By Lee Bates at ringside
Enthuastic fight fans who filled the fight venue at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines and were treated to a very well matched fight card. The fight card was loaded with action and several competive bouts. The very well organized and professional event was promoted by the well renown ALA Boxing promotions based in Cebu City, Cebu Phillipines. In the main event Z Gorres (29-2-2, 16KOs) was successful in his bantamweight debut as he stopped former IBF world champion Roberto “Mako” Leyva (25-9-1, 20KOs) by 7th round TKO. In the co-feature WBO #1 minimumweight Milan Melindo (18-0, 5KOs) defeated former IBF world champion Muhammad Rachman (62-7-5, 31KOs) in his toughest fight to date by 10 round unanimous decision.
In the main event, Leyva consistently pressured Gorres throughout the bout but it was Gorres who countered with sharp combinations and power punches. In the fourth round Gorres stunned Leyva with a barrage of punches just prior to the end of the round. Just a few rounds later in the 7th round Leyva’s trainer former batamweight and super bantamweight world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez waved the towel to request referee Bruce McTavish to stop the bout as Leyva was taking several hard punches prior to the stoppage.
With the win Gorres wins the vacant WBO Oriental bantamweight title and is now focused on the future. ” There are several fights out there in the bantamweight division as several big names are moving up from the superflyweight division. My promoter Ala boxing has always made the best moves for my career and will make the decision of who I fight next”. said Gorres. Leyva stated before the bout that he would decide based on his performance on if he would continue fighting. So it will remain to be seen on what he will do.
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97-93, 98-92, and 96-94 were the final scores in favor of unbeaten Melindo in his bout with former champion Muhammad Rachman. The bout was very competive and fought almost exclusively on the inside. Melindo had the clearly superior hand speed and landed several rapid combinations which snapped the head of Rachman back on multiple occasions. Rachman to his credit withstood it and came coming forward with steady and sometimes effective pressure. Two things were obvious at the end of the bout. Rachman fought very well and didn’t appear to at all be an aging fighter. Melindo proved he is a serious threat at 105 pounds by defeating a solid former world champion with a hard earned decision.
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On the undercard, prospect Michael Domingo (38-14-2, 16KOs) unanimously decisoned Monico Laurente over 10 rounds while his ALA boxing stablemate James Bacon (8-1, 5KOs) avenged his only career loss by defeating William Jorge by unanimous 8 round decision. Jorge had defeated Bacon by split decision in Bacon’s third professional bout.
The fight card was loaded with action and several competive bouts. The very well organized and professional event was promoted by the well renown ALA Boxing promotions based in Cebu City, Cebu Phillipines.