HOMEGROWN Bacoleño Mark Jason “MJM Grand” Melligen knocked American Raymond Gatica via a technical knockout in Round 6 to bounce back from his previous defeat against Michel Rosales in November last year via split decision in the undercard battle of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.
The 23-year-old slugger from Barangay Pahanocoy gave the first victory to the Philippines Sunday in Pinoy Power 3/Latin Fury 13, improving his record to 17-2 (13 KOs).
In August last year, Melligen also scored the first win for the Philippines in “Pinoy Power 2” when he downed Ernesto Zepeda in the fourth round.
Unlike Melligen, Negrense and veteran fighter Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa suffered another defeat following a 113-115, 115-113, 112-116 decision against Puerto Rican Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel Sunday.
The 37-year-old Peñalosa from San Carlos City tried to show his experience in the last 4 rounds despite suffering cuts on his eyes following the accidental head butts, which started in Round 5.
This is the second straight losses of Peñalosa after a technical knockout defeat to World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico last April.
The loss added to the Negrense slugger’s record of 54-8-2 (36 KO).
Meanwhile, Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales suffered the same fate of Peñalosa and tasted his first defeat after bowing to WBO bantamweight titlist Mexican champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel in Round 1.
The 22-year-old Morales was knocked out by Montiel through a combination hitting him in the abdomen.
Bernabe Concepcion, meantime, bounced back in the late round and scored a unanimous decision victory in his 10-round brawl against Puerto Rican Mario “Principe Ponce” Santiago, 98-91, 96-93, 97-92.
A powerful right from the 22-year-old Filipino knocked down the Puerto Rican in Round 6 but lost some aggressiveness to end the fight allowing Santiago to finish the match.
Concepcion, who is under Pacquiao’s stable, now has a record of 28-3-1 (15 KOs) while the 31-year-old Santiago has a 21-2-1 (14 KOs) record.
In the main event, the 27-year-old Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. stirred out a TKO victory via a left uppercut with 1:40 left in the 3rd round over Mexican Manuel “Chango” Vargas to keep his World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight champion belt.
The match gave the Filipino fighters a 3-2 win-loss record over the Latinos Sunday.