PETE Apolinar lived up to his “Thunder” moniker and destroyed former teammate and sparring partner Jess Rhey Waminal with a thunderous 12th round knockout to claim the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Silver featherweight strap in the main event of “Kumbati 10” on July 3, 2021 at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City.
“It was a very good and exciting win,” Omega Sports Promotions vice president Jerome Calatrava told SunStar Cebu. “The next step is November. We’ll look for another challenging foe for him.”
Apolinar landed a counter left hook to the ribs that dropped Waminal in the 12th round. Waminal rolled on the canvas, writhing in pain, which forced referee Nic Banal to stop it at the two-minute mark.
“I can say that he’s on the elite level. He will rise in the rankings for sure,” said Calatrava of Apolinar’s performance.
Waminal fought gallantly for 12 rounds up until he was caught with a bone-crunching shot that ended his night.
“What you see is what you get,” said Omega Gym head coach Jinggoy Junco of his ward’s win. “I can’t say (if he’s ready now for a world title fight). Maybe one or two more fights. It depends on Pete’s performance in every fight. But if there’s an offer, we will accept it because that’s an opportunity (to become a world champion).”
Apolinar improved to 15-1 with nine knockouts, while Waminal dropped to 14-4-1 with eight knockouts.
World-ranked Mark Vicelles (14-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a rousing 10th round knockout of previously unbeaten Jerven Mama (12-1-1, 7 KOs) in the show’s co-main event.
It was a close and competitive fight. In the last few rounds, Mama was starting to gain momentum but suddenly Vicelles sneaked in a counter left straight that knocked out Mama with just a second left in the fight.
“(It was a) buzzer beater. Before that happened Macmac (Vicelles) had a hard time moving because of four low blows. But he endured it,” said Junco.
Vicelles is currently ranked No. 6 in the WBC, No. 8 in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and No. 12 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
“He needs to fight internationally,” said Calatrava. (EKA)