Earlier today ALA held a small, yet notable, card in Bohol where a number of top prospects picked up their latest wins.
The least experienced of the prospects to pick up a win was 22 year old Regie Suganob (3-0, 1), who over-came fellow young hopeful John Paul Gabunilas (2-1, 1) with a 6 round unanimous decision. Suganob had won the Philippine National Games title last year as an amateur and is regarded as a genuinely promising youngster and taking on a fellow unbeaten this early shows the belief his team have in him.
The very highly regarded Japanese-Filipino Go Hosaka (4-0, 3) scored his latest win as he took out the over-matched Kim Lindog (5-8-1, 4) in 3 rounds. Whilst this was a mismatch the result is a very impressive one for Hosaka given that Lindog had only been stopped once before in his career. Coming in to this Lindog had lost his previous 4, but had gone the distance with the likes of Ben Mananquil and Ronnie Baldonado, so for Hosaka to stop him this early in his career is noteworthy to say the least.
Another mismatch saw the incredibly talented KJ Cataraja (11-0, 8) score a 3rd round TKO over the experienced, but limited, Crison Omayao (24-21-5, 8). The talented Cataraja was fighting for the second time this year and this bout was more a case of keeping him busy rather than developing on what he'd done last year, including an excellent win over Victor Hugo Reyes. For Omayao this was an 10th stoppage loss in 50 bouts, and we really need to wonder why his team keep allowing him in with fighters who are so out of his depth.
An even bigger mismatch saw the world ranked Christian Bacolod (12-0, 9) take out domestic journeyman Michael Camelion (10-13-2, 8) inside a round. Despite Bacolod struggling past Christoval Furog last November we don't see any excuse for him to be taking on an opponent like Camelion, who has now been stopped 8 times in his 13 losses.
It's rare to be impressed in an all-debutant bout, but today we were impressed as former Filipino amateur standout Regie Suganob (1-0, 1)*made his debut, and showed glimpses of class. The former amateur fighter took on fellow professional novices Mark Torella (0-1) and really used the opportunity to show case his skills, speed and sharpness.
The bout, which was the second bout on the "Pinoy Pride 45: Quest for Greatness" PPV broadcast, was scheduled for 4 rounds but the composed Suganob fought like a man who was wanting to end things early.
In the first round Suganob mixed head and body shots brilliantly, threw razor sharp combinations and looked like a very class fighter. Torella tried fighting back, and did have limited moments of success. In round 2 however there was no success for Torella who was used as a human punch bag by Suganob before turning his back and being stopped.
Although Torella wasn't up to much Suganob looked like the type of prospect who could moved up quickly. He had the natural traits of a really promising fighter and his amateur background showed through here. He's not going to be fast tracked to a world title, but will likely be moved into national title fights sooner, rather than later, and then build from there. He really looks like one to watch.
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