Tuesday July 17, 2018

Tabanao hopes to end losing slump

FORMER World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental featherweight champion Neil John Tabanao looks to end his losing slump on Oct. 13 as he slugs it out with JP Macadumpis in the main event of “Bakbakan Sa Adlaw San Calbayog” in the Calbayog Sports Center in Calbayog.

“This is an activity fight for him because he has lost his last three fights,” Tabanao’s coach Brix Flores told SunStar Cebu.

The 23-year-old Tabanao dropped his last three fights against Isaac Dogboe, Evgeny Smirnov and Teiru Atsumi. Tabanao’s last win was a third round technical knockout over previously unbeaten Ibrahim Palla last year.

Tabanao got some much-needed experience as Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue’s sparring partner in Japan.

“He really liked sparring there because he has learned a lot,” said Flores. “I have seen a lot of improvement in his sparring. He also has more confidence now.”

Macadumpis is also on a slump of his own, losing his last three bouts against Markquil Salvana, Mike Plania and former world champion Yukinori Oguni.

Tabanao is 13-4 with nine knockouts, while Macadumpis is 11-9-1 with five knockouts.

Ardie Boyose (17-1-2, 13 KOs) is looking to bounce back from his first career loss as he takes on spoiler Ryan Quimbo (6-14-2) in the main supporting bout. (EKA)