Two Pinoy boxers battle for vacant WBC International title
MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino fighters will slug it out for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International featherweight championship as Dennis Tubieron faces compatriot Carlo Magali on Sunday, December 28 at the Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Parañaque City, Metro Manila.
Since its inception in 1987, the aforementioned WBC title was held by 3 Pinoy pugilists in the past such as Bernabe Concepcion, Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista and Jun Talape.
Meanwhile, Luisito Espinosa came up short in his campaign to capture the belt in August 1993 when he was knocked out by Alejandro Gonzalez in the second round, but he was able to win a WBC world title two years later.
The Mexico-based championship-sanctioning body is set to crown another Filipino boxer with the WBC International featherweight strap.
Tubieron (19-3-1 with 8 knockouts), who is riding high on a 3-fight winning streak, recently scored a minor upset over highly-touted featherweight prospect Jun Doliguez last September 27.
The 24-year-old native of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan had his hand raised in victory via technical majority decision with the scores of 47-47, 47-46 and 47-46 after Doliguez suffered a deep cut on his forehead following a clash of heads.
On the other hand, Magali (18-7-2, 9 KOs) has won two bouts in a row since yielding to Russian slugger Andrey Bogdanov via unanimous decision for the vacant World Boxing Organization Oriental featherweight title in April 2013.
Magali, 28, of Talibon, Bohol was last seen in action when he routed Rey Perez by 12-round verdict this past June.
Aside from the championship clash between Tubieron and Magali, two more title tilts are scheduled for the Gabriel S. Elorde Jr.-promoted boxing card on Sunday.
Rex Wao (10-0, 8 KOs) puts his WBC International bantamweight belt at stake against fellow Pinoy boxer Silvester Lopez (22-9-2, 16 KOs), while Tosho Makoto Aoki (18-12-2, 15 KOs) of Japan vies for the vacant International Boxing Federation Australasian lightweight title versus Indonesia’s Rengga Rengga (7-1, 1 KO). – Rappler.com