By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU, PHILIPPINES- Former mainstays of the amateur boxing program of Talisay City, Cebu had a successful entry into the professional ranks Sunday in a fight card held at the San Isidro Multipurpose Gym.
The show was opened by two southpaws, Mike Kavin Perez and John Vincent Pangga. After a series of heated exchanges in the opening round, Pangga dropped Perez with a body shot. He tried to get up but could not beat the count of Referee Nic Banal.
Keyt Niño Abatayo vs. Cedie Noblefranca was a bloody affair. Abatayo knocked down Noblefranca in the third round. A clash of heads followed and Noblefranca was cut on the right side of the head in the scalp region which is prone to bleed profusely. He continued to fight and even scored a flash knockdown against Abatayo in the final round. It was not enough to overturn Abatayo’s lead.
The judges’ scores – Noel Flores – 38-36, Arnie Najera – 39-36, Rafael Osumo – 38-37 for Abatayo, who wins his pro debut while Noblefranca dropped to 0-6-1.
The third bout was a fast paced competitive contest between Anthony Gilbuela (3-1-1) and Rolien Getalada (1-8-1). The soaring heat inside the venue did not slow down the action one bit.
Gilbuela got the nod of all three judges -39-37.
Marco Pumar, who has consistently won medals in national amateur tournaments, entered the pro ranks by stopping Renante Noblefranca (0-2) after two rounds. Pumar pounded Noblefranca until his corner decided not to make him answer the bell for the third round.
Kit Ceron Garces, who also collected medals in national and international tournaments for the past eight years, decked Marvin Laping (0-4) with a left hook to the ribs in the second round. Referee Nic Banal signaled the end at the 2:35 mark.
The card billed as “First Blood” was presented by 10,000 BC Boxing Gym and Stags Promotions.
Photo from Sunday afternoon’s action in Talisay City, Cebu.
By Rene V. Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES – Former members of the amateur boxing team here in Cebu will be making their professional debut on Sunday June 27 at the San Isidro Multipurpose Gym in Talisay City, Cebu.
This fight card billed as “First Blood” will be the debut presentation of Stags Promotions.
Kit Ceron Garces, a product of the Talisay City amateur boxing program, has won medals in national and international tournaments for the past eight years. He will be facing Marvin Laping (0-3) for his first pro bout scheduled for four rounds.
Garces weighed 113.9 while Laping was at 113.8 during the official weigh-in.
Marco Pumar,another amateur standout from Talisay City will fight Renante Noblefranca (0-1).Pumar has also won gold medals in national amateur tournaments. Pumar and Noblefranca both weighed in at 116.3 lbs.
Anthony Gilbuela (2-1-1) and Rolien Getalada (1-7-1) will square off in another four rounder. Gilbuela stepped on the scales at 113.1, Getalada at 114.1 lbs.
Another debutant, Keyt Nino Abatayo faces Cedie Noblefranca (0-5-1). Abatayo weighed 104.1 lbs, Noblefranca at 102.7 lbs.
Mike Kavin Perez will be pitted against John Vincent Pangga (1-0).Both weighed 114.6 lbs.
Photo from Saturday’s official weigh in at the fight venue.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- John Paul Gabunilas and Maurino Agum engaged in an entertaining bout that capped the seven bout card held at the Cosonsa compound in Mandaue City,Cebu.
Agum was cut on the left eyelid in the early going. But he managed to surprise and drop Gabunillas. They would go on to trade heavy shots.
At the start of the second, Gabunilas stormed back and knocked down Agum. Heavy exchanges continued but Gabunilas was the more accurate fighter. In the third, Gabunillas’ jab targeted Agum’s cut.Agum swung for the fences but could not connect.
In the fourth round, a right to the ribs sent Agum down again. He got up but with his left eyelid bleeding,this time due to a second cut,the fight was stopped.
Gabunilas is now 4-1,3KO’s,Agum suffered his first loss at 2-1,1KO.
April Jay Abne (6-0,3KO’s) remained unbeaten when he stopped Royder Lloyd Borbon (6-10-1,6KO’s) in the third round with a body punch. Referee Nic Banal signaled the end at the 36 second mark.
Rexcar Auxilio spoiled the pro debut of Zandro Librador by scoring the unanimous decision victory. Scores by the judges- Edgar Olalo-40-36, Raffy Osumo-39-37, Edward Ligas – 39-37.
For the rest of the card -Ian Abne knocked out Marvin Campo in the opening round, Rodex Piala beat Vicente Casido by majority decision, Yeroge Gura won by unanimous decision over Steven Noblefranca and Christopher Caburog beat Arniel Cañete by split decision,scores- Raffy Osumo-39-37 for Canete, Edwin Barrientos and Edgar Olalo had it 39-37 for Caburog.
This card was the debut presentation of ARQ Promotions.
Photo from Saturday afternoon’s action in Mandaue.
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- 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.
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