SAN JACINTO, CA — Filipino fighters scored impressive victories against their opponents.
Pinoy pride in San Jacinto, California on Saturday night as a pair of Filipinos wowed the crowd with their power punches.
Marlon “the Maranding nightmare” Tapales and “el Kapitan” Jhack Tepora, who both lost their world titles on the scales, headlined the premier boxing champions on Fox against a pair of Latino opponents.
Former WBO bantamweight King Tapales kicked off the telecast against Mexican Robert Castaneda.
After scoring a knockdown in the first round, the Lanao del Norte fighter did more damage with his left hand.
As he teed off on the Mexican in the third round, the referee called it, extending the nightmare’s stoppage streak to 7 straight and bringing the 27 year old’s record to 33 wins and 2 losses.
After a ten month layoff in where his interim WBA featherweight title was stripped for failing to make weigh, Jhack Tepora kept his unbeaten record intact with a unanimous decision victory over American Jose Luis Gallegos.
All three judges scored the bout 99 to 91 in favor of the Cebuano, whose undefeated record is now at 23.
For these two young fighters, who’ve only lost their titles to the scale, their road to redemption goes through a Filipino former world champion in Los Angeles.