Olympian Charly Suarez and fellow unbeaten boxer Carl Jammes Martin aim to reach the next level of their respective pro careers when they eye the vacant regional belts of their divisions.
The 33-year-old Suarez (9-0, 6 KOs) battles young Mindanaoan Tomjune Mangubat in a 12-round World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia superfeatherweight championship.
Martin, 22, will seek the vacant WBA Asia superbantamweight strap against veteran Ronnie Baldonado of Cotabato.
The title fights will happen Saturday (March 12) at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Paranaque.
"This fight is crucial for me because this could pave the way for an international campaign soon. But first things first, my focus is Mangubat at the moment," said Suarez during Friday's presser.
A lot will be at stake for the Ifugao-native Martin (18-0, 15 KOs), currently ranked 12th by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), as he will also defend his Philippine 122-lb belt which he claimed last December.
"My opponent is moving up in weight but it won't make him a huge underdog because admittedly, he's faced boxers who are way talented compared with my past foes," said Martin who is dubbed The Wonderboy.
The explosive card promoted by VSP Promotions and Ultimate Knockout Challenge (UKC) of Cucuy Elorde will also feature a 12-round Philippine flyweight title bout between titleholder Bienvenido Ligas and challenger Roland Jay Biendima.
Photo Caption 1: Ifugao boxing prospect Carl Jammes Martin (right) is expected to face a stiff challenge against veteran internationalist Ronnie Baldonado in a 12-round WBA Asia superbantamweight title fight Saturday, March 12, at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Parañaque.
Photo Caption 2: Olympian and many-time International campaigner Charly Suarez (right) will seek his 10th win as a pro when he faces Tomjune Mangubat (left) of Bukidnon in a 12-round WBA Asia championship Saturday, March 12, at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Parañaque.
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-Former world title contenders Mark Anthony Barriga and Arthur Villanueva both returned to the win column after long lay-offs.
Barriga had trouble early on against Junuel Lacar. But Barriga showed his old elusive form in the third and fourth rounds. But,much to the surprise of everyone, including the Powcast live broadcast commentators, an apparently tired Lacar decided to call it quits after the fourth round.
Barriga, a former Olympian, has not seen action for two years and three months. In his last outing, he lost in his bid to win the vacant IBF world minimumweight title by split decision against Mexican Carlos Licona in Los Angeles.
Arthur Villanueva got a hard fought six round unanimous decision against Bryan Tamayo. The action was briefly interrupted when Tamayo was cut by an accidental headbutt above the right eyebrow in the second.
Scores-59-55 from judges Romar Embodo,Edgar Olalo and Noel Flores.
Villanueva has been inactive for a year and eight months. He lost in his last fight by sixth round stoppage to Nordine Oubaali of France in his bid to take the WBC world bantamweight title. Villanueva has also lost world title shots against Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo and South African Zolani Tete.
Villanueva is now 33-4-1,18KO’s. Barriga is 10-1,2KO’s.
In the main bout of Kumbati 9,Pete Apolinar earned a unanimous decision against Juanito Paredes. The scores- 99-91 from judges Romar Embodo and Noel Flores, 98-92 from Edgar Olalo.
In a battle between unbeaten prospects, Carlo Bacaro got a unanimous decision against Allan Villanueva after eight competitive rounds. Scores- Edgar Olalo and Noel Flores had it 78-74,Nic Banal-79-73.
Bacaro is now 8-0,6KO’s, Villanueva drops to 11-1,8KO’s.
Benny Cañete got a unanimous verdict against Reycar Auxilo.
KUMBATI 8 was held during the afternoon with four bouts.
Mark Vicelles knocked out Richard Rosales with a left uppercut to the midsection in the fourth round.
Tomjune Mangubat stopped Ryan Maano after four rounds. Maano was knocked down in the third and after receiving heavy punishment in the fourth, decided not to answer the bell for round five.
Reggie Suganob beat Paulo Sy by TKO after the fight was stopped after Sy had excessive bleeding from the nose due to a legal blow.
Rodel Suganob vs.Luiz Borjie ended in a majority draw.
Kumbati 8 and 9 were held Saturday behind closed doors at the IPI Compound in Mandaue City,Cebu. The event was presented by Omega Sports Promotions.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Light flyweight Christian Araneta’s one punch knockout win provided a spectacular finish to the action-packed double fight card held Friday in Mandaue City.
Araneta (19-1,15KO’s) fired a sneaky left uppercut to the jaw of Roland Jay Biendima(15-7-1,8KO’s) and sent him flat on his back. Referee Teddy Alivio,seeing Biendima was in no condition to get up and fight, signaled the end at the 2:15 mark.
Araneta is a former WBO and WBC regional belt holder and his lone 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.
Rising star Carl Jammes Martin (16-0,14KO’s) returned after a year of inactivity and beat a feisty Richard Rosales (14-14-2,8KO’s) by ten round unanimous decision.
The Covid pandemic has led to many Filipino boxers not getting a lot of fights this year. Martin got the much needed rounds against Rosales who not only had a tough chin, but managed to dish out a lot of wallops. Martin was more powerful and accurate and got the nod of the three judges – Edward Ligas and Rolando Mendoza – 100-90, Teddy Alivio-98-92.
Former world ranked Albert Pagara (33-1,23KO’s), who has been inactive for sixteen months, beat Virgil Puton(18-15-2,9KO’s) by eight round unanimous decision. Puton was more intent on surviving and clowning while Pagara needs more rounds to regain his form. The scores – 78-74 twice and 79-73.
The ten rounder between Pete Apolinar (13-1,8KO’s) and Danilo Tampipi (9-12-2,5KO’s) was entertaining at the start.They traded knockdowns, Tampipi was counted in the first, Apolinar was decked in the second. But Apolinar pulled away,winning by a wide margin, 98-90 twice,100-90.
In the opener of Kumbati 7, Franco Serafica beat Matthew Fondales who did not answer the bell for the second canto.
The first card- Kumbati 6- was held early afternoon Friday.
Tomjune Mangubat (12-2-1,10KO’s) won against Reymond Empic (7-6,3KO’s) who sat on his stool after the third round.Mangubat bounced back from his disappointing split decision loss to South Korean Jong Seon Kang last year in Vietnam.
Carlo Bacaro (7-0,6KO’s) used hard body shots to stop Ryan Maano (5-8-2,1KO) who turned his back in the third round.
Reggie Suganob got a unanimous verdict against Robert Ates after six rounds and pro debutant Benny Cañete beat John Roque Villagonzalo by TKO in the second.
The event was promoted by Omega Promotions and sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). The fights were held behind closed doors at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City. Covid-19 testing was done on all boxers and officials.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Omega Promotions will have a back to back fight card Friday that will showcase name fighters and up and comers. The fights will be held behind closed doors at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City.
The boxers had their weigh-in Thursday inside the compound of International Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IPI).
“Kumbati” 6 will have four bouts. Tomjune Mangubat (11-2-1,9KO’s) will aim to bounce back from his disappointing split decision loss to South Korean Jong Seon Kang last year in Vietnam. Mangubat will take on Reymond Empic (7-5,3KO’s) in a ten rounder.
Mangubat weighed 139.7lbs while Empic was at 131 lbs.
Carlo Bacaro (6-0,5KO’s)-140.7lbs will be taking on Ryan Maano (5-9-2,1KO)-140lbs- in an eight rounder. Reggie Suganob (112.3lbs) vs. Robert Ates (112.5lbs) for 6 rounds and pro debutants Benny Cañete (119.5lbs) vs. John Roque Villagonzalo (119.6lbs) will clash in a 4 rounder.
In “Kumbati 7”, “Prince” Albert Pagara and rising star Carl Jammes Martin are set to make an appearance.
Pagara (32-1,23KO’s) will be shaking off the ring rust, having been inactive for sixteen months when he squares off against Virgil Puton(18-14-2,9KO’s). Pagara was at 130.4lbs while Puton stepped on the scales at 130.8lbs.
Carl Jammes Martin will trade punches with Richard Rosales in a ten rounder. Martin (15-0,14KO’s) and Rosales (14-13-2,8KO’s) both weighed 120 lbs.
Christian Araneta (18-1,14KO’s) and Roland Jay Biendima both weighed 110lbs for their 10 rounder. For the rest of the card - Pete Apolinar -126.6lbs vs. Danilo Tampipi-123.8lbs, and Franco Serafica -125.9lbs vs. Matthew Fondales-129.8lbs.
The event is sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). Covid-19 testing was done on all boxers and officials.
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