JEO Santisima showed he is ready for the next level after an impressive knockout win over Indonesian Junior Bajawa in the main event of Idol 2 last Saturday night at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex.
Santisima unleashed a looping overhand right punch that dropped Bajawa to the canvas. The Indonesian champion tried but he was too wobbly to continue and the referee waived the bout in the 1:31 mark of the third round.
“I’m ready. I’m ready to fight for a championship but it will be up to my promoter,” the 20-year-old Santisima said after the fight.
ALA Gym trainer Michael Domingo believes Santisima is already ripe to fight for a regional title but also that his young ward needs a little bit of improvement.
“He needs to improve on his balance because he has a tendency to get outbalanced when he throws his punches. He also needs to improve a little bit of his power and the quickness of his punches,” said Domingo.
Santisima logged his ninth straight knockout win and improved to 11-2 with 10 knockouts, while Bajawa dropped to 14-9 with seven knockouts.
Melvin Jersulem continued his rise after a unanimous verdict over World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 21 ranked light flyweight Jonathan Refugio in the co-main event.
All three judges scored 98-91 for Jerusalem.
Jersulem was very busy all night landing his right straight with consistency. He dropped Refugio with a solid right straight to the head in the fourth round.
Jerusalem, rated 27th in the WBC minimumweight division, remained unbeaten with 10-0 with seven knockouts, while Rebusit fell down to 15-5-4 with three knockouts.
Domingo, who also trains Jerusalem, also believes that the 22-year-old is also ready for the next level.
“Both of them have a chance to be champions if given the opportunity,” he said.
In the undercard, Jess Rhey Waminal (9-1-1, 5 KOs) walked away with a close split decision over previously unbeaten Joe Tejones (4-1, 2 KOs), Virgel Vitor (8-1, 5 KOs) stopped Paul Varona (2-6-1) in the second round, 17-year-old Esneth Domingo (4-0, 3 KOs) destroyed Elmer Liboon (2-4, 1 KO) in the fifth and Lawrence Ladrada (3-0, 2 KOs) scored second round technical knockout over Tomas Rebusit (0-5).