THE 3rd World Boxing Council (WBC) Women’s Convention and Asian Summit held in Manila from Nov. 16-19 will be remembered for its huge success in terms of achievements and participation.
The four-day convention ,which attracted close to 500 participants from 17 countries all over the world, also produced a new Filipino boxing champion -- Jonathan Almacen.
Almacen overcame an ugly cut over his right eye due to a head clash in the first round to beat Xiang Li of China by unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBC Continental Asia silver light flyweight title before a big crowd at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) late Sunday night.
Almacen, nicknamed “Pretty Boy”, sustained a head-clash inflicted cut but went on to pummel Li in their eight-round title fight for the vacant crown headlining the six-fight card dubbed as “The Big Challenge” held at the PICC Forum 1 Hall.
The 19-year-old pride of Muntinlupa City won the nod of all three judges -- 78-73, 77-74, 77-74 -- to win the fight and improve his record to 5-2-2 with one knockout.
“Maraming maraming salamat sa Panginoon sa ibinigay nyong regalo sa akin ngayon gabi,” said Almacen in his Facebook post right after the title fight.
Before the convincing win over Li, the Filipino fighter absorbed a loss to ArAr Andales for the LUZPROBA minimumweight crown only last Sept. 2.
Li dropped to 5-2-1, with 2 KOs. In the main event, Azizbek Abdugofurov of Uzbekistan also won by unanimous decision over Wuzhati Nuerlang of China to retained the WBC silver world super middleweight championship.
Abdugofurov, known as AAA A for his initials, dominated the first half of the 12-round match before staving off Nuelang’s late push to score 117-111,118-112, and 118-112 decision.
The Uzbek champion, who softened up the Chinese with body shots and upper cuts, raised his record to 11-0 with four knockouts, while dropping Nuerlang to 11-2, including nine KOs, in their title fight reportedly watched live by 9.4 million viewers in China.
Abdugofurov was way ahead in the score cards, 79-73, 78-74, 78-74, when Nuerlang staged a daring fight back that saw the tiring Uzbek pin to the ropes in the ninth round.
But the Uzbek wisely kept his poise with his good counter-punching skills to the delight of local and foreign crowd.
In another exciting fight, Phannaluk Kongsang of Thailand displayed tremendous skills in beating Urvashi Singh of India by split decision for the vacant WBC Asia female bantamweight title.
The Thai fighter, who exploiting her reach advantage to keep the Indian at bay, improved her record to 5-6-1, including two knocvkouts.
Singh suffered her first loss after three stoppages.
Muay Thai action alsp provded quality entertainment.
Rudsma Abubakar (11-3) trounced Ruth Gambican (10-2) in a three-rounder and Danai Wasan (21-6) outclassed Jason Vedana (19-4).
In the boxing opener, Carlean Rivas (6-6-4) and Gretel de Paz (5-4-1, 2 KO) fought to a majority draw in the vacant WBC Asia female super flyweight division.
No less than Games an Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra was at ringside to watch the fights, which served as one of the highlights of the WBC Convention being held for the fourth time in the country.