IT’S back to the drawing board for Cebuano boxing sensation Jhack Tepora after suffering the first career setback with a quick first knockout upset by two-time interim world champion Oscar Escandon on Dec. 22, 2019 (PHL time) at the Toyota Center in Ontario, California.
The 24-year-old Tepora was keeping his distance throwing some jabs. However, Escandon was very aggressive, leading with his head and throwing punches at will.
In a clinch near the corner, Escandon sneaked in a hook to the rib cage that dropped Tepora on all fours, wincing in pain.
Referee Jack Reiss reached the count of 10, handing Escandon the knockout win in the 1:30 mark of the opening round.
Tepora was being groomed by MP Promotions for another world title shot next year. He was ranked No. 3 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight division, wherein the current titleholder is Josh Warrington.
“I still don’t know what the plan is,” Tepora, the former interim World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight king, told SunStar Cebu.
Tepora was originally slated to face WBA No. 7 ranked Bryan De Gracia in a WBA title eliminator, but the fight didn’t materialize. His opponent was changed to former world title contender Chris Avalos before finally having Escandon as his opponent just a few weeks before the fight date.
Tepora plans to come home to Cebu, recuperate and plan his next move.
“I’ll just relax for now,” said Tepora.
Tepora, who trained in Las Vegas under Jorge Capitello, dropped to 24-1 with 17 knockouts, while Escandon has filled in life to his slumping boxing career, ending a three-fight losing streak and improving to 26-5 with 18 knockouts. (EKA)