Elorde International Productions hold successful 'Night of Champions' event
Milan Ordoņez on Aug 24, 2015 02:39 PM
Photos by Richard Esguerra/ABS-CBN Sports
For decades now, the Elorde name has always been a respected one in Philippine boxing.
On Saturday night, Elorde International Productions held a “Night of Champions” event at the Grand Flash Ballroom at the Elorde Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque. It featured three stellar title fights, all of which under the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Romel Oliveros vs. Edison Berwela
The three featured fights of the evening showcased some of the best up-and-comers in the local scene today. The first bout was between 115-pounders Edison Berwela and Romel Oliveros, who were battling for the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council (EPBC) flyweight title.
Both men began with a slow exchange as the opening bell rang in, but gradually picked up the pace as the fight went on. Oliveros showed more control and dictated the pace more, while Berwela played counterpuncher.
But as the rounds progressed, the roles were reversed, where Berwela showed more aggression. He was, however, given two warnings (in the fifth and seventh rounds) for low blows.
The two fighters carried on with a more even exchange during the latter rounds, but Oliveros remained to be the more active fighter towards the end. He was eventually given the judges’ nod, with a tally 96-94 on all cards.
Renan “Little Pacquiao” Trongco vs. Renz Rosia
The co-main event was a match between Renan “Little Pacquiao” Trongco, who was defending his WBC international flyweight title against Renz Rosia.
Banking off his monicker, Trongco fought off the southpaw stance with a power left hand, but unlike Pacquiao, he was more of a counterpuncher than the aggressor. For the first half of the fight, Rosia was the more aggressive fighter who was landing his combinations at will, leaving no room for Trongco to answer back with his own shots.
In the sixth round, however, Trongco began to push the pace and show more aggression, but was sent down to the canvas by what he complained about was a low blow. Rosia was subsequently deducted a point for it, soon after.
Trongco carried on with his aggression throughout the eighth, but went back to counterpunching in the succeeding round. During the tenth round, however, he was unable to continue due to a cut above his right eye, forcing his corner to stop the fight.
Time of the stoppage was at the 1:51 mark of the tenth round, and Renz Rosia was crowned the new champion.
Jheritz Chavez. vs. Tatsuya Yanagi
The main event of the night featured a Philippines vs. Japan match-up between Jheritz Chavez and Tatsuya Yanagi. The two men were fighting for the vacant WBC EPBC lightweight title.
Throughout the first half of the bout, Chavez found great success by cutting off the ring and pinning Yanagi against the ropes. He was landing shots from close range, in which the Japanese boxer had very little answers for.
In the sixth round, however, Yanagi was able to bring the fight to the center of the ring, where he was seemingly more comfortable fighting at. From here, he was showing more activity and aggression, landing combinations from close range, as well.
Chavez, on the other hand, was forced to play counterpuncher, but was able to keep his poise and control, despite being in the receiving end of shots.
As the twelfth and final round rang in, both men were determined to inflict as much damage as possible. Yanagi was still landing punches from close range, while Chavez responded his own. The two fighters instantly turned the technical boxing match into a brawl as the remaining seconds of the fight dwindled down.
In the end, Jheritz Chavez picked up the unanimous decision victory, with a tally of 115-113, 116-112, and 116-113.
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