Filipino's go 0-3 on the road
On Saturday night there was a number of Filipino fighters in action in the West. Unfortunately all of them came up short against fighters who were looking to make a statement.
The most one sided of the bouts on offer saw Rey Perez (20-8, 5) come up very short against the highly regarded American Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17). Magdaleno looked sharp from the off and found ways to land at will against Perez who looked several levels below the American before being stopped in the 7th round of the bout. Perez, who was over 4lbs heavier than Magdaleno, was a late fill in for the bout and although he was the heavier man he did look like a man who hadn't really been in training for the bout and it really showed.
Sadly for Perez the loss was his second stoppage defeat and he is now 1-4 in his last 5 bouts and 3-6 in his last 9. As for Magdaleno, his intent seems to be to face off against WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire.
Another one sided defeat for a Filipino was suffered by former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11), who was only able to get a share of a round against recently deposed Light Flyweight title holder Pedro Guevara (27-2-1, 17). Guevara, who lost the WBC Light Flyweight title last year to Yu Kimura, showed the gulf in skills between himself and Oliva, who tried but never managed to make much of a dent on the very skilled Mexican.
After this fight Guevara made it clear that he was intent on pursuing a rematch with Kimura to try and reclaim his title, however Kimura obviously has his attention firmly set on his March 4th bout with Ganigan Lopez.
The most competitive of the Filipino's on the road was the often unheralded Edward Mansito (13-4-2, 7) who gave a great account of himself against former world title challenger Alberto Guevara (24-2, 9). The great effort from Mansito saw him push Guevara to a razor thin majority decision, and few would have really complained if Mansito had taken more than just a narrow loss.
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