I-Tadian Wa-o keeps boxing record intact

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


UNDEFEATED Igorot boxer Rex Wa-o stayed unbeaten and escaped tough as nail Jovil Marayan via a unanimous decision to wrest the ABF Featherweight crown Sunday evening in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Wa-o survived 12 rounds of non-stop back and forth action with a 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 victory at the jampacked specta municipal gym.

“Hindi talaga namin habol yung knock-out pero nangigil ako kahit sabi ng coach ko na huwag kong madaliin yung laban,” the 24 year old Wa-o said who improved his record to nine wins, seven came via stoppage.

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The Tadian, Mt. Province born fighter of the Highland Boxing Gym in La Trinidad started the bout with his superb punching by landing series of combinations putting pressure against Marayan but the Bulacan based boxer finally found his groove in the third with his crisp jabs that startled Wa-o.

Marayan continued his attack in the fourth that almost troubled Wa-o but after slowing in the 3rd and 4th rounds, the undefeated super bantamweight came close of pinning Marayan but was unable put the Misamis Oriental born fighter.

Despite getting cocky at times, Wa-o survived Marayan’s own attack late in the 8th and 9th round of the event dubbed ‘The Big Challenge’ brought by Highland Naris International Boxing Promotion.

“May mga chance na medyo naging agresibo ako kaya tinamaan din ako pero hindi ganun kalakas yung mga suntok niya,” added Wa-o.

Although Marayan suffered his 17th loss in 29 fights that include three draws, the 26 year old fighter said he has no regrets in losing the fight.

“Habol talaga namin maka knock-out sa laban pero kulang sa timing yung mga suntok ko kaya di ko rin siya matamaan sa panga,” said the journeyman Marayan.

In the high-octane co-main event, tall Japanese speedster Yuya Nakamura of Osaka overpowered Filipino Benjie Bartolome in round 4 to become new Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association 112-pounder champ.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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