Bernabe Concepcion KOs Tanzanian foe to win WBO regional title
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fighter Bernabe Concepcion made quick work of Tanzanian boxer Juma Fundi to capture the vacant WBO Oriental super bantamweight title on Friday, July 31 at the 12,000-seater Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
The 27-year-old native of Viga, Catanduanes finished the job at the 56 second mark of the second round when he clobbered his signature right hand on Fundi’s head.
“I am happy at what I saw with Bernabe Concepcion’s performance and handling Juma Fundi’s jabs. I also noticed that Fundi’s punches were hard,” Concepcion’s manager Ryan Gabriel said after the fight.
Fundi was actively throwing his left jabs and body hooks in the first frame, making it difficult for Concepcion to penetrate and deliver his own shots.
Concepcion picked up the pace in round two, keeping Fundi defensive by throwing his own stiff left jabs.
A quick double jab from Concepcion concealed a follow-up straight right that Fundi did not see, dropping Fundi flat on his back.
Fundi tried to return to his feet, but referee Danrex Tapdasan waved it off at the count of 9 when the Tanzanian could barely beat the count on wobbly legs.
With the impressive victory over Fundi, Concepcion improves his professional record to 33-6-2 (19 knockouts) and bags the available WBO regional belt.
Meanwhile, Fundi downgrades his prizefighting standing to 27-12-3 (11 KOs) and tastes his second setback on Philippine soil.
In other title fights, Renren Tesorio (15-6-3, 4 KOs) successfully defended the Philippine light flyweight belt against Bonjun Loperez (9-4-1, 5 KOs) via technical unanimous decision with the scores of 60-54, 59-55, 58-56.
The fight between Tiger City Boxing Gym’s Warren Manbuanag (7-5-2, 3 KOs) and Recky Dulay (8-1, 5 KOs) resulted into a no-contest as the Team Insider representative decided to withdraw from the title tilt during the pre-fight medical check-up when he told the resident physician that he had an injured shoulder and sore throat. – Rappler.com
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