By Karl Freitag
Mandatory challenger Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) dethroned IBF junior flyweight champion Brian Viloria (26-3, 15 KOs) via twelfth round TKO early Saturday afternoon at the Cuneta Astrodome in Manila, Philippines. After three slow rounds, Viloria landed some heavy body shots in round four. The heavier-handed champion had the advantage as the bout progressed. After a big round for Viloria in the eighth, the bout turned when Tamara rallied in the ninth and tenth and rocked the dead-tired Viloria in the eleventh. Tamara continued the assault in the twelfth and got the stop when referee Bruce McTavish stepped in to protect the exhausted and defenseless “Hawaiian Punch.” Time was 1:45. The win by Tamara scuttles a possible showdown between Viloria and unbeaten WBO 108lb champion Ivan Calderon.
WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (26-1-3, 15 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over late sub Jesus Silvestre (15-2, 12 KOs). Nietes floored and almost stopped Silvestre in a dominant round one, but was forced to go into the tenth. The bout ended when Silvestre lost his mouthpiece then spent too much time in his corner getting it replaced and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:37. The WBO wouldn’t accept the unrated Silvestre as a challenger, thus the bout was a non-title affair.
Lightweight Jimrex Jaca (29-6-2, 14 KOs) returned from a 15 month layoff to score an impressive fifth round knockout against game Ramadhan Weriu (13-3-1, 12 KOs). A big uppercut and followup combination finished Weriu at 2:58.
Lightweight Jason Pagara (21-1, 10 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round majority decision over Eddy Comaro (22-7-5, 8 KOs). Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 98-92.
The fight card at the Cuneta Astrodome started at 9am local time to accommodate worldwide television.