Sulaiman Praises Bernabe Concepcion's Win

By Ronnie Nathanieslz

WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman says Bernabe Concepcion retained his North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight title with a close but “very fair” unanimous decision against a game Juan Ruiz  in  Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico Sunday morning, Manila Time.
In an overseas telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today Sulaiman who watched the fights on the “Latin Fury” fight card promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank debunked some claims that Ruiz should have been given the decision. The WBC president said Concepcion “ looked very good" but conceded that the Filipino had "a very, very difficult opponent who was like a bull and wouldn’t let him (Concepcion) box.” 
Sulaiman said Concepcion “threw  lot of combinations and very clean, powerful punches and the judges game him the decision very fairly although it was a close bout.”
The 20 year old Concepcion won the NABF title with an impressive fourth round TKO against the highly fancied Mexican Gabriel Elizondo on August 4, 2007. Concepcion defeated the 29 year old Ruiz in what was described as a sometimes brutal and foul-filled but entertaining fight with all three judges giving the young Filipino the nod..Two judges had Concepcion winning by a 114-112 margin  while the third judge scored it for Concepcion 114-111. Both fighters suffered two point deductions for violations during the bout.
Concepcion improved his record to 24-1-1 with 13 knockouts while the busy Ruiz who bored in and tried to work inside dropped to 21-5 with 6 knockouts. It was Ruiz’s third consecutive loss. The fight was Concepcion’s first fight in Mexico where the judges were fair and he did not become victim of a hometown decision in a close fight.
Concepcion had previously won three fights in the US since making his debut on April 14 last year with a unanimous ten round decision over Benjamin Flores in San Antonio, Texas on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jorge Solis fight card.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Parody on 02-11-2008

[QUOTE=xcaret;3130510]he couldnt destroy him in the first fight, (after dropping him 3 TIMES)...and pacquiao hasnt learn anything at all, freddie roach is being overrated by alot of people these days... why do people keep forgetting that Morales beat Pacquiao in…

Comment by xcaret on 02-11-2008

[QUOTE=Parody;3130490]Thats true actually. I haven't seen two good filipino's fighter apart from Pacquiao I think Donaire is elite as well , but I guess that one Pacquiao is enough since he keeps destroying mexican legends one by one, Morales, Barrera…

Comment by Parody on 02-11-2008

[QUOTE=xcaret;3130473]?? where the fuck did i say that?????????????????????? He wasnt robbed, he won clearly but that bum was giving him a fight, shit was fucking hilarious, i just kept saying to my self "is this the "prospect" these fuking pinoys…

Comment by xcaret on 02-11-2008

[QUOTE=Papa Ace;3130415]so you think ruiz was robbed. omg.[/QUOTE] ?? where the fuck did i say that?????????????????????? He wasnt robbed, he won clearly but that bum was giving him a fight, shit was fucking hilarious, i just kept saying to my…

Comment by Papa Ace on 02-11-2008

[QUOTE=xcaret;3129925]i saw the fight, and saw barbie fight for the first time, and let me tell you what a fuking shitty ass fighter he is, i was like wtf? is this the hype up job the pinoys have been working…

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