By Dennis Principe
Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista successfully returned from an 11-month hiatus as he stopped Marangin Marbun of Indonesia in the seventh round Friday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, Philippines. After some rusty moments in the first two rounds Bautista found his mark and floored Marabun with a stiff left jab in the third canto. Marabun recovered and gave Bautista tense moments in the succeeding rounds by hitting the Bohol native with good uppercuts and right straights. Bautista however came back strong and ended the bout as he hit Marabun with three succeeding jabs that sent the Indon reeling towards the canvass. In seeing Marabun badly hurt referee Bruce McTavish decided not to complete his count and waived of the match at 1:25 of the 7th round. The win improves Bautista’s record to 27 wins with 20 knockouts with only two losses while Marabun falls to 19 wins six losses and one draw. With the victory Bautista crowns himself the interim WBC International featherweight champion.
On the undercard
Lightweight campaigner Jason Pagara survived a tough 10th round rally in scoring a unanimous verdict over gritty Thai Decha Bankluaygym (29-10-3, 16 KO’s). Pagara (20-1, 10 KO’s) got hurt by a strong right straight but stood his ground and withstood the Thai’s late onslaught. Official scores were 96-93, 96-94 and 97-93 all for the Cagayan De Oro-born Pagara.
Former world lightweight challenger Czar Amonsot (21-3-1, 11 KO’s) scored a rather dull 10-round unanimous decision over an awkward Jesus Muzaka (16-7, 8 KO’s) of Congo.
CdO’s superflyweight Marjohn Yap (10-2, 5 KO’s)stopped Pramuansak Posuwan (45-4-1, 24 KO’s) as the Thai’s corner waived off the fight at the start of 10th round. Posuwan apparently injured his left ankle towards end of 9th. The match was halted at :22 of the 10th.