Yesterday Filipino fighters on the road suffered losses in both Japan and Korea, at home however fans in Metro Manila got the chance to see two Filipino title bouts, both for Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) titles.
One of those bouts saw the very talented, very under-rated, Michael Dasmarinas (24-2, 16) claim the Bantamweight title with a 4th round TKO win against the limited Jecker Buhawe (16-12-1, 10). Dasmarinas who came to our attention almost two years ago when he beat Hayato Kimura, had previously been a WBC Youth champion at 115lbs but now, at 23, has found his body has filled out into a fully fledged Bantamweight. That helped the 5'7" "Hot and Spicy" out power and out punch Buhawe who was stopped following body shots in round 4.
Although the win does see Dasmarinas become the PBF champion we wouldn't be shocked to see him vacate that title in the near future to try and make a name on the international stage, with the youngster looking like a very capable prospect and a genuine future contender.
The other title bout saw the criminally under-rated Vergil Puton (16-7, 8) score a 6th round TKO win over Marbon Bodiongan (12-5-2, 10), to claim the PBF Super Featherweight crown. Bodiongan, the only man to have stopped the aforementioned Dasmarinas albeit more than 4 years ago, looked like a man fighting for his career after 3 losses in his previous 4 bouts. Sadly for him however this ended with Puton stopping him in 6 rounds, to give "Bongbong" his 3rd stoppage loss.
For Puton the win sees him ending a scoring just his 2nd win in 6 bouts, however his losses have typically come to good fighters, in the form of JR Magboo, Ye Joon Kim and Shiya Masaki, who he ran much closer than the score cards suggest. Whilst not a future champion he is far better than the numbers suggest and could well be over-looked when it comes to another fight outside of his homeland.
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