It's a real shame when world title fights aren't televised and that was the case this past Thursday when WBC Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (31-0-1, 26) went to the US to defend his world title against Filipino fighter Marvin Mabait (19-3-2, 13). The bout was put together after Sonny Boy Jaro had visa issues to enter the US and in some ways the fight seemed destined to be a mismatch with Mabait given around 2 weeks notice.
The fight proved to be as much of a mismatch as many had assumed. Mabait was in trouble every time Cuadras put his foot on the gas and this saw the Filipino going down in round 4, although no count was given at the time it did appear to be the start of the end for the Filipino challenger. The following round Mabait was again in trouble as he did have a knockdown scored against him with the ropes keeping him up.
The challenger was put out of his suffering early in round 6 as Cuadras dropped him and the referee essentially said enough was enough, despite Mabait getting to his feet well inside the count.
For Mabait this is likely to be his best chance to claim a world title and is sadly his second successive successive stoppage loss, in fact it's his third stoppage loss in 5 fights and one has to assume he'll now become a journeyman. As for Cuadras this was his second defense since winning the title with a technical decision over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai earlier this year. We doubt we're the only ones who would rather see Cuadras Vs Srisaket II than fights like this that go untelevised and are made on short notice.
World Title Results
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