20 December 2020 06:33

The second round was close, though Rodriguez appeared to punch the more effectively of the two.

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Reymart Gaballo Bests Emmanuel Rodriguez Via Split Decision By: Sean Crose The 19-1 Emmanuel Rodriguez took on the 23-0 Reymart Gaballo in a scheduled 12 rounder for the interim WBC Bantamweight Title at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The fight was aired live by Showtime as the main event of a PBC card. Both men fought at a moderate pace, but threw heavy leather in the first. The second round was close, though Rodriguez appeared to punch the more effectively of the two. Gaballo was deliberate and active in the third.


Rodriguez fired cleanly and effectively in the fourth. He continued to show greater effectiveness than Gaballo in the fifth. By the sixth, the fight was going along at a steady pace. Gaballo threw away while Rodriguez kept himself from being hurt. Gaballo continued to press forward in the seventh, while Rodriguez was able to appear in control.

In the eighth Gaballo's greater activity looked to tell the tale. Rodriguez punched cleanly in the ninth while Gaballo worked the body. The tenth had a similar look to the previous nine rounds. Either one admired Gaballo's aggression or preferred Rodriguez 'cleaner punching. The eleventh followed the same pattern as earlier chapters, as did the twelfth. Gaballo ended walking out with a split decision win. Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general. Please send comments to PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiringFilipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.Please send comments to [email protected] Reymart Gaballo has shocked the world. The 24-year-old pugilist out of General Santos took a split decision stunner over Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez (116-112, 110-118, 115-113) to win the interim WBC World Bantamweight Championship, Sunday morning (Manila time) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Judge David Sutherland had the contest 118-110 while judges Don Trella and John McKaie had it in favor of the Filipino. Controversial as it may seem from an outsiders' perspective, the Sanman Promotions standout firmly believes that he controlled the entire 12-round affair. "I controlled the fight. That was close but I'm so happy that I won the fight," he said. Strong was the start of Gaballo as he tried to outwit Rodriguez in the opening two rounds with his counterpunching. In round three, Gaballo was able to cut Rodriguez below his left eye but the Puerto Rican was able to recover in the next round, connecting with a huge right that stumbled the Filipino. The middle rounds saw Gaballo turn up his aggression, including a huge left hook in round eight. The last three rounds were a chess match with both boxers settling for counters to close out the affair. Gaballo, who remained unbeaten in 24 bouts, was just grateful for the opportunity to be there. "Bale hindi po talaga ako yung na nakasaad sa laban na ito kung hindi si idol Nonito Donaire. Sobrang saya ko po kasi nabigay sa akin yung opportunity na ito," expressed Gaballo as he was a late replacement for Nonito Donaire, who tested positive for COVID-19. Nordine Oubaali, the undisputed WBC champion, also contracted COVID-19. Rodriguez suffered his second straight loss, dropping to 19-2. Fight stats showed that Rodriguez landed 109 of his 372 punches. Gaballo threw 520 but landed just 93. Gaballo, who previously won the interim WBA crown back in March of 2018, joins Manny Pacquiao, Jerwin Ancajas, Pedro Taduran, and John Riel Casimero as current Filipino world champions.