Three Filipino fighters falter in title bouts in Thailand recently

By Rey Danseco


Three Filipino fighters falter in title bouts in Thailand recently

Dondon Lapuz, Sherwin Paro and Rocky Fuentes fought with their heart but luck was against them against respective Thai foes.

Meanwhile, the South Korean promoter cancelled the PABA lightweight interim championship bout between former two-time RP super-featherweight title challenger Renato Inal and Korean Won-bo Chun supposedly held last night in Seoul, South Korea.

Johnny Elorde, Inal’s manager, quoted to Bandera yesterday what PABA director general Alan Kim, also a South Korean, had told him upon his arrival from a business trip in Ukraine last Oct. 25 that the South Korean promoter pulled out the fight card due to financial difficulties.

“Kapos daw sa budget yong South Korean promoter kaya hindi natuloy ang laban,” said Elorde. “Sayang nga eh, handa na sana si (Renato) Inal.”

Lapuz picked himself up from a knock down in round four to give Asian Boxing Council superbantamweight champion Saenghiran Lookbanyai a tough 12-round bout before an adversary crowd at Srisaket, Thailand Wednesday.

But his effort was not enough when the judges awarded every round to Lookbanyai as the three scorecards read 120-107 all in favor of the Thai champion, who is currently World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 10 contender.

Co-managed by Marty Elorde and Antonio L. Aldeguer, Paro (14-4, 9 KOs) gave a hell of a fight against WBO No. 2 and reigning WBO Asia-Pacific super-flyweight champ Pramuansak Phosuwan (24-0, 14 KOs) only to get a 117-109, 118-108, 117-109 unanimous decision loss last Thursday in Tapla District in Uttaradith,

In other bout, Fuentes (8-2, 5 KOs) was stopped at 1:57 of round six by WBO No. 3 Kaichon Sor Vorapin, who claimed the vacant the WBO Asia-Pacific light-flyweight title.

Fuentes, the current Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) champion, started the scheduled 12-round championship bout right when he exchanged furious punches.

But the brutal body attacks of Vorapin, younger brother of WBO bantam king Ratanachai Sor Vorapin and ex-IBF minimum king Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, weakened Fuentes until he was caught with fierce right straight punch to the face.

On the undercard of the Lapuz-Lookbanyai bout, three Filipinos also went the full-distance for losses over six-rounds. WBA No. 2 and Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) lightweight champ Prawet Singwancha easily won a six round unanimous decision over RP No. 2 Nonoy Gonzales.

Former ABC light-flyweight boss Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum decisioned RP No. 9 light-fly Edwin Ubatay while Rey Almonicar faltered against unbeaten ABC lightweight champ Fujimi Victorygym, a Thai national whose real name is Worawit Sing-in.