Boxing: Bornea, Tabugon clash in GenSan

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Boxing: Bornea, Tabugon clash in GenSan
Undefeated flyweight prospect Jake Bornea and Raymond Tabugon will meet in a 12-round bout with a regional WBC belt at stake

MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated flyweight prospect Jake Bornea and Raymond Tabugon will meet in a 12-round bout with a regional WBC belt at stake on Saturday, May 24 at the Lagao Gym in General Santos City.

The 18-year-old Bornea (6-0, 3 knockouts) of Arakan, Cotabato del Norte is a former member of the Philippine national team, while the 23-year-old Tabugon (12-3-1, 5 KOs) of Cagayan de Oro is looking to win his second straight fight. 

The vacant WBC Asia Council Continental flyweight title will be on the line which would guarantee the winner a top-30 ranking with the WBC. 

In the co-featured bout, flyweight contender Jether Oliva is looking to bounce back from his first fight since losing a split-decision to Moruti Mthalane in South Africa for the vacant IBO belt in March.

Oliva (20-2-2, 10 KOs), a Palarong Pambansa gold medalist, will face Jopher Marayan (6-4-2, 2 KOs) of Lipa City, Batangas in a ten-round bout. Oliva’s only other loss came via decision when he lost to Ulises Solis for the IBF junior flyweight belt on less than two weeks notice.

(RELATED: Boxer Jether Oliva hopes second chance at title is the charm)

Unbeaten bantamweight John Vincent Moralde (8-0, 4 KOs) of Davao del Sur will also face Rolando Omela (5-9-3, 1 KO) of Butuan City in an eight-round fight, plus two other bouts.

The show, which is promoted by Sanman Promotions, starts at 6PM and admission is free to the public. 

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