Concepcion, Melligen prevail in undercard bouts
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) - Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales and Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa suffered defeats at the hands of their Latino opponents in Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) Pinoy Power 3/Latin Fury 13 event at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Morales failed to clinch the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title of his foe, Mexican champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel, as he was knocked out in Round 1.
The 22-year-old Morales experienced his first loss in his career. He now has 14 wins (8 KOs) and 1 defeat. Montiel, 30, kept a hold on his title with a record of 40-2-2 (29 KO).
Peñalosa, meantime, went the distance against Puerto Rican Eric “Little Hands Of Steel” Morel, but it was not enough to score a victory.
Morel, 34, won over the 37-year-old Peñalosa via split decision.
The scores were 115 – 113 in favor of Morel, 115-113 in favor of Peñalosa and 116-112 in favor of Morel.
The loss adds to the Filipino veteran fighter’s record of 54-8-2 (36 KO). Morel, meantime, now has 42 wins (21 KO) and 2 defeats.
Peñalosa fought on despite suffering cuts on his eyes after encountering accidental head butts which started in Round 5.
His previous result was a technical knockout loss to undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico last April.
Earlier, Bernabe “The Real Deal” Concepcion and Mark Jason “MJM Grand” Melligen were victorious in their undercard fights.
Concepcion bounces back
Concepcion scored a unanimous decision win in his 10-round fight over Puerto Rican Mario “Principe Ponce” Santiago with the scores 98-91, 96-93, 97-92.
A powerful right from the 22-year-old Filipino knocked down the Puerto Rican in Round 6.
Concepcion now has a record of 28-3-1 (15 KOs) while the 31-year-old Santiago has a 21-2-1 (14 KOs) record.
Pound-for-pound king and 7-division champion Manny Pacquiao was in attendance at the Las Vegas Hilton to show support for his fellow Filipino fighters. Pacquiao is also Concepcion’s manager. Fallen fighter ZC Oliveros "Z" Gorres was also present at ringside.
Concepcion’s win now gives him the right to challenge Puerto Rican champion Lopez, according to FightFan.com.
The victory also makes up for Concepcion’s Pinoy Power 2 result last August wherein he lost to Steven Luevano by disqualification as he hit his foe after the bell rang to end Round 7.
Melligen wins by TKO
Melligen, meantime, clinched the first victory for the Philippines in Pinoy Power 3/Latin Fury 13. He won over American Raymond Gatica via technical knockout in Round 6.
The 23-year-old Filipino improved his record to 17-2 (13 KOs). His opponent, who was previously undefeated, now has 11 wins and 1 loss (with 6 KOs).
Melligen’s previous result was a loss to Michel Rosales last November by split decision in the undercard of “Firepower” which was headlined by Miguel Cotto and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.
He also scored the first win for the Philippines in “Pinoy Power 2” last August with a 4th round TKO triumph over Ernesto Zepeda.
Pinoy Power 3 was telecast live on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday, February 14. The telecast began at 10:30 a.m.
Replays will be shown on the same day on Studio 23 at 8 p.m. and ABS-CBN’s “Sunday’s Best” at 10:30 p.m. Viewers can also watch the Pinoy Power 3 replays on SkyCable TV’s Balls Channel on February 16 at 4 p.m. and February 18 at 9 p.m.
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