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)