PXC 48: Pitpitunge knocks out Cacdac; Dy yields to Aguon

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PXC 48: Pitpitunge knocks out Cacdac; Dy yields to Aguon
Crisanto Pitpitunge didn't earn the flyweight title after missing weight, but he picked up a dominant win in Pasig City

MANILA, Philippines – Even though Pacific Xtreme Combat’s silver-plated flyweight top prize was not up for grabs in the main event of PXC 48, it did not discourage Crisanto Pitpitunge from walking out with a dominant victory on Saturday, June 13 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. 

Pitpitunge shut the lights off on Alvin Cacdac with a well-timed overhand right and a follow-up right hook to the temple at the 3:52 mark of the first round.

The 25-year-old slugger from Kapangan, Benguet was on point in launching his strikes early on, delivering lashing kicks to the midsection and clobbering punches from both hands.

As Cacdac attempted to convert a double-leg takedown when he pushed Pitpitunge against the cage, the Filipino fighter responded with two unyielding haymakers to rock his American-bred Pinoy opponent.

Pitpitunge was four steps away from Aguon when he pitched a fight-ending blow to head before he finished it off with a right hook.

The 5-foot-6 Team Lakay representative was originally penciled to challenge Cacdac for the PXC flyweight championship, but both men failed to meet the contracted weight limit, prompting promotion officials to relegate the match into a non-title encounter.

With the impressive triumph over Cacdac, Pitpitunge extends his winning streak to three fights and improves his prizefighting record to 8-3.

On the other hand, Cacdac downgrades to 15-11 and tastes his first setback since yielding to Louis Smolka via third-round submission in February 2013.

Kyle Aguon outwrestles Rolando Dy to win rematch

PXC bantamweight champion Kyle Aguon (9-4) picked up another split decision win to defeat Rolando Gabriel Dy (5-4) in their rematch at PXC 48.

Aguon, who scored five takedowns in the three-round non-title contest to secure the victory over his arch-nemesis, earned 30-27 marks from two cageside officials, but the third judge surprisingly gave a 29-28 count to Dy.

The 26-year-old Guamanian did not allow his Filipino foe to fully utilize his signature striking leverage as he scooped Dy to the mat twice in the opening salvo with a hip toss and a single-leg takedown.

As Dy tried to find his groove in the second stanza by throwing overhand rights, Aguon put him back to the floor with an inside leg trip before he punctuated the period with a double-leg takedown.

Realizing that he was down two rounds on the scorecards, Dy wildly hurled punches in the third frame and opened a gory gash on the Guamanian’s right ear, but Aguon pacified his counterpart by trapping him along the fence before he clutched on his opponent’s legs for an additional takedown.

Aguon was supposed to defend his PXC bantamweight title, but Dy was a half-pound over the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds during the official weigh-in.

In other matches, Jenel Lausa (5-2) avenged his 2013 decision loss to Ernesto Montilla Jr. (5-4) by knocking out his rival with a left hook in the last second of the first round.

Team Lakay’s John Chris Corton (2-2) pulverized former professional boxer Rufino Mante (0-1) with vicious elbows to score a technical knockout triumph at 2:44 of round one.

However, Corton’s teammate Harold Banario (4-1) succumbed to Mark Abelardo (11-3) as the 23-year-old Kiwi flyweight dropped the 5-foot-7 native of Mankayan, Benguet with an overhand right and polished him off with heavy blows to get the stoppage at 4:36 of the first round.

Adamson Torbiso (1-1) pulled of a highlight-reel knockout against Nilo Vidal (1-1) by connecting a solid head kick at 4:59 of round one.

Meanwhile, Roman Alvarez (5-0) kept his undefeated record intact as he won by disqualification when Ernie Braca (1-2) intentionally landed an illegal soccer kick at 2:44 of the first round. – Rappler.com

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