Domingo decided to trust us. We will do our best to lead their careers into the bright direction and to guide them to reach the ultimate goal which is to win a world title. Indeed, we are excited for these fighters”, Manangquil said
In one of the biggest Filipino boxing related news stories ever, promotional giant ALA Boxing have announced that they are closing as a promotional company and boxing gym, with the shutters being pulled on ALA Promotions and ALA Gym after 35 years.
In recent times ALA boxing had faltered somewhat and the last few years have been frustrating ones for Filipino fans, who have failed to see prospects kick on and have sat watching Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23) waste what could have been the final years of his career. The stable had also seen fighters like Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14)leave in the pursuit of opportunities that ALA were unable to deliver and had seen it's big hopes falling short on their way up.
Whilst it had faltered the assumption was that it would rebuild, come back and be strong once again. Those hopes were dashed earlier this year with a combination of the current global situation as well as things closer to home, with ABS-CBN being forced to close due to political reasons.
The gym have released a statement regarding the closure, which can be read below, which includes thanking the support of fighters, staff, fans, media, sponsors and boxing organisations.
We want to say thank you to ALA for all the great memories and time they have brought us over the years. This is a huge loss for Filipino boxing, even with the recent down turn in success that ALA have had. They have been integral to the success of Filipino boxing for decades and them bowing out will leave a huge hole in the sport in the country, that may take years to fill.
The one positive, if we can say that, is that ALA have released all their fighters who are now free agents and able to sign with any other promoters. This means the likes of KJ Cataraja (11-0 9), Go Hosaka (4-0, 3), Albert Pagara (32-1, 23), Melvin Jerusalem (15-2, 9), Esneth Domingo (13-1, 7)and even Donnie Nietes, if he does return to the ring, have no issues standing in their way when it comes to signing with a new promotional outfit. Fingers crossed that those fighters do get opportunities sooner rather than later and other promoters do pick them up, as there really is some incredible free agents no on the market.
With boxing's return to the Philippines still uncertain this really is dreadful news for fighters, fans, and everyone concerned with the Filipino boxing scene.
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