Filipino pugs vow KO in OPBF triple championship

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 29, 2016 05:58 PM
Filipino pugs vow KO in OPBF triple championship
The two boxers, who both train in La Trinidad, Benguet, were accompanied by their coach Joven Jorda in the weekly PSA forum.

HIGHLAND boxers Carlo Magali and Rey Singwangcha Megrino vowed to go for the knockout when they face separate opponents in the triple championship card that serves as highlight of the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation convention slated March 30 to April 1 at the El Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

Magali, whose last fight was a masterful KO win over a highly rated Australian, will dispute the superfeatherweight interim title with Bacolod pride Mark Gil Melligen.

Megrino will contest the OPBF interim bantamweight jewel with Japan-based Filipino Jonathan Baat. 

“'Pag may pagkakataon po, I will go for a knockout. Magaling din po ang kalaban so kailangan talaga ingat. Pero dadaanin po natin sa lakas 'yan at bilis,” said Megrino Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Shakey’s in Malate.

Magali, who is coming off a masterful knockout win over a highly rated Australian, shared the same plan. 

“Ganu'n din po ako, 'pag kayang tapusin sa knockout mas maganda pong panalo,” said Magali.

The two boxers, who both train in La Trinidad, Benguet, were accompanied by their coach Joven Jorda in the weekly forum sponsored by San Miguel Corporation, Accel and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

The third championship showdown is between Rene Dacquel (16W-6L-1D) and undefeated Thai Lucky Tor Buamas for the interim superflyweight crown.

A lone supporting event will feature Gerry Pateno taking on Omri Bolibar of Kashimi Boxing Gym in Japan in an eight-round bantamweight tussle.

“Malaki po ang tiwala ko sa dalawang ito. Makuha lang po nila ito ay hinog na po sila for world championship,” said Jorda, who also mentors Women’s International Boxing Association strawweight champ Jujeath Nagaowa and International Boxing Organization lighflyweight king Rey Loreto.

The boxing event will take place on the final day of the convention, which has WBC president Jose Sulaiman as guest of honor, at the grand ballroom of the Fisher Hotel.

Dacquel, sporting a record of 16 wins-6 losses-1 draw, will be up against Buamas, who has won all of his seven fights by knockout. 

The Abra native has fought several times in Japan and South Africa once, while Buamas is fighting outside Thailand and against a non-Thai for the first time in his career.

Megrino’s  record of 22W (19KOs)-20L (5KO)-3D looks deceiving. Taking a closer look, though, he has improved a lot recently and is riding high on a seven-game win streak. He was devastating in those victories that all but one came by stoppage. Among his victims were a Korean, Japanese and two Thais, including former WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.

Megrino last fought against tough compatriot Ernesto Saulong, who was undefeated in 15 fights before they met in April 2014. From there, Megrino was evaded by Filipino boxers. 

His opponent, Baat (30W (14KO)-7L-4D), who hails from Davao but is now based in Japan, has won three of his five fights last year, with a draw and loss apiece.

Magali, (19W (10KO)-7L-3D), has beaten three fighters who have more superior records in his last four matches.

In his latest outing in September last year, Magali stopped Australian David Browne Jr. Unfortunately, the young Aussie fighter, who came into the fight with a superb 22W-1L-1D record, died after receiving too much punishment from Magali, who literally hit the final, lethal blow in the final 30 seconds of their 12-round fight for the knockout win.

Magali’s punching power will be tested against Melligen, who won eight of his last 10 fights.

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