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?PUTCH? PUYAT SAYS CASIMERO REMINDS HIM OF DOMMY URSUA AND CAN?T UNDERSTAND WHY CASIMERO DOESN?T GET THE PUBLICITY HE DESERVES


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Dommy Ursua.

Well-known billiards promoter Aristeo ?Putch? Puyat who handled the careers of ?The Magician? Efren ?Bata? Reyes and Francisco ?Django? Bustamane, says IBF flyweight champion John Riel Casimero reminded him of the gallant Dommy Ursua, nicknamed the ?Toy Bulldog? and wondered why Casimero doesn?t receive the publicity he richly deserves.

Puyat told The Manila Standard that he watched Casimero?s 10th round TKO of unbeaten British title challenger Charlie Edwards before some 18,000 fans at the classy O2 Arena in London and noted ?this boy is good and he hits hard? but for whatever reason, doesn?t get the coverage that some other over-hyped fighters who fail to deliver, somehow receive much greater attention.

He noted that while Ursua was only 4?11?, Casimero was around 5?6?.

Puyat spoke to The Manila Standard and said he was impressed with Casimero?s title defense which he watched on Sky Sports pay-per-view early Sunday morning.

Dommy Ursua who fought for the world flyweight title twice and lost a fifteen round decision to Pascual Perez of Argentina in Manila on December 15, 1958 after earlier suffering an eleventh round TKO at the hands of Raul "Raton" Macias in a world bantamweight title fight of the National Boxing Association on June 15, 1957. Ursua passed away a pauper at the age of 72.

Respected boxing patron Tony Aldeguer told Viva Sports/Manila Standard that the 72 year old Ursua who was living in abject poverty in Cordova, Cebu died (May 25, 2008) "completely penniless." Aldeguer helped raise funds for Ursua?s funeral expenses.

One of Ursua?s most memorable victories was over Ring Magazine?s No.1 ranked Memo Diez whom he dropped in rounds three and six en route to a rousing ten round decision in Stockton, California on December 11, 1956.

Ursua had more losses than wins and ended up with a record of 26-28 with 20 knockouts but in his prime Ursua was one of the more exciting fighters in the world.

Ursua lost his last six fights including two to Leo Zulueta and in the end hung up his gloves after dropping a ten round decision to Young Aquino in Cagayan Valley on June 11, 1961.


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