CLAVERAS WINS OPBF FLYWEIGHT SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP IN ACTION-PACKED BOUT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Sat, 01 Oct 2016
In an action-packed bout at the air-conditioned Strike Revilla Gymnasium in Bacoor City, Cavite on Friday, Richard Claveras won the vacant Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Silver title with a hard-fought majority decision over previously unbeaten Jeronil Borres of the 3 Jewels Boxing Stable in Cagayan de Oro City.
Judges Nowel Haduca (77-76) and Fernando Batistil (77-75) scored the fight for Claveras while Greg Ortega had it even at 76-76.
Borres was clearly upset by the decision and felt he had done enough to win but he eased off in the middle rounds and paid the price.
While Borres nailed Claveras with some stinging uppercuts and right straights, Claveras who belongs to the United Boxing Gym in Malate, Manila was the aggressor throughout and never let-up even when he was in trouble.
The work-rate and punching power of Claveras ultimately prevailed in a very close bout that was watched by Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado, wife of Senator Bong Revilla.
In the other OPBF Silver title clash former flyweight champion Ardin Diale suffered a nasty gash over is eyebrow after an accidental clash of heads in his bout against previously unbeaten Ryan Lumacad of the Highland Boxing Gym in La Trinidad, Benguet as the ring doctor ruled him unfit to continue and since the fight ended 36 seconds into the 4th round it was declared a technical draw. Diale who lost his OPBF flyweight title when he suffered a 4th round knockout at the hands of Japan?s hard-hitting Daigo Higa last July 2 appeared to be ahead when the unfortunate accidental head-butt occurred.
The Claveras-Borres title fight will be telecast on ?The Main Event? on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on Pinoy Box Office (PBO) over Sky Cable with a replay at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
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