Two (2) boxers from Cagayan de Oro City emerged victorious during the fight card billed as “HAMON SA KAMPEON” staged at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City last Friday and co-promoted by ALA Promotions and the Kokiet Group of Thailand.
Marjun Yap won by 10th round TKO over battle-hardened veteran Pramuansak Posuwan Kokietgym when the Thailander suddenly limped and fell in the opening seconds of the final round apparently due to leg cramps.
Yap worked behind a busy jab and lateral movement. Posuwan tried to cut the ring off and land body shots. Yap landed combinations from long range but Posuwan still continued to chase. The aging Thai started to tire in the middle rounds and Yap steadily piled up the points. Posuwan got his second wind in the 8th and caught Yap with vicious hooks. He also managed to rock Yap in the ninth. But Posuwan’s inability to stand spoiled what could have been an explosive ending.
In another bout, seventeen-year old young prospect Jason Pagara survived a bruising ring war and won by unanimous decision over Decha (Bankluaygym) Kokietgym. Both boxers took turns hammering each other with blistering combinations. Decha was hurt in the 3rd but survived the round. The Thai was tough as nails as he took Pagara’s fusillades but still threw enough counters to keep him in the fight.
Pagara already had a comfortable lead going into the last round but Decha managed to catch him with potential haymakers that sent Pagara staggering across the ring. The Thailander smelled blood but Pagara managed to hang on until the final bell. The scores : 96-94, 96-93 and 97-93 for Pagara.
In the main bout, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista fulfilled his promise that the fight will not reach the tenth round and scored a dramatic seventh round TKO win over Marangin “Dinamita” Marbun of Indonesia.