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Lopez KO’s Wao, captures WBC International BW title; Tubieron-Magali ends in a draw

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Silvester “Silver” Lopez of the Elorde Boxing Gym finished his 2014 campaign with a bang by scoring a spectacular 7th round knockout victory over previously unbeaten Rex Wao in a thrilling fight to claim the WBC International Bantamweight title on Sunday night at the The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque City.

The fight was one of the main events of a card presented by Gabriel S. Elorde Jr.

This is the fourth fight this year for the 27-year-old Zamboanga Sibugay native who also held the WBC Silver super flyweight title, WBC International super flyweight title and world title challenger once in his career.

In a fight that began as a slug fest between two solid power punchers, the protege of Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde started the fight strong by dropping Wao in the early minutes of the 1st round with a perfectly placed right hook to the jaw. In rounds two and three, Lopez continued outboxing Wao with his stinging jabs and combinations that gave him a 40-35 lead at the end of four rounds on the scorecards of all three judges.

Lopez’s reach, movement and crisp combinations paid dividends as he largely neutralized Wao’s relentless pressure and dominated the fight. To his immense credit, The Igorot Warrior Wao never gave up on himself and stuck with his game plan by pressuring Lopez and continuously throwing his heavy bombs.

The slug fest ended at the 2:35 mark of the 7th round as a perfectly placed left hook to the liver dropped Wao who failed to beat the count.

“I wanna be patient as much possible, throw my jabs and wait for the perfect opportunity to attack,” said Lopez at the post fight interview when asked what was their game plan heading into this title fight. “I was cautious with his wild hooks because I felt the power of those at some point in the fight,” Lopez added.

Lopez told us that he will train harder after this fight to defend his newly acquired belt from all deserving challengers.

With this victory, Silver Lopez improved his record to 23-9-2 with 17 KO’s and elevated his status in a division that also includes the likes of Juan Carlos Payano, Randy Caballero and WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.

In the co-main event, a bout for the vacant WBC International Featherweight title between Dennis Tubieron (19-3-2 with 8 KOs) and Carlos Magali (18-7-3 with 9 KO’s) ended in a Majority Draw.

Both fighters had their moments in trading staggering shots throughout in what turned out to be an exciting fight.

Magali was on top in the opening rounds with his relentless pressure and powerful punches that were hitting the target, causing Tubieron problems. Official scoring after the 4th gave Magali a slight edge as two of the judges gave him a 39-37 while the other judge scored it a draw, 38-38.

However, adjustments were made by the Puerto Prinsesa native Tubieron at the beginning of the 5th as he won some of the exchanges going into the middle rounds of the fight. After the 8th round official scoring showed the slightest of a lead for Magali as two judges scored the 1st eight rounds a draw, 76-76, while the other judge gave Magali a one round advantage 77-75.

Heading into the championship rounds, both fighters gave their all by throwing heavy bombs and connecting solid combinations that gave the judges a lot of close rounds to score. Both boxers landed more than enough to cause all kinds of problems for each other.

In the end, both warriors’ hands were raised as the scores were announced, with one judge scoring the fight 115-113 for the Elorde stalwart Tubieron while the other two judges saw it as a draw, 114-114.

In the main event, Tosho Makoto Aoki of Japan captured the IBF Australasian Lightweight Championship with a 2nd round knockout victory over Rengga Rengga of Indonesia.

Both fighters were very active in the first two rounds with Aoki the more accurate of the two. Rengga scored some good overhand rights but the Japanese was able to walk right through them. Near the end of the third, Rengga went down from an onslaught of solid punches to the body and the head, the tough Indonesian beat the count but the referee had seen enough and waived off the fight.

With the victory, Aoki improved his record to 19-12-2, 16 KO’s.

Rolly Sumalpong of Elorde Boxing Gym made quick work of Michael Landero as he knocked out the Wild Card boxing fighter with a vicious left hook to the liver in the opening seconds of the 1st round.

Rommel Olivarez of Elorde Boxing Gym fought to a majority draw against Vincent Bautista of Big5 Boxing Gym in a slug fest. Scores were 58-56, 57-57 and 57-57.

Singh Mujtaba Kamal scored a 1st round TKO victory after his opponent refused to continue after being down twice in the opening salvo of the fight scheduled for six rounds.

John Rey Logatiman showed his superior boxing skills as he defeated the previously unbeaten Alvin Medura via unanimous decision.

Bakbakan sa Elorde Results
December 28, 2014 – Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque City


IBF Australasian Lightweight Championship: Tosho Makoto Aoki def. Rengga Rengga by KO, Rd 2
WBC International Bantamweight Championship: Silvester Lopez def. Rex Wao by KO, Rd 7
WBC International Featherweight Championship: Dennis Tubieron and Carlos Magali ended in a majority draw (115-113 Tubieron, 114-114, 114-114)
Minimumweight bout: Rolly Sumalpong def. Michael Landero by KO via a body shot, Rd 1 :21
Flyweight bout: Rommel Olivarez and Vincent Bautista ended in a majority draw (58-56 Olivarez, 57-57, 57-57)
Welterweight bout:
 Singh Mujtaba Kamal def. Romnick Dejano by TKO, Rd 1
Super Flyweight bout:
 John Rey Logatiman def. Alvin Medura by UD (58-55, 58-55, 59-54)

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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory

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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’

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Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup

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Stronger than ever

Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win

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Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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