Argie Toquero (8-3-2 6KO) retains his WBC World Youth Super Featherweight title via split draw against Ardie Boyose (15-0-2 11KO) in a nip and tuck affair during Orient Pacific Boxing Federation’s “The Big Challenge: Champion vs Champion” in Bacolod City, Friday night.
The two young pugilists went all out and never gave their opponent an inch of advantage for ten full rounds with both men scored knockdowns with Toquero dropping Boyose with a straight left in the second round while the 20-year old Cebuano returned the favor by sending the 21-year old Boyose with a right hook to the canvas in the sixth round.
Toquero could have won the fight but was deducted a point for an inadverted low blow that could have changed the result of the scorecards. Judge Dan Nietes scored the bout 94-92 Boyose while Judge Romeo Sumalapao scored the bout 94-92 in favor of Toquero. The thid judge, South Korean Nam-Jun Park, scored it an even 93-93.
In the undercard, former champions Merlito Sabillo returned to his winning ways in their respective fights while Sonny Boy Jaro continues his streak.
After a string of tough losses, “Tiger” Sabillo (24-2-1 12KO) returns to the win column with a sixth round unanimous decision victory over Powell Balaba (8-14-1 5KO) in the co-main event.
The hometown hero showed flashes of his championship form against the country’s 24th ranked fighter which earned the judges’ nod, scoring the bout 60-53, 60-53 and 59-54 all in favor of the Toboso, Negros Occidental native.
In addition, former WBC and Ring Magazine flyweight title holder Sonny Boy Jaro (41-13-5 28KO) made quick work of Donriel Marcos (3-7-2) with a second round TKO win.
Controlled the bout with his combinations, Jaro was able to land a clean body shot that crippled Marcos, enough for the referee to stop the fight with 51 seconds remaining in the round. The win gives the 33-year old Silay City-born Jaro his seventh straight victory and has not lost since 2014.
The Big Challenge: Champion vs Champion Results
June 12, 2015 – Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
WBC World Youth Super Featherweight Championship: Argie Toquero and Ardie Boyose ended in a split draw (94-92, 92-94, 93-93)
OPBF Atonweight Championship: Momoko Kanda def. Christine Latube to win the vacant OPBF Atomweight belt
Featherweight bout: Sonny Boy Jaro def. Roland Magluyan via KO2 (:51)
Light Flyweight bout: Merlito Sabillo def. Powell Balaba via UD (60-53, 60-53, 59-54)
Featherweight bout: Jack Tepora def. Jilo Merlin
Super Featherweight bout: Jerry Nardo def. Jason Egera
Super Flyweight bout: Joey Canoy def. Jonathan Ricablanca
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