Benguet pug loses WBC title bout in China

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


BENGUET-trained fighter Nelson Gulpe failed to impress the judges as he suffered a probable hometown loss against Yang Xing Xin in their WBC Youth world welterweight championship in Kunming, China during the weekend.

All three judges scored in favor of the Chinese fighter, 94-98, 91-99, 93-97 to win the vacant world youth strap in front of an adoring crowd at the Expo Hall, China Pavillion Expo Graden.

“Our boxer fought hard. We even scored two knock downs in the fight but there was no count,” relates Gulpe’s manager of Highland Boxing gym in La Trinidad who is still in China.

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Gulpe’s defeat will be his second after suffering his first loss way back in 2013 via a split decision against Accel Sumiyushi in Yamaguchi, Japan.

Prior to Gulpe’s loss in 2013, the Surigao Del Sur native was 8-0 with three knock outs.

Xin, on the other hand, improved to 8-3-2 card that includes five knock out victories.

“Maganda laban, kaso mas marami suntok kalaban. Sa skill magaling din kalaban kaso, mas malakas suntok ni Nelson tsaka maganda timing nya,” added Santig.

Although Gulpe took another loss, Santig said his 22 year old fighter’s future looks bright as he has lined up another bout abroad probably in August.

“We have lined up him for a possible bout in Australia. Although non-title fight siya, magandang exposure din ito para kay Nelson,” Santig quipped of his righty boxer

Meanwhile, in the main event of the night, southpaw Filipino southpaw Mark Gil Melligen (19-4-1, 10 KO’s) of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, impressively punished and stopped tough Thailand fighter Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan (8-3, 1 KO) to capture the vacant WBO Oriental featherweight (126 lbs) belt at the 2:00 minutes mark in round 4.

The 26-year-old Melligen scored his 4th consecutive knockout in overseas rings after three successive wins by stoppage in Japan.

Melligen, with his win likely earned a slot in the WBO featherweight world rankings, a division where the world title is currently vacant.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 11, 2014.

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