Dinong suffers 1st career defeat

FILIPINO-Hawaiian Arnold Dinong suffered the first loss of his career after a split decision defeat in a six-rounder against unbeaten Katsuma Akitsugi on Feb. 22, 2021 (PH time) at the Omega Products International in Corona, California.

Judge Rudy Barragan scored it 59-55 and judge Max DeLuca had it 58-56 in favor of Akitsugi, while judge Daniel Sandoval saw it differently and scored it 58-56 for the 26-year-old Dinong.

Dinong dropped to 7-1 with a knockout, while the 23-year-old Akitsugi improved to 5-0 with a knockout.

Dinong was born in Hawaii to Filipino parents. He moved to Daly City, California to pursue a pro boxing career. He is being mentored by fellow Filipino and former International Boxing Association (IBA) super flyweight champion Bruno Escalante, who’s originally from Sibonga, Cebu.

In the main event, Richard Brewart Jr. (9-0, 4 KOs) beat Nathan Weston (6-1-2, 3 KOs) by split decision.


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