Three fighters from the Elorde Boxing Gym emerged as the new champions in their respective divisions during the Night of Champions III held Wednesday night at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Trainer Ericson Asilo said Jeffrey “The Bull” Arienza, Silvester “Silver” Lopez and Felipe “Crunch Man” Cagobgob Jr. were all from the Elorde Boxing Gym.
The 25-year-old Arienza used his combinations to stop Indonesian Wellem Reyk in 1:29 of the 5th round and captured the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Lightweight title.
Reyk, 30, traded blows with Arienza in the first four rounds but was finally cornered in the 5th round. Arienza scored his 9th knockout win in 15 wins against 4 losses and 1 draw while Reyk suffered his 8th knockout loss in 14 defeats against 18 wins and 4 draws.
Lopez, 28, took the vacant WBC ABCO Intercontinental featherweight crown after surviving the never-say-die Danilo “Pitbull” Pena via a technical knockout win in 56 seconds of the 7th round.
Lopez survived a first round attack by Pena, who bombarded him with whooping overhand left that almost knocked him down on the canvas.
Pena continued to pressure Lopez, who fell down while backpedalling in the fifth round.
In the 6th round, Pena knocked down Lopez with a right hook. But Lopez recovered to also send Pena even twice down on the canvas in the same round. Pena was still exhausted in the next round while Lopez already earned his second wind to finish off his rival with continuous left-right combinations.
Lopez improved his record to 27 wins, 11 losses, 2 draws with 19 knockouts while Pena, a former Philippine Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion, dropped to 27-25-4-11 Kos.
Cagobgob, on the other hand, dethroned Donnie Mabao via a knockout in 1:51 of the fourth round. Cagobgob, a native of Misamis Oriental used his solid left in knocking down Mabao early in the second round. He finally caught Mabao with an uppercut on the midsection that sent the defending champion grimising in pain and was counted out by referee Silvestre Abainza.
Three other fighters from the Elorde Boxing Gym also won in the 6-rounder preliminary bouts.
Super featherweight Allan “El Matador” Vallespin forced JonelBorbon of Borbon Boxing Stable to quit during the rest period of the second round while minimumweight Argie Guiriba knocked out Berwela's Jun Jun Rimasog in 2:02 of the first round.
Flyweight Rolly “Bomba” Sumalpong won by a unanimous decision over brothers Ruben Traza. In the curtain raisers, super bantamweight Jerome Roque settled to a split draw with Boxpit's Eblin Malagad while Gono's Nestor Junio beat flyweight Romel Hangalay by a majority decision.*PNA
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