Petalcorin, Sonsona victorious in GenSan; Inson shocks Yada
Junior flyweight contender Randy Petalcorin earned a unanimous decision victory over compatriot Arnold Garde at Robinson’s Mall Atrium in General Santos City, Philippines on Sunday.
Petalcorin (25-2-1, 18 knockouts), who is rated number two at 108 pounds by THE RING, topped Garde (7-4-2, 3 KOs) by the scores of 97-91, 98-90 and 100-88 in the battle of natives of Davao City, Philippines.
The win is Petalcorin’s second in a row, capping a year which saw him lose a highly-dubious split decision to Omari Kimweri in Australia after four knockdowns were not called by the referee.
“Arnold Garde came in good shape and was tough but Randy won every round,” said Jim Claude Manangquil, who co-manages Petalcorin with Australian Peter Maniatis. “Randy looked good, could have stopped him but he said he wanted rounds.”
Manangquil, whose company Sanman Promotions hosted the show, says Petalcorin will likely remain busy with a fight in February or March while angling for a shot at the IBF title, which is currently held by Akira Yaegashi. Yaegashi will next have to face Filipino boxer and interim titleholder Milan Melindo.
“l would like to try to bring the IBF world title fight to Australia if possible and Akira Yaegashi is available but if we have to travel to Japan to fight Yaegashi so be it,” said Maniatis.
Earlier in the night, Eden Sonsona (35-6-2, 12 KOs) shook off ring rust to win an eight-round majority decision over durable journeyman Jaime Barcelona (39-61-1, 10 KOs). Sonsona, fighting for the first time ever in his hometown, had been inactive since knocking out Adrian Estrella and barely eeked out the decision on two cards, with the scores being 77-75, 77-74 and 76-76
Inson upsets Yada in Osaka
The same night but a few hours north, Filipino boxer Jayar Inson (13-0, 9 KOs) jumped two divisions to knock out Ryota Yada (12-4, 10 KOs) to win a regional WBO belt at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan.
Inson, a 5-foot-10 lightweight from Panabo City, Philippines, fought in the welterweight division for the first time, scoring knockdowns in the second and seventh rounds, finishing Yada at 2:26 of Round 7.
Nonoy Neri, trainer of Inson and an assistant of Manny Pacquiao, says Inson is expected back in the ring in April, also in Japan, but says the 147-pound division isn’t his natural division.
”Welterweight is too big,” said Neri, adding: “No problem because Inson has a big power.”