Boxing: Arienza, Lopez scores knockouts at MOA
MANILA, Philippines – Unfazed by the main event spotlight, Jeffrey Arienza made it look easy at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, even though he said it wasn’t.
Arienza (15-4-1, 9 knockouts) downed Indonesian boxer Wellem Reyk (18-14-4, 5 KOs) in 6 rounds Wednesday, July 13 to win the vacant WBO ABCO super lightweight title.
From bell to bell, Arienza never let Reyk have time to breathe, clocking him with all manner of shots and combinations. After unanimously leading 4 rounds 40-36, Arienza finished off the bout with a body shot that sent Reyk crumpling backwards to the mat to win the title.
“Mahirap. Nahirapan nga ako eh,” (Difficult. I had a hard time), said a laughing Arienza post-fight after hearing a comment on his dominance. “Napagod din ako pero inisip ko talaga na kailangan kong manalo para sa pamilya ko at sa mga taga-Surigao.” (I was exhausted too but I thought that I had to win for my family and for the people of Surigao.)
Arienza’s knockout victory came on the heels of two similar victories courtesy of Silvester “Silver” Lopez (27-11-2, 19 KOs) and JR Cagobcob (6-2-5, 2 KOs), who were fighting in supporting bouts on the undercard of an event promoted by Gabriel "Bebot" Elorde Jr's Elorde International Productions.
Lopez knocked out Danilo “Pitbull” Pena (27-25-4, 11 KOs) in round 7 of their rematch, this time for the vacant WBC ABCO Intercontinental featherweight championship.
Pena initially brought the fight to Lopez in the opening rounds until Lopez robbed him of his momentum, knocking Pena down 4 times en route to the victory.
Lopez then revealed after the fight that he was just “studying” Pena’s heavily aggressive moves early on so he could get an edge in the later rounds.
Cagobcob, meanwhile, earned the Philippine flyweight championship from veteran Danilo Mabao (22-26-3, 4 KOs) via fourth round knockout.
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