John Vincent Moralde, Romero Duno pass tough tests in GenSan
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Filipino prospects John Vincent Moralde and Romero Duno maintained their unbeaten records with wins on Saturday, but their fights were no stroll in the mall.
In the ten round main event, Moralde (15-0, 7 knockouts) worked through an uneven start to outbox Anthony Sabalde (10-5, 5 KOs) to a unanimous decision by the scores of 98-92 on all three cards at Gaisano Mall.
Earlier Duno (9-0, 8 KOs) dropped Jason Egera (21-17, 10 KOs) three times before the fight was stopped after the seventh round.
The show was promoted by Sanman Promotions free to the public, with several thousand locals sticking around to watch local amateurs and professionals in action.
Moralde, 21, of Davao City, Philippines had difficulty early on with the off-beat southpaw aggression of Sabalde before finding the rhythm with his jab and straight right in rounds four and five. Sabalde became an easy target as his right eye swelled in the middle rounds, and the doctor visited the corner after the eighth but allowed the bout to continue.
The fight was Moralde’s third straight win since his tragic bout in Australia, when Braydon Smith died shortly after Moralde outpointed him to a decision win in March 2015.
Duno, 20, of Tagum City, Philippines fought past the fifth round for the first time but eventually stopped durable veteran Jason Egera before the eighth round of a scheduled 10-rounder began.
Known primarily as a heavy-handed brawler Duno fought cautiously against the more experienced Egera, 31, but scored knockdowns in rounds one and two with his heavy right hands. Still, despite the one-sided beating he was taking and being on an 8-fight losing streak, Egera still had enough life in him to entertain the crowd with his dance moves between rounds.
There was no more dancing after the sixth, when Duno dropped Egera for a third time with a right hand to the chin as Egera pursued Duno to the ropes. The fight was stopped following a particularly uncompetitive round 7, with Egera citing an injury to his arm.
The highlight of the undercard was 19-year-old General Santos City native Reymart Gaballo, who blew away Bryan Samson in 1:28 of the first round in an 8-round schedule bantamweight fight.
Gaballo (12-0, 10 KOs), set up the first knockdown with a left hook that stunned Samson, followed by a succession of blows that sent him into the ropes. Samson (5-6, 3 KOs) rose up, but was back on the floor moments later after a perfectly executed uppercut – the kind a boxer throws thousands of time on the punch mitts – landed on Samson’s chin and sent him down on a delayed reaction.