By Carlos Costa
ANGONO, Philippines -- Former WBC Silver champion "The Excitement" Denver Cuello and former WBC world champion Sonny Boy Jaro are back in combat mode, scoring stoppage wins over Indonesian foes today Saturday, March 8 at Angono Stadium in Rizal Province, Philippines, 30 Km east of the Philippine's Capital, Manila.
In the main event, popular Denver Cuello (37-5-6, 24 KO's), battling again after a nearly 4-year absence, needed only two rounds of sweating to overpowered Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa (21-46-2, 14 KO's) to capture the vacant Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) Bantamweight Belt. The third man in charge was Oliver Garcia of Sampaloc, Metro Manila.
Cuello, 32, looked fine against his veteran opponent, though he still needs much more sweating to do to climb back up onto his division's upper echelons.
In the co-main feature, former WBC flyweight world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (46-14-5, 31 KO's), weighing 123 pounds stalked and stopped taller Boido Simanjuntak of Indonesia for a round four TKO win. The referee was Jerrold Tomeldan of Parañaque, Metro Manila.
Jaro, 36, was the far superior boxer displaying his trademark moves with combined attacks to the head and body to dismantle his veteran opponent. Now a free agent, Jaro wants to press forward his fighting career.
Plus, Highland Boxing super flyweight Ardin Diale (35-12-4, 17 KO's) born in Malungon, Sarangani Province, scored a stoppage win over tough Boholano Richard Rosales (13-9-2, 7 KO's) when Rosales did not come for the action of round four due to a severe, deep cut over his left eye, a product of a non-intentional clash of heads.
In a lightweight rumble, undefeated hard-hitting Highland Boxing fighter KJ "The Ipugo" Natuplag (8-0-1, 7 KO's) of Cabarroguis in Quirino Province, looked sharped and impressive rocking out with the shorter, though more-experienced Robert "Battlin' Bert" Udtohan (24-6-3, 15 KO's) of Digos City, Davao del Sur. The one big blow that ended Udtohan's menace was a straight right hand. Udtohan did not see coming. KJ Natuplag still has much boxing to learn, though his fighting career advances upwards at a good pace. The third man was Nowel Haduca of Quezon City.
The author Carlos Costa is a Panama fight reporter living in The Philippines. Carlos can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and WhatsApp/Viber +639184538152