GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Jade Bornea used his sharp jabs and deadly combinations to beat Raul “Vulcan” Yu via a unanimous decision to crown himself as the new International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth super flyweight champion last Sunday at the Lagao Gym here.
Bornea damaged Yu’s right eye with his stinging jabs and completely dominated the bloody 10-round championship fight supervised by IBF Supervisor and Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Commissioner Fritz Gaston.
Bornea received a golden belt awarded by Gaston, who was assisted by promoters Jim Claude Manangquil and Dexter “Wangyu” Tan of Sanman Promotions.
Also present from the 4,000 crowd were former Philippine champion-turned City Councilor Bobby Pacquiao and former world champion Rolando “Bad Boy from Dadiangas” Navarette.
“I am very happy that I am now a champion. Raul Yu was a tough opponent,” said the 21-year old Bornea, who remained undefeated with seven straight wins and four knockouts.
Yu of ALA Promotions suffered his second loss with nine wins and two draws.
“Ironman” Ben Manangquil, Eden “Sanman” Sonsona and younger brother Lolito “Thunderbolt” Sonsona also became WBF champions in the same card.
Manangquil scored a hard-earned win via a unanimous decision against former Glenn “The Rock” Porras to capture the WBF International bantamweight crown.
All three judges Brembot Dulalas, Romy Fordaliza and Mario de Ramos each scored 97-93 for Manangquil.
“I respect Glenn Porras. He is a warrior. I had to give all I had,” said Manangquil.
Eden Sonsona, on the other hand, displayed his old fiery form by knocking out Jovanny Rota in 1:41 of the first round.
Sonsona landed a solid right on Rota’s head at the corner on many thought was the end already of the 10-round battle for the vacant WBF International super featherweight title-fight.
But referee Alberto Geramil did not stopped the fight. And so Eden continued to hurt the helpless Rota with his pummelling blows until trainer Art Advincula finally climbed up the ring to stop the fight.
“Referee Geramil should have asked Rota if he still had wanted to continue at the corner or he could have even stopped the fight already to prevent further damage on Rota,” said WBF Supervisor Lito delos Reyes.
Rota, however, was attended immediately by the medical team led by ring physician Edgar Tan.
“I want a world championship in my next fight,” said Eden, who improved to 36-6-2 with 13 knockouts.
Earlier, Lolito Sonsona used his good counter punching en route to a convincing unanimous decision win over former Philippine champion Renren “Rainman” Tesorio to pocket the WBF International super flyweight crown.
Meanwhile, four other Sanman boxers also won in the undercard.
Former world champion Randy Petalcorin used his experience in stopping Mark Florida during the rest period of the 7th round while Mike “Magic” Plania, John Vincent “Mulawin” Moralde and Jayson Mama still all remained undefeated.
Plania showed his quickness and combinations to stop Jetly Purisima during the rest period of the 6th r0und while Moralde landed solid body blows to knockout former Philippine champion Philip Parcon in 1:40 of the 3rd round.
Moralde now has 19 straight wins with 10 knockouts while Plania climbed to 14-0 with seven KOs.
Mama, on the other hand, used his impressive boxing skills to crush Jeffrey Alejandre via a UD in an 8-rounder. Mama is now 6-0 with two knockouts.
The two other bouts saw Ernie Sanchez stopped Richard Betos in 2:28 of the first round while China’s Ou Yuzhou survived a first round knockdown to stop local bet Holly Quinones in 1:27 of the 2nd round.
“All the fights were good. I hope the 4,000 people in attendance enjoyed the show,” said Manangquil.
Admission was free to the official boxing event of this year’s Kalilangan Festival presented by Sanman Promotions, Solar Sports and the city government of Gensan.
IBF Supervisor Fritz Gaston (2nd from left) with Bornea and Yu during the official weigh-in held at the Sydney Hotel.