By Carlos Costa
CEBU, Philippines -- Just 2 seconds shy to the end of the 12-round rumble, unbeaten world-ranked Filipino puncher Christian Araneta (16-0, 14 KO's) unleashes a spectacular whooping right-hand blow in form of an uppercut that landed with full force on the rushing-in former world-title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (25-10-4, 3 KO's) to rock him and send him for a worrisome 12 minutes to dreamland in one of the most vicious knockouts ever seen at Mandaue Sports Complex in Cebu, Philippines.
Tomogdan fell backwards hard, colliding the back of his head with the floor of the ring in dramatic fashion, prompting the third man Tony Pesons of Cebu - a former military man with 39 years experience as a boxing referee - to waive the fight off, and immediately request assistance from ringside doctors Unabia and Bonsubre.
Thankfully, minutes later Tomogdan was moving and regaining consciousness; and upon standing, the worried fans in attendance applauded at him, breathing a sight of relief.
The chilling win made the 23 year-old Araneta the new WBC Asia Silver Light Flyweight Champion and improves his standings in the world-rankings in the 108 pound division.
One of the stars of the active Omega Boxing Gym of Cebu City, Araneta is currently ranked by the WBA and WBO.
"That punch is what we call 'a bomb.' Araneta delivered tonight. He proved that he is made for good things in boxing," commented well-known Cebuano boxing writer Dong Secuya after the witnessing the thrilling show, which was a joint effort of Omega Boxing and Championships Boxing Development, attended by Philippines GAB Commissioner Eduardo Trinidad, Asian Boxing Federation president and PAT Chairman Naris Singwancha and WBC Asia Secretary General Thailand Royal Army Coronel Damrong Simakajornboon.
In co-main feature, undefeated Jaber Zayani (15-0, 8 KO's) of Saint-Martin-d'Hères in Isère, France, scored a 10-round split decision win over Filipino Eduardo Mancito (16-9-2, 9 KO's) to capture the vacant WBO Super Featherweight Oriental Strap, a shining new champion belt handed to him by World Boxing Organization (WBO) Vice President Leon Panoncillo Jr. of Hawaii, USA. The third man in charge of the action was referee-lawyer Danrex Tapdasan.
The author Carlos Costa is a Panama-born Boxingscene Fight Reporter based in Cebu, Philippines. He attended this boxing event. Carlos can be reached by email: [email protected] and WhatsApp/Viber: +639184538152.