On Friday Filipino fans in Bacolod City had the chance to watch a trio of OPBF "interim" title fights, two of which resulted in new champions.
One of those new champions is Rene Dacquel (17-6-1, 6), who scored a sensational knockout against the previously unbeaten Lucky Tor Buamas (7-1, 7) to claim the OPBF "interim" Super Flyweight title. The Filipino, who came up short against Takuma Inoue last year for the full OPBF title, iced Lucky with a single right hand and left him flat on his back in what was a KO of the Year contender. Sadly for Lucky, or should that be "Unlucky", it seems the step up in class was far too much and in his previous 7 bouts he had done nothing to prepare for a fighter like Dacquel.
Another new champion was Carlo Magali (20-7-3, 10) who over-came Mark Gil Melligen (21-7-1, 12) to claim the OPBF "interim" Super Featherweight title. This win sees Magali extend an unbeaten run, which now sites at 5 fights, and sees him claiming back-to-back title wins, adding the OPBF interim title to his IBF Pan Pacific title. Sadly however it's hard to see where Melligen goes now, following a third successive loss.
Their was one title bout that resulted in no new champion being crowned. That bout saw Rey Megrino (22-20-4, 19) and Jonathan Baat (30-7-5, 14) fight to a thrilling 12 round draw for the OPBF "interim" Bantamweight title. It was this bout, more than the other two, that intrigued us in regards to the show and our assumption of it being well matched proved to be right. Megrino, who has one of the sports most misleading records, may not have managed to advance his career with a newly won title but he has extended his current unbeaten streak to 9 bouts, whilst Baat bounced back from a loss to Liborio Solis with the draw.
Also on this card was well travelled Venezuelan Omrri Bolivar (4-0, 2), who blew away Filipino Gerry Patenio (4-11-2, 2) inside a round. The Venezuelan is now expected to return to the ring later this month, in China as he continues a peculiar Asian tour.
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