Gabutan knocks out Golez in ‘Highland Brawl’

DAYER Gabutan bucked a 15 month layoff and avenged his fifth round knockout against tormentor Roilo Golez in the main event of the Highland Brawl: The Return Bout at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym last Saturday, September 23.

Right from the opening bell, Gabutan already knew he has an advantage against Golez landing some crisp jabs and combinations.

Gabutan then scored the first knockdown of the evening by landing a straight against Golez in the early part of the second round.

Golez managed to stand up but was later on downed again by Gabutan’s solid hook and failed to beat the count from international referee Virgilio Garcia.

u201cI’m just so happy I was able to execute our game plan and I was able to knock him out,” said Gabutan, who previously held the WBO Oriental bantamweight title.

With the victory, Gabutan improved to 19 wins including 10 knockouts against six losses and three draws while Golez, a former WBC Asian Boxing Council minimumweight champion suffered his 19th defeat against 16 wins.

Gabutan said after this win, he will try to concentrate on his studies while studying some possible options including a possible regional title fight later this year.

u201cI’ll probably take rest again then will see what happens next,” added Gabutan.

In the supporting event, KJ Natupglag of Ifugao scored another impressive victory with a first round technical knockout of Bener Santig in their scheduled eight rounder match.

Natuplag pressed the action right from the opening bell, scoring a knock down early on before finishing the 27–year–old Santig who suffered his third defeat in nine bouts.

In the undercard, Freddie Gomera (2-1-1) settled to a majority draw with Marlon Balacando (0-0-2) while Jameson Lingbanan won his pro debut by stopping fellow rookie Jones Montes via a technical knockout in the 3rd round.

The event is backed by Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, and Mary Jane Gacad and the Philippine Military Academy. (Roderick Osis)


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