by Carlos Costa
MANILA, Philippines -- Prolific Filipino promoter Gabriel "Bebot" Elorde delivered another exciting "Night of Champions" boxing show, thrilling fans in attendance at Mall of Asia Music Hall here in Metro Manila, Philippines.
In the main event, titlist Joe "The Jaw Braker" Noynay (15-2-1, 5 KO's) of Bogo, Cebu, successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Featherweight Belt by scoring a round 8 TKO win over tough challenger Zhang Quixiu (9-5-1, 3 KO's) of Dalian, China.
The southpaw Noynay, 23, dominated with his superior boxing skills making good use of his long right jab and left straights as well as landing combinations at the coming-forward Chinese warrior who was betting on one power punch, swinging one punch at a time, mostly overhead blows. Noynay, in contrast, employed a variety of punches in his attacks, displaying a wider repertoire.
By the fifth chapter, the "Jaw Breaker" had already broken the defense of Zhang and by the eight, the 22 year-old Chinese was rocked down to the blue canvas of the Mall of Asia.
Bravely, he stood up at the count of veteran referee Ferdinand Estrella. But the second landing was worst. Zhang fell bad flat on his back, prompting his coach Cui Di of Dalian's Eagle Totem Boxing Stable to throw the white towel, ending the battle at the 1:56 minute mark in round eight.
The Chinese earned the applause of the fans while Noynay retained his belt, a result that advances his fighting career. The supervisor was GAB Chairman Abraham "Baham" Mitra.
In the thrilling co-feature, Alfonso "Al" Toyogon (9-2-1, 6 KO's) of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, ravaged tough Nathan Bolcio (14-15-3, 4 KO's) of the Highland Boxing Gym, dispatching him in an exciting combat to claim the vacant WBC Asia Silver Super Featherweight Silver belt.
Bolcio, 28, went down two times in the first stanza, but he bravely stood up, coming back forward throwing punches of high caliber, some of them landing solid on his tormentor. Bolcio even managed to win some rounds, proving his toughness, but the superior boxer was Toyogon who sent Bolcio spiraling to the canvas for a third time.
One more time Bolcio came back on his feet beating the count of stellar New Zealand-born referee Bruce MacTavish. Things proceeded really rough for Bolcio as the relentless Toyogon was not letting him off the hook, bombing him even further till Bolcio capitulated at the 44 second mark of round 6.
MORE RESULTS FROM BEBOT ELORDE'S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
In exciting women's boxing, Gian Dela Paz of the Cucuy Elorde Gym and warrior girl Fredelyn "Baby Love" Sayod (also an MMA fighter) of the LLS Boxing Stable fought their way to a majority draw. Their four-round battle was in the bantamweight division.
Moreover, 20 year-old bantamweight Bienvenido "Ben" Ligas (7-1-1, 5 KO's) from the Cucoy Elorde Stable was fast and furious tonight as he ravaged Jessel Guardario (7-3-1, 3 KO's) of the ATA Gym in the very first chapter. Official time of stoppage was 2:33 seconds in round 1.
In addition, undefeated superfly Denmark Quibido (8-0, 5 KO's) of Tayug, Pangasinan taught a boxing lesson to Jay-Ar Diama (7-16-7, 3 KO's) of the Art Monis' Hardstone Boxing Club, landing good and moving away from danger. No warrior went down throughout the battle and no cuts were produced, but the Quibido owned the ring in every single stanza. One of the judges was American US Army veteran Robert Bridges who not surprisingly scored all rounds for the slick Quibido.
In super flyweights, Gaudencio "Jun" Blazo (10-6-3, 7 KO's) of the Elorde Gym in Santa Rita, Sucat, scored an 8-round split decision win over Jason Degelio (8-5, 3 KO's) of the Alchemist Gym.
What's more, 22 year-old superfly Romel Oliveros (9-4-1, 4 KO's) of the Elorde Boxing Gym in Pasay City knocked out in four chapters unheralded 33 year-old Francis Gonzalez (2-6-1, 1 KO) of the Sports Academy in Camerines Sur. Official time of the stoppage is 2:15 seconds in round four. The third man was Elmer Costillas of Bulacan.
In a war of veteran fighters, Roman Canto (12-11-3, 7 KO's) of the Team Insider Boxing Gym in Makati vaporized journeyman Jomar Borbon (4-31-2, 2 KO's) of the LC Gym in three rounds. Time of the KO was 2:22 of the third round. The ref was Carlo Baluyut.
Hard-hitting 21 year-old Flyweight Ronel Sumalpong (6-1, 5 KO's) and unbeaten 18 year-old Zamboangueño Joseph Bayubay (3-0, 1 KO) of the Alchemist Gym in Bulacan fought to a round 6 majority draw.
Plus, unbeaten 24 year-old super feather Ariel Puton (4-0, 3 KO's) of the Dante Almario Boxing Stable in Muntinlupa outclassed unheralded 23 year-old Pablito Cañada (6-16-3, 1 KO) of Sampaloc, Metro Manila. Pablito was game and tough, though Ariel Puton was the best man through the 6-round duel. At the end, the three judges awarded the Gensan-born Puton a unanimous decision victory.
In another rumble, Franklin Mendoza (2-0, 0 KO's) of the Elorde Gym disassembled Krisler Tenorio (0-2, 0 KO's) of the Detox Boxing Stable in Cabuyao, Laguna, in the very first round. both fighters weighed 127 pounds for this skirmish that lasted only 2 minutes 53 seconds
ATA Boxing Stable superfly fighter Eljun Salva (0-1-1, 0 KO's) of the City of Golden Friendship Cagayan de Oro and debutant John Mark Tihuk of Antipolo City, Rizal, battled to a four-round majority draw.
In another clash for "Night of Champions XIV," tough Gringo Navarro (2-1-1, 2 KO) of the Elorde Gym prescribed a round 2 TKO to 19 year-old Alex Isidro (0-3, 0 KO's) of the Triple R Boxing Gym. Official time was 1:40 seconds in round 2.
In attendance during the evening of boxing was GAB Chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra, GAB Commissioner Mar Masanguid as well as GAB supervisors Rafael Dyoknos and Tony Comia, and GAB's Jan Keener So and Jackie Cacho.
The boxing event at Mall of Asia's Music Hall "Night of Champions XIV" was a successful production of popular Filipino promoter Gabriel "Bebot" Elorde, winner of this year's WBC Asia Honorary Promoter of the Year Award.
The author Carlos Costa is Panama-born Boxingscene.com Fight Reporter based in Cebu, Philippines. He attended this boxing event at Mall of Asia in Metro Manila. Carlos can be reached by email: [email protected] and Whatsapp: +639184538152.