Caitom hangs up gloves after sorry loss

ONE-TIME world title challenger ArAr Andales spoiled Rey Caitom’s big homecoming after knocking him out in the fifth round of their World Boxing Foundation (WBF) minimumweight title fight in co-headliner of Big Yellow Promotions’ “Fight Night IV” on March 9, 2020, at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Andales pressured Caitom and caught him with a bone-crunching right to the ribs. Caitom, a native of Mandaue City, was wincing in pain and was counted out in the 2:34 mark of the fifth.

“I was very motivated because of what he said (knock me out). I didn’t want to get ahead of myself, that’s why I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want to be the one that speaks and gets knocked out,” Andales said. “Our plan was to go the full 12 rounds but I felt that he was already weak in the body that’s why I went for it.”

Andales bounced back from a two-fight losing slump and improved to 11-2 with three knockouts, while Caitom, a former coach at the ALA Gym, suffered his first career defeat and fell to 9-1-1 with four knockouts.

The 33-year-old Caitom announced on his Facebook page that he’s permanently retiring from boxing. After retiring in 2006, Caitom gave boxing another shot and returned to action in 2018. He said that he still had unfinished business and wanted another run to reach his dream of becoming a world champion.

In the co-main event, Clyde Azarcon edged out Mike Kinaadman via majority decision in an action-packed fight for the vacant WBF Intercontinental minimumweight fight.

The scores were 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114 in favor of Azarcon.

“I really had a hard time in this fight. I didn’t expect to win but I had the fighting spirit and did my best to take the win,” said Azarcon, who admitted he got hurt in the fifth round.

Azarcon improved to 17-3-1 with six knockouts, while Kinaadman dropped to 7-14-2 with five knockouts.

Big Yellow Promotions head Seth Oliver Tio was impressed with Azarcon’s performance and hopes to book him another fight around June.

Carlo Demecillo (15-5-1, 8 KOs) put on an impressive performance and forced battle-scarred veteran Anthony Galigao (9-15, 4 KOs) to quit on his stool coming into the fifth round in one of the featured bouts.

In the undercard, Elmo Traya (12-3, 8 KOs) beat club fighter Ryan Quimbo (7-19-2) by unanimous decision in a very entertaining eight-round contest, experienced Ryan Maano (5-9-2, 1 KO) scored a huge upset with a majority decision win over previously unbeaten Elmer Naason (4-1, 3 KOs), Jimpol Dignos (2-0, 1 KO) beat Cedie Noblefranca (0-5-1) by unanimous decision, Anthony Gilbuela (2-1-1) scored a unanimous decision over Marvin Laping (0-3), fighting cop Jusue Bastilada (3-0, 1 KO) walked away with a unanimous decision over Carlos Agustin (0-1) and Maurino Agum (2-0, 1 KO) also won by unanimous decision over Marjun Bato (0-2). (EKA)