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Tepora retains AsPac Youth crown; Barriga wins pro debut

Cebuano super bantamweight Jack Tepora continued his winning ways by knocking out Bryan Capangpangan to remain the WBO Asia Pacific Youth super bantamweight champion at the main event of Omega Pro Sports International’s Who’s Next event held at Robinson’s Place Cebu last Saturday.

Tepora made quick work of his challenger, dropping him four times, ending the fight at the 2:34 of the very first round.

The win notched Tepora’s first successful defense since winning the said title four months ago after fifth round knockout over Jason Tinampay and improves his record to 18-0.

Former Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga finally made his much-anticipated pro debut, emerging victorious after six rounds of action opposite Melvin Mananquil.Mark-Anthony-Berriga Tepora retains AsPac Youth crown; Barriga wins pro debut Boxing News  - philippine sports news

The 23-year old Barriga made a good impression after his supposed-to-be debut last June was scrapped at the last minute after his scheduled opponent, Jay-Jay Santos was not medically cleared to fight.

Barriga utilized his superior boxing to dominate his opponent and earn all the judges’ nod after six rounds, 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55.

After his win, Barriga expressed his intentions to face former tormentor, Zhou Shiming of China in the future.

“Isa rin yun sa mga reason kung bakit ako nag propesyonal dahil gusto ko ulit makalaban yung tao na yun eh, si Shiming,” Barriga revealed to Tiebreaker Times about Zhou as one of his reasons to go professional.

“Kumbaga gusto ko talagang bumawi. Pangarap ko din yun kasi siyenpre nga bata pa ako nun eh, medyo hilaw pa ako so gusto kong siyang makalaban ulit kung hindi pa siya mag-reretire.”

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Kenny Demicillo and Rambo Lagos put up a “fight of the night” performance that night as both men came out exchanging heavy leather throughout their ten-round fight, to the delight of the crowd in attendance.

In the end, Demicillo was able to escape with a 96-94, 94-96 and 96-94 split decision to keep his World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific bantamweight belt.

Who’s Next results
July 30, 2016 – Robinson’s Place Cebu (Promoted by: Omega Pro Sports International)

Jack Tepora def. Bryan Capangpangan (KO, 1st)
Kenny Demicillo def. Rambo Lagos (SD)
Mark Anthony Barriga def. Melvin Mananquil (UD)
Christian Araneta def. Charlie Cabilla (TKO, 1st)
Jimboy Haya def. Fabio Marfa (TKO)
Tomjune Mangubat def. Arnel Acebuque (KO, 3rd)
Filjun Taneo def. Lenmar Presillas (UD)
Mark Vicelles def. Jesrel Cobaral (UD)
Martin Piencenaves def. Rolien Getalada (KO, 1st)

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