Dennis Tubieron faces Warrington in WBC title eliminator
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fighter Dennis Tubieron has the opportunity to become a mandatory challenger for the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight championship as he is booked to square off with British boxer Josh Warrington in a title eliminator.
The 12-round encounter was publicly confirmed by BoxNation’s Frank Warren on Wednesday, January 7 (PH Time) and is set to take place at the First Direct Arena in Warrington’s hometown of Leeds, Yorkshire on April 11.
The winner of the Tubieron-Warrington duel will be granted a shot at the WBC featherweight belt, which is currently in the possession of Mexico's Jhonny Gonzalez.
Aside from moving closer to a championship clash with Gonzalez, the vacant WBC International featherweight strap is up for grabs.
Since its inception in 1987, the aforementioned WBC crown was held by three 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 prize 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.
John Davison is currently the only boxer from the United Kingdom to claim the WBC International featherweight title after scoring a 5th round knockout victory over Srikoon Narachawat in March 1990.
Tubieron (19-3-2, 8 knockouts) is coming off a majority draw against compatriot Carlo Magali last December 28 for the same WBC International belt.
Riding high on a 3-fight winning streak, Tubieron was surprised by Magali, who exemplified his rugged fighting style early on as he constantly pummeled the 25-year-old native of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan with a crisp right fist and had the leverage in closed-quartered exchanges.
Tubieron was able to turn it around midway of the contest as “The Scorpion” maintained his distance and backpedalled from Magali’s reckless punches while hitting his patented lefts to the head.
Despite the thrilling back-and-forth battle inside the ring, it resulted in a majority draw as one judge ruled in favor of Tubieron with a 115-113 score, while the other two ringside officials gave an identical 114-114 mark.
The decision also rendered the available WBC International featherweight trinket unclaimed.
Prior to his meeting with Magali, Tubieron achieved a minor upset over Jun Doliguez in September, beating the highly-touted featherweight prospect via 5th round technical decision.
On the other hand, Warrington (19-0, 3 KOs) has never tasted a single defeat since his professional debut in October 2009, but he has only finished three of his last 19 opponents.
The 24-year-old Warrington was last seen in action this past October when he stopped Davide Dieli in the fourth round to bag the European featherweight title. – Rappler.com