WORLD-RANKED Mark Vicelles and up-and-comer Pete Apolinar were victorious in the their respective main event bouts in the two-part Omega Sports Promotions “Kumbati” show at the IPI Complex in Mandaue City on Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Vicelles knocked out last minute replacement Richard Rosales with a picture-perfect left uppercut to the body in the fourth round in the main event of “Kumbati 8.”
“We are very happy. In two to three fights he’ll be ready for the international stage,” Omega Boxing Gym head Julius Erving “Jinggoy” Junco told SunStar Cebu.
Vicelles remained unbeaten with 13-0-1 with seven knockouts, while Rosales dropped to 14-15-2 with eight knockouts.
Vicelles is currently the No. 9 ranked light flyweight by both the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and the World Boxing Council (WBC) and is also rated No. 12 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Apolinar, on the other hand, walked away with a hard-earned unanimous decision over tough Juanito Paredes in the main event of “Kumbati 9” later in the evening.
Apolinar won the fight with scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92.
“Paredes was a very tough opponent. He was as tough as a rock. But Pete showed an impressive performance offensively and defensively,” said Junco. “He still needs a lot of work and experience.”
Apolinar improved to 14-1 with eight knockouts, while Paredes fell to 8-7-1 with three knockouts.
Carlo Bacaro (8-0, 6 KOs) remained unbeaten with unanimous decision over former teammate Allan Villanueva (11-1, 8 KOs) in one of the featured fights of the two-part boxing show. Bacaro walked away with scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 78-74.
Three-time world title challenger Arthur Villanueva (33-4-1, 18 KOs) had a successful ring comeback with a unanimous decision over prospect Bryan Tamayo (6-2-2, 2 KOs). Villanueva got the nod of all three judges with identical scores of 59-55 on all three cards.
Former Olympian and one-time world title contender Mark Barriga (10-1, 2 KOs) stopped Junuel Lacar (8-7-3, 6 KOs) in the fourth round.
Lacar quit on his stool and didn’t come out to fight at the break before the fifth round.
In other fights, Tomjune Mangubat (13-2-1, 11 KOs) forced Ryan Maano (5-11-2, 1 KO) to quit on his stool in the fourth round, Regie Suganob (6-0, 2 KOS) scored a third round technical knockout against Paolo Sy (6-6-1, 3 KOs), Rodel Suganob (2-0-1) settled to a majority draw with Luis Borje (5-1-3, 2 KOs) and Benny Cañete (2-0, 1 KO) beat Reycar Auxilo (0-1) by unanimous decision. (EKA)