MANILA, Philippines – The Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) bantamweight championship rematch between Rolando Gabriel Dy and Kyle Aguon has now a date as the title tilt is scheduled to happen on June 13.
Dy, the 23-year-old son of former boxing world champion Rolando Navarrete, personally confirmed to Rappler the date of his second encounter with Aguon that will take place in Manila, but the venue has yet to be finalized.
In addition, the event will be numbered “PXC 48” and will serve as the Guam-based mixed martial arts organization’s first fight card in the country for 2015.
“June 13 is the date of my PXC title rematch versus Kyle Aguon. I’m already in training camp for this fight,” he revealed.
Both men initially crossed paths in October 2014 at PXC 45, where Aguon took home the vacant bantamweight belt via split decision.
Dy relied on his striking prowess against the 5-foot-9 Guamanian by throwing well-timed left hooks, crisp elbows and punishing knees, while Aguon resorted to his grappling pedigree to neutralize the stand-up leverage of his Filipino foe and scored three game-changing takedowns.
Two of the three judges had the identical 48-47 counts for Aguon, but the third cageside official sided in favor of Dy with the 48-47 mark.
After hearing the bout’s verdict, Dy aired his disappointment and claimed that the judges saw it the other way around by citing that he was the one pushing the action from bell to bell.
With the disappointing defeat to Aguon, Dy (5-3) fell short to replicate the feat of homegrown talents Ale Cali and Crisanto Pitpitunge as a Filipino fighter to win a world title in PXC.
Prior to the aforementioned setback, he was riding high on a three-fight winning streak, thumping the likes of Arex Montalban, Kyle Reyes and Han Bin Park.
On the other hand, Aguon (8-4) has won back-to-bout matches since unsuccessfully challenging then-champion Michinori Tanaka for the 135-pound division’s top prize at PXC 40 in October 2013. – Rappler.com