Filipinos Bacon, Bernaldez stop Argentine foes in Miami

Jameson Bacon and Mark Bernaldez stopped their Argentine opponents to recharge their ring careers at the Manual Artime Community Center Theater in Miami, Florida on Saturday, October 17 (Sunday, October 18, Manila time).

Making his first appearance in the United States, Bacon was impressive in a two-round demolition of Gonzalo Carlos Dallera in their welterweight tussle.

Bernaldez needed 3 rounds but put on a show by flooring Julian Aristule 3 times in their super featherweight encounter.

It was a great rebound for the Sanman fighters, who suffered losses in their last bouts.

Bacon yielded to Darragh Foley by unanimous decision in Sydney in November 2019, while Bernaldez suffered a shutout loss to unbeaten American Albert Bell in July in Las Vegas.

Holed up in the US by the coronavirus pandemic, Bernaldez of General Santos City and Bacon of Cebu City trained diligently under Cuban Osmiri Fernandez in Miami and showed the results when they checked in at a ripped 128.8 and 145 pounds, respectively.

Exploiting his longer reach, the 5-foot-9 Bacon improved his record to 29-4 with 16 knockouts. Dallera tasted his 5th straight defeat and fell to 6-9.

Bernaldez climbed to 21-4 with 15 knockouts, while the outclassed Aristule skidded to 34-14.

Over at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, John Vincent Moralde lasted only 1:16 minutes against the vicious Jose Enrique Vivas of Mexico.

A sneaky left to the face following a clinch floored Moralde for the first time, and although the Filipino beat the count, Vivas never let up.

Chasing Moralde, Vivas finished the job with a right to the jaw and two left hooks to the body.

Moralde dropped to 23-4, 13 knockouts, while Vivas rose to 20-1, 11 knockouts.

Though he was hoping for a 3-0 sweep of his wards, Sanman head JC Manangquil said he was satisfied with the 2-1 result. ā€“