By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
MANDAUE CITY,CEBU,PHILIPPINES- World ranked Christian Araneta easily disposed of Arnold Garde in the opening round to end the four bout card billed as “Kumbati 11”
The southpaw Araneta landed a straight left to the top of Garde’s head and sent him crashing down. Referee Romar Embodo reached the count of ten at the 2:25 mark.
Araneta (21-2,17KO's) – who is ranked number 7 by the IBF, 11 by the WBO and 15 by the WBC- scored his second straight knockout win since losing to Sivenathi Nontshinga in South Africa by unanimous decision. Last July,Araneta scored a devastating knockout over Richard Claveras in the opening round in Talisay City,Cebu. Garde drops to 10-11-3,4KO's.
Tomjune Mangubat (15-2-1,12KO's) handed Allan Villanueva (11-2,8KO's) his second career loss in a give and take encounter.Mangubat targeted Villanueva’s body but was deducted a point for excessive low blows in the fifth. In the seventh round however, a series of hooks to the midsection sent Villanueva down for the count.
In another entertaining back and forth encounter, Franco Serafica (7-1,4KO's) stopped a game John Kenan Villaflor (8-8-4,2KO's) on cuts in the seventh round. Serafica was ahead on the three judges’ cards when the fight was halted due to a worsening cut on Villaflor’s left eyelid.
In the opening contest, Benny Canete (4-0 ,3KO's) remained unbeaten and knocked out Mark Jequinto (4-8-1) with hard body shots.
The fights were held at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City and supervised by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). Covid protocols were in place for this closed door event. Part of the GAB’s new boxing safety protocols was the use of an infrascanner to screen for brain hematomas after the bouts.
Photo- Christian Araneta after his win.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr.
CEBU,PHILIPPINES - World ranked Christian Araneta of the Omega Gym will headline a four bout fight card this Friday October 22 at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. Araneta (20-2,16KO's) – who is ranked number 7 by the IBF, 11 by the WBO and 15 by the WBC - will be pitted against Arnold Garde (10-10-3,4KO's) in a non-title bout.
Araneta weighed in at 111.8 lbs while Garde stepped on the scales at 112.6 lbs. during the official weigh in held Thursday morning at the fight venue.
Araneta is a former WBO and WBC regional belt holder and his first loss was against Daniel Valladares in Mexico, a fight where he had a recurrence of his shoulder injury that sidelined him for the most part of 2017. Last April, he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Sivenathi Nontshinga in South Africa.He bounced back last July,and scored a bone chilling KO over Richard Claveras in the opening round in Talisay City,Cebu.
Garde will try to return to the win column after losses to tough fighters Dave Apolinario and Jerven Mama.
The main supporting bout is the intriguing contest between hard hitters Tomjune Mangubat (14-2-1,11KO's) and Allan Villanueva (11-1,8KO's). Mangubat weighed 133lbs Villanueva was at 133.5 lbs.
Franco Serafica (6-1,3KO's) will face John Kenan Villaflor (8-7-4,2KO's). Serafica weighed 127 lbs, Villaflor at 125lbs. Unbeaten prospect Benny Canete (3-0 ,2KO's) will open the show against Mark Jequinto 4-7-1,0KO. Canete stepped on the scales at 118.6lbs, Jequinto at 117.8lbs. They are set for six rounds.
The weigh-in and fights are supervised by the Games and Amusements Board. Covid protocols are in place for this closed door event and will be shown live on the internet courtesy of Powcast Sports.
Photo-Christian Araneta during the weigh-in.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Melvin Jerusalem captured the vacant OPBF minimumweight title by beating Toto Landero after twelve hard fought rounds at the Tabunok Sports Complex in Talisay City,Cebu.
Jerusalem (17-2,10KO’s), a former world title challenger, had to draw on his experience and polished skill level to turn back the tough Landero (11-6-2,2KO’s), who hung in there and made the bout interesting till the end. Landero also had failed bids to win a world title.
The scores were unanimous - 118-110 from judges Edgar Olalo and Noel Flores, 116-112 from Edwin Barrientos.
Dave Apolinario stopped Charlie Malupangue in four rounds for the vacant WBA Asia flyweight title. Apolinario was the heavier puncher. The action may have been interrupted by the clash of heads inflicting a small cut at the outer corner of Malupangue’s right eye. But hard shots from Apolinario made Malupangue bleed from the nose and decide not to continue fighting at the middle of the fourth.
Apolinario remains unbeaten at 15-0,10KO’s. Malupangue drops to 9-5-3,6KO’s.
For the supporting bouts- KJ Cataraja stopped Cris Alfante in seven rounds, Jeo Santisima dropped Alan Alberca twice with body shots in round one, Esneth Domingo beat Rolan Jay Biendima by unanimous decision, Christian Araneta scored a bone chilling KO over Richard Claveras in the opening round.
The Golden Boy, Criztian Pitt Laurente, knocked out Kim Lindog in round three, Judy Flores won by TKO third round over Isagani Saludar and Alex Santisima stopped Jay-Ar Arnates in round four.
The card was promoted by Zip Sanman Promotions and sanctioned by GAB-Cebu.
Photo-Melvin Jerusalem and Toto Landero embrace after the fight.
by Rene Bonsubre,Jr
WBO Asia Pacific junior lightweight champion Joe Noynay continues to show his worth as a road warrior when he stopped previously unbeaten Australian Liam Wilson at the Newcastle Entertainment Center in New South Wales, Australia.
Noynay (19-2-2,8KO’s), a southpaw from Bogo City,Cebu in the Philippines did not have any fights last year. Like many Filipino boxers, he had to endure inactivity due to the still ongoing pandemic. His last fight was in December 2019, a technical draw against Kenichi Ogawa in Japan.
In a short chat the day after his successful defense, Noynay told this writer a couple of days before the fight that he was still three pounds over the division limit. He was relieved that he made weight and was more relieved that he did not show any signs of ring rust during the bout.
"We did not plan for an early knockout, and I did not expect it." Noynay said.
When Wilson was knocked down in the opening round, Noynay's corner sensed they were headed for victory but kept on reminding their fighter to time his left hand. The Australian was knocked down twice in a brutal fourth round and after another knockdown in the fifth round, the referee mercifully signaled the end.
Looking at Wilson’s record, it seems he was on a fast track; He won the Australian super featherweight title in his third bout and the IBF Youth title in his fifth outing. Wilson drops to 9-1,6KO’s.
Noynay already knows how to win on the road. Two years ago, He stopped Japanese Kosuke Saka in two rounds in April and London Olympics bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu in July. Both fights were also held in Japan. In 2017, Noynay took the Youth version of the WBO Asia Pacific title from previously unbeaten Chinese Pan Jinxiang by eighth round technical decision in Zhongshan,China.
Noynay then told this writer that he hopes for a world title fight soon.
Going into the Wilson fight, Noynay was ranked number 7 by the WBO, number 12 by the WBC and number 15 by the IBF.
A few months ago, there was a video uploaded on social media of Noynay calling out Oscar Valdez, who holds the WBC world superfeatherweight title.
Considering his higher ranking with the WBO, a bout with the organization’s champion, American Jamel Herring or the interim titleholder Shakur Stevenson could be in the horizon.
File photo- Joe Noynay winning in Japan.
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.
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