By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
SIBONGA,CEBU,PHILIPPINES- John Paul Gabunilas (7-1,5KO's) was overeager in trying to score a knockout against Ricardo Sueno (10-6-4,3KO's) , but Sueno took everything Gabunilas had to offer. The ten rounder turned into a rough and tumble affair with Sueno even getting a point deduction for rabbit punches. Gabunilas still prevailed by a wide margin.
The scores from the judges – Neil Papas- 97-92, Rafael Osumo – 98-91, Edward Ligas – 100-89.
April Jay Abne (9-1,5KO's) had an easy time against Arnold Garde (10-13-3,4KO’s), dropping him twice in the opening round. Another knockdown in the second made referee Nic Banal call a halt at the 1:53 mark.
Bryan James Wild (8-0,6KO’s) remained unbeaten and won by unanimous decision against Jason Dogelio (10-7,3KO’s). Rodex Piala (5-0) also got a unanimous verdict against Ivor Lastrilla (12-11-1,7KO’s). ,Ian Paul Abne (6-04KO’s) also beat Ronald Ewican (5-4,2KO’s) by unanimous decision.
For the other results - Mark Sales decided not to continue before the start of the third round against Rodel Wenceslao.
Berland Robles won by unanimous decision against Reymark Alicaba ,Brix Piala earned a unanimous nod against Jay-ar Aliasot , Ramel Macado stopped Juvab Lucas in four rounds and Yeroge Gura beat Vincent Bautista by unanimous decision after six rounds.
All the winning boxers are promoted by ARQ Promotions.
The fights were held at the Bonifacio R. Bacaltos Sports and Cultural Center in the southern town of Sibonga in the central Philippine island of Cebu.
Photo- John Paul Gabunilas victorious against Ricardo Sueno.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- ARQ Promotions will present ten non-title bouts this Saturday May 21 in the southern town of Sibonga in the central island of Cebu. The card will be headlined by OPBF Youth Light Flyweight titleholder John Paul Gabunilas (6-1,5KO's), who will mix it up with Ricardo Sueno (10-5-4,3KO's) in a ten rounder.
Gabunilas weighed in at 109.75 lbs while Sueno tipped the scales at 110 lbs. during the official weigh-in Friday. Gabunilas has stopped his last four opponents since his lone career loss against Regie Suganob in Bohol.Sueno is on a two fight skid, having also lost to Suganob in his last bout.
Another prospect, April Jay Abne (8-1,4KO's), will go up against Arnold Garde (10-12-3,4KO’s) who struggled to make weight, at 117lbs while Abne was at 113.25lbs. Garde also lost his last six bouts. Abne is coming off 1W-1L against Garen Diagan.
For the other weigh-in results - Rodel Wenceslao - 147 lbs vs. Mark Sales - 147.75 lbs - 10 rounds,Rodex Piala - 131 lbs vs. Ivor Lastrilla - 137 lbs - 8 rounds ,Berland Robles - 112 vs. Reymark Alicaba - 112 lbs - 8 rounds,Bryan James Wild - 122 lbs vs. Jason Dogelio - 122.5 lbs -8 rounds,Ian Paul Abne - 105 lbs vs. Ronald Ewican - 103 lbs 8 rounds,Brix Piala - 126 lbs vs. Jay-ar Aliasot - 127 lbs 6 rounds,Ramel Macado,Jr- 112.75 lbs vs. Juvab Lucas - 115 lbs 6 rounds and Yeroge Gura - 115 lbs vs. Vincent Bautista - 116 lbs 6 rounds.
Bryan James Wild (7-0,6KO’s) will try to keep his unbeaten run against Jason Dogelio (10-6,3KO’s). Other undefeated prospects on this card are Rodex Piala (4-0,0KO), Brix Piala (3-0,1KO), Ian Abne (5-0,4KO’s), Yeroge Gura (2-0,1KO) and Ramil Macado (1-0,1KO).
The fights will be held at the Bonifacio R. Bacaltos Sports and Cultural Center.
File photo- John Paul Gabunillas (left) and April Jay Abne
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr.
BA RIA-VUNG TAO, VIETNAM- The visiting Filipino contingent gave it their all but came up short in the three featured regional contests held at the Gran Ho Tram strip. Jerome Baloro (6-2,4KO’s) gave Uzbek Olimjon Nazarov a lot to worry about as he stood toe to toe and gave quite a competitive contest. It was close, with Baloro’s volume and mobility giving the more experienced Nazarov (28-5,15KO’s) trouble. Nazarov’s power gave him the slight edge. All three judges Sunworn Klungboonkrung (Thailand) , Charlie Choi (S.Korea) and Martino Redona (USA) scored 96-94 allowing Nazarov to retain the WBO Oriental flyweight title.
Romer Pinili tried to smother the taller Song Chan Ho of South Korea but was at the losing end of a split decision. The Korean’s advantage in size was too much for the game Filipino even if he did say one of the judges. The scores – Surat Soikrachang (Thailand ) and Charlie Choi (S.Korea) 58-56 for Song, Martino Redona (USA) had it for 58-56 for the Filipino.
Pinili suffered his first loss at 5-1-1,4KO’s. Song is now 7-0,3KO’s and wins the vacant WBO Oriental Youth junior welterweight title.
Hometown favorite Hong Quan Dinh (7-1-1,4KO’s) had a wide victory against the feisty Demar Pellio (9-2, 4KO’s). Pellio was swinging for the fences all night but Hong kept his composure and boxed well for most of the fight. Korean judges Charlie Choi and Jae-Hoon Kim had it 99-91 for Hong, Sawaeng Thaweekoon scored 98-92.
Hong wins the IBF Asia Lightweight title and capped the evening of competitive bouts.
For the undercards – Pham Huu Thuong won a split verdict over Le Hoang Hiep while Phat Minh Sam stopped Le Dieu Phuoc in five rounds.
This card was promoted by Cocky Buffalo Promotions and supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission, International.
File photo – Olimjon Nazarov in Cambodia two years ago.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BA RIA-VUNGTAO,VIETNAM- Professional boxing continues to rise here in Vietnam with a venue that offers a Las Vegas type of atmosphere. The Gran Ho Tram strip is being hailed as Vietnam’s entertainment capital and could very well be the next Macao. Three regional contests and two non-titled bouts will be featured this Saturday April 23 with a poster at the fight venue stating it is already sold out.
Olimjon Nazarov of Uzbekistan will defend the WBO Oriental flyweight title against Filipino Jerome Baloro. Nazarov (27-5,15KO’s) weighed in at 111.5 lbs while Baloro was at 111.13 lbs during the official weigh in held at the venue. Nazarov has beaten Filipinos Orlie Silvestre and Michael Mendoza in his last two bouts. Baloro (6-1,4KO’s) , will be making his overseas debut. Last December, he lost a unanimous verdict to Regie Suganob in Bohol for the IBF Youth belt.
The vacant WBO Oriental Youth junior welterweight title will be contested by Chan Ho Song of South Korea and Romer Pinili of the Philippines. Chan (6-0,3KO’s) weighed 139.3 lbs and will be fighting outside South Korea for the first time while Pinili (5-0-1,4 KO’s), who was at 138.89 lbs, is also unbeaten and fighting overseas for the first time.
The vacant IBF Asia lightweight title will be on the line when Filipino Delmar Pellio (9-1, 4KO’s) takes on hometown favorite Hong Quan Dinh (7-1-1,4KO’s). Pellio’s lone loss was against former Olympian and bemedalled amateur Charlie Suarez. Dinh has stopped his last three opponents. During the weigh-in, Dinh was 134.9 lbs while Pellio was 130.07 lbs.
The undercards will be six rounders between local boys - Phat Minh Sam vs Le Dieu Phuoc and Pham Huu Thong vs Le Hoang Hiep. This card is promoted by Cocky Buffalo Promotions and supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission,International.
Photo – Press conference held before the weigh-in at the Holiday Inn Gran Ho Tram Strip.
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.
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