Paypa claims WBO Oriental belt via split decision

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Jimmy Paypa wrested the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental super bantamweight championship from crowd-favorite Abe Concepcion on Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Paypa decked Concepcion in the first round and gamely showed his effective counter-punching till the end to win by split decision.

The 22-year-old Paypa improved his mark to 18-3-1, (six knockouts) while Concepcion, who had trouble getting the 122-pound limit during the weigh-in dropped to 34-7-2 (20 KOs).

Judges Abainza and Greg Ortega scored 116-111 and 114-111, respectively for Paypa, while Gil Co picked Concepcion, 115-112.

In other bout, Roberto Gonzales leaned on his accurate and rapid-fire punches to post a convincing 7th round TKO victory over the hard-fighting Arjan Canillas to win the vacant Philippine lightweight title.

The 5-foot-7 bet showed a lot of promise as he bewildered the previously unbeaten Canillas with his ring savvy right from the opening bell to score the win.

The right eye of Canillas bear the brunt of Gonzales’ power punches, forcing veteran referee Silvestre Abainza to consult ring doctor Ersus Rapirap at 57 seconds gone in the seventh round.

After examining the swollen eye, Rapirap told Abainza that the Canillas wasn’t fit to continue.

Abainza, then, stopped the match, leading to jubilation from Gonzales’ camp.

“It was the right decision. Gonzales won and Arjan will box another day,” said Canillas’ co-trainer Peter Cuizon.

With the win, Gonzales (27-2, 17 KOs) lined himself for a regional title bout under the WBO.

Canillas dropped to 13-1-2, 10 knockouts.

“He (Gonzales) will get his chance to fight for an intercontinental title,” said WBO Asia Pacific representative Leon Panoncillo.

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