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The night Mandaluyong Gym returned to its former glory



On a night reminiscent to events that a young Manny Pacquiao headlined cards in Mandaluyong Gym, up-and-coming promoter Ryuta Kato and matchmaker Art Monis produced a card that left the audience in awe.

In the main event, Rene “Commander” Dacquel (14-5-1) lost his Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Republic of the Philippines (RP) super flyweight Champion to 23-year-old Jonas “Zorro” Sultan (9-2). The Cebuano won the bout by unanimous decision.

However, it was the supporting fights in the card that thrilled the Mandaluyong crowd. 21-year-old Jahleel “ the Cebuano Disaster” Payao (11-1) suffered his first defeat in the ring as Michael Dasmarinas (21-3) took the WBC Youth World super flyweight championship in a stunning upset. Capping the night of great fights was the barnburner of match between WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABC) light flyweight champion Richard Claveras (13-1-2) retaining his belt against Benezer Alolod (16-8-5).

GAB RP super flyweight belt and the WBC Youth World championship switch hands

Rene Dacquel lost his GAB RP super flyweight title to Jonas Sultan via a unanimous decision. In the match, a whopping right by Sultan knocked down the champion in the third round. The “Commander” was able to keep his footing in the later rounds but all momentum he gained was lost after a point deduction in the ninth round. An accidental headbutt by Dacquel was the reason for the penalty. The match went into the full 12 rounds with all three judges scoring the match in favor of the new champion, Jonas Sultan, 117-109, 114-112, and 115-111.

Michael Dasmarinas scored an upset against previously unbeaten Cebuano to win the WBC Youth World super flyweight champion Jahleel Payao. Dasmarinas outclassed Payao in displaying great footwork and quick combinations that confused the 21-year-old boxer. The former youth champion was also deducted a point in the sixth round that did not help his cause. The accidental clash of heads between the two young boxers resulted to the penalty and as per WBC rules; the one point deduction is penalized to the fighter that did not get a cut. Judges Carlo Baluyut and Virgilio Garcia scored it 96-93 while judge Fernando Batistil scored it 97-92 all in favor for the Hardstone Boxing Stable standout Michael Dasmarinas.

Claveras defeats Alolod in a classic bloodbath

The fight of the night! The champion and the challenger went toe-to-toe right in the opening minutes of the contest as the two pugilists slugged it out to the delight of the audience. An early Alolod hook almost knocked Claveras down but the champion was able to recover. Then in round two, an accidental headbutt resulted to a cut on the champion. With the odds tilting in favor for the upset-minded Laguna-resident, and with blood gushing out of his forehead, Claveras still managed to find the power to slug it out. Even with the crimson mask of the champion was affecting his vision, Claveras was still on-point in scoring with punches. After the eighth round, the champion was able to break away in connecting with combinations and defending well. Claveras was able to take a unanimous decision 115-112, 117-112, and 116-111 to the rousing approval of the electric crowd.

Pena outpoints Juntilla to win vacant Luzproba Championship; Diale stops Indonesian opponent

Danilo Pena (27-21-4) defeated Rey Juntilla (20-7-4) to win the vacant Luzon Professional Boxing Association featherweight belt. Pena won by technical unanimous decision after an accidental headbutt resulted to the match going to the scorecards during the 10th round. Pena was ahead all the way on points.

In the flyweight division, Ardin Diale (29-9-3) stopped the visiting Indonesian Heri Amol (35-24-4) in the sixth round. Amol had no answer for the flurry of punches thrown by Diale. Amol did not get out of his stool during the interval of the sixth and seventh round resulting to the stoppage.

It was a great night of fights for the Philippine fight fan with this card and the Pinoy Pride 31 card in Cebu headlined by the longest reigning Filipino World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes.

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