In a prost interview with Sabillo, the champion stressed that he is happy that he successfully defended his belt. “I thank God that he gave me this victory,” the champion said.
Meanwhile, Escalante City-born Melvin Gumban did not also fail his fellow Negrense after dethroning erstwhile Philippine Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Nelson ‘The Giant Killer’ Llanos of Davao via a unanimous decision. His victory improved his record to 8 wins
Both fighters bravely fought toe-to-toe from the opening round until the final bell sounded. Llanos suffered a swelling hematoma on his left forehead caused by the heavy punches from Gumban since the early second round.
However, the newly-crowned champion Gumban also got a cut just above his left eyebrow in the fourth round. He was advised twice by referee-in-charge Dan Nietes to have his wound checked by ring physician Dr. Francis Balsomo.
But judges saw Gumban to have dominated more rounds than Llanos. Judges scored the fight 97-92, 96-93, and 98-91.
Other undercard results: Bacoleño Juren Labordo defeated Davaeño Anastacio Gallardo via unanimous in a 4-rounder fight of 112 pounds division.
Meanwhile, Top Prime Stable’s Louie Arlos also won by UD over Tagbilaran City’s Lito Dante in the 108 lbs. While Rey Morales of Himamaylan City also scored a unanimous victory over Bukidnon’s Kheriel Gonlibo in a 4-rounder fight of 112 pounds division the 12.
The event is sanctioned by the Games and Amusement Board headed Bacolod Office chief Jovencio ‘Boy’ Paroco and Chairman Juan Ramon ‘Monju” Guanzon.#JG